170th Group

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170th Group
Active 1964-1993; 2007-Present
Country  United States
Allegiance  Nebraska
Branch US-AirNationalGuard-2007Emblem.svg  Air National Guard
Type Wing
Role ISR
Part of Nebraska Air National Guard
Garrison/HQ Offut Air Force Base, Omaha, Nebraska
Colonel Richard J. Evans III
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The 170th Group (170 GP) is a unit of the Nebraska Air National Guard, stationed at Offutt Air Force Base, Omaha, Nebraska. If activated to federal service, the Wing is gained by the United States Air Force Air Combat Command.


The 170th Group administratively organizes Nebraska ANG members assigned to Offutt under the Offutt AFB Future Total Force Initiative. The 170th evolved from Detachment 1, Headquarters Nebraska ANG established in June 2002. Under this initiative, highly qualified ANG instructor aircrew integrate into the 338th Combat Training Squadron to provide initial qualification, re-qualification and upgrade training to active duty and ANG aircrew members.

Within the 170th Group, these instructors are part of the Nebraska ANG’s 238th Combat Training Squadron. Likewise, experienced ANG personnel integrate into various sections within the 55th Operations Support Squadron to increase their capability to support the global operations of the 55th Wing, providing training and operational support to the active duty 55th Wing's global command and control and intelligence missions.[1]

These functional areas include requirements, weapons and tactics, intelligence, base operations, weather, and aviation resource management. Within the 170th Group, ANG members are part of the NE ANG’s 170th Operations Support Squadron. Overall, the 170th Group consists of 80 authorized personnel, to include 35 full-time and 45 traditional, or part-time, ANG members.

The 170th was reactivated in a ceremony on 7 July 2007 at Offutt Air Force Base.


Established at Newark Airport on 18 January 1964 when the 150th Air Transport Squadron was expanded from a squadron to Group level. Operated C-121 Constellation long distance transports, primarily for passenger movements to Europe, also flew to the Caribbean and to Japan, Thailand, South Vietnam, Australia and the Philippines during the Vietnam War.

The Constellations were retired in 1973, being replaced with the C-7 Caribou light transport, which were withdrawn from service in the Vietnam War. The C-7s were used for carrying small payloads in combat areas with rough airstrips. In 1977 upon the receipt of Boeing KC-135 Stratotankers the unit became the 150th Air Refueling Squadron.

On 1 October 1993, the 170th Air Refueling Group was consolidated with the New Jersey Air National Guard's senior 108th Air Refueling Wing at McGuire for budgeting resaons. The 170th Air Refueling Group was inactivated while its 150th Air Refueling Squadron remained active, being assigned to the 108th Operations Group as its second KC-135 Squadron (along with the 141st ARS).


  • Designated 170th Air Transport Group, and allotted to New Jersey ANG, 1964
Extended federal recognition and activated, 18 January 1964
Re-designated: 170th Military Airlift Group, 8 January 1966
Re-designated: 170th Tactical Airlift Group, 1 July 1973
Re-designated: 170th Air Refueling Group, 1 April 1977
Inactivated on: 30 September 1993
  • Allocation to New Jersey ANG withdrawn, 1 July 2007
Designated 170th Group, and allotted to Nebraska ANG, 11 July 2007
Extended federal recognition and activated, 7 July 2007


Gained by: Military Air Transport Service
Gained by: Military Airlift Command, 8 January 1966
Gained by: Strategic Air Command 1 April 1977-1June 1992
Gained by: Air Combat Command, 1 June 1992-1 October 1993
Gained by: Air Combat Command





 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

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