Guam Air National Guard

Summary

The Guam Air National Guard (GU ANG) is the aerial militia of Guam, an unincorporated territory of the United States of America. It is, along with the Guam Army National Guard, an element of the Guam National Guard.

Guam Air National Guard
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Guam Air National Guard Emblem
Active24 December 1980 - present
Country United States of America
Allegiance United States of America
 Guam
Branch United States Air Force
Part ofUS-AirNationalGuard-2007Emblem.svg Air National Guard
Guam National Guard
Garrison/HQAndersen Air Force Base, Guam
Commanders
Civilian leadershipPresident Joe Biden
(Commander-in-Chief)
Frank Kendall III
(Secretary of the Air Force)
Governor Lou Leon Guerrero
(Governor of Guam)
State military leadershipBG Johnny S. Lizama
Insignia
Emblem of the Guam Air National GuardGuam Air National Guard roundel.png

As territorial militia units, the units in the Guam Air National Guard are not in the normal United States Air Force chain of command. They are under the jurisdiction of the Governor of Guam though the office of the Guam Adjutant General unless they are federalized by order of the President of the United States. The Guam Air National Guard is headquartered at Andersen Air Force Base, and its commander is Colonel Botha.

OverviewEdit

Under the "Total Force" concept, Guam Air National Guard units are considered to be Air Reserve Components (ARC) of the United States Air Force (USAF). Guam ANG units are trained and equipped by the Air Force and are operationally gained by a Major Command of the USAF if federalized. In addition, the Guams Air National Guard forces are assigned to Air Expeditionary Forces and are subject to deployment tasking orders along with their active duty and Air Force Reserve counterparts in their assigned cycle deployment window.

Along with their federal reserve obligations, as territorial militia units the elements of the Guam ANG are subject to being activated by order of the Governor to provide protection of life and property, and preserve peace, order and public safety. Territorial missions include disaster relief in times of earthquakes, hurricanes, floods and forest fires, search and rescue, protection of vital public services, and support to civil defense.

ComponentsEdit

  • 254th Air Base Group
Gained by: Pacific Air Forces
During exercises, contingencies, or actual war, the 254th Air Base Group's mission is to provide meteorological support and deploy with, advise, and assist the ground force commander in planning, requesting, coordinating and controlling close air support, tactical air reconnaissance, and tactical airlift.[1] The Guam Air National Guard has a strength of about 450 women and men.

ReferencesEdit

  This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website https://www.afhra.af.mil/.

  1. ^ 254th ABG goang.com
  • Gross, Charles J (1996), The Air National Guard and the American Military Tradition, United States Dept. of Defense, ISBN 0160483026
  • Andersen Air Force Base

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