“A multi-missioned wing inspiring warfighters through innovative integration”
“Employ Space, Cyberspace, Intelligence and Combat Communications expertise delivering vital operational impact to protect state and global interests”
“Readiness, Airman Care, Culture of Innovation”
The 195th Wing (195 WG) was activated for wing operations on 1 September 2015. After more than eight years of effort, the 195th becomes the 90th Wing in the Air National Guard and the newest Wing in the US Air Force.
The 195 WG is one of the most active and diverse organizations in the Air National Guard. In addition to the usual training and deployment preparations, members of the 195 WG, in concert with active Air Force partner organizations, manages the MILSTAR satellite constellation, operate the Joint Space Operations Center, provide near realtime intelligence to combatant commands and warfighters in the field, and continuously update the USGS geospatial database for the western United States.
The 195 WG operates long term enduring missions throughout California from San Diego up to Beale AFB,sustaining 24/7 operations and responding to State emergencies at a moments notice.
The 195 WG relies upon the technical expertise and professionalism of its leaders and airmen who are known for their dedication, service and commitment to excellence.
Honoring Our Past...Forging Our Future
195th Wing celebrates it’s top enlisted and commissioned members
BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — With more than 500 members serving in the 195th Wing California Air National Guard, leadership takes notice when airmen excel above and beyond. Nearly 200 service members, commanders, family recognized, such six members at the Outstanding Airman of the Year awards.
The six winners represent the Wing’s top enlisted and commissioned members and were selected from a pool of 36 nominees based on their superior leadership, job performance, and personal achievements. At the 2018 Outstanding Airman of the Year banquet Col Douglas Hire, 195th Wing Commander, welcomed all the nominees and their families.
“Although I am extremely proud of this wings contributions and incredibly humbled at the collective efforts of the entire wing, tonight we will honor those that have gone above and beyond,” wrote Col Hire.
Outstanding Airman of the Year
Senior Airman Devan E Watson
147 Combat Communications Squadron
Outstanding Non-commissioned Officer of the Year
Tech Sergeant Ashley Davis
234 Intelligence Squadron
Outstanding Senior Non-commissioned Officer of the Year
Master Sergeant Jason Tyler
Outstanding First Sergeant of the Year
Master Sergeant Joshua Baker
222 Intelligence Support Squadron
Outstanding Company Grade Officer of the Year
Captain Rebekkah Campbell
Outstanding Field Grade Officer of the Year
Lt Colonel Randolph Tingle
What do you know about TAPS? Below is a history of this well known tribute. (Reference: USAF Honor Guard Training Guide, 2013)
Originally, the American Army used the French L'Extinction Des Feux (Lights Out) for Taps. It was said to be Napoleon's favorite but it did not suit General Daniel Butterfield. Not knowing a note of music, General Butterfield decided to put something together more suited for signaling the end of the day's activity. With the help of the brigade bugler, Oliver W. Norton, General Butterfield created Taps one night in July 1862. Taps was made official throughout the Army in 1932.
Taps was used in connection with military funerals during the same campaign. A soldier was buried at a time when Capt. Tidball's battery occupied an advanced position concealed in the woods. It was unsafe to fire the customary three volleys over the grave. So, Capt. Tidball thought that Taps would be the most appropriate ceremony that could be substituted. The custom went up through the chain-of-command of the Army and was finally confirmed by orders.
Taps over the grave today marks the beginning of the long last sleep and expresses hope and confidence in an ultimate reveille to come.
Words for Taps:
Fades the light,
and a star
To their rest.
Day is done,
Gone the sun,
From the hills,
From the lake,
From the sky,
All is well,
God is nigh