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Welcome to the 117th Air Refueling Wing

Welcome to the 117th Air Refueling Wing located at Sumpter Smith Joint 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

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The Wing held a Command Chief Change of Responsibility Ceremony this Tuesday. Chief Master Sgt. Aaron Davis passed… https://t.co/XfrH1zved2
It's official: the 117th Air Refueling Wing has a new commander. Congratulations, Col. Allen King! https://t.co/poVFZOosyU
U.S. Air National Guard Col. Scott Grant, commander of the 117th Air Refueling Wing and installation commander of S… https://t.co/h4LfJxievD
CONGRATULATIONS to Colonel Grant! Today was his fini flight, marking his last time piloting a KC-135 Stratotanker.… https://t.co/kZeW68H4oD
U.S. Air National Guard Col. Scott Grant, installation commander of Sumpter Smith JNGB, meets with Birmingham mayor… https://t.co/JPl27GIHbP
REPORT: A COVID-19 outbreak occurred after a choir practice in Skagit County, Wash. https://t.co/nwbCRmL8XB
An announcement from Colonel Scott Grant, installation commander of Sumpter Smith JNGB. #AFFlyover #AirForceSaluteshttps://t.co/7ZhATkqygd
Col. Scott Grant, Command Chief Master Sgt. Aaron Davis and Capt. Kamisha Smith watched Tuesday's flyover with the… https://t.co/T9lv9EgXa7
This Sunday, our airmen decontaminated Cherry Hill Healthcare Facility as part of a joint task force: https://t.co/JDJT260KnE
U.S. Air National Guard Col. Scott Grant, Joint National Guard Base installation commander, presents an update on m… https://t.co/sWJ8H9fUmm
The 117th Air Refueling Wing has upgraded to HPCON-C, implementing the following changes: -Increased social distanc… https://t.co/ea4faslSpC
Critical homeland defense airmen at Sumpter Smith Joint National Guard Base undergo medical screening #readyAFhttps://t.co/rMs3NQXkoG
March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. Learn about traumatic brain injury and other invisible wounds at… https://t.co/lRgh8fBHaG
Congratulations to Nambia Tolliver on her promotion to the rank of Major! https://t.co/8ey5zcvpIX
London Jones sings "the Star Spangled Banner" at the retirement ceremony of her aunt, Chief Master Sgt. Shawanda De… https://t.co/4oCmdeuX33
Have you received your W-2? All of our servicemembers are eligible to use Miltax to file their taxes for free: https://t.co/ZDg6cL6MEK
Eddie Rickenbacker and James Meissner began their friendship during WWI where they served as flying aces in the “Ha… https://t.co/pn50LIeITI
RT @EdwardsAFB: Check out the #NFCChampionship flyover from inside the KC135 of the 3 F-16s flying over the @49ers stadium. #afflyover #GoP
Military Financial Advisor Lisa Gamble delivers a summary of tax changes in the Wing Auditorium at Sumpter Smith Ai… https://t.co/vf9b5iUUOd
Thank you Chief DeVaughn for 30-plus years of service! Congratulations on a great career! https://t.co/8xR3wQHII1


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