138th Fighter Wing [138th FW]
The federal mission of the 138th Fighter Wing is to maintain combat forces ready for mobilization, deployment and employment as needed to support national security objectives. Additionally, its state mission is to support the governor of the state of Oklahoma with units organized, equipped and trained in the proteection of life and property, and preservation of peace, order and public safety under competent orders of authority.
After conversion to the F-16, the 138th Fighter Wing has participated in both Operation Provide Comfort and Operation Northern Watch enforcing the No-Fly Zone in Northern Iraq. Additionally, the laser targeting pod system for precision guided monitoring has been incorporated into the unit mission.
F-16s, belonging to the 138FW, Tulsa, OK fly General Purpose missions. The unit is doing a lot of Night Vision Goggle training. Rivers MOA is scheduled by the 138FW but is a long way for them to get to. Eureka MOA is more available now since the 184FW converted from fighters to bombers, freeing up the airspace for other users. Smoky Hill range is the range most commonly used by the 138FW for their air-to-ground training requirements and it also has the advantage of Bison MOA adjacent to the range. Razorback Range in Arkansas and Falcon Range in Oklahoma are used occasionally. The 138th Fighter Wing deployed to Turkey in 1996 in support of Operation Northern Watch.
On September 29, 2002 The Tulsa World reported that the 138th FW had deployed over 200 airmen to Turkey to help enforce the Northern Watch No-Fly Zone. This will be the unit's fifth deployment to Incirlik, it is expected to last roughly one month.
In its 2005 BRAC Recommendations, DoD recommended to realign Nellis Air Force Base. The 57th Wing, Nellis Air Force Base, NV, would distribute F-16 Block 42 aircraft to the 138th Fighter Wing Tulsa International Airport AGS, OK (three aircraft), and retire the remaining F-16 Block 42 aircraft (15 aircraft).
DoD also recommended to realign Des Moines IAP AGS, IA. The F-16 aircraft currently assigned to the 132d Fighter Wing at Des Moines would be redistributed to the 138th Fighter Wing, Tulsa IAP AGS (six aircraft) and another installation. Des Moines' F-16s would be distributed to Tulsa (114) to support the Homeland Defense Air Sovereignty Alert mission and to consolidate the precision-guided weapon employment capability that exists in the Air National Guard.
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