Air National Guard at 60: A History by Ph.D. Susan Rosenfeld, Charles J. Gross

By Ph.D. Susan Rosenfeld, Charles J. Gross

The Air nationwide Guard’s function in the Air strength has matured and altered tremendously on the grounds that its institution as a separate reserve part September 18, 1947. Air nationwide defend contributors have served world wide and their army adventure and civilian talents have confirmed worthy as our country prosecuted conflicts in Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq. additionally they served in the course of a number of significant contingencies together with the Cuban Missile quandary and the Berlin situation if 1961 and 1962. additionally, Air shield individuals made significant contributions in a bunch of alternative operations in Panama, the Balkans, Somalia, Rwanda, Haiti, and the Iraq no-fly zones instituted after Operation barren region Strom.
In the us, the storm Katrina aid efforts introduced into sharp concentration the Air Guard’s well-established position as America’s place of birth Air strength. The Air nationwide shield flew over 3,000 sorties, moved over 30,000 passengers, and hauled over 11,000 a whole bunch desperately wanted offers into Gulf Coast airfields, a few of which protect group of workers opened and operated. Air nationwide protect participants rescued 1,443 people—heroically saving humans stranded by way of the flood. At 8 websites alongside the Gulf Coast, Air nationwide protect scientific devices handled greater than 15,000 sufferers, combining specialist remedy with compassion.

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In addition, 805 Air Guard civil engineer personnel maintained critical infrastructure and provided emergency services aroundthe-clock for the air sovereignty alert mission at 20 installations. The enhanced continental air defense operation represented a major portion of the significant strengthening ofthemilitarydefensesofthecontinental United States as a result of the terrorist attacks on September 11th. Shortly beforethatdatetheAirForceanticipated asignificantcutbackbecauseofSecretary Rumsfeld’s transformation policy, and becausehedidnotforeseeanysignificant threat to the United States.

Aweekaftertheattacks,Secretaryof DefenseDonaldRumsfeldannouncedthe callupofovermorethan 5,000 members of the Air National Guard and Air Force Reservetosupportthenation’sincreased security requirements. On September 22, the president mobilized about 5,100 more members of the air reserve components, including approximately 3,000 air refueling and about 130 security specialists. Guardsmen gained national visibility starting September 27, when President Bush asked the governors for their temporary help at commercialairports,whichhadreopened a few days after 9/11 with new security restrictions.

On September14,PresidentBushdeclareda nationalemergencyandmademembers of the nation’s Ready Reserve subject to federal service for as long as two years. Although part of a total force effort that included elements of other services and even NATO AWACS aircraft, the Air National Guard provided the largestportionofthevastlystrengthened continental air defense system under Operation Noble Eagle. Aweekaftertheattacks,Secretaryof DefenseDonaldRumsfeldannouncedthe callupofovermorethan 5,000 members of the Air National Guard and Air Force Reservetosupportthenation’sincreased security requirements.

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