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Published: 2015/01/17
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Dust Off At Dusk - 115th Fighter Wing ANG F-16
Published: 2010/05/13
Channel: AIRBOYD
115th Fighter Wing Mission Video
115th Fighter Wing Mission Video
Published: 2017/08/30
Channel: 115th Fighter Wing, Wisconsin Air National Guard
115th Fighter Wing -- 2015 Year in Review
115th Fighter Wing -- 2015 Year in Review
Published: 2016/02/07
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115th Fighter Wing returns from deployment to South Korea
115th Fighter Wing returns from deployment to South Korea
Published: 2017/11/09
Channel: Channel 3000 | News 3
115th Fighter Wing - End of Year Video
115th Fighter Wing - End of Year Video
Published: 2015/03/08
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Badgers Off To Baghdad - 115th Fighter Wing ANG F-16
Badgers Off To Baghdad - 115th Fighter Wing ANG F-16's
Published: 2010/05/13
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115th Fighter Wing Oct. 2018 Welcome Home Ceremony
115th Fighter Wing Oct. 2018 Welcome Home Ceremony
Published: 2017/11/21
Channel: Badger Air Community Council
Dedicated To Excellence - 115th Fighter Wing F-16
Dedicated To Excellence - 115th Fighter Wing F-16's
Published: 2010/05/26
Channel: AIRBOYD
115th Fighter Wing F-16s Taxi at Volk Field (HD)
115th Fighter Wing F-16s Taxi at Volk Field (HD)
Published: 2017/02/21
Channel: okrajoe
F-16 Flight 178th Fighter Wing ANG
F-16 Flight 178th Fighter Wing ANG
Published: 2010/05/12
Channel: AIRBOYD
F-16 Fighting Falcons Inflight • 115th Fighter Wing
F-16 Fighting Falcons Inflight • 115th Fighter Wing
Published: 2015/12/27
Channel: Gung Ho Vids
VIDEO: 115th Fighter Wing: Special Mission from Fallen Hero 7/1/10
VIDEO: 115th Fighter Wing: Special Mission from Fallen Hero 7/1/10
Published: 2010/07/02
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115th FW F-16 Launch
115th FW F-16 Launch
Published: 2009/10/01
Channel: Ashley Bell
115th Fighter Wing Jets Take Off Early In The Morning
115th Fighter Wing Jets Take Off Early In The Morning
Published: 2009/09/23
Channel: Channel 3000 | News 3
51st Fighter Wing Mission Video
51st Fighter Wing Mission Video
Published: 2016/03/22
Channel: Osan AirBase
115th Fighter Wing F-16 Inflight Air Refueling
115th Fighter Wing F-16 Inflight Air Refueling
Published: 2011/03/01
Channel: AIRBOYD
Close Air Support - 115th Fighter Wing ANG F-16
Close Air Support - 115th Fighter Wing ANG F-16's
Published: 2010/05/13
Channel: AIRBOYD
F-16 Fighting Falcon - 115th Fighter Wing F-16C Aircraft
F-16 Fighting Falcon - 115th Fighter Wing F-16C Aircraft
Published: 2010/06/03
Channel: Krzysztof Krzywonos
Members of 115th Fighter Wing welcomed home
Members of 115th Fighter Wing welcomed home
Published: 2013/03/12
Channel: Channel 3000 | News 3
115th Fighter Wing Key West TDY - 2014
115th Fighter Wing Key West TDY - 2014
Published: 2014/04/02
Channel: 115th Fighter Wing, Wisconsin Air National Guard
Members Of 115th Fighter Wing Begin Deployment
Members Of 115th Fighter Wing Begin Deployment
Published: 2009/09/19
Channel: Channel 3000 | News 3
115th Deploys to Japan
115th Deploys to Japan
Published: 2015/01/12
Channel: DoD News
115th Fighter Wing EOD Airmen demonstrate robot capabilities
115th Fighter Wing EOD Airmen demonstrate robot capabilities
Published: 2014/06/12
Channel: 115th Fighter Wing, Wisconsin Air National Guard
F-16
F-16's Flying Over Central Wisconsin
Published: 2015/11/14
Channel: Wisconsin Flying
115th Fighter WIng SAPR Awareness
115th Fighter WIng SAPR Awareness
Published: 2014/05/03
Channel: 115th Fighter Wing, Wisconsin Air National Guard
115th Fighter Wing Trains in Iceland in Support of NATO Training Exercises
