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History of the Nevada Air National Guard

The Nevada Air National Guard’s history dates back nearly 75 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,”[1] 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.


Nevada Air National Guard Deployments

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.

General History

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.

ANG: A Short Story

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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