The Air National Guard is a reserve component of the United States Air Force, just as the Army National Guard is for the US Army. Serving as an Air Guardsman allows you to continue your civilian life and career while simultaneously training in case you are called upon during times of emergency or war.
Each state maintains its own Air Guard units, but these units can be mobilized by the federal government during times of crisis. Most states operate multiple units in order to fulfill the many different roles of the Guard. Air units can range from fighter wings that operate the F16 Fighting Falcon to airlift wings that operate larger aircraft such as the C130 Hercules or the C17 Globemaster. Other important roles include bombing and electronic warfare, and the Guard operates a wide variety of highly advanced aircraft that suit each role.
The history of the Air National Guard begins on 18 September, 1947, when the ANG was officially established. Since then, members of the Air Guard have served in virtually every U.S. conflict, including the Korean War, Vietnam War, Grenada, the Gulf War, Kosovo, Iraq War, and Afghanistan. On September 11, 2001, an Air National Guard unit was the first to deploy in response to the terrorist attack. Throughout history, Air Guardsmen have valiantly served both domestically and all over the world.
Air Guardsmen continue to serve proudly today. There are currently over 100,000 Air Guardsmen ready to answer the call of duty at any time. Many of them are not actually pilots; there are many different job specialties that you can pursue. Whether you want to be a pilot, air traffic controller, ground crewman, payload specialist, or any other position that is offered, there is a niche for you in the ANG.