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

The Air nationwide Guard’s position in the Air strength has matured and adjusted significantly when you consider that its institution as a separate reserve part September 18, 1947. Air nationwide safeguard contributors have served all over the world and their army event and civilian talents have confirmed helpful as our country prosecuted conflicts in Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq. additionally they served in the course of numerous significant contingencies together with the Cuban Missile challenge and the Berlin concern if 1961 and 1962. additionally, Air defend individuals made significant contributions in a number of alternative operations in Panama, the Balkans, Somalia, Rwanda, Haiti, and the Iraq no-fly zones instituted after Operation wasteland Strom.
In the USA, the storm Katrina reduction efforts introduced into sharp concentration the Air Guard’s well-established position as America’s fatherland Air strength. The Air nationwide safeguard flew over 3,000 sorties, moved over 30,000 passengers, and hauled over 11,000 a whole bunch desperately wanted provides into Gulf Coast airfields, a few of which protect group of workers opened and operated. Air nationwide shield individuals rescued 1,443 people—heroically saving humans stranded by way of the flood. At 8 websites alongside the Gulf Coast, Air nationwide protect clinical devices handled greater than 15,000 sufferers, combining professional treatment with compassion.

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Protection for President Bush was an unquestioned priority. When the terrorists struck New York City and Washington, DC, he was in Sarasota, Florida, reading a story to elementary school children. First Air Force repositioned an Air Force E-3 AWACS aircraft on a training mission off the Florida coast so that it could cover Air Force One and then the Secret Service putGeneralArnold’scommandincharge of protecting the president. With the decision to send the president aloft, the SoutheastAirDefenseSectorscrambled four armed F-16s from the Texas Air National Guard’s 147th Fighter Wing to escort Air Force One as it flew to Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, its first stop.

AMERICA ATTACKED SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 T he defining events for the Air National Guard (ANG) as well as for theUnitedStatesoccurredwiththealQaedaattacksofSeptember11, 2001. When President George W. TheBushadministration’sSecretaryof Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, also held that position under President Gerald Ford. S. Hiscorporatecareer convinced the new secretary that he knew how to make a large organization liketheDepartmentofDefensemoveand adapttochangingcircumstancesincluding dramatic developments in science and high technology.

Photographer: MSgt Rose S. Reynolds, USAF. ) globe. The Air Force then used a form of limitedmobilizationcalledaPresidential Reserve Call-Up (PRC) for ANG units serving at Tazar, Hungary. The PRCs enabledthepresident,withoutobtaining congressionalauthority,torecallasmany as 200,000 Guardsmen and Reservists to active duty for as long as 270 days to conductoperationalmilitarymissionsin a specific geographic area. S. military operations in the Balkans. 25 AIR NATIONAL GUARD AT 60: A HISTORY government-sponsoredviolenceagainst the insurgent KLA.

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