175th Wing [175th WG]
The Maryland Air National Guard's 175th Wing is comprised of two flying units and support staff - the 104th Fighter Squadron and the 135th Airlift Group. Nearly 2,000 full-time and traditional members are employed by the Maryland Air National Guard, contributing $76 million dollars annually to Maryland's economy.
The 175th Wing has state and federal missions to augment active forces and provide assistance to state authorities during natural disasters, civil disturbances and other emergencies. In peacetime, the 175th Wing prepares for wartime taskings, natural catastrophes, and major civilian accidents by participating in various deployments and exercises. The unit must maintain the capability to meet mobility standards and worldwide deployment when directed by competent authority.
The 175th Wing consists of two distinct flying units with different missions-the 104th Fighter Squadron, flying the A-10 "Thunderbolt II" single-seat jet and the 135th Airlift squadron, operating the C-130J "Hercules" transport aircraft.
In its 2005 BRAC Recommendations, DoD recommended to deactivate the 111th Fighter Wing (Air National Guard) and relocate some of its assigned A-10 aircraft to the 175th Wing (ANG), Martin State Airport Air Guard Station, Baltimore, MD. This recommendation was part of a larger recommendation that would close NAS JRB Willow Grove, PA. DoD claimed that this recommendation would enable Air Force Future Total Force transformation by consolidating the A-10 fleet at installations of higher military value.
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