158TH MISSION

To maintain highly trained, well equipped, and motivated personnel in order to support and mobilize combat ready F-16 aircraft and contingent elements in response to wartime and peacetime as directed under state and federal authority.

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STATE MISSION

When Air National Guard units are not mobilized or under federal control, they report to the governor of their respective state, territory (Puerto Rico, Guam, Virgin Islands) or the commanding general of the District of Columbia National Guard. Each of the 54 National Guard organizations is supervised by the adjutant general of the state or territory. Under state law, the Air National Guard provides protection of life, property and preserves peace, order and public safety. These missions are accomplished through emergency relief support during natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes and forest fires; search and rescue operations; support to civil defense authorities; maintenance of vital public services and counterdrug operation.

PERSONNEL & RESOURCES

More than 94,000 active-duty and civilian members make up ACC's work force. When mobilized, more than 49,000 members of the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, along with approximately 700 aircraft, are assigned to ACC. In total, ACC and ACC-gained units fly more than 1,300 aircraft.

THE BIGGER PICTURE

ACC's forces are organized under a direct reporting unit, two numbered air forces and one Air Force Reserve numbered air force. The command operates 14 major installations and supports tenant units on numerous non-ACC bases around the globe. ACC also has responsibility for inland search and rescue in the 48 contiguous states. The ACC commander is the component commander of U.S. Air Forces - Joint Forces Command and U.S. Strategic Command.

Numbered Air Forces:

First Air Force, or Air Forces Northern, with headquarters at Tyndall AFB, Fla., has responsibility for ensuring the air sovereignty and air defense of the continental United States, U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. As the continental United States Region, or CONR, for the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, 1 AF (AFNORTH) provides air defense in the form of airspace surveillance and airspace control. First AF is also the designated air component for U.S. Northern Command.

AFNORTH rapidly responds to non-military threats under the Defense Support to Civil Authorities, or DSCA, mission. The organization assists civilian agencies before and during emergencies, natural or man-made disasters, and other Department of Defense-approved activities. Operating with the 601st Air and Space Operations Center, the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center serves as the U.S. inland search and rescue coordinator and is the single agency responsible for coordinating on-land federal searches. These search and rescue operations can be conducted anywhere in the 48 states, Mexico and Canada. The Civil Air Patrol is a significant partner in search and rescue and other DSCA missions.

Other First Air Force (AFNORTH) units include the 601st Air and Space Operations Center, the 702nd Computer Support Squadron and the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center at Tyndall AFB, the Northeast Air Defense Sector in Rome, N.Y.; the Western Air Defense Sector at McChord AFB, Wash.; Det. 1, 1 AF, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and 722nd Air Defense Squadron, North Bay, Canada.

Bases:

119th Fighter Wing, Hector Field, Fargo, N.D.: MQ-1, C-21

Det. 1, 119 Fighter Wing, Langley AFB, Va.: F-16C

120th Fighter Wing, Great Falls International Airport, Mont.: F-16

125th Fighter Wing, Jacksonville IAP, Fla.: F-15

Det. 1, 125 Fighter Wing, Homestead Air Reserve Station, Fla.

142nd Fighter Wing, Portland IAP, Ore.: F-15

144th Fighter Wing, Fresno Air National Guard Base, Calif.: F-16

Det. 1, 144 Fighter Wing, March Air Reserve Base, Calif.

147th Fighter Wing, Ellington ANG Base, Texas: MQ-1, C-26

148th Fighter Wing, Duluth IAP, Minn.: F-16

158th Fighter Wing, Burlington IAP, Vt.: F-16

177th Fighter Wing, Atlantic City IAP, N.J.: F-16

101st Information Operations Flight, Salt Lake City IAP, Utah

Ninth Air Force, with headquarters at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., is dedicated to organizing, training, and equipping Air Combat Command fighter forces based throughout the Southeastern United States. Ninth Air Force comprises eight active-duty wings and two direct reporting units with more than 480 aircraft and 28,000 active-duty and civilian personnel. Ninth Air Force is also responsible for the operational readiness of 14 Air Reserve Component wings.