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 Operations group is to train and supply mission ready tactical airlift and aero-medical aircrews for state, national and global contingencies. Included with the beautifully lethality of the C-17 Globemaster aircraft, the group host 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:
Responsible for the maintenance of nine C-17 Globemaster aircraft that provide tactical airlift, aero-medical and humanitarian services on a global level. The MXG is a group of able bodied maintenance personnel at the top of their craft. Whether changing an aircraft tire or an array of electronics, MXG personnel who are craftsmen at the top of their game no only able to perform their mission, but to train others in their career fields, as well. Subordinate units include:
Providing mission support to military members in order to enable rapid, decisive, expeditionary combat support to the joint warfighter in just one aspect of the MSG. Sustainable base operating support is vital to a community of military and civilian personnel and their families. 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 is also another aspect of the following units:
The Medical Group offers an array of services geared toward the Drill Status Guard member during UTA with the use of state of the art medical equipment and top notch medical personnel. The clinic, however, is well trained to provide doctors, dentists, nurses and shots/vaccines during periods of active duty or upon activation.