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The 130th Airlift Wing has experienced many significant events and unique firsts in its history.

We were the first Air National Guard unit to deploy outside the United States for an annual training exercise when we deployed to the Panama Canal Zone in February 1965.

The 130th Airlift Wing was the first Air National Guard unit to participate in Operation Bright Star, a multi-national war-fighting exercise, near Cairo, Egypt in 1981. That same year, it achieved another milestone by being the first Air National Guard unit to participate in Red Flag exercises at Nellis AFB, NV. Red Flag is a multi-national exercise sponsored by the US Air Force to test the Air Force's ability to conduct combat operations in concert with friendly forces from other nations. It was seen as a major accomplishment, at the time, for an Air National Guard unit to participate in Red Flag. 

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The Air National Guard as we know it today -- a separate reserve component of the United States Air Force -- was a product of the politics of postwar planning and interservice rivalry during World War II. The men who planned and maneuvered for an independent postwar Air Force during World War II didn't place much faith in the reserves, especially the state-dominated National Guard.

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