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History of the 195th Wing

History of the 195th Wing


History of the 195th WIng

The 195th Wing has a very long and storied history.  The 195th Wing, formally the 162d Combat Communications Group (CCG), spent many years headquartered in North Highlands, CA. 

The 162d's history goes back to the 599th Signal Aircraft Warning Battalion activated at Drew Field in Tampa, Florida on 30 March 1944. Shortly thereafter, the unit moved to Oahu, Hawaii. Some of its components saw action in the Marshall and Mariana Islands during World War II. The unit was deactivated on 29 July 1946, but was reactivated on 13 May 1948 as the 162d Aircraft Control and Warning Group of the California Air National Guard.

On 1 May 1951 the unit mobilized to serve state side during the Korean War until it's deactivation on 6 February 1952. The following year, it returned to the State of California and was re-designated the 162d Tactical Control Group, stationed at Van Nuys Air National Guard Base. At that time, three of the presently assigned units (the 147th, 148th and 149th) were Aircraft Control and Warning Squadrons under the 162d Group.

On 1 March 1961, the Group Headquarters moved to the North Highlands ANG Station in Sacramento, and was re-designated the 162d Communications Group (Mobile). By that time the 222d CBCS, 234 CBCS, and 261 CBCS units had joined the 162 CCG. In 1966 the 162 CCG was re-designated again, to the 162d Mobile Communications Group. This designation they kept until 10 February 1976, when they were given the designation of 162d Combat Communications Group. In September 2014, the 162d Combat Communications Group relocated the Headquarters to Beale AFB, CA.  On 1 September 2015, the Headquarters, 162 CCG, 222 OSS and the 222 CMXF were inactivated.  In the same ceremony, the 162 CCG was re-designated the 195th Wing, becoming the fifth wing the CA, and the 90th Wing in Air National Guard.  The 195th Wing's Major Command is Air Force Space Command (AFSPC), with the 195 ISRG, 222 ISS and 234 IS units serving under Air Combat Command (ACC). 

ANG: A Short Story

The Air National Guard as we know it today -- a separate reserve component of the United States Air Force -- was a product of the politics of postwar planning and interservice rivalry during World War II. The men who planned and maneuvered for an independent postwar Air Force during World War II didn't place much faith in the reserves, especially the state-dominated National Guard.

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