123rd Contingency Response Group

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123rd Contingency Response Group
Active 15 April 2009 - present
Country  United States
Allegiance  Kentucky
Branch US-AirNationalGuard-2007Emblem.svg  Air National Guard
Role "Respond in the event of a terrorist attack, natural disaster or other major emergency anywhere within a 400-mile radius of Louisville"
Engagements Operation Enduring Freedom
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Operation United Assistance Operation Inherent Resolve
Commanders
Current
commander
Lt Col Bruce Bancroft

The 123rd Contingency Response Group (CRG) is a unit of the 123rd Airlift Wing, Kentucky Air National Guard. Officially formed in 2009 it is the first of two Air National Guard CRG's along with the 108th CRG of the New Jersey Air National Guard.

Mission[edit]

The primary mission of the 123rd CRG is to provide rapidly deployable forces to the United States Air Force to open forward airfields in an expeditionary environment as a completely self-contained unit. In addition, due to its unique mobile capability, the 123rd CRG is also utilized to provide quick reaction logistical support for humanitarian missions including man-made and natural disasters.

The 123d has been described as an "air base in a box." The group acts as an early responder in the event of contingency operations worldwide. Its personnel are capable of deploying into remote airfields, providing command and control of aircraft, and establishing airfield operations so troops and cargo can flow into affected areas.[1]

Unit members represent a broad spectrum of specialties, including airfield security, ramp and cargo operations, aircraft maintenance, and command and control.

In 2010, the group was one of two Air Force contingency response units to establish overseas airlift hubs supporting earthquake-recovery efforts in Haiti, directing the delivery of hundreds of tons of relief supplies into the Dominican Republic for subsequent trucking to Haiti.[1]

Organization[edit]

The 123rd CRG is a subunit of the 123rd Airlift Wing, Kentucky Air National Guard. The CRG has two squadrons, the 123rd Global Mobility Squadron (GMS) and the 123rd Global Mobility Readiness Squadron (GMRS). The 123rd GMS provides operational support for forward airfields including the Airfield Operations Flight, Mobile Aerial Port Flight, and Aircraft Maintenance Flight. The 123rd GMRS provides logistical support for forward airfields including the Logistics Flight, Intelligence Flight, and Security Forces Flight (Phoenix Fist).

Deployments[edit]

Members of the 123rd CRG have deployed worldwide in support of many operations including Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Notably, many CRG members deployed on 12 hours notice in 2009 as a part of the largest activation of the Kentucky National Guard history during an ice storm that affected a majority of Kentucky.

On 21 January 2010, 40 members of the 123rd CRG deployed to the Dominican Republic in support of Operation Unified Response. This was the first organizational deployment for the 123rd CRG. Deployed as the 123rd Contingency Response Element, the CRG established an airfield in Barahona Dominican Republic and then relieved a response element from the 572nd CRG, an active duty unit from Travis Air Force Base, at San Isidro AB, near Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

The 123rd CRG was one of the first air force assets in Operation United Assistance, the US Response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. Deployed on 4 October 2014 to open an airfield for military cargo operations and to establish an aerial port of Debarkation at Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport in Dakar, Senegal. Within 60 days they were to hand off to the 787th Air Expeditionary Squadron to follow-on forces. 77 members from the CRG deployed under the direction of the United States Agency for International Development designed to transfer shipments from KC-10 Extenders, C-17 Globemaster IIIs and civilian 747s into Lockheed C-130 Hercules aircraft for use across the region.[1][2]

In 2017, the unit deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve to Qayyarah Airfied West (also called Q-West or Key West) during the Battle of Mosul. The unit provided air operations, command and control, and logistics support for US and coalition fixed wing and rotary wing assets.

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Greer, Maj. Dale (October 9, 2014). "Kentucky ANG establishes cargo hub in Senegal for Ebola response". 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs. Retrieved October 9, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Kentucky Air Guard completes Ebola-response mission in Senegal". U.S. Air Force. Retrieved 2015-11-13.