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Welcome to the 117th Air Refueling Wing

Welcome to the 117th Air Refueling Wing located at Sumpter Smith Air National Guard Base in Birmingham, Ala. The 117 ARW 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.

The 117 ARW flies the Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker. We train and equip combat ready aircrews and support personnel to perform worldwide aerial refueling and airlift missions. Combat ready civil engineering, support services, medical, personnel, communications and intelligence technical support UTCs are available for worldwide assignment. Our unit supports state and local contingencies when directed by the Governor of Alabama.

Personal Financial Counselor

Financial News:  Parents did you know you no longer estimate income on the

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)? Applicants now use

"prior-prior-year" information from tax returns that have already been filed

- for example, the 2016 tax return will be used for the 2018-19 school year.

A copy of the FAFSA Calendar is given below.


FAFSA Calendar


Academic Year                        FAFSA Application Season                   Base Year

for Income

7/1/2016  to 6/30/2017            1/1/2016  to 6/30/2017                              2015

7/1/2017 to 6/30/2018            10/1/2016 to 6/30/2018                              2015

7/1/2018 to 6/30/2019            10/1/2017 to 6/30/2019                              2016

Source: Cappex.com

Lisa J. Gamble, AFCR, MBA, RICPR

Personal Financial Counselor

Cell: 205-612-7316

Email: PFC.AL.NG@zeiders.com



ANG 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.

ANG 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.

Airmen & Family Readiness

The 117th Airman and Family Readiness Program supports all military personnel and their families.

Program Manager: Mrs. Joy Miller
Email: joy.a.miller16.civ@mail.mil
Commercial: (205) 714-2699
DSN: 778-2699

Installation Restoration

Information of the Installation Restoration Program is available to the public in the central library government records in Birmingham, Alabama.

Safety - See and Avoid

The goal of See and Avoid is to eliminate midair collisions and reduce close calls through proper flight planning. See and Avoid promotes information exchange between civilian pilots and the military flight safety community. For more information go to www.seeandavoid.org

Social Media

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Santa and Mrs. Clause visited the base for a Family Christmas party #happyholidays https://t.co/oA0rCQpDG6
Congratulations to the wonderful men and women of the 117th Air Refueling Wing for being selected as the Air Force… https://t.co/5xucpF9ksX
The 117th Air Refueling Wing marched in the Veterans Day Parade yesterday. Great job everyone! https://t.co/CGrGDMeWGj
The 117th Air Refueling Wing has lost another one of our very own with the recent passing of Airman 1st Class Nicho… https://t.co/0VHU0mSxgF
The 117th Air Refueling Wing performed an aircraft generation training exercise on the flight line last weekend. T… https://t.co/WgAoM8jJpl
Watch Capt. Kinner fly a refueling mission in one of our KC-135 Stratotankers: https://t.co/YLyYvfGOLW
Birmingham City Council members tour a KC-135 Stratotanker at Sumpter Smith Air National Guard Base, Birmingham, Al… https://t.co/q0m8IoaJv2
All retirees are invited to an appreciation event! On November 5th and 6th Alabama National Guard Headquarters wil… https://t.co/Ag8AWMugjJ
Congratulations to Kyle Stevens, who received a Commander's Coin to recognize him as a good Samaritan. He stopped… https://t.co/QRsEQQlOEg
8 KC-135 Stratotankers take off for our base's largest formation flight ever: https://t.co/m7zZJoClzM
RT @DeptofDefense: We will always remember where we were that fateful day, and fellow Americans who chose to answer the call to save others…
@DefenseIntel Director Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley and Congresswoman @RepTerriSewell meet 117th Commander Col. Scott Gra… https://t.co/WtuHWUkZZl
Thanks to the airmen who volunteered to help clean and beautify our base and the surrounding area July 30! https://t.co/NwiQs2SKKw
Airmen of the 117th Air Refueling Wing participate in the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program at the Double Tree Hi… https://t.co/Z5lCW6kLYB
Alabama Congresswoman @RepTerriSewell was welcomed by Col. Scott Grant, 117th Air Refueling Wing Commander upon her… https://t.co/fB8umJQo8Z
The 117th Air Refueling Wing, commanded by Col. Scott Grant, Sumpter Smith Air National Guard Base. https://t.co/aWQYzrqFsj
Sumpter Smith airmen refuel @theSCANG F-16s on their way home from a training mission with @FuerzaAereaCol July 23… https://t.co/bKOJb2uPzV
Colonel Grant, 117th Wing Commander, and Captain Smith, Wing XO were featured on Fox 6's Good Day Alabama morning n… https://t.co/yQa0svEOSk
RT @BakariSavage: “We’re getting a #payraise for the #Military this year!” - @SenDougJones chats w/ Col. Grant about #recruitment efforts (…


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