The 917th Wing (917 WG) is an inactive wing of the United States Air Force. It was last based at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana. It operated both the A-10 Thunderbolt II and the B-52 Stratofortress.
The units of this Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) wing was composed of the 45th and 47th Fighter Squadrons with their A-10s, and the 93d Bomb Squadron in the B-52H Formal Training Unit (FTU) mission and the 343d Bomb Squadron flying combat missions as an associate unit to the 2d Bomb Wing in the B-52H. The 917th's mission was to train pilots and crews to fly the A-10 and B-52H and perform strategic heavy bombardment and maritime operations with the B-52s. The Wing had approximately 1,600 Air Force Reserve personnel.
On 8 January 2011, Air Force Reserve Command inactivated the 917th Wing, transferring its B-52 units to the newly-activated 307th Bomb Wing. The wing's 917th Operations Group was redesignated as the 917th Fighter Group and continued the A-10 mission at Barksdale, though controlled by the 442d Fighter Wing, Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri.
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
↑ Tech. Sgt. Jeff Walston, 917th heritage continues as fighter group, 307th Bomb Wing Public Affairs, 1/13/2011
↑ 917th Wing earns Air Force Outstanding Unit award
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