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  • 178th Wing History

    On October 31, 2017, the 178th Operations group stopped flying the MQ-1B Predator. After a brief transition period, they began flying the MQ-9 Reaper on December 6, 2017. The 178th Wing was re-designated during an official ceremony August 3, 2014. While the name change was official July 1, 2014. the ceremony reflected a four-year conversion from
  • 178th Wing Fact Sheet

    Commander Colonel Gregg J. HestermanVice Commander Lieutenant Colonel Kimberly A. Fitzgerald Command Chief Chief Master Sgt. Heidi A. BunkerPersonnel Assigned:Assigned to Springfield Air National Guard Base: 926 personnelAssigned to Springfield Air National Guard Base with GSUs: 1262 personnelUnit Location:Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport
  • MQ-1B Predator

    MissionThe MQ-1B Predator is an armed, multi-mission, medium-altitude, long-endurance remotely piloted aircraft that is employed primarily as an intelligence-collection asset and secondarily against dynamic execution targets. Given its significant loiter time, wide-range sensors, multi-mode communications suite, and precision weapons, it provides a
  • MQ-9 Reaper Fact Sheet

    U.S. Air Force Fact SheetMQ-9 REAPERCurrent as of May, 2015MissionThe MQ-9 Reaper is an armed, multi-mission, medium-altitude, long-endurance remotely piloted aircraft that is employed primarily against dynamic execution targets and secondarily as an intelligence collection asset. Given its significant loiter time, wide-range sensors, multi-mode
  • 162nd Fighter Squadron History

    The 162nd Tactical Fighter Squadron was constituted as the 362nd Fighter Squadron on December 1, 1942 at Hamilton Field, California. The squadron was assigned to the 357th Fighter Group and went to war flying over the skies of Europe as part of the 8th Air Force, achieving a highly successful war record.Following World War II, the 362nd was
  • 178th Fighter Wing History Timeline

    Origin of the 178th is the 362nd FS organized at Hamilton Field, CA in December 1942. Assigned to 357th Fighter Group in 1943 and sent to Leiston, England. 15 Months of combat = 688 enemy A/C destroyed, 43 Air & 9 A/G Aces. 162nd Activated at Cox-Dayton Airport in 1946 as part of the OHNG. November 1947 the 162nd is officially recognized as the
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