Nov. 4, 2007

192nd Fighter Wing activates at Langley

The squadrons making up the 192nd Fighter Wing, in formation at the 27th Fighter Squadron at Langley Air Force Base on Oct. 13, stand ready for the unit activation ceremony. The 192nd Fighter Wing is now officially integrated with the 1st Fighter Wing as an associate wing where both maintain separate administrative command, but share aircraft and equipment and work together functionally to accomplish the same mission. (Photo by Master Sgt. Carlos Claudio, Virginia Air National Guard)

By Senior Airman Meaghan McNeil
192nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va.– Members of the 192nd Fighter Wing made their move to Langley official during the 192nd FW's activation ceremony, held at the 27th Fighter Squadron here Oct. 13.

The ceremony enacted the 192nd's activation order given Oct. 1, transferring the 192nd FW from the Richmond International Airport in Sandston, Va., to Langley.

As part of the Total Force Integration, the merging of the 1st Fighter Wing and the 192nd FW serves several purposes, including a way to best use manpower while saving taxpayer dollars, according to Lt. Gen. Craig R. McKinley, Air National Guard director.

"The National Guard Bureau is very proud of the Commonwealth of Virginia for this very visible move from Richmond to Langley," said General McKinley as he thanked the commanders here for welcoming the 192nd to Langley.

At Langley, the 192nd FW will serve as a classic associate wing, which is comprised of not only drill-status Guardsmen, but also full-time, Active Guard Reserve and military technicians who support three different missions: the Combat Air Force Logistics Support Center, the 480th Intelligence Wing Distributed Ground System and the 1st FW's air dominance mission, the F-22A.

Maj. Gen. Robert B. Newman Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, hands
the 192nd Fighter Wing guideon to Col. Jay M. Pearsall, 192nd Fighter Wing Commander, during the unit’s activation ceremony at the 27th Fighter Squadron Oct. 13. Watching the passing of the guideon, (far left) is Lt. Gen. Craig R. McKinley, Air National Guard Director. Preparing to receive the flag from Colonel Pearsall is 192nd Command CMSgt. Susanne Meehan. (Photo by Master Sgt. Carlos Claudio, Virginia Air National Guard)

Because of the 192nd's gradual integration with the 1st FW, the Guard unit has had the opportunity to contribute to the total force teaming on every Raptor deployment since May 2005, including Exercise Northern Edge in Alaska, the Raptor's first Red Flag at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., and even the F-22A's deployment to Kadena Air Base, Japan, said Col. Jay Pearsall, 192nd FW commander.

The colonel thanked Brig. Gen. Mark Barrett, 1st Fighter Wing commander, for his "outstanding team of professionals and warmly welcoming (the 192nd) to the Langley total force team."

"It's the way it ought to be," said General Barrett. "I've been flying and fighting with my Guard and Reserve brothers for my whole career; we can't do it without them."

As a result of the 192nd's activation at Langley, several units from the wing will inactivate in late October, including the 192nd's Services Flight, Communications Flight, Civil Engineer Squadron, Logistics Readiness Squadron and Dets. 2 and 3.

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