Originally known as the 183d Tatical Reconnaissance Squadron in 1957, the unit has transitioned from its original night photo mission to an airlift mission under its current 172d Airlift Wing designation.
Discover the tremendous history of this unit that has seen it fly various aircraft while supporting critical missions that have been successfully carried out in the state, our nation and globally.
The Air National Guard as we know it today -- a separate reserve component of the United States Air Force -- was a product of the politics of postwar planning and interservice rivalry during World War II. The men who planned and maneuvered for an independent postwar Air Force during World War II didn't place much faith in the reserves, especially the state-dominated National Guard.
The history of the Mississippi Air National Guard began with the 153rd Observation Squadron, which originated on September 27, 1939, at Key Field, Meridian, Miss. In less than thirteen months, on October 15, 1940, it was ordered to active service during World War II and was deactivated on December 15, 1945. Reinstated on August 19, 1946 as the 153rd Fighter Squadron, the unit was "probably the first National Guard unit to be reorganized" after the war. This unit, now known as the 186th Aerial Refueling Wing, has continued without interruptions to the present time.