Tulsa Air National Guard Base
|Tulsa Air National Guard Base|
|Part of Oklahoma Air National Guard|
|Located near: Tulsa, Oklahoma|
|138th Fighter Wing F-16 Fighting Falcons|
|Controlled by||United States Air Force|
138th Fighter Wing
|IATA: TUL – ICAO: KTUL – FAA LID: TUL|
|Elevation AMSL||677 ft / 206 m|
- See: Tulsa International Airport for civil airport information
The 138th Fighter Wing (FW) of the Oklahoma Air National Guard (OANG) occupies 81 acres (330,000 m2) on the Tulsa International Airport, located approximately 7 miles (11 km) northeast of downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma. The unit currently flies the F-16 Falcon. The 138th FW occupies 15 administrative, 24 industrial, and 5 services buildings totaling approximately 327,000 square feet (30,400 m2). There are currently 328 full-time personnel and unit-training drills conducted once each month result in a surge of up to a total of 1150 personnel.
An Army Aviation Support facility supplies and services a fleet of more than 20 helicopters.
The federal mission of the 138th Fighter Wing is to maintain combat forces ready for mobilization, deployment and employment as needed to support national security objectives. Additionally, its state mission is to support the governor of the state of Oklahoma with units organized, equipped and trained in the proteection of life and property, and preservation of peace, order and public safety under competent orders of authority.
After conversion to the F-16, the 138th Fighter Wing has participated in both Operation Provide Comfort and Operation Northern Watch enforcing the No-Fly Zone in Northern Iraq. Additionally, the laser targeting pod system for precision guided monitoring has been incorporated into the unit mission.
F-16s, belonging to the 138FW, Tulsa, OK fly General Purpose missions. The unit is doing a lot of Night Vision Goggle training. Rivers MOA is scheduled by the 138FW but is a long way for them to get to. Eureka MOA is more available now since the 184FW converted from fighters to bombers, freeing up the airspace for other users. Smoky Hill range is the range most commonly used by the 138FW for their air-to-ground training requirements and it also has the advantage of Bison MOA adjacent to the range. Razorback Range in Arkansas and Falcon Range in Oklahoma are used occasionally. The 138th Fighter Wing deployed to Turkey in 1996 in support of Operation Northern Watch