The Michigan Air National Guard is the air force militia of the State of Michigan, United States of America. It is, along with the Michigan Army National Guard, an element of the Michigan National Guard, the Michigan Air National Guard is also an Air Reserve Component of the United States Air Force. As a state militia, the Michigan Air National Guard are not in the United States Air Force chain of command unless it is federalized. They are under the jurisdiction of the Governor of Michigan though the office of the Michigan Adjutant General unless they are federalized by order of the President of the United States. The Michigan Air National Guard is headquartered at the Joint Forces Headquarters compound, located in Lansing, Michigan, Michigan ANG units are trained and equipped by the Air Force and are operationally gained by a Major Command of the USAF if federalized. State missions include disaster relief in times of earthquakes, hurricanes, floods and forest fires, search and rescue, protection of public services. At the time the C-27J was the newest cargo aircraft in the Air Force inventory, the missions of the C-27 would have included direct support of Army units, homeland security, disaster response, and medical evacuation, as well as multiple other Federal and State requirements. Due to political decisions, the C-27 mission was replaced with a new Remotely Piloted Aircraft MQ-9 Reaper mission, the Wing also supports the Air Force Special Operations Command with its 107th Weather Flight. Support Unit Functions and Capabilities, Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center Houses the Combat Readiness Training Center which trains various units from National Guard, the origins of the Michigan Air National Guard can be traced back to the 107th Aero Squadron, which was organized on 27 August 1917. The squadron assembled, serviced, and repaired aircraft during World War I and it was re-designated 801st Aero Squadron on 1 February 1918 and inactivated after the end of the war on 18 March 1919. The Militia Act of 1903 established the present National Guard system, units raised by the states but paid for by the Federal Government, if federalized by Presidential order, they fall under the regular military chain of command. On 1 June 1920, the Militia Bureau issued Circular No.1 on organization of National Guard air units and it was reformed on 7 May 1926, as the 107th Observation Squadron and is oldest unit of the Michigan Air National Guard. It is one of the 29 original National Guard Observation Squadrons of the United States Army National Guard formed before World War II. The 116th Observation Squadron was ordered into service on 15 October 1940 as part of the buildup of the Army Air Corps prior to the United States entry into World War II. The unit was activated again on 15 October 1940, being redesignated 107th Observation Squadron with Douglas O-38 and it was sent to the airfield at Camp Beauregard, Louisiana for unit training on 28 October 1940. In 1941, the 107th was joined by two other National Guard observation units to form the 67th Observation Group, the 67th Group did anti-submarine patrolling off the East Coast of the US from mid-December 1941 to March 1942, when it returned to Louisiana for training in fighter aircraft. Under War Department policy, many of Michigans National Guard units were detached from their former organizations, such was the case for the 107th Observation Squadron, which entered service with the 32nd Division. The squadron was attached to the 67th Fighter Reconnaissance Group
107th Fighter Squadron - A-10 Thunderbolt II taking off from Selfridge AGB, Detroit. The 107th FS is the oldest unit in the Michigan Air National Guard, having over 80 years of service to the state and nation
Michigan Air National Guard North American P-51D Mustang 44-73227, 1946, prior to the formal establishment of the Air National Guard in September 1947.