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This page briefly describes the 166th Airlift Wing, the only flying unit in the Delaware Air National Guard, founded in 1946. The wing and Headquarters, Delaware ANG, are located at the New Castle Air National Guard Base, 2600 Spruance Drive, New Castle, DE 19720. We share the dual-use New Castle Airport (civilian and military) in New Castle County, Delaware. Our people perform many vital roles that the Air Force, the nation and the state may need during a time of crisis.

166th Airlift Wing Mission Statement:
The mission of the 166th Airlift Wing is to provide tactical airlift and airdrop of troops, cargo and passengers using C-130 aircraft, plus aeromedical evacuation, civil engineer and network warfare functions.

166th Airlift Wing Vision Statement:
To be ready, relevant, and reliable Airmen who are highly trained and motivated to aid the state and nation.

166th Airlift Wing

The 166th Airlift Wing, Delaware Air National Guard, has over 1,100 men and women at the New Castle ANG Base in New Castle, Del. The 166th AW provides tactical airlift and airdrop of troops and cargo using C-130H2 aircraft, plus aeromedical evacuation, civil engineer and network  warfare functions. 

Learn about our history.

Headquarters

166th Airlift Wing Headquarters is comprised of the command section, eight subordinate wing staff agencies (considered the personal staff of the commander), one special program, and the 166th Comptroller Flight.

The wing command section includes the commander, vice commander, command chief master sergeant, first sergeant and human resource advisor.

The wing's eight wing staff agencies are Chaplain (HC), Command Post (CP), Equal Opportunity (EO), Inspector General (IG), Plans and Programs (XP), Public Affairs (PA), Safety (SE), and Staff Judge Advocate (JA).

The wing's one special program is the Sexual Assault Resource Center (SARC).

The 166th Comptroller Flight (CPFT) is comprised of 11 individuals who are dedicated to providing superior resource management and value-added decision support, accurately paying our customers in a timely manner, embodying the Air Force core values, providing outstanding customer service, and supporting the overall mission of the 166th Airlift Wing, our state and nation.

166th Maintenance Group

The 166th Maintenance Group is responsible for the maintenance of eight C-130 H2 aircraft. These cargo aircraft provide tactical airlift and airdrop missions all over the world in support of in-place and deployed combat operations. Peacetime activities include humanitarian missions, training and providing well maintained, highly mission capable aircraft for tasking. The 166th MXG is comprised of the 166th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, the 166th Maintenance Operations Flight and the 166th Maintenance Squadron.

166th Medical Group

The 166th Medical Group ensures that the personnel of the Delaware Air National Guard, and others as designated, are medically qualified for flight duty and world-wide deployment. The 166th MDG provides medical services supporting unit wartime tasking, state emergencies and natural disasters.

166th Mission Support Group

The 166th Mission Support Group manages people and resources in support of the war fighter to ensure that all personnel are ready and able to deploy in support of contingencies and exercises anywhere in the world. The group is comprised of the 166th Civil Engineer Squadron, 166th Communications Flight, 166th Force Support Squadron, 166th Logistics Readiness Squadron and the 166th Security Forces Squadron.

166th Operations Group

The mission of the 166th Operations Group is to train and supply mission ready tactical airlift and aeromedical aircrews. Combat trained aircrews are prepared to respond to state, national and world-wide contingencies and disasters. The group has three squadrons; the 166th Operations Support Squadron, the 142nd Airlift Squadron and the 142nd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron. The group flies the C-130 H2 model cargo transport aircraft. 

166th Operations Support Squadron
The 166th OSS is responsible for providing airfield management, intelligence, tactics, long and short range mission planning and aircrew support services to the group and any transient customers. The squadron enables the 142nd AS and 142nd AES to meet any assigned mission.

142nd Airlift Squadron
The mission of the 142nd Airlift Squadron is to provide combat ready aircrew for state, national and worldwide deployment in support of any assigned mission. The squadron's mission capability includes all weather, day and night, airland, airdrop and aeromedical evacuation capability. The C-130 aircraft is inter-theatre and intra-theatre capable. The squadron is also capable of supplying specially trained aircrews for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) operations when called upon. The "flying" squadron consists of pilots, navigators, flight engineers and loadmasters, and includes life support and administrative support sections.

142nd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron
The mission of the 142nd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron is to provide the "Best Care in the Air" with trained and qualified aeromedical evacuation crews mission-ready for state, national and worldwide deployment in support of any assigned mission. The squadron's mission capability includes nurses, medical technicians, administrative specialists and more. The squadron is ready to fill the need when events like natural disasters, war or routine medical transportation by air is required. AES crews consist of five people; two nurses and three medical technicians. The crew carries with them the necessary equipment to quickly turn any cargo aircraft in the Air Force inventory into a flying ambulance.