The 123rd Airlift Wing is a Kentucky-based Air National Guard organization whose mission is to:
1) Provide highly combat-ready airlift, contingency response, special
operations, civil engineering, security, medical, logistical and other support forces to Combatant Commanders when called in support of United States national security objectives;
2) Protect life and property, and preserve peace, order, and public safety when called for during state and national crises; and
3) Participate in local, community-based programs that add value to
the community, state and nation.
The wing is equipped with eight C-130H model aircraft. Multiple groups, squadrons and flights carry out the unit's mission by providing administrative and logistical support, airlift operations, combat control, pararescue, contingency response, maintenance, supply, transportation, contracting, communications, civil engineering, personnel, base services, security forces and medical functions.
CAO 10 Jan 2014
Air National Guard 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.
Air National Guard 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.