Georgia Air National Guard High deployment tempo, significant organizational changes and new leadership underscored 2010 as a year of change for the nearly 2,900-person Georgia Air National Guard. Five of the Georgia Air Guard’s nine units have deployed personnel and equipment supporting Air Expeditionary Force (AEF) missions in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. Warner Robins’ 116th Air Control Wing, which flies the Joint STARS mission, has been continuously deployed in Southwest Asia for almost a decade. In 2010, Savannah’s 165th Airlift Wing deployed to Afghanistan for six months to provide critical airlift support for coalition ground forces. In 2010, Brunswick’s 165th Air Support Operations Squadron deployed to Afghanistan in support of Georgia’s 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team to assume forward air control responsibilities. Eight members of Brunswick’s 224th Joint Communications Support Squadron joined the U.S. Joint Forces Command’s Joint Communications Support Element in early July to provide communications expertise to U.S. Southern Command’s Operation Continuing Promise 2010. In early 2010, Savannah’s 117th Air Control Squadron deployed to Qatar for six months providing air control for Operation Enduring Freedom. The unit partnered with other U.S., UK and Royal Australian Air Forces to form the 71st Expeditionary Air control squadron under the command of Georgia’s 117th commander. For almost a decade, the 116th ACW has worked as the only “blended wing” in the Air Force
and was able to accomplish its unique Joint STARS mission with unparalleled results. The “blending” of the active duty 93rd Air Control Wing with the Georgia Air National Guard 116th Bomb Wing in 2002 created a one-of-a-kind organization with many organizational challenges. The professionalism of the men and women of the 116th Air Control Wing, along with their dedicated mission focus, resulted in outstanding mission effectiveness at every level, but especially at its forward operating locations. Administrative, cultural and regulatory challenges were met and overcome to accomplish their mission. On November 24, 2010, the Chief of Staff of the Air Force designated the 116th Air Control Wing as an “Active Associate” wing and reorganized the “blended” wing concept. As a result, a new active duty associate wing called the 461st Air Control Wing has been formed. The structure will be an Active Association, composed of the Air Guard’s 116th ACW and active duty’s 461st ACW, but they will continue to operate together to accomplish the shared Joint STARS mission by integrating Guard and active personnel and functions. The Active Association model is one in which a reserve component (the 116th) has principal responsibility for the weapon system it shares with one or more active units. All personnel in the association will be trained, tasked, inspected and deployed as a unified team to accomplish the common mission. In the midst of this significant organizational change, the unit was awarded its 15th Air Force Outstanding Unit Award. All units of the Georgia Air National Guard continue to play an active role in supporting Georgia’s homeland defense
Maj. Gen. Thomas R. Moore Commander Ga. Air National Guard
Chief Master Sgt. Donald M. Camp Command Chief Master Sergeant Ga. Air National Guard posture, providing unique airlift, engineering and communications resources and abilities. Air Guard personnel train regularly with the Georgia Army Guard’s new 78th Homeland Response Force and have responsibilities with Georgia’s 4th Civil Support Team, as well as the Chemical, Biological, Radiological/ Nuclear, and Explosive (CBRNE) Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP) organization. Major Gen. Thomas Moore replaced retiring Maj. Gen. Scott Hammond as Commander of the Georgia Air National Guard in July 24, 2010. Moore previously commanded both the 165th Airlift Wing and the 116th ACW.
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