The 442nd Fighter Wing
is an Air Force Reserve unit comprised of nearly 1,800 Citizen Airmen from more than 530 cities in 33 states. As reservists, these Citizen Airmen balance civilian careers while supporting the 442nd FW mission: Train and deploy combat-ready Airmen. The wing is composed of: The 442nd Operations Group, 442nd Maintenance Group, 442nd Mission Support Group, and the 442nd Medical Squadron. The Command Chief is Chief Master Sgt. James Nudd. The 442nd FW also provides military personnel support and finance assistance to the 610th Intelligence Operations Flight at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. The headquarters for the wing is located at Whiteman Air Force Base in central Missouri, but the wing also includes a geographically separated unit. This GSU was added to the 442nd FW to put all Reserve A-10 combat power under one wing and to streamline training and deploying pilots and support crews. GSU commanders report directly to 442nd FW commander, Col. Brian Borgen
The 476th Fighter Group
, located at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., is made up of approximately 230 reservists. It is a classic associate unit that supports the 23rd Wing, an A-10 Thunderbolt II unit also located at Moody. The 23rd FW's A-10s are unique in that they are the only aircraft in the Air Force authorized to feature shark teeth nose art. During World War II, the 76th Fighter Squadron was one of the three original Flying Tiger squadrons of the 23d Fighter Group. The group is comprised of a FG staff, 76th Fighter Squadron, 476th Maintenance Squadron and an aero medical flight. The 476th reservists have completed four air expeditionary force rotations, supporting active-duty Airmen on deployments since 2008, including Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. The 476th FG also has several air reserve technicians filling regular Air Force leadership positions, including egress, specialist and weapons flight. The group's commander is Col. Michael Schultz. The group became a GSU of the 442nd FW, Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. in 2009.
The 442nd FW maintains and operates all A-10 Thunderbolt II units in the Air Force Reserve Command.