114th Fighter Wing [114th FW]
The 114th Fighter Wing, located at Joe Foss Field, Sioux Falls is a major economic contributor to Sioux Falls and many surrounding communities. With both state and federal missions, the 114th Fighter Wing is an integral component of the South Dakota National Guard and the U.S. Air Force. This dual mission requires the 114th Fighter Wing to provide combat-capable aircraft, aircrew, and support personnel and equipment to augment active forces in times of national emergency or war. At the same time, the units must provide resources and disciplined force to the state to protect life and property during natural disasters, civil disorders and other emergencies. Deployments, exercises, and direct support to the Air Force on a day-to-day basis give 114th Fighter Wing members the constant training needed to maintain high levels of readiness.
The fiscal year 1999 South Dakota Air National Guard annual budget expenditures of $34.1 million. This is comprised of $20 million for payroll and $14.1 million for non-payroll expenditures. The 1016 members of the South Dakota Air Naitonal Guard reside in 40 South Dakota counties and 14 states. Seventy-eight percent, 792, live within 60 miles of Sioux Falls.
In its 2005 BRAC Recommendations, DoD recommended to close Cannon Air Force Base, NM. As a result, it would distribute the 27th Fighter Wing's F- 16s to the 114th Fighter Wing, Joe Foss Field Air Guard Station, SD (three aircraft) and several other installations. DoD claimed that this move would sustain the active/Air National Guard/Air Force Reserve force mix by replacing aircraft that retire in the 2025 Force Structure Plan.
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