The Air National Guard Readiness Center develops, manages and directs Air National Guard Programs which implement national-level policies set by the Department of Defense, the Air Force and the National Guard Bureau. It also performs operational and technical functions to ensure combat readiness of ANG units and is a channel of communication between the NGB and the states on ANG operational activities.
The commander, ANGRC, is responsible for three detachments and 13 operating locations with an authorized strength of 600 military and civilian personnel. Its mission is to provide service and support to the ANG and help accomplish its total Air Force mission.
When established in August 1977, ANG staff-policy functions (NGB) and operational functions (ANGRC) were officially separated. The building is a three-story structure with 87,300 feet of office space.
The old ANG Field Support Center was at Edgewood Arsenal, MD. After a three year, eight month tenure at the Army station most of 1977 was required to assemble approximately 115 personnel in five buildings at Andrews. The combined force consisted mostly of personnel relocated from our NGB divisions and Edgewood. Some special support skills also were recruited.
On June 1 1979 the old ANG Field Support Center at Edgewood Arsenal, MD., was inactivated as a named activity and, concurrent with inactivation, the Headquarters ANG Support Center was constituted as a direct reporting unit and assigned to the United States Air Force. This designated the ANG director as a dual position-one actively on the Air Staff and one as the ANG Support Center Commander.
The ANG Support Center was redesignated as a field operating agency of the National Guard Bureau in 1989 as a result of an internal reorganization. In late1990, the NGB at Andrews was redesignated as the Air National Guard Readiness Center.
Andrews AFB has been the home of the 113th Wing and associated District of Columbia Air National Guard units since 1946. Over the years, the 113th has flown nine different fighter aircraft, including the F-100 Super Sabre in which the unit conducted the first all-Air National Guard deployment to Europe in 1964. Four years later the 113th aviators employed the F-100 in combat in Vietnam following the Pueblo call-up.
Wing members were also called to active duty in the Korean War, the 1961 Berlin crisis and most recently Operation Desert Storm.
The wing flew the F-105 Thunderchief for 10 years before it converted to the F-4D Phantom II fighter in 1981. The 113th now flies the F-16C Fighting Falcon and only recently the C-21 Learjet and C-22 Boeing 727, as a result of the DCANG unit reorganization when the 201st Airlift Squadron became part of the wing in October 1985.
Formerly Detachment 1, Headquarters DCANG, the 201st AS performs operational airlift missions for the National Guard Bureau, the Air Force and the Department of Defense.
Training for air combat and operational airlift for national defense is the 113 this primary mission. However, as part of its dual mission, the 113th provides capable and ready response forces for the District of Columbia in the event of natural disaster or civil emergency. Members also assist local and federal law enforcement agencies in combating drug trafficking in the District of Columbia.
At Andrews, the 113th Wing, its associated DCANG units, and their people are full partners with the active Air Force.
The 121st Weather Flight is an Air Combat Command-gained Air National Guard unit which provides operationally ready weather observers, forecasters and officers for contingency support to First United States Army Headquarters, Fort Gillem, GA. And Simmons Army Airfield, Fort Bragg, N.C. in the event of war or national emergency.
The 121st WF performs crisis and consequence management weather support for Headquarters, First United States Army and backfill weather station support for Simmons Army Airfield when the18th Weather Squadron there deploys.
The primary peacetime mission is to train personnel, providing weather support through observations of current weather conditions, forecasts, weather watches/warnings, staff and aviation briefings, climatology and astronomical data. The flight uses automated data retrieval systems such as the Automated Weather Distribution System, Next Generation (Doppler) Radar, laser beam ceilometer (cloud base measuring device), fixed satellite receivers, Internet connected data bases and Air Force and Navy meteorological dial-in data retrieval systems.
The flight has called Andrews home since it was organized in 1953. One of only 33 ANG weather flights and the smallest independent unit in the DCANG, the flight has been recognized as a leader in the ANG weather flight program with the Maj. Gen. John W. Collens Award for Outstanding ANG Weather Unit, Non-Tactical, and the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, 1993-1995.
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