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Welcome to the 156th Airlift Wing - Home of the Bucaneros!
The 156th Airlift Wing is the primary unit of the Puerto Rico Air National Guard and is located at Muñiz Air National Guard Base. The 156th Airlift Wing flies the WC-130 Hercules, an aircraft that is capable of operating from rough, dirt strips and is the prime transport for air dropping troops and equipment into hostile areas.

The mission of the 156th Airlift Wing is to provide global airlift and agile force to execute and accomplish tasked mission. Support Southern Command in theater airlift and joint military exercises while displaying military capabilities and bolster United States ties with our Latin American neighbors.

Wing Leadership

Raymond Figueroa

Command Chief
Master Sergeant

Angelbergth Soto 

ANG Information


ANG 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.

ANG 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.

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PRANG 140th Air Defense Support Squadron receives new commander The Puerto Rico Air National Guard’s 140th Air Defense Support Squadron received a new commander May 6 during an Assumption of Command Ceremony at the unit’s Punta Salinas radar site in Toa Baja. In the ceremony presided by Brig. Gen. Rafael Carrero, Puerto Rico Air National Guard Chief of Staff, Major Duvalier Francisco Hernandez Tua, assumed the reins of the 140th Support Squadron in the presence of unit personnel, fellow Puerto Rico National Guardsmen and his immediate family. “It is a true honor to have been given the trust and responsibility to lead this fine group of professional Airmen,” said Maj Hernandez. “As we strive for excellence in our shared future achievements, we will continue to foster the positive work ethic within our unit that is so well respected within the Air Defense community.” Major Hernandez is a Cyberspace Operations Officer, who earned his commission in May 2007 from the Air Force ROTC Detachment 755 at the University of Puerto Rico, since then he has completed numerous active duty assignments and deployments, including his last assignment in the Air Force Nuclear Command, Control and Communications Center at Barksdale Louisiana, AFB. “We welcome Major Hernandez to the Puerto Rico Air National Guard family and congratulate him on his new command,” said Brig. Gen. Carrero. “Listening, depending and empowering your Airmen to get the mission done are my best words of advice to any leader who wants to maximize the potential and success of his people.” The 140th Support Squadron’s maintains work with a variety of radar systems providing military units in the field real-time airspace situational awareness. The 140th ADSS support the USSOUTHCOM and USNORTHCOM Area of Operations providing Air Traffic Control and monitoring functions. Additionally, the 140th supplies radar data to FAA utilized in the local International Airports in San Juan and Aguadilla.
As we prepare to celebrate the Independence Day of America, lest we forget, Freedom isn't Free. It is through the sacrifices made before us, in War and in Peace that have earned us this Freedom. The National Guard has been, and always will continue to be a big part of that history. Be proud and celebrate America's Birthday. #AlwaysReadyAlwaysThere
Save the date! The 156th Airlift Wing's Chaplain office is coordinating the following Strong Bonds Events: - Singles Strong Bonds: 27-29 July 2018 - The loneliness and uncertainty that often comes with deployment can inspire hasty decisions when you're looking for that special someone. Strong Bonds for Singles retreat can give you the tools to examine your priorities, identify your patterns in choosing a partner, and evaluate a relationship's potential for success. - Couples Strong Bonds: 24-26 August 2018 - Long separations, frequent relocations, and the stress of deployments are unique to military couples and can place excess strain on any relationship. The Strong Bonds for Couples curriculum takes couples on a healing journey to shared understanding, improved communication, and renewed closeness. Please contact the Chaplain's office for details on how to register. For more information on the Strong Bonds program click the link - https://www.jointservicessupport.org/FP/Strongbonds/Strongbonds.aspx
Air Force Leading the Way!
Leadership Personnel from the 156th Airlift Wing participated in its 2nd Annual Command Development Workshop held at Fort Buchanan’s Training Building June 18 and 19. Click the link for the full story. https://www.dvidshub.net/news/281713/156th-airlift-wing-holds-2nd-annual-command-development-workshop
