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In the United States Air Force, a wing is a larger unit that is normally subordinate to a Numbered Air Force. Most USAF wings are commanded by a Colonel, but some are commanded by Brigadier Generals. USAF wings structured to fulfill a mission from a specific base, and contain a headquarters and four groups: an operations group, a maintenance group, a medical group and a mission support group.
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129th Rescue Wing  129th Rescue Wing

The motto of the 129th Rescue Wing, "That Others May Live", refers to the primary mission of the Wing - to save lives. The members of the 129th have performed rescues under a variety of conditions - from rough Pacific seas to the rugged Sierra Nevada, using its combination of HC-130 tankers and HH-60 helicopters. Many high-risk lifesaving missions involved long-range, over-water flights, air refueling of helicopters by the HC-130 aircraft, and skilled maneuvering by ships and helicopters to recover patients from the decks of these vessels. On 3 September 1991, the 129th recovered a sailor from the merchant ship White Mana, the Group's 200th "save". Since its designation as a rescue unit in 1975, the 129th has directly saved the lives of 308 people. 
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 146th Airlift Wing  146th Airlift Wing

The 146th Airlift Wing is a reserve component of the United States Air Force's Air Mobility Command (AMC). Our primary mission is to provide global military airlift capability to a full spectrum of state and federal agencies. Flying the Lockheed C-130E Hercules aircraft as well as the new "J" model, the 146th has provided humanitarian relief in the aftermath of hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, and other disasters, not only in California, but across the country and throughout the world. We have provided military airlift to the Department of Defense in Somalia, Bosnia, throughout Europe, Central and South America, in peacetime and in time of war. The men and women of the 146th Airlift Wing have participated in numerous Air Force missions including Operation Just Cause in Panama, Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and Operation Joint Endeavor/Joint Guard in Bosnia. The 146th is also one of four Air Guard and AF Reserve units in the country equipped with the Modular Airborne Firefighting System (MAFFS), an integral tool for battling large wildfires. Since its inception in 1974, these units have flown over 5,000 aerial firefighting missions in California and across the Western United States saving valuable property, natural resources, and lives. Even with our very active flying program, the 146th Airlift Wing has one of the finest safety records in the military - over 260,000 hours of accident-free flying, spanning 32 years.
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 162nd Combat Communications Group  162nd Combat Communications Group

The 162nd's mission is to provide global communications utilizing hard wire and satellite systems. Units have participated in numerous exercises in recent years, such as Cobra Gold in Thailand and Nuevos Horizontes in Panama; deployed world-wide in support of USAF missions; and provided support to local authorities during state emergencies.
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 144th Fighter Wing  144th Fighter Wing

The 144th Fighter Wing's mission is to provide air defense protection for California from the Mexican border to Ukiah utilizing the F-16 Fighting Falcon jet fighter aircraft. The 144th also responds to state emergencies when requested by the Governor of California. In 1998, the 144th Fighter Wing celebrated its fiftieth anniversary. For a half a century, the men and women of the 144th Fighter Wing have been an integral component of our national defense. But that is not all. The story of the 144th Fighter Wing is the story of citizen-soldiers. In the best tradition of our country's militia heritage, the wing's all-volunteer members, past and present, have served the needs of their state and their community, as well as their nation, with skill and honor.
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163rd Reconnaissance Wing  163rd Reconnaissance Wing

The 163d is a traditional Guard unit comprised of 902 members of which roughly 220 are full-time. Since November of 2001, the 163d Air Reconnaissance Wing (the "Grizzlies") has offloaded 17.3 million pounds of fuel from their KC-135R Stratotanker aircraft to other aircraft while deployed in support of Operation NORTHERN WATCH (ONW) at Incirlik AFB in Turkey. As of the middle of July, they had deployed 175 members, flew 206 sorties and utilized 903 flying hours. Following the disastrous events on September 11th, 99 percent of the 163d Air Reconnaissance Wing's Security Forces Squadron was activated to respond to the latest world crisis. They deployed in number around the world in support of both Operation NOBLE EAGLE and Operation ENDURING FREEDOM to places as far as Cuba and Turkey while 25 others stayed closer performing duty at Travis AFB, CA. While spread thin, the few remaining members of the squadron managed to provide training to the 35 airport augmentees who worked interim security issues at Ontario International Airport to reassure airline travelers. Security Forces were not the only ones seeing the world. The 163d Civil Engineering Squadron was stretched from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and as far as Turkey. The wing Chaplain spent 90 days in the South Pole in support of Operation DEEP FREEZE, and members from the Communications Flight deployed to Aviano AB, Italy and Turkey as well.

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