172d Airlift Wing

Regarded as the "Wings of the Deep South," the mission of the 172 AW is to constantly improve our combat capability to defend our nation and support our state. The wing's vision is to be the most responsive, most resourceful and most respected airlift wing on the planet.
With its fleet of nine C-17 aircraft, the Mississippi Air National Guard unit has a global reach with the ability to move, supply or position assets anywhere - with unrivaled velocity and precision.

The wing command section includes the commander, vice commander, command post and the Command Chief Master Sergeant.

172 AW staff offices include:

Safety, Judge Advocate, Finance, Chaplain, Plans and Public Affairs.

There are five major units under the wing. They include:

  • 172d Operations Group
  • 172d Medical Group
  • 172d Maintenance Group
  • 172d Mission Support Group


  • 172d Financial Management Services
  • 172d Family Readiness Office
  • 172d Medical Group
  • 172d Aircraft Generation Squadron

172d Operations Group

The mission of this group is to train and supply mission ready tactical airlift and aeromedical aircrews for state, national and global contingencies. Subordinate units include:

172d Maintenance Group

Responsible for the maintenance of nine C-17 aircraft that provide tactical airlift, aeromedical and humanitarian services on a global level. Subordinate units include:

  • 172d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
  • 172d Maintenance Squadron
  • 172d Maintenance Ops Flight
  • Det 18, MTF

172d Support Group

The 172d Mission Support Group provides mission support to military members who provide rapid, decisive, expeditionary combat support to the joint warfighter and sustainable base operating support to a community of military and civilian personnel and their families. The172d Mission Support Group also is responsible for developing combat-ready Airmen and a professional civilian workforce that protects the base community, provides quality of life services, maintains communications and real estate infrastructure, and equips and mobilizes the overall 172d Airlift Wing mission to deliver decisive combat power for global responses



The CRTC in Gulfport, MS is a GSU (Geographically Separated Unit) to the 172d Airlift Wing in Jackson, MS