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159th Louisiana Air National Guard


The present day Louisiana Air National Guard was originally formed in December 1940 as the 122nd Observation Squadron, a National Guard unit of the then "US Army Air Corps.” Since its inception, the LA ANG has participated in World War II, the Korean Conflict, the Cold War, Operations Enduring Freedom, Northern Watch and Southern Watch, Kosovo War, Operation Noble Eagle, Air Expeditionary Force Deployments, Operation Iraqi Freedom, the Global War on Terrorism, Task Force New Horizon and Operation New Dawn.

The United States Air Force's 159th Fighter Wing is an Air National Guard airlift unit operationally-gained by the Air Combat Command and located at Naval Air Station, Joint Reserve Base, New Orleans. The Louisiana Air National Guard’s flying unit, the 159th Fighter Wing, is nicknamed the "Bayou Militia” and flies F-15C and F-15D Golden Eagle aircraft.

The159th Fighter Wing is comprised of an Operations Group, Maintenance Group, Medical Group and Mission Support Group. Four geographically separated units are also attached to the 159th Fighter Wing: the 122nd Air Support Operations Squadron located in Pineville, the 259th Air Traffic Control Squadron located in Alexandria, the 236th Combat Communications Squadron located in Hammond and the 214th Engineering Installation Squadron located in Belle Chasse. Each of these geographically separated units has its own distinct mission.

The Louisiana Air Guard is unique compared to other reserve force components in that it is tasked with dual missions. The wing provides worldwide deployable aircraft and combat resources; operated, maintained and supported by professional Louisiana Airmen dedicated to supporting both Federal and State missions.

The LA ANG provides its Airmen the opportunity to enjoy civilian life while contributing to the welfare of their country, state and community.

A trained force of more than 1,400 men and women, the 159th Fighter Wing is home to one of the Air National Guard's premier F-15 fighter wings.

The Louisiana Air National Guard/159th Fighter Wing was awarded the coveted "Outstanding Air National Guard Unit" in 2010. This prestigious award is given annually to the Air National Guard unit which meets or exceeds the criteria from the National Guard Bureau. In addition, the wing received a “EXCELLENT” rating during their Operational Readiness Inspection in both 2009 and 2010. These Airmen have shown extreme professionalism and dedication to their mission of protecting the United States and its allies.

159th Fighter Wing

The 159th Fighter Wing’s Mission Statement is as follows:

• Provide fully manned units prepared to accomplish all Federal, State and local missions
• Provide high quality support to Airmen and their families
• Add value to our communities by involvement in State and local programs

The wing is comprised of four main functional groups: operations, maintenance, mission support and medical; each with its own host of squadrons and four geographically separated as mentioned above.

The Operations Group
The Operations Group has two subordinate units, the 122d Fighter Squadron and 159th Operations Support Flight. The group trains and supports aviators to maintain regular flying schedules, to support the alert mission, for immediate worldwide deployments and employment in accordance with war plans.

122nd Fighter Squadron
The 122nd Fighter Squadron is a diverse and dynamic squadron that is combat ready to deploy anywhere, anytime employing the venerable air superiority F-15C/D Eagle Fighter. This worldwide commitment is the driving force behind a sharply honed team of professionals and has resulted in deployments around the world. Together with the 159th Fighter Wing, the 122nd Fighter Squadron is tasked to provide air superiority over Louisiana and the Gulf Coast while supporting North American Aerospace Defense Command. To perform this vital role requires active air defense alert 24-hours a day, 365 days a year at NAS JRB New Orleans.

Maintenance Group
To sustain this fast-paced tempo, the wing has a highly dedicated and well-trained cadre of maintenance and support personnel. The maintainers are tasked with on- and off-equipment maintenance of the Eagles, including aircraft servicing, unscheduled maintenance, pre-flight, through flights, basic post flights and combat turns with live or training ammunition. In addition, support personnel perform everything from operations life support and mobility to personnel and administrative functions.

Mission Support Group
With more than 500 military and civilian personnel, the 159th Mission Support Group is responsible for all base support and customer service for the wing and the geographically separated units at their sites throughout the state. The group also maintains combat and contingency readiness forces that deploy worldwide. This group encompasses the communications flight, civil engineering squadron, logistics readiness squadron, contracting, security forces squadron and the force support squadron.

