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116th Air Control Wing

The 116th Air Control Wing, part of the Georgia Air National Guard, provides mission ready Airmen to meet state and national objectives. 

The E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System, or JSTARS, is an airborne battle management, command and control, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance platform. Its primary mission is to provide theater ground and air commanders with ground surveillance over to support attack operations and targeting over land and water that contributes to the delay, disruption and destruction of enemy forces.


116th Air Control Wing
Economic impact to Georgia: ~$195 million
- Approximately 1,400 Total Force Airmen
- Composition: Drill status guardsmen, active guard reserve, Title 32 technicians (civil service), Title 9 civilian 
- Unites: 116th Operations Group, 116th Maintenance Group, 116th Mission Support Group, 116th Medical Group, 202nd Engineering Installation Squadron, 283rd Combat Communications Squadron, 139th Intelligence Squadron

Total Force:
- 461st Air Control Wing provides active duty Airmen to the JSTARS mission
- Army JSTARS provides mostly active duty Army personnel to the JSTARS mission

116th Air Control Wing Facts/Accomplishments
- 21 Outstanding Unit Awards: Most in the U.S. Air Force
- Nearly 120,000 combat flight hours since 9/11
- 15 years of continuous combat deployments
- $5.9 billion, low density/high demand fleet of aircraft supports 65% of U.S. Department of Defense moving target indicator requirements
- Serving six combatant commands globally
- Providing U.S. Pacific Command strategic coverage across one million square kilometers performing reconnaissance operations




Joint Army/Air mission providing trained and disciplined forces
- Counterdrug Task Force Program: partners with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies
- Youth ChalleNGe Academy: Provides "at-risk" youth academic training
- State partnership program with the countries of Argentina and Georgia; improving international security and building partnership capability






"Citizen Airmen" Domestic Operations...always ready, always there
- Medical Homeland Response: Doctors, Surgeons, Physicians Assistants, Nurses, EMT/Medics, Biological Environmental Engineers, Public Health
- Civil Engineering: Emergency Management, Route Clearance Packages, Explosive Ordnance Disposal
- Services: Mobile Kitchen, Personnel Management, Mortuary Affairs
- Security: Trained in air base ground defense, law enforcement, asset protection perimeter security
- Logistics: Joint reception, staging, onward movement and integration

(Current as of November 2018)