178th Fighter Wing [178th FW]
The 178th Fighter Group is one of 88 Air National Guard (ANG) flying units in the United States, four of which are in Ohio. Its primary mission is to train active-duty Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve pilots to fly F-16C/D Fighting Falcon jets.
The 178th is one of only two Air National Guard units in the United States that is designated as a training unit to prepare future F-16 pilots for worldwide missions. The unit is also comprised of several support functions, including security forces, engineering, communications, aircraft maintenance, food services, transportation and medics.
As part of Force Structures Changes announced by the US Air Force in March 1999, the 178th FG converted in FY 1999 from a general purpose fighter unit to a formal training unit. As part of this process, the Fighter Group was redesignated as a Fighter Wing.
Equpiment consists of 15 F-16 C/D "Fighting Falcons" , with a primary mission is to train active duty, National Guard and Reserve Air Force pilots to fly F-16 C/D. The unit has 975 members, located in Springfield, Ohio
In its 2005 BRAC Recommendations, DoD recommended to realign Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport AGS, OH. It would distribute the 178th Fighter Wing's F-16 aircraft to the 132d Fighter Wing, Des Moines IAP AGS, IA (nine aircraft); the 140th Wing (ANG), Buckley AFB, CO (three aircraft) and 149th Fighter Wing (ANG), Lackland AFB, TX (six aircraft), but retain The wing's expeditionary combat support (ECS) elements, the 251st Combat Communications Group (ANG) and 269th Combat Communications Squadron (ANG) in place, and relocate the wing's firefighter positions to Rickenbacker AGS, OH.
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