U.S. Air Force - Air National Guard - 146th Airlift Wing
146th Airlift Wing Student Flight

About Us

The 146th AW's primary mission is to provide global military airlift capability to a full spectrum of state and federal agencies. Flying the Lockheed C-130J Super Hercules aircraft, the 146th has provided humanitarian relief in the aftermath of hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, and other disasters, in California, the United States and internationally.

The 146th is one of four C-130 ANG units whose contribution to the United States' aerial fire fighting capability includes equipment and techniques for efficient, effective suppression of large wildland fires from the air. Since 1974, using the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS) units supplied by the US Forest Service and mounted in four C-130s, the wing’s aerial fire fighting crews have been credited with saving many lives and countless millions of dollars worth of structures, forests, and brush land in California and other states and countries.

MAFFS II was used for the first time on a fire in July 2010, using the latest generation Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules aircraft. The 146th Airlift Wing was the first to transition to the MAFFS 2 system in 2008, and it remains the only unit flying the new system on the C-130J aircraft.


Air National Guard Federal Mission

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. Air National Guard units may be activated in a number of ways as prescribed by public law. Most of the laws may be found in Title 10 of the U.S. Code.

The Air National Guard provides almost half of the Air Force's tactical airlift support, combat communications functions, aeromedical evacuations and aerial refueling. In addition, the Air National Guard has total responsibility for air defense of the entire United States.

Air National Guard State Mission

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 146th Airlift Wing has been part of Southern California's rich aviation history since the mid-1920s. The wing traces its roots to the fledgling days of the 115th Observation Squadron, an early military aviation unit of the California National Guard's 40th Infantry Division. The 115th Observation Squadron was founded in the summer of 1924 at Clover Field in Santa Monica, the site of today's Santa Monica Airport.

Throughout the 1920s and into the 1930s, the 115th operated a variety of aircraft including the World War I-vintage Curtiss JN4-D 'Jenny', Douglas 02-H, Consolidated 0-17, and Douglas 0-38. In October 1938 the 115th began flying the North American 0-47, the unit's first all-metal monoplane.

Other aircraft flown by the wing since the late 1940s include truly classic military aircraft such as the B-26 Invader, B-45 Tornado, F/P-51 Mustang, F-80 Shooting Star, F-86 Sabrejet, and the C-97 flown for combat air support missions in the early 1950s in the Korean War, and again in the 1960s in the Southeast Asia Conflict.

1960 brought a new mission and a new aircraft. With transportation recognized as a critical wartime need, the 146th was selected to receive the C-97 "Stratofreighter" and was re-designated the 146th Air Transportation Wing. The 1970s brought a new name - the 146th Tactical Airlift Wing; a new command; and a new aircraft - the C-130E Hercules, aircraft we continue to fly even into the new millennium in addition to the C-130J.


When you join the Air National Guard, you don't just become a part of the world's greatest Air Force. You take advantage of a unique opportunity. The opportunity to enjoy the rewards and benefits of serving your country and community, while still having time to spend with your family, career, or school. After your initial Air National Guard training, you serve one weekend each month and two weeks every year, usually near your home. The rest of the time is yours to do whatever you like.

Enlistment Requirements

Non-prior service - The Air National Guard is looking for high quality individuals to take us into the 21st century. If you have never served in the military, and you meet the following qualifications, you may be just the person we're looking for:
1. High school graduate or equivalent.
2. 17-34 years old.
3. Be a United States citizen or a permanent legal resident.
4. No personal history of major law violations or illegal drug use.
5. Be in good health.
6. Meet Air Force height and weight standards.
7. Pass a written test.

Prior service - The following qualifications apply if you have prior military service:
1. Honorable discharge from last period of service.
2. Reentry code from last period of service that is not a bar to reenlistment.
3. Be able to complete 20 years of total combined service by age 60.
4. High school graduate or equivalent.
5. Be a United States citizen.
6. No personal history of major law violations or illegal drug use.
7. Be in good health.
8. Meet Air Force height and weight standards.
9. Pass the ASVAB test.

If you have any questions about your eligibility to join the Air National Guard, discuss them with one of our recruiters.





  • MSgt. Tate
    146th Airlift Wing
    100 Mulcahey Drive
    Port Hueneme, CA 93041
    Phone: (805) 986-7778
    Cell: (805) 850-8358
    Fax: (805) 986-7775
    E-mail: [email protected]

  • TSgt. Roberts
    146th Airlift Wing
    100 Mulcahey Drive
    Port Hueneme, CA 93041
    Phone: (805) 383-6379
    Cell: (805) 402-6945
    Fax: (805) 388-3041
    E-mail: [email protected]

  • SSgt. Garcia
    146th Airlift Wing
    100 Mulcahey Drive
    Port Hueneme, CA 93041
    Phone: (805) 986-7773
    Cell: (805) 443-2345
    Fax: (805) 986-7776
    E-mail: [email protected]

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