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The Nevada Air National Guard's extraordinary history began on April 12, 1948, when it received federal recognition. Originally designated the 192nd Fighter Squadron and flying P-51 Mustangs, the unit has grown from 43 officers and 45 enlisted airmen to more than 1,100 men and women serving today.
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As of a result of the National Security Act of 1947, the Nevada Air National Guard was established on April 12, 1948 at the Reno Army Air Base (later renamed Stead Air Force Base). During 1953 and 1954, when the City of Reno was leasing Hubbard Field (now the site of Reno-Tahoe International Airport) from United Airlines, the Air Guard executed various leases and agreements with the city and United Airlines. The Air Guard agreed to spend $1 million for a 25-year lease on 29 acres of land for joint use of the airfield. These original agreements were supplemented in 1955 and 1956 extending the lease to the year 2054 and added 35 acres of land. Read more.
Korean Conflict (March 1951 to November 1952) President Truman activated the Nevada Air National Guard for a 21-month tour of active duty.

Pueblo Crisis Activation (January 1968 to June 1969) President Johnson activated the Nevada Air National Guard for a 16-month tour of duty in various locations including the continental United States, the Canal Zone, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines, North Africa, and Iceland.

Coronet Snipe II (July 1985) Over 300 personnel from the 152nd Tactical Reconnaissance Group deployed to Ingolstadt, West Germany (with some medical personnel deployed to Wiesbaden Airbase) for up to 21 days making this the largest peacetime training overseas deployment for Nevada Air National Guard.

Operation Desert Shield /Desert Storm (December 1990-April 1991) The 152nd Tactical Reconnaissance Group carried out Gulf War aerial reconnaissance missions to photograph targets for war preparation and bomb damage assessment. One hundred thirty-five Guardsmen truly became Battle Born, Battle Tested.

Operations Noble Eagle and Enduring Freedom (October 2001-March 2003) The events of September 11, 2001, led to the mobilization of numerous military units around the world, including two Nevada Air National Guard units. The Air Guard's 152nd Intelligence Squadron and 152nd Security Forces Squadron each mobilized and deployed within a matter of weeks after the tragic events of Sept. 11.
Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003 to present) The overthrow of Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq had a profound affect on the Nevada Air National Guard. With the Iraqi campaign and its aftermath occupancy, approximately 350 airmen were activated to perform airlift and airdrop missions from various locations in Southwest Asia.
- P-51 Mustang 1948-1955 

- F-86 Sabre Jet 1956-1961
- RB-57 Canberra 1961-1965 

- RF 101- Voodoo 1965-1975
- RF-Phantom II 1975-1995 

- C-130 Hercules 1995-Present

Read the full history of these Aircraft here.
tabAir National Guard: A Short Story 
The Air National Guard as we know it today -- a separate reserve component of the United States Air Force -- was a product of the politics of postwar planning and interservice rivalry during World War II. The men who planned and maneuvered for an independent postwar Air Force during World War II didn't place much faith in the reserves, especially the state-dominated National Guard.

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