Nevada Air National Guard

Nevada Air National Guard
Nevada Air National Guard
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Active 1947 - present
Country United States
Branch Air National Guard
Role "To meet state and federal mission responsibilities."
Civilian leadership President Barack Obama
Michael B. Donley
(Secretary of the Air Force)
Governor Brian Sandoval
(Governor of the State of Nevada)
State military leadership Brigadier General Robert Fitch
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Aircraft flown
Transport C-130H Hercules

The Nevada Air National Guard is the air force militia of the U.S. state of Nevada. It is, along with the Nevada Army National Guard, an element of the Nevada National Guard.


History and organization

Under the National Defense Act of 1947, the Army and Air National Guard are reserve components of the United States Army and Air Force. The Nevada Air Guard was formed on April 12, 1948.[1]

The Nevada Office of the Military provides military organization for the Nevada National Guard, which consists of the state's Army Guard and Air Guard. The Nevada National Guard is the organized military force of the state, except when ordered into federal service.

The governor is the commander-in-chief of the Nevada National Guard and appoints the adjutant general. Since June 2009, Brigadier General William R. Burks has served as Nevada's adjutant general under Governor Jim Gibbons.[2]

Under the direction of the governor, the adjutant general is responsible for the supervision of all matters pertaining to the administration, morale, discipline, mobilization, organization and training of the Nevada National Guard. Colonel Terrance Fornof is the commander of the Air Guard.

The Nevada Air National Guard includes the 152nd Airlift Wing (High Rollers) and 152nd Intelligence Squadron in Reno and Detachment 1 in Las Vegas as well as personnel assigned to Joint Force Headquarters in Carson City. The primary mission of the Nevada Air National Guard is to provide cargo and personnel transportation, aerial reconnaissance and imagery analysis from a variety of camera and satellite systems located throughout the world.


Traditional guardsmen in the Nevada National Guard train one weekend per month and 15 days a year in their respective military career fields. Nevada’s traditional guardsmen are supported by 474 full-time federal technicians, state employees and 314 Active Guard and Reserve personnel stationed at various locations around the state.

The state's Guard may be ordered by the governor to serve the state by protecting persons or property from either man-made or natural disasters and suppressing or preventing riot, insurrection, invasion or violence.

Overall, the Nevada Air National Guard maintains a presence in three of the state’s 17 counties with a 64-acre (260,000 m2) site on the southwest corner of the Reno-Tahoe International Airport in Reno, a detachment on Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas and at Creech Air Force Base in Indian Springs. About 65 Nevada Guard airmen work at the southern-Nevada detachment that began operation in 2005.

The 92nd Civil Support Team for Weapons of mass destruction, a joint force unit comprising 22 soldiers and airmen headquartered in Las Vegas, began operation in late 2004 and promises to be an important resource and asset to the state should a domestic chemical, biological or nuclear event occur.




The total number of National Guard airmen and soldiers in the United States at the end of fiscal year 2006 was 451,948. This number included 346,288 Army Guard soldiers and 105,660 Air Guard airmen.

Staff reports at the conclusion of the fiscal year revealed that the Nevada Air Guard reported 102 percent of its authorized manning (1,101 airmen). In fact, with its 102 percent of authorized airmen, the Nevada Air Guard had one of the highest strength levels in the entire Air National Guard in October 2006.

At the conclusion of fiscal year 2006, about 250 Nevada soldiers and airmen remained deployed in southwest Asia.

See also


  1. ^ "Nevada National Guard". Retrieved May 18, 2010. 
  2. ^ Cy Ryan (June 16, 2009). "Gibbons names Reno man as adjutant general". Retrieved May 18, 2010. 

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