Meridian Star

Local News

February 1, 2007

186th gets two new missions

186th gets two new missions

Air cargo and war fighting capabilities on the horizon

By Brian Livingston

staff writer

Governor Haley Barbour and State Adjutant General Harold Cross flew into G. V. Montgomery National Guard Complex in Meridian Thursday afternoon to announce not one, but two new missions for the 186th Air Refueling Wing.

"Since the inception of this Air National Guard unit in 1939, the people of east Mississippi and Meridian have demonstrated a strong patriotic commitment in the unit's contribution to national defense," said Barbour. "That support has been especially evident during the last three base realignment and closure cycles and has made a strong case for a new flying mission in Meridian."

Cross said Lt. Gen. Steven Blum, Chief of the National Guard Bureau, has designated Mississippi to receive a new Joint Cargo Aircraft mission as well as an Air Force War Fighting Headquarters, both assigned to the 186th Air Refueling Wing in Meridian. Both missions are expected to be in place by fiscal year 2011 and increase the number of personnel by approximately 180 men and women.

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