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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 the 178th Fighter Wing, which supported a flying mission, to the 178th Wing, which now has intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and support missions.