115th Fighter Wing Trains in Iceland in Support of NATO Training Exercises
Published: 2012/10/27
Channel: okrajoe
Red Flag 17-1 F-16 Stringer
Red Flag 17-1 F-16 Stringer
Published: 2017/02/08
Channel: Adam V
Northern Viking 2011
Northern Viking 2011
Published: 2011/06/09
Channel: IGBROWN TEC
Send-off Ceremony for the 115th Fighter Wing
Send-off Ceremony for the 115th Fighter Wing
Published: 2017/10/26
Channel: Badger Air Community Council
2017 115 FW Airman Experience
2017 115 FW Airman Experience
Published: 2017/04/01
Channel: 115th Fighter Wing, Wisconsin Air National Guard
Wisconsin jets return home
Wisconsin jets return home
Published: 2017/02/13
Channel: 115th Fighter Wing, Wisconsin Air National Guard
178th Fighter Wing Vid
178th Fighter Wing Vid
Published: 2009/01/04
Channel: FusedIntention
Truax Fire trains w/Chicago Fire
Truax Fire trains w/Chicago Fire
Published: 2016/12/14
Channel: 115th Fighter Wing, Wisconsin Air National Guard
F-16 Falcon (Viper) High Speed Pass with Flares
F-16 Falcon (Viper) High Speed Pass with Flares
Published: 2015/05/04
Channel: Wisconsin Flying
Cajun Care 2014
Cajun Care 2014
Published: 2014/09/04
Channel: 115th Fighter Wing, Wisconsin Air National Guard
Minuteman Report - Wisconsin Airmen deploy to Pacific
Minuteman Report - Wisconsin Airmen deploy to Pacific
Published: 2015/01/15
Channel: IGBROWN TEC
115 FW 2014 remote flying operations
115 FW 2014 remote flying operations
Published: 2014/09/15
Channel: 115th Fighter Wing, Wisconsin Air National Guard
Team Truax
Team Truax
Published: 2015/10/14
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Dust Off at Dusk (WI)
Dust Off at Dusk (WI)
Published: 2009/02/09
Channel: AIRGUARD
Airman Experience
Airman Experience
Published: 2016/05/19
Channel: 115th Fighter Wing, Wisconsin Air National Guard
‪Veterans Day at Camp Randall Stadium, 11 Nov 2017 2:35 pm, 115th Fighter Wing Wisconsin Air Nation
‪Veterans Day at Camp Randall Stadium, 11 Nov 2017 2:35 pm, 115th Fighter Wing Wisconsin Air Nation
Published: 2017/11/11
Channel: Todd Jacobus
Wisconsin Guard F-16 Crash
Wisconsin Guard F-16 Crash
Published: 2011/06/08
Channel: IGBROWN TEC
115 Fighter Wing leads the way for clean energy
115 Fighter Wing leads the way for clean energy
Published: 2009/08/18
Channel: WisconsinGuard
2014 115 FW MISSION HIGHLIGHTS
2014 115 FW MISSION HIGHLIGHTS
Published: 2014/04/30
Channel: 115th Fighter Wing, Wisconsin Air National Guard
148th Fighter Wing F-16 B-roll
148th Fighter Wing F-16 B-roll
Published: 2016/04/01
Channel: Bridget Bosch
Air National Guard F-16 Fighter Jets Prep & Launch
Air National Guard F-16 Fighter Jets Prep & Launch
Published: 2016/07/17
Channel: AiirSource Military
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Published: 2015/07/27
Channel: 115th Fighter Wing, Wisconsin Air National Guard
Volk Field Operations During Northern Lightning Exercise *Largest F-35 Deployment to Date!*
Volk Field Operations During Northern Lightning Exercise *Largest F-35 Deployment to Date!*
Published: 2016/08/26
Channel: Wisconsin Flying
Red Flag Exercise
Red Flag Exercise
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115th Fighter Wing
176th Fighter Squadron - 3 ship formation.jpg
F-16s from the 176th FS on a routine training mission in the skies over Wisconsin[1]
Active 1950–1952, 1952–1958, 1961–present
Country  United States
Allegiance  Wisconsin
Branch US-AirNationalGuard-2007Emblem.svg  Air National Guard
Type Wing
Role Fighter
Part of Wisconsin Air National Guard
Garrison/HQ Truax Field Air National Guard Base, Madison, Wisconsin
Decorations Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
Commanders
Current
commander
Colonel Erik Peterson
Insignia
115th Fighter Wing emblem 115th Fighter Wing.png
Tail Code WI
Red stripe with "Wisconsin" in white letters

