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Utah Air National guard

Founded on Nov. 18, 1946, the Utah Air National Guard (UTANG) is located on more than 82 acres of the northeast corner of the Salt Lake International Airport.

There are more than 1,400 trained and dedicated men and women serving in the UTANG to defend the United States of America.


UTANG assignments include real-world military operations and daily activities necessary to support state and federal missions and training requirements around the world.

The UTANG began as a fighter/bomber unit, and its mission has changed three times since 1946. The type of aircraft flown by the Wing has changed seven times. The current aircraft are KC-135R aerial refuelers, which were assigned to Utah in 1978 when the 151st ARW became part of the Strategic Air Command.

The Wing transferred to the Air Mobility Command in June 1992. Since then, the aircraft’s cargo and personnel transportations capabilities have been more frequently utilized.

Historical examples of federal services are numerous. Many UTANG members were called to serve 21 months during the Korean Conflict. Flying F-86 fighter aircraft, 10 pilots flew more than 100 missions each. One UTANG pilot, Capt. Cliff Jolley, shot down seven Soviet-made MIG-15 aircraft and became the first Air Guard “Ace” of the Korean Conflict. Two Utah pilots were killed during this conflict.

During the Middle East crisis in August 1990, UTANG members were some of the first to volunteer in support of Operation Desert Shield/Storm. UTANG’s support of this operation continued well into 1991. Since that time members have supported national drug-interdiction activities and have provided air refueling for tactical and transportation aircraft supporting military activities involving Bosnia, Kosovo and Southwest Asia. Additionally, members of the UTANG supported the Salt Lake 2002 Winter Olympics in various capacities.

The UTANG continued distinctive federal service during 2010 with missions around the globe in support of Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and Noble Eagle. The UTANG also supported numerous NATO operations, Air Expeditionary Forces (AEF) rotations, as well as missions supporting 1st Air Force, Southern Command and Africa Command.

Critical personnel resources needed to accomplish these and other UTANG missions were supported through recruiting, retention, workforce-diversity and family-readiness programs directed by headquarters leaders.

Local communities also saw continuing benefits from the UTANG. Activities included Sub-for-Santa, blood drives, Freedom Academy, Adopt-a-School program, Scouting for Food and other service projects throughout the year. The UTANG continues to maintain its high state of readiness should the State of Utah need support during a natural disaster, civil disturbance or major event.