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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152nd Airlift Wing Public Affairs
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Reno, NV 89502
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Nevada 2017-2018 Biennial Report:
NV ANG 2016 Strategic Plan:
Base Environmental Policy:
152AW Environmental Management System (EMS) Guidance Statement