The 115th Fighter Wing is a unit of the Wisconsin Air National Guard, which is stationed at Truax Field Air National Guard Base, Madison, Wisconsin. If activated to federal service, the Wing is gained by the United States Air Force Air Combat Command.

As an Air National Guard unit, it is normally under the command of the Governor, but has a federal role as well. Currently the wing has personnel and/or aircraft assigned to Operation Noble Eagle, Operation Jump Start and regularly serves with the Air Expeditionary Force in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Units[edit]

The 115th Fighter Wing consists of the following units:

  • 115th Operations Group
  • 115th Mission Support Group
  • 115th Maintenance Group
  • 115th Medical Group

History[edit]

The wing was first activated as the 128th Fighter Wing in November 1950, when the Air National Guard converted its units to the Wing Base organization, which placed operational and support units under a single wing. Four months later, the wing was federalized in the second wave of Air National Guard callups for the Korean War, and assigned to Air Defense Command.[2] It moved to Truax Field near Madison, Wisconsin where both the 126th and 176th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron flew air defense training missions until being inactivated in February 1952. The wing returned to Wisconsin state control and to its station near Milwaukee in November.

Air defense[edit]

The wing trained for its air defense mission until 1958. It was again activated in April 1961, remaining in the air defense mission, although its original group at the same station assumed the air refueling mission. In June 1971, the squadron again moved from General Mitchel Field to Truxa Field, where the 115th Fighter-Interceptor Group was located.

In September 1972, the wing's 176th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron won the "William Tell Competition" in the F-102 category. The event, held at Tyndall Air Force Base, included top Air National Guard, Canadian Air Force and active US Air Force units worldwide. The competition included 12 teams of 48 aircraft, each team scored on aerial marksmanship, weapons control, weapons loading and maintenance.

Forward air control[edit]

In November 1974, the wing's gaining command changed from Air Defense Command to Tactical Air Command and its designation changed to the 128th Tactical Air Support Wing. With the realignment to TAC, in December 1974, the unit's F-102s were replaced by the Cessna O-2A Skymaster Forward Air Control (FAC) aircraft. The O-2 was the military version of the Cessna 337 Skymaster, a high wing, twin-boom aircraft with a unique centerline pusher/tractor twin engine configuration. The O-2A version was used in forward air control missions, often in conjunction with a ground forward air controller and a radio operator, maintenance, and driver (ROMAD) team.

In November 1979, the O-2s were replaced by the Cessna OA-37B Dragonfly forward air control aircraft. It was developed from the A-37 light attack plane which was used extensively in the Vietnam War as a counter-insurgency aircraft, with the surviving planes either being sold to the Republic of Vietnam Air Force or returned to the United States. The OA-37s were received from ANG units in Maryland and New York.

With most of the pilots and maintenance crews having prior jet aircraft experience with the F-102s, the unit was able to transition the OA-37 to C-1 status, (full combat ready), in less than six months. Awards during the OA-37 era included an overall rating of "Excellent" in the unit's Operational Readiness Inspection, the Distinguished Flying Award and its first Air Force Outstanding Unit Award.

Close air support[edit]

On 1 October 1981, the group was redesignated the 128th Tactical Fighter Wing. Along with the mission change came a new aircraft, the Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II, nicknamed the "Warthog". The OA-37s were sent to other ANG units; survivability made the A-10 an excellent weapons delivery system for ground targets. The A-10's most dominant feature is its seven-barrel GAU-8/A 30 mm cannon, capable of firing at up to 70 "tank busting" rounds per second.

During the A-10 era, the unit received two Outstanding Unit Awards, three Air Force Flight Safety Awards, and in 1991 an "Outstanding" in its Unit Effectiveness Inspection. Deployments with the A-10 included Operation Coronet Cove to Panama, and "Checkered Flag" missions to NATO bases in West Germany and England.

