162nd Fighter Wing [162nd FW]
The wing has trained for Air Defense mission, later adding the multi-mission role of the general purpose F-16A, followed by the F-16C. We enjoyed a good period of training in the F-16A Fighter Weapons School, side-by-side with our active component partners at Nellis AFB, Nevada and Tyndall AFB, Florida.
The most dynamic addition to the 162nd mission came in 1989 when international training was added to its already varied program. The Royal Netherlands Air Force was the wing's first international customer, and since then, students from virtually all over the world hjave been trained.
In 1995, the wing's flying squadron began training in F-16Cs and the wing now has three distinct squadrons of F-16s: the 148th and 195th fly F-16As and the 152d is flying the F-16C Block 42 aircraft. The mission of the wing has changed significantly since its inception, from acquiring more modern equipment: the A-7D in 1975 and the F-16 in 1985, to successfully accomplishing Weapons School training in every aircraft that we have flown. The wing is now considered the International Training Center for F-16 flying training in both the A-model and the C-model.
In addition, the 162nd FW supports "Operation Snowbird" at Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ. "Operation Snowbird" is a National Guard Bureau program located at D-M established in 1975 as a winter deployment site for northern tier ANG flying bases. Six to 12 squadrons deploy for two weeks of training between the months of November through April each year. Each deployment package consists of 24 pilots and 116 support personnel. Ten people from the 162nd FW are assigned as permanent party. Located on four acres of property adjacent to the north ramp, the compound consists of an operations complex, a maintenance control complex, and a support facility. The operation also provides overflow aircraft support to D-M as well as to the Navy, Marine Corps, and Army National Guard.
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