State Mission

Air National Guard units, under order of the Governor, provide protection of life and property, and preserve peace, order and public safety. State missions, funded by the individual states, 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.

When Guard units are in a non-mobilized status, they are commanded by the governor of their respective states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Territory of Guam, Territory of the Virgin Islands, and the commanding general of the District of Columbia National Guard. The governors (except in the District of Columbia) are represented in the chain of command by the Adjutant General of the state or territory.

Federal Mission

As part of the total Air Force, the Wisconsin Air National Guard provides operationally ready combat units and combat support units, and qualified personnel for active duty in the Air Force to fulfill Air Force war and contingency commitments. Wisconsin units are assigned to Air Force major commands during peacetime to accomplish this mission. The major commands establish training standards, provide advisory assistance, and evaluate units for training, readiness and safety programs.

Today, ensuring the security of America's skies is a mission the Air National Guard shares equally with the active Air Force. During a war or national emergency, the Air National Guard may be called to federal active duty by the President or Congress - as demonstrated in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Along with providing airlift and rescue the Wisconsin Air Guard has specialized support units. Radar and tracking systems specialists, civil engineers, aircraft mechanics, security police, communication systems specialists, cooks, munitions specialists, supply personnel and many others play a vital role in the Wisconsin Air Guard's federal mission.


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