926th Group

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926th Wing
926th Group - F-22 Raptor.jpg
Tech Sgt Donovan Williams, 926th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron (right), explains the intricacies of an F-22 Raptor to Chief Master Sg. Dwight Badgett, Air Force Reserve Command Chief, during his visit to the 926th Group
Active 17 January 1963–present
Country  United States
Branch  United States Air Force
Type Wing
Role Composite
Part of AFR Shield.svg  Air Force Reserve Command
Garrison/HQ Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada
Insignia
926th Group emblem 926th Group - emblem.png
Aircraft flown
Attack A-10 Thunderbolt II
Fighter F-22 Raptor
F-16 Fighting Falcon
F-15 Eagle
Reconnaissance MQ-9 Reaper
MQ-1 Predator

The 926th Wing (926 WG) is an Air Reserve Component (ARC) of the United States Air Force. It is assigned to the Tenth Air Force, Air Force Reserve Command, stationed at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.

The unit is a composite organization consisting of two Operations Groups, the 726th and 926th, gained by Air Combat Command and Air Force Space Command, with Geographic Separated Units (GSU)s at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada; Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, and Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado.

Overview[edit]

The 926th Wing is an associate unit to the United States Air Force Warfare Center at Nellis AFB. The unit provides reservists to the USAFWC as sustained expertise integrated at the operational and tactical levels of warfare. It continuously conducts combat operations, operational test and evaluation, tactics development, and advanced training to warfighters.

The 926th Wing's 726 OG supports the U.S. Air Force's first Unmanned Aircraft Systems wing, the 432d Wing/432d AEW, equipped with more than 100 MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aircraft, in its mission to train pilots, sensor operators and other UAS crewmembers, and conduct combat surveillance and attack operations worldwide.

Units[edit]

The 926th WG consists of two Operations Groups and thirteen squadrons located at Nellis and Creech AFBs and at other geographically separated locations:

  • 926th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
  • 926th Force Support Squadron
  • 926th Aerospace Medicine Squadron
  • 926th Civil Engineer Flight

History[edit]

Cold War[edit]

On 28 December 1963 the 926th Troup Carrier Group was established at NAS New Orleans, flying C-119 Flying Boxcar aircraft as part of a Tactical Air Command (TAC) decision to organize all troop carrier forces, regular Air Force and Air Force Reserve, into wing-group-squadron configurations. In 1967, the unit designation was changed to the 926th Tactical Airlift Group, reflecting broader airlift capabilities to include transporting equipment and supplies for deployments worldwide.

In 1969, the 926th TAG experienced another conversion as transitioned to the C-130 Hercules. In October 1972, members of the 926th TAG flew two C-130 aircraft into South Vietnam as part of the Air Force-wide program designed to provide the South Vietnamese with increased cargo capability before the war came to an end.

In 1977, the Air Force announced the 926th TAG would convert to the A-37 Dragonfly fighter aircraft, bringing with the conversion a combat mission and a new designation, the 926th Tactical Fighter Group. The 926th TFG continued to fly the A-37 until June 1982 when the group completed a conversion to the A-10 Thunderbolt II.

When Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990, the 926 TFG began deploying people in support of Operation Desert Shield. Then, in December 1990, approximately 450 members of the 926th TFG were recalled to active duty in support of Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm as the nation's first Air Force Reserve combat unit recalled to active duty.

Modern era[edit]

In February 1992, the unit was redesignated as the 926th Fighter Group. The name change reflected the inactivation of the Tactical Air Command and the establishment of its successor organization, the Air Combat Command (ACC). The group began conversion from the A-10 to the F-16 Fighting Falcon, which was complete by October that year. Two years later, on October 1, 1994, the unit officially became the 926th Fighter Wing.

In 1995, the 926 FW converted back to the A/OA-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft. The conversion was completed and the unit became combat-ready in September 1997.

In the late 1990s, the 926 FW participated in deployments patrolling the no-fly zones over Iraq in support of Operation Deny Flight, Operations Northern Watch and Southern Watch, and in 1999 returned to Kuwait to participate in Aerospace Expeditionary Force One.

After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, members of the 926h FW were mobilized and deployed to various locations worldwide in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Noble Eagle (ONE).

The 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission identified the 926 FW for inactivation, with personnel and aircraft relocating to four bases. The damage caused to NAS JRB New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina accelerated the process from two and a half years to nine months. By the spring of 2006, the A-10s transferred to Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, and Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, while logistics readiness support moved to Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado and the command element moved to Nellis AFB, Nevada.

In October 2007, the 926th Group (926 GP) was officially activated at Nellis AFB. With the growth of the AFRC support to the Air Warfare Center, the 926th Group was redesignated the 926th Wing on 5 December 2014. At the same time, two Operations Groups were activated to command the thirteen associated reserve squadrons.

Lineage[edit]

  • Established as 926th Troop Carrier Group, Medium and activated on 28 December 1962 (not organized)
Organized in the Reserve on 17 January 1963
Redesignated 926th Tactical Airlift Group on 1 July 1967
Redesignated 926th Tactical Fighter Group on 1 April 1978
Redesignated 926th Fighter Group on 1 February 1992
Redesignated 926th Fighter Wing on 1 October 1994
Redesignated 926th Group on 17 August 2007
Redesignated 926th Wing on 5 December 2014

Assignments[edit]

Attached to 354th Tactical Fighter Wing (Deployed), 1990-March 1991

Components[edit]

  • 726th Operations Group: 5 Dec 2014
  • 926th Operations Group: 1 Aug 1992-17 Aug 2007, 5 Dec 2014

Stations[edit]

Deployed to King Fahd International Airport, Saudi Arabia, 1990-March 1991
Deployed to Bagram AB, Afghanistan, 2002

Aircraft[edit]

References[edit]

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

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