Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base (1942–present) is an Air National Guard facility of the Ohio Air National Guard located near Lockbourne in southern Franklin County. The base was named for the famous early aviator and Columbus native Eddie Rickenbacker. It is the home of the United States Air Force's (121 ARW), which serves as the host wing and is an 121st Air Refueling Wing Air National Guard (ANG) unit operationally-gained by the Air Mobility Command (AMC).
Rickenbacker ANGB is part of a joint airfield operation as a tenant activity of the
Columbus Regional Airport Authority in a joint civil-military airfield arrangement with commercial airlines and other civilian aircraft operators utilizing the colocated Rickenbacker International Airport. Rickenbacker ANGB is also a joint military facility, with tenant activities of the Ohio Army National Guard (Army Aviation Support Facility #2), as well as Navy Reserve and Marine Corps Reserve units and associated facilities.
World War II, the installation was a U.S. Army Air Forces training base known as Lockbourne Army Airfield, becoming an air force base in 1948 a few months following the establishment of the U.S. Air Force as an independent branch of the U.S. armed forces. Rickenbacker ANGB is a former Strategic Air Command (SAC) base previously named Lockbourne AFB from 1948 to 1974 and later Rickenbacker AFB from 1974 to 1980. The facility was transferred from SAC and the active duty Air Force on 1 April 1980 and turned over to the Air National Guard.
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This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Government document " Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base".
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(Source of much of early history and information about turnover to civil authorities)