149th Fighter Wing

Lone Star Gunfighters -- Uncompromised Excellence, Mission Dominance!

The 149th Fighter Wing Citizen Airmen are capable of engaging the enemy anywhere in the world and are responsive to humanitarian relief and homeland defense missions. We are America’s premier state air component comprised of mission-ready professionals fully engaged with our communities and partners, and relevant through the 21st century.

Mission: To produce the finest airmen for global engagements and domestic operations, supporting our families and serving our communities. 

The 149th Fighter Wing has been, is and will always be mission focused. Our success is achieved through our dedicated Airmen who are empowered by the best leadership, training, equipment and technology in the Air Force. The primary mission of the 149th Fighter Wing is to produce the finest Airmen, capable of engaging national threats anywhere in the world and citizen airmen responsive to civil emergencies and homeland defense. The well-being and support of our Gunfighter Family is critical to mission success. The Lone Star Gunfighters are the San Antonio hometown Air Force. Through outreach programs the local community is an integral stakeholder in the success of our mission.


1. People 2. Mission 3. Community 4. Innovation  

The priority of the 149th Fighter Wing is to be the premier Fighter Wing in the Air National Guard and the United States Air Force. We continually strive to develop our Airmen to effectively execute our state and federal missions while serving in our communities and continuously improving through innovation. 


1. Leadership 2. Dedicated Airmen 3. Geographic Location 4. In-Demand Mission 

Our Airmen are mission focused, empowered through servant leadership and dedicated to uncompromised team excellence. Our unbreakable bonds to our community foster an atmosphere of process improvement through continuous support of our Nation’s defense.

F-16 Fact Sheet

The men and women of the 149th Fighter wing are proud to have been on the leading edge of the Air National Guard conversion to the F-16 "Fighting Falcon," and conversion to the newer "C/D model" which occurred in 1996. Operating the world's leading swing-role fighter, manufactured in Texas, gives the slogan "Built in Texas, flown by Texans" a special meaning. The 182d Fighter Squadron "Lonestar Gunfighters"--and the F-16--a bold combination of experience, professionalism and capability.

The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a compact, multi-role fighter aircraft. It is highly maneuverable and has proven itself in air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attack. It provides a relatively low-cost, high-performance weapon system for the United States and allied nations.

The F-16A, a single-seat model, first flew in December 1976. The first operational F-16A was delivered in January 1979 to the 388th Tactical Fighter Wing at Hill Air Force Base, Utah.
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ANG Information

ANG 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.

ANG 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.