Current mission[edit]

USAF F-16C block 30 #87-0278 from the 176th FS sits on the runway in Madison on 28 June 2008 during the Rhythm and Booms Fireworks display. Note the 60th Anniversary paint scheme on the tail

With the end of the Cold War, the early 1990s marked several changes. On 16 March 1992, the wing became the '128th Fighter Wing and shortly thereafter changed its mobilization command change from Tactical Air Command to the newly created Air Combat Command.

In 1993, the wing began transitioning from the A-10A to the F-16C/D block 30 Fighting Falcon airframes with the enlarged inlet, the A-10s were transferred to other ANG units. The first F-16s arrived at Truax ANGB on 1 April 1993. The current role of the 176th FS is air-interdiction and close air support (CAS). This was the same task as when they flew the A-10, although the transition to the F-16 meant a huge change in the overall execution of this mission when comparing the A-10 with the F-16.

On 11 October 1995, the 128th Fighter Wing was renamed the 115th Fighter Wing and converted to the Objective Wing organization with its operational squadron assigned to the 115th Operations Group. The 128th designation duplicated that of the 128th Air Refueling Wing at General Mitchell Air National Guard Base]], another Wisconsin Air National Guard unit, which upgraded from group status.

Operations participated in by the 115th Fighter Wing include: Operation Coronet Chariot, Karup AS, Denmark 1994, Operation Northern Watch, Incirlik AB, Turkey 1997, Operation Southern Watch, Al Jaber AB, Kuwait 1997-98, Operation Southern Watch, Prince Sultan AB, Saudi Arabia 1999, Operation Coronet Nighthawk, Curacao, Netherlands Antilles 2001, Operation Enduring Freedom, Al Udeid AB, Qatar 2004–05, Balad AB, Iraq, 2006, 08, & 09, Africa, 2013 and Operation Noble Eagle, from 11 September 2001 to the present.

In its 2005 BRAC Recommendations, the DoD recommended to close Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico. As a result, three of the 27th Fighter Wing's F-16s were to be distributed to the 115th Fighter Wing amongst other aircraft moves.

The 176th Fighter Squadron celebrated its 60th anniversary in October 2008.

Today the wing is capable of air-to-air, close air support and precision guided bombing missions. The wing operates the latest generation of munitions such as the JDAM series bombs and the AIM-9X air-to-air missile.[citation needed]

Lineage[edit]

  • Established as the 128th Fighter Wing on 25 October 1950 and allotted to the Air National Guard
Activated on 1 November 1950 and given federal recognition
Federalized and called to active duty on 1 February 1951
Redesignated 128th Fighter-Interceptor Wing on 10 February 1951[2]
Inactivated on 6 February 1952[2]
Released from active duty, returned to Wisconsin state control and activated on 1 November 1952
Redesignated 128th Air Defense Wing on 15 April 1956
Inactivated on 10 March 1958
Activated on 1 August 1961
  • Redesignated 128th Fighter-Interceptor Wing on 1 June 1972
  • Redesignated 128th Tactical Air Support Wing on 9 November 1974
  • Redesignated 128th Tactical Fighter Wing on 15 November 1981
  • Redesignated 128th Fighter Wing on 15 March 1992
  • Redesignated 115th Fighter Wing on 11 October 1995

Assignments[edit]

Gaining commands[3]
Air Defense Command, 1 November 1952 - 19 March 1958
Air Defense Command, 1 April 1961
Tactical Air Command, 9 November 1974
Air Combat Command, 1 June 1992 - present

Components[edit]

Groups
Operational Squadron

Stations[edit]

  • Billy Mitchell Field, 1 November 1950
  • Truax Field, Wisconsin, 16 February 1951 - 6 February 1952
  • Billy Mitchell Field, 1 November 1952 - 10 March 1958
  • Billy Mitchell Field, 1 April 1961
  • Truax Field (later Truax Field Air National Guard Base, 1 June 1972 – present

Aircraft[edit]

References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

  1. ^ Aircraft are F-16C block 30s serials 87-349, #87-261 and #87-262. Taken on 16 October 2008
  2. ^ a b c d e f Cornett & Johnson, p. 63
  3. ^ The command to which the wing would be assigned in a general mobilization

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