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Mr. Ken Johnson
117 ARW Public Affairs Office
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.
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.
The Alabama National Guard can rapidly respond to crises like the COVID-19 pandemic – Less time and distance = More lives saved.
The 117 ARW trains in rigorous and realistic venues to conduct aviation, medical, engineering, logistics and other life-saving tasks.
The Alabama National Guard response forces are designed to put the right life-saving capabilities on the ground at the right time to support local and state authorities.
This is not a new mission for the 117 ARW. We have long had the mission of supporting civil authorities in responding to disasters and training for large scale homeland response.
Always Ready, Always There
Knowledge & Information
Priorities - The health and safety of our Airmen, families, friends and neighbors; ensuring we are mission ready and supporting our state and federal partners.
Support – Currently, Alabama Guard members are assisting in medical and logistical support operations and planning. As always, the 117 ARW is on standby for additional support requests from Alabama Emergency Management Agency. Up to date support information is found at www.facebook.com/117ARW
Communication – In order to protect operational security as we preserve the nation's combat readiness, the 117 ARW and the other military services will only provide total numbers of service members in isolation, quarantine, or possibly infected with COVID-19 at the service level.
Also, using social media and public communication sources the 117 ARW is combating false information and rumors, while still remaining OPSEC-minded. You can help by reposting good information and challenging rumors. For example:
NO discussion of a nation-wide quarantine
NO the Department of Homeland Security cannot mobilize the Air or Army National Guard
YES the Army and Air Guard is responding in coordination with Alabama Emergency Management Agency
YES our long-standing state and federal partnership help ensure a rapid and unified response.
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
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
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
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*
1922-1933-- JN-4, JN-6, DH-4, TW-3, PT-1, BT-1, O-2, O-11, and O-17
1941-1942-- O-49, A-20, and P-40
1942-- P-39, P-43, O-46, L-3, and L-4
* A CHRONOLOGICAL HISTORY OF THE AIR NATIONAL GUARD AND ITS ANTECEDENTS, JANUARY
* "Lineage and Honors History of the 106th Air Refueling Squadron (ANG)" by SSgt Matthew Scales
Sorties Flown Fiscal Year 2017: 1004
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The 117 FSS Customer Service office will stop accepting customers at 1530, however during times of high volume the customer service office may suspend taking new customers prior to posted close of business hours. Anyone planning to arrive within a 1 hour of posted closing should call ahead. (205) 714-2855
Effective Tuesday, 13 July 2021, the 117th Customer Service / ID Card Section will return to accepting walk-in customers only, and will no longer schedule appointments after this date. Appointments that are already scheduled will still be honored. As always, priority will be given to current military members in uniform.
For questions about how to obtain or renew ID cards,
contact the 117 FSS Customer Service at (205) 714-2855.
117 FSS Customer Service Hours of Operation:
Tuesday 0800-1145 and 1315-1530
Wednesday 0800-1145 and 1315-1530
Thursday 0800-1145 and 1315-1530
Friday 0800-1145 and 1315-1530
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: ( ALL forms must be Original or Certified Copy and NOT EXPIRED)
Primary: (Must be Photo ID)
Valid Driver’s License
State ID (Does not include school/work issued IDs).
Veteran’s Administration (VA) card
Secondary: (Does not have to be a Photo ID)
Social Security Card
Voter Registration Card
The DEERS/RAPIDS system WILL NOT ALLOW us to issue a military ID card without meeting these requirements.
Dependents will need a DD Form 1172, signed by the MILITARY MEMBER within 90 days of issue.
If you have any question or concerns, please feel free to call us at (205) 714-2855.
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