Toledo Express Airport (ANG)
The 180th Fighter Wing (FW) of the Ohio Air National Guard occupies 135.4 acres of leased land on the Toledo Express Airport (ANG), located approximately 22 miles west of Toledo, Ohio. The mission of the 180th FW is to provide combat ready F16C and support units capable of deploying world-wide in minimum response time. The 180th FW occupies 3 administrative, 13 industrial, and 7 services buildings totaling approximately 321,882 square feet with 290 full-time personnel. A unit training drill is conducted once a month and results in a surge of up to a total of 900 personnel.
The Toledo Express Airport opened in 1954. Toledo Express Airport is Northwest Ohio's commercial airport located in Western Lucas County about 20 miles from downtown Toledo. Toledo Express is special to the residents, business, and industries of the region it serves. Toledo Express, which serves more than a half million travelers a year and is the 15th busiest air cargo hub in the country, is home to BAX Global, two fixed-based operators, Flight Safety International and an Ohio Air National Guard Base
In its 2005 BRAC Recommendations, DoD recommended to close Mansfield-Lahm Municipal Airport Air Guard Station (AGS), OH. It would move the 179th Airlift Wing's (ANG) flying related Expeditionary Combat Support (ECS) to Toledo Express Airport AGS, OH (fire fighters).
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 180th Fighter Wing, Toledo Express Airport AGS, OH (nine aircraft) and another installation. Des Moines' F-16s would be distributed to Toledo (123) 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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