117 ARW Leadership

117 ARW Commander

Col. Scott Grant

117 ARW Vice Commander

Col. Allen King

117 ARW Command Chief

Command Chief Master Sgt. 
David Bullard



key missions

CENTCOM

PACOM

Intelligence

Homeland Defense

Domestic Operations

Humanitarian Relief

Medical Evacuation

Sorties Flown Fiscal Year 2017:  1004

117 arw troop card information


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  Mr. Ken Johnson

  kenneth.johnson.63@us.af.mil

  kenneth.g.johnson34.mil@mail.mil

  117 ARW Public Affairs Office

  205 714-2319

 

  

Command messages

        

         We are proud of our 100 year history and it is a privilege to serve our                community, state and nation.

We are dedicated to protecting our nation and helping our communities in times of need.

We are committed to supporting military operations throughout the world.

Alabama ANG


117 ARW Mission

Provide quality worldwide air refueling, airlift, support, logistics, intelligence, and medical services in support of our community, state, and nation.

 

117 ARW Vision

A world-class team of empowered men & women committed to continuous improvement and excellence, operating as the model Air National Guard unit into the twenty-first century.

NATIONAL GUARD: SECURITY AMERICA CAN AFFORD

        

         

For 7% of the Air Force budget, the Air National Guard provides 19% of the Air Force’s total personnel and 

30-40% of the Air Force fighter, tanker and airlift capacity 

An “as needed” force, the National Guard’s community-based, part-time structure offers myriad savings 

(nearly 85% of NG is part-time)

   

     Fewer pay days per year 

Lower medical costs

     Lower retirement expenditures

     Significantly lower training costs beyond initial qualification training

     Virtually no cost for moving families and household goods to new duty stations

     Fewer entitlements, such as housing and food allowances

     Lower base support costs in terms of services and facilities such as housing and child care facilities

           For the cost of one active duty service member, our Nation can train, retain and deploy three National Guard Soldiers or Airmen 

           Much of the National Guard’s dual-use equipment can be employed for federal and domestic missions 

           The ANG operates for less than two cents of every dollar spent on defense

 

america depends on the national guard

        

         

Always Ready, Always There


There are over 6,800 National Guard members supporting domestic

            operations in the United States

           More than 2,100 Air Guard members are protecting America’s air space supporting Aerospace Control

         Alert missions

           More than 1,050 Army and Air National Guard members serving on the Southwest Border

           350 Guard members providing counter drug support in the SWB states

           96 percent of all emergencies in the United States are handled by civil authorities or the National Guard

 

History of the 117th Air Refueling Wing

The 117th Air Refueling Wing can trace its roots back to a World War I era flying club. The Birmingham Flying Club, also known as the Escadrille's, was the seventh federally recognized flying squadron on January 21, 1922 by the United States War Department. "Maj. James A. Meissner, a World War I ace who had flown with Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker, led the effort to form the unit and served as its first commander."*

During World War II the observation mission expanded to include fighters and bombers. After WWII the squadron was re-organized into the 117th Fighter Group, which quickly became the 117th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing. In 1994, the unit began flying the KC-135R Stratotankers and was re-designated as the 117th Air Refueling Wing.

Lineage of Aircraft*
1918-- 1-A-2
1922-1933-- JN-4, JN-6, DH-4, TW-3, PT-1, BT-1, O-2, O-11, and O-17
1933-1941-- O-38
1938-1942-- O-47
1941-1942-- O-49, A-20, and P-40
1942-- P-39, P-43, O-46, L-3, and L-4
1943-1945-- B-25
1946-1957-- B/RB-26
1957-1971-- RF-84
1971-1994-- RF-4
1994-Present-- KC-135

* A CHRONOLOGICAL HISTORY OF THE AIR NATIONAL GUARD AND ITS ANTECEDENTS, JANUARY
* "Lineage and Honors History of the 106 Air Refueling Squadron (ANG)" by SSgt Matthew Scales

CUSTOMER SERVICE

       

For questions about how to obtain or renew ID cards, 

contact the 117 FSS Customer Service at (205) 714-2315.

117 FSS Customer Service Hours of Operation:

Tuesday 0730-1630
Wednesday 0730-1130
Thursday 0730-1630
Friday 0730-1630

ID CARD REQUIREMENTS

DOD policy requires TWO forms of STATE or FEDERAL ISSUED identification for Military ID Card Issue on an individual over the age of 18.

**Examples of acceptable forms of ID:

  1. Primary:

  1. Valid Driver’s License

  2. Passport

  3. State ID

  4. Veteran’s Administration (VA) card 

  1. Secondary

    1. Social Security Card

    2. Birth Certificate

    3. Voter Registration Card

The DEERS/RAPIDS system WILL NOT allow us to issue a military ID card without meeting these requirements.

If you have any question or concerns, please feel free to call us at (205) 714-2855.

Hours of Operation

Tuesday through Friday 0730 to 1630

Click link below for information about the Air National Guard

Air National Guard