History of the Nevada Air National Guard
Tech. Sgt. Emerson Marcus, State Historian
The Nevada Air National Guard’s history dates back nearly 70 years, predominantly in northern Nevada, and is best explained through its mission sets: fighter (1948-1961), piloted reconnaissance (1961-1995) and its modern era with tactical airlift and unmanned reconnaissance (1996-present). Throughout, the Nevada Air National Guard earned international esteem, especially in aerial reconnaissance competitions in the late-1970s and 1980s, along with its Persian Gulf deployment in 1991 and most recently its entrance last year into a nationwide, wildland firefighting mission with the U.S. Forest Service. In 1980, and Airman Magazine article dubbed the then-152nd Reconnaissance Group, the “High Rollers of Reno,” given its history of success — and the nickname remains today, most noticeably adorned on the tail flash of its eight C-130 aircraft. While most airmen in the Nevada Air National Guard fall under the 152nd Airlift Wing, Nevada Air National Guard State Headquarters oversees its operations. It also oversees the 152nd Intelligence Squadron and the 232nd Operations Squadron, each dating their history to 1994 and 2007, respectively.
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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.
- P-51 Mustang 1948-1955
- F-86 Sabre Jet 1956-1961
- RB-57 Canberra 1961-1965
- RF-101 Voodoo 1965-1975
- RF-4 Phantom II 1975-1995
- C-130 Hercules 1995-Present
The Air National Guard is administered by the National Guard Bureau, a joint bureau of the departments of the Army and Air Force, located in the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. It is one of the seven Reserve components of the United States armed forces that augments the active components in the performance of their missions.
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1776 National Guard Way
Reno, NV 89502
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