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944th Fighter Wing
944th Fighter Wing.png
944th Fighter Wing emblem
Active 1 July 1987-Present
Country United States
Allegiance United States of America
Branch United States Air Force
Garrison/HQ Luke AFB, Arizona
Decorations Outstanding Unit ribbon.svg AFOUA
GallantryCrossRibbon.jpg RVGC w/ Palm

The United States Air Force's 944th Fighter Wing is an initial fighter training (IFT) unit located at Luke AFB, Arizona.

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Mission

The mission of the 944th Fighter Wing is to train F-16 pilots and provide combat ready warriors for the expeditionary Air Force.

History

The 944th Fighter Wing (944 FW) of the (Air Force Reserve Command) at Luke AFB, Arizona, is one of more than 50 flying units in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. The unit was activated at Luke AFB on 1 July 1987. The 944 FW flies the F-16C/D (Block 32 model). The unit is currently funded and manned for 15 F-16 aircraft.

The unit reports to Headquarters Tenth Air Force (10 AF) at NAS Fort Worth JRB/Carswell ARS, Texas, and Headquarters, Air Force Reserve Command. Within the active Air Force, the wing was previously operationally-gained by the former Tactical Air Command and its successor, the Air Combat Command. It is currently gained by the Air Education and Training Command (AETC).

The mission of the 944th Fighter Wing is to train F-16 pilots and provide combat ready warriors for the expeditionary Air Force. During peacetime, the 944th trains reservists for worldwide deployments and has participated in real-world operational deployments in support of Operation Provide Comfort II and Operation Northern Watch (Northern Iraq), and Deny Flight/Decisive Edge (missions over Bosnia-Herzegovina), Operation Southern Watch (Southern Iraq) and has flown combat missions over the AOR during Operation Enduring Freedom. Additionally, approximately 100 reservists were mobilized in direct support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Noble Eagle.

944th FW F-16s with German MiG-29s over Denmark, 1996.

The 944 FW was the first Air Force Reserve fighter unit to fly operational missions with the coalition task force over Northern Iraq in support of Provide Comfort II in 1992-1993. The unit flew 1,090 hours or 308 sorties with only one sortie lost due to maintenance.

The unit has an authorized strength of 1,050 personnel. Roughly one-quarter (231) of assigned personnel are full-time Air Reserve Technicians (ARTs) who provide continuity between weekend training periods. The annual payroll comes to almost $22 million. The value of unit resources, weapon systems, capital assets, and inventory comes to almost $300 million. The unit maintains facilities housing over 207,300 square feet (approximately 19.7 percent of Luke AFB facility space).

The majority of personnel are traditional reservists that meet during one required weekend unit training assembly (UTA) each month, augmented by numerous additional weekends and weekdays in an additional drill or active duty status. The reservists represent a wide variety of civilian careers, including airline pilots, doctors, engineers, elected officials, teachers, plumbers, mechanics, corporate managers and local, state and federal government employees.

Assignments

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Major command

Numbered Air Force

Previous designations

  • 944th Fighter Wing (1 October 1994-Present)
  • 944th Fighter Group (1 June 1992-1 October 1994)
  • 944th Tactical Fighter Group (1 July 1987-1 June 1992)

Squadrons assigned

Bases stationed

Aircraft & Missiles operated

  • F-16C/D (1 July 1987-Present)

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