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Welcome to the 182nd Airlift Wing

The mission of the 182nd Airlift Wing is to provide airland and airdrop; command, control and communications; logistics; and support services for the nation, state and community.

The wing supports both the state of Illinois, the federal government and domestic operations by providing airland and airdrop capabilities. The unit also hosts the 182nd Air Support Operations Group, the 264th Combat Communications Squadron, and the Air National Guard Band of the Midwest - all of whom deploy overseas and within local communities to protect and serve the nation's citizens. Some of these missions include delivering humanitarian aid, aeromedical evacuation, tactical air control of aircraft, and fatality search and recovery.

The wing's total force Airmen have participated in countless missions, from Operation Jump Start to hurricane relief and more. Half of the unit's 36,000 flight mission hours since 9/11 have been dedicated to the support of Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and Freedom Sentinel.


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.

Air Force Mission

The mission of the United States Air Force is to fly, fight and win...in air, space and cyberspace. 

To achieve that mission, the Air Force has a vision:

The United States Air Force will be a trusted and reliable joint partner with our sister services known for integrity in all of our activities, including supporting the joint mission first and foremost. We will provide compelling air, space, and cyber capabilities for use by the combatant commanders. We will excel as stewards of all Air Force resources in service to the American people, while providing precise and reliable Global Vigilance, Reach and Power for the nation.

The Air Force has three core competencies: Developing Airmen, Technology-to-Warfighting and Integrating Operations. These core competencies make our six distinctive capabilities possible: 

Air and Space Superiority: With it, joint forces can dominate enemy operations in all dimensions -- land, sea, air and space. 

Global Attack: Because of technological advances, the Air Force can attack anywhere, anytime -- and do so quickly and with greater precision than ever before. 

Rapid Global Mobility: Being able to respond quickly and decisively anywhere we're needed is key to maintaining rapid global mobility. 

Precision Engagement: The essence lies in the ability to apply selective force against specific targets because the nature and variety of future contingencies demand both precise and reliable use of military power with minimal risk and collateral damage. 

Information Superiority: The ability of joint force commanders to keep pace with information and incorporate it into a campaign plan is crucial. 

Agile Combat Support: Deployment and sustainment are keys to successful operations and cannot be separated. Agile combat support applies to all forces, from those permanently based to contingency buildups to expeditionary forces. 

The Air Force bases these core competencies and distinctive capabilities on a shared commitment to three core values -- integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do

Operational Mission

The Air Force is divided into various operational command organizations that each focuses on a very distinct operational mission. The 182nd Airlift Wing belongs to one of the largest Air Force commands: Air Mobility Command (AMC). All units belonging to AMC are exclusively focused on the air transportation of personnel and equipment from all branches of service to deployed locations. To support their AMC operational mission, the 182nd Airlift Wing maintains and operates eight C-130 Hercules aircraft capable of transporting large amounts of personnel and equipment over long distances. 

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.

Department of the Air Force

The Department of the Air Force is headquartered in the Pentagon, Washington D.C. The service is organized in nine major commands throughout the world which provide combat aircraft, airlift, refueling, reconnaissance and other support to the Unified Combatant Commands.


The Air Force also has more than three dozen field operating agencies and direct reporting units which directly support the mission by providing unique services.

Together with Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard forces, the United States Air Force is the best in the world.


The Secretary of the Air Force is Deborah Lee James, the Chief of Staff of the Air Force is Gen. David L. Goldfein, the Vice Chief of Staff is Gen. Stephen W. Wilson,and the Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force is Chief Master Sgt. James A. Cody.