by Maj. Bryan Williams
195th Wing executive officer
2/4/2016 - BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- On November 7, 2015, history was made for the California Air National Guard, as the 195th Wing was officially activated.
The activations activation bring the total number of wings in the Air
National Guard to 90, and the fifth in California, making it one of only
two states in the nation with five ANG Wings.
The activation is the result of eight years of hard work by leaders and
past unit members to gain federal recognition as the 195th Wing,
formerly the 162nd Combat Communications Group.
"The question has been asked for years, as to if we are going to become a
wing...and the answer is YES!" said Maj. Gen. Jon Kelk, California ANG
commander, during the activation ceremony.
The 195th Wing's mission is to serve as a hub for all non-flying,
non-kinetic global effects operations in the California ANG, and lead
the way in cyber, intelligence and space mission areas. It provides
expeditionary communications and network warfare services in both a
Federal and State capacity. This organization is the only wing in the
Air Force that is completely composed of geographically separated units,
(GSU) which receive limited support from sister ANG wings. It embraces
the Air Force's Total Force Integration initiative as partners with
regular and reserve component units on daily operations from space to
With evolving missions and the downsizing of organizations, past
leadership of the group sought new ways to keep its missions and remain
relevant to meet current and future Air Force needs. The 195th Wing is a
culmination of that vision.
"The 195th Wing is a one-of-a-kind organization," said Col. Rick Hern,
195th Wing commander. "This wing is a template for how to consolidate
other Air Force units and GSUs under a wing structure. Our multiple
mission sets make this organization an incredible asset to many emerging
missions and requirements the Air Force may have. It is an honor to
serve and lead this organization into the future."
The 195th Wing is the first non-kinetic flying wing in the California
ANG. It comprises the Wing Headquarters and seven GSUs spread over 500
miles throughout California. The wing headquarters for the 195th Wing is
located at Beale AFB with two recently activated groups: the 195th
Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group (ISRG) at Beale AFB
and the 195th Operations Group at Van Nuys ANG Station in Southern
The 195 ISRG is comprised of the 222nd Intelligence Support Squadron and
the 234th Intelligence Squadron stationed at Beale AFB. They provide
intelligence capability and support to the regular Air Force at
Distributed Ground Station-2 and the 548th ISRG, both here.
The 195th Operations Group consists of four units located across the
state. The 148th Space Operations Squadron and the 216th Space Control
Squadron are co-located on Vandenberg AFB and with our regular Air Force
partners, operate the MILSTAR satellite constellation and provides
space control capabilities at Vandenberg AFB. The 147th Combat
Communications Squadron is located in San Diego, and provides combat
communications and unclassified satellite imagery from its sophisticated
Eagle Vision III system. Finally, the 261st Cyber Operations Squadrons
is located in Van Nuys providing network defense.
"The 195th Wing is the right mission at the right time for the Air
Force," said Hern. "This organization is nearly complete with its
transition from combat communications into missions that are emulating
the emergence of technology and intelligence. This is only the beginning
for the 195th Wing. As the 162nd Combat Communications Group redefined
combat communications in the modern era, the 195th Wing will definitely
redefine how we are able to contribute to the overall mission of the Air
Force to 'Fly, Fight and Win in Air, Space and Cyberspace!'"