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Welcome to the official World Wide Web site of the California Air National Guard. This site is provided as a public service through the cooperative efforts of the California Air National Guard Public Affairs and the California Air National Guard.


tabHeadquarters, California Air National Guard 
Located in the Joint Force Headquarters in Sacramento, California, Headquarters California Air National Guard exercises command and control, directs California Air National Guard operations and establishes policy to ensure mission readiness of assigned units. It is collocated and totally integrated with the Office of the Adjutant General, the California Army National Guard, the Joint and Civil Support Divisions and the State Defense Force. This joint integration structure contributes to the successful execution of both State and Federal missions.

The California Air National Guard consists of four flying wings and one combat communications group. The 129th Rescue Wing located at Moffett Federal Airfield flies the MC-130P Combat Shadow and the HH-60G Pave Hawk. The 144th Fighter Wing located at the Fresno Airport flies the F-16C Fighting Falcon. The 146th Airlift Wing located at Channel Islands Air National Guard Station flies the CC-130J and the C-130E Hercules, and the 163d Reconnaissance Wing located at March Air Reserve Base flies the MQ-1 Predator, a medium-altitude, long-endurance, unmanned aircraft system. The 162d Combat Communications Group located at North Highlands Air National Guard Station (ANGS) has seven subordinate squadrons which deploy, operate and maintain satellite, wide-band and space-based data and communications equipment. These squadrons are the 147th Combat Communications Squadron in San Diego, the 148th Space Operations Squadron at Vandenberg AFB, the 149th Combat Communications Squadron at North Highlands ANGS, the 216th Engineering Installation Squadron at Hayward ANGS, the 222d Combat Communications Squadron in Costa Mesa, the 234th Intelligence Squadron at Beale Air Force Base, and the 261st Combat Communications Squadron in Van Nuys.
tabAir National Guard 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 operations.
tabAir National Guard Federal Mission 
The Air National Guard's federal mission is to maintain well-trained, well-equipped units available for prompt mobilization during war and provide assistance during national emergencies (such as natural disasters or civil disturbances). During peacetime, the combat-ready units and support units are assigned to most Air Force major commands to carry out missions compatible with training, mobilization readiness, humanitarian and contingency operations such as Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

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