The 165th Airlift Wing is located at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, Georgia. The165th AW, which currently flies the C-130H cargo aircraft, was created after World War II in 1946. The unit was officially mobilized first for the Korean War and then again for Operation Iraqi Freedom. The 165th provides air transport for airborne forces, their equipment and supplies with delivery by airdrop or airland, and to provide strategic airlift of personnel, equipment and supplies.


When Air National Guard units are not mobilized or under federal control, they report to the governor of their respective state, territory (Puerto Rico, Guam, Virgin Islands) or the commanding general of the District of Columbia National Guard. Each of the 54 National Guard organizations is supervised by the adjutant general of the state or territory. Under state law, the Air National Guard provides protection of life, property and preserves peace, order and public safety. These missions are accomplished through emergency relief support during natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes and forest fires; search and rescue operations; support to civil defense authorities; maintenance of vital public services and counterdrug operations.


The 165th Environmental Management Office is responsible for planning, programming, and implementing the installation's environmental protection programs in support of wing and host requirements in Savannah, Georgia.  For the environmental policy letter please contact the 165th AW Public Affairs Office. 


The Air National Guard's federal mission is to maintain well-trained, well-equipped units available for prompt mobilization during war and provide assistance during national emergencies (such as natural disasters or civil disturbances). During peacetime, the combat-ready units and support units are assigned to most Air Force major commands to carry out missions compatible with training, mobilization readiness, humanitarian and contingency operations such as Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.


The C-130 Hercules may be just one aircraft, but it has many critical roles. When troops and equipment need to get into hostile territory or supplies need to be delivered to natural disaster sites, this aircraft gets it done. It can airdrop loads up to 42,000 pounds or use its high-flotation landing gear to deliver cargo on rough, dirt strips. From utility helicopters to armored vehicles to military personnel, this aircraft can perform a wide range of operational airlift missions in both peace and wartime situations.


It is the policy of the 165th Airlift Wing to make agency records available to the public to the greatest extent possible in keeping with the spirit and intent of the Freedom of Information Act.

ang: A Short Story

The Air National Guard as we know it today -- a separate reserve component of the United States Air Force -- was a product of the politics of postwar planning and interservice rivalry during World War II. The men who planned and maneuvered for an independent postwar Air Force during World War II didn't place much faith in the reserves, especially the state-dominated National Guard. 

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