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, Chief of Staff and the Command Chief Master Sergeant.
The four groups under the wing are: Operations, Medical, Maintenance and Mission Support
The mission of the 172nd Operations Group is to train and supply mission ready tactical airlift and aero-medical aircrews for state, national and global contingencies. Included with the lethality of the C-17 Globemaster III aircraft, the group hosts an array of aircrew members, as well as flight doctors, nurses and medical administrative staff who can fly at a moments notice in support of state and federal missions. Subordinate units include:
The 172nd Maintenance Group is responsible for the maintenance of nine C-17 Globemaster III aircraft that provide tactical airlift, aero-medical and humanitarian services on a global level. Subordinate units include:
The 172nd Mission Support Group provides support to military members in order to enable rapid, decisive, expeditionary combat support to the joint warfighter. Sustainable base operations are vital to military members, civilian personnel and their families. The 172nd Mission Support Group 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. Subordinate units include:
The 172nd Medical Group offers an array of services geared toward providing care to drill-status Air National Guard members during training with the use of state-of-the-art medical equipment and a diverse group of medical professionals. The clinic, comprised of doctors, dentists and nurses, is well equipped and trained to provide full medical services during periods of active duty or upon activation.