By Ph.D. Susan Rosenfeld, Charles J. Gross
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Missions typically lasted about three hours and Their senior leadership saw the success of those “rainbow” deployments as a further validation of the ANG fighter force’s accessibility, readiness, willingness, and capability to accomplish real-world taskings. Operation Provide Comfort II, the predecessor of Operation Northern Watch, to help alleviate the growing operational burden placed on active duty Air Force personnel. The resulting “rainbow” unit of four ANG fighter squadrons trained together and in December 1993, equipped with F-16C Block 30 aircraft, arrived at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey.
Therefore, by the eve of a new presidential administration in 2001, the Air National Guard proved itself as part of an operational total force. Withthe implementation of the AEF after 1998, growingnumbersofsupportunitsjoined operational organizations in regular, relatively short voluntary rotations. As a result, the Air National Guard integrated seamlessly with the active duty Air Force while preserving its militia culture, unit integrity, and high level of operational readiness. However, it was about to face newandunexpectedsetofchallengesas the new century dawned.
The terrorists hijacked fourcross-continentalcommercialairline flights laden with jet fuel and turned them into manned cruise missiles that killed over 3,000 people in New York City, Washington, DC, and a remote area of rural western Pennsylvania. It wasthebloodiestsingledayinAmerican history since the Civil War battle of Antietam that claimed over 24,000 casualties. In the celebrated traditions of America’s colonial minutemen, the ANG played an immediate and critical role in the nation’s military responses to al Qaeda’s terrorism.
Air National Guard at 60: A History by Ph.D. Susan Rosenfeld, Charles J. Gross