Medical Group
The 159th Medical Group provides the following medical services: flight medicine, physical examinations, ophthalmology and optometry, public health, and bioenvironmental engineering. This includes providing medical support services to the geographically separated units at their sites throughout the state.

159th Fighter Wing Staff
The wing staff consists of several offices that fall directly under the commander: command post, chaplain, equal opportunity, judge advocate general, safety, financial management, visual information, and public affairs. The director of the Air National Guard Psychological Health Program is also part of the wing staff.

Federal Mission
The 159th Fighter Wing supports national security objectives by being a part of the Air Expeditionary Force participating in real world missions, supporting active duty forces, honing combat skills and specified training to meet assigned tasks.

State Mission
The National Guard’s purpose is to protect life and property, and to preserve peace, order and public safety for their state. The mission also includes information sharing with emerging countries on the importance of homeland defense.

Community Role
The 159th FW participates year round in local, state and national programs that add value to local towns, the state and nation.

The men and women who make up the 159th Fighter Wing will continue to defend the nation while transforming into the necessary force for the future. The wing will do this in both the expeditionary and homeland defense missions while continuing to uphold our military culture and connection to the community. The men and women of the 159th Fighter Wing serve proudly in the far reaches of the globe – and here at home – and will do so with distinction.


Department Phone Number
Command 391-8602
Accessories Section 391-8465
Accounting and Finance 391-8355
Administration 391-8315
Aerospace / Fabrication Support 391-8466
Air Force Advisor 391-8608
Aircraft Generation Officer 391-8438
Aircrew Debriefing 391-8681
Analysis 391-8447 / 48
Armory 391-8403
Avionics Maintenance Shop 391-8413 / 44
Base Services Officer 391-8421
Base Services NCO 391-8421
Bench Parts & Tool Storage 391-8392
Career Control 391-8339
Chaplain 391-8343
Civil Engineer 391-8413
Civil Engineering 391-8417
Command Post 391-8682
Commander 391-8600
Secretary 391-8600
Communications Commander 391-8501
Communications Maintenance Branch 391-8302
Consolidated Base Personnel Off (CBPO) 391-8327
Data Automation 391-8313
Egress Shop 391-8474
Engine Manager 391-8462
Environmental Shop 391-8472
Executive Officer 391-8611
Flight Line Maintenance 391-8457
Flight Records 391-8646
Flying Training Instructor 391-8630
Food Service 391-8421
Fuels System


Ground Support Equipment (Age) 391-8477
Gun Maintenance 391-8496
Information Security Programs 391-8398
Information Services 391-8310
Intelligence 391-8628
Inventory 391-8552
Jet Engine Shop 391-4711
Jet Engine Test Cell Area 391-8525
Judge Advocate 391-8505
Legal 391-8345
Logistics Group Commander 391-8610
Logistics Support Flight Commander 391-8445
Maintenance Squadron Commander 391-8500
Maintenance Administration 391-8435
Management & System Branch 391-8376
Material Control 391-8480
Material Management Branch 391-8388
Material Storage & Distribution Branch 391-8391
Medical Administration Support 391-1408
Medical Squadron 391-1410
Metal Processing 391-8471
Military Pay 391-8361
Multimedia 391-8347
Munitions Maintenance 391-9735/9726
Nondestructive Inspection Lab 391-8476
Operations Dispatch Center 391-8682
Operations Group Commander 457-8612
Organizational Maintenance 391-8429
Pass & ID 391-8329
Photo Lab 391-8347
Pick-Up & Delivery Section 391-8393
Plans Branch 391-8443
Plans & Scheduler / Documentation 391-8442
Pneudraulic Shop 391-8470
POL 391-8365
Programs & Mobility 391-8433
Public Affairs 391-8349
Publications Distribution Office (PDO) 391-8317
Quality Control 391-8449
Recruiting 391-8319 / 20 / 21
Re-enlistments & Separation 391-8339
Retail Sales 391-8394
Safety 391-8647
Security Police Commander 391-8405
Social Actions 391-8647
Stock Control Section 391-8390
Supply Systems Branch 391-8389
Support Group Commander 391-8606
Traffic Management Office 391-8379
Training 391-8332
Training (Maintenance) 391-8434
Vehicle Maintenance 391-8363
Vice-Commander 391-8602
WCS 391-8397
Weapons Loading 391-9792
Weapons Release Maintenance 391-9774
Weapons System Office 391-9793


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