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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

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Campbell Miller received the 2019 National Guard Military Child of the Year Award! He is the son of Lt. Col. Chris… https://t.co/33GCqB2uYg
117 ARW Customer Service: For questions about how to obtain or renew ID cards, contact the 117 FSS Customer Servic… https://t.co/muy31Em2ny
As of 0445L on 29 January 2019: Due to inclement weather conditions, All 117 ARW day shift personnel are directed t… https://t.co/0ef9J7YmJR
Col. Scott Grant, Commander of the 117th Air Refueling Wing welcomes Tarrant City Mayor Loxcil Tuck and Tarrant Pol… https://t.co/nYRhNL2eUo
Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! Today also marks the 117 ARW's 97th anniversary. We were the seventh federally re… https://t.co/dSdHbQmwWd
Report for drill at 1pm today. Contact your supervisor with any questions.
Drill is not canceled but will be delayed today due to widespread power outages. A reporting time will be announced… https://t.co/FzELICZ3V8
Happy Veterans Day!
Harold Clifton "Cotton" Usrey, 71, of Birmingham, passed away on August 3, 2018 and went to be with his Lord and Sa… https://t.co/LYLONhOyCk
Happy Fourth of July!!!
All Alabama Air/Army National Guard service members who are interested in a career in building trades (i.e., weldin… https://t.co/sIw37UA2Dl
117th Security Forces Squadron conducts Change of Command ceremony. Captain James Parker assumes command and Lt. Co… https://t.co/LoGWSrCnRd
The viewing for SrA Croskey will be on Thursday, 7 June, from 1700-1900 at Wren Funeral Home located here: 2516 Fi… https://t.co/H1uuedGfq3
We remember those who gave their lives for our freedom. We will never forget their sacrifice and the sacrifices mad… https://t.co/8lk0Yy6EaH
117th Air Refueling Wing Military Appreciation Night At Regions Field With The Birmingham, Barons.
Today is Military Spouse Appreciation day! We understand that life as a military spouse can be difficult—sudden mov… https://t.co/xcxQhLY739
Congratulation to Staff Sgt. Halbert for receiving the Air Force Commendation Medal.
Alabama Air National Guard members from the 117th Air Refueling Wing participate in a wreath laying ceremony honori… https://t.co/5QMqNvB2pJ
Maj. Gen. James F. Brown Visitation 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Wednesday, March 14, 2018 JEFFERSON MEMORIAL 1591... https://t.co/D3mScmXIis


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