Make sure to follow our brothers and sisters in uniform currently deployed to El Salvador on a humanitarian/training mission called Beyond the Horizon 2018. Sponsored by U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) and U.S. Army South South] (and led this year by our very own Puerto Rico National Guard]), BTH2018 is a joint exercise with Active, Guard and Reserve components of Army, Air Force, Marines and Navy from across the country, participating in different phases alongside El Salvadoran military. Training and learning best practices from each other. They're building 4 schools, a medical facility as well as holding 5 free medical wellness fairs for the people of El Salvador. On today, the U.S. Army's 243rd birthday, we salute the Puerto Rico National Guard, as Combined Joint Task Force - Hope, for a job well done and Feliz Cumpleaños! And to all our servicemembers in every branch and component participating, keep up the great work and a big Hooah Warrior to you! Like and follow BTH 2018. #newsyoudonothearabout #FollowTheirPage #PuertoRico #FlyFightWin #SemperFidelis #NotSelfbutCountry #BTH2018 Embajada de los Estados Unidos en El Salvador National Guard
Members of the 156th Airlift Wing Maintenance Squadron apply some elbow grease and TLC to find a 'new' home. The mission continues.
Our 1ABG brothers and sisters are always working hard in support of everything we do. You are an important part of our mission success. Thank you. #OneTeamOneFight #StrongerTogether
The 156th Airlift Wing breaks ground on state of the art Composite Support Facility at Muñiz Air National Guard Base, June 7. Read the complete story by clicking the link. https://www.dvidshub.net/news/280037/156th-airlift-wing-groundbreaking-ceremony-paves-way-towards-future
Our security forces Airmen continue their great work training our brothers and sisters in the 755 Military Police Company on airfield security. We are all stronger when we work and train together. #puertoriconationalguard https://www.dvidshub.net/news/279183/156th-security-forces-airmen-train-soldiers-airfield-operations
We have more than 30 Airmen in Latvia helping to build dormitories in support of Exercise Saber Strike 2018. We are proud of the great work our Airmen are doing with our partner nations. #saberstrike18 https://www.dvidshub.net/news/279340/156th-aw-civil-engineer-airmen-deploy-latvia-training-mission
Through adversity our mettle is tested - with diversity our strength is increased. Wishing all of our LGBTQ members Happy Pride!
(from left to right) SSgt Wigberto Perez, TSgt Alfredo Diaz and TSgt William Nadal in planning stages as they prepare to measure, cut and assemble foam panels at a construction site in Latvia. Members of the 156th Civil Engineer Squadron are currently deployed for training to Camp Adazi in the Eurpoean country. (Air National Guard photo by A1C Luis Torres)
This year Memorial Day will mean more to our PRANG family than ever before. As Airmen, the best way to honor our brothers is by moving forward and continuing the mission with excellence in all we do. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Julio A. Olivencia Jr.)
1st Lt. David "Lani" Albandoz received a Dignified Arrival yesterday in Alabama. Col Humberto Pabon, Vice Wing Commander of the 156th Airlift Wing was on hand to represent the Puerto Rico Air National Guard alongside the Albandoz family. Veteran organizations and members of the Madison, Alabama community lined the streets with flags to honor our Bucanero. We are grateful for the outpouring of Love and respect given to our hero. Presente y Viven.
As our fallen brothers are now back home, we render this final salute to our Bucaneros. Presente y Viven.
ATTENTION: On Friday, May 18th, the Muniz Air National Guard Base will have restricted access. Only uniformed military personnel and individuals on a list at the gate will be allowed to enter. No civilian, or retiree services will be available. The ID Card section will be closed and the gym will have limited access. Normal business will resume on Monday. For questions or concerns, please contact the Public Affairs Office at 787-253-5253.
RT @usairforce: Celebrating 77 years of supporting America's communities with #emergencyresponse, diverse #aviation and ground services, yo…
RT @GenDaveGoldfein: To the #Airmen & families of @TeamTyndall affected by #HurricaneMichael -- our thoughts are w/you as you face the unce…
RT @BeyondTheH18: Nuestros hermanos Perúanos reportan sobre su participación en Más Allá del Horizonte 2018 - El Salvador. ----- Our Peruvi…
RT @BeyondTheH18: ZACATECOLUCA, El Salvador – Service members with Combined Joint Task Force - Hope, Operation Beyond the Horizon 2018, El…
RT @BeyondTheH18: U.S. Warriors from Beyond the Horizon- 2018 team up with US Embassy - El Salvador to participate in a local television s…
RT @BeyondTheH18: Engineers from 202nd Red Horse Squadron from the Florida National Guard participate in Beyond the Horizon 2018 - El Salva…
RT @BeyondTheH18: The 202nd Red Horse Squadron participates in Beyond the Horizon 2018and assists in buiding a school for local community c…
RT @BeyondTheH18: The 390th Civil Engineers from Chattanooga Tennessee, United States Army Reserves particpate in the Beyond The Horizon 20…
RT @FUERZARMADASV: #EnAgenda Sr. #MinistroDeLaDefensa presidirá ceremonia de apertura del Ejercicio @BeyondTheH18 en el que militares del @…
156th Airlift Wing Airman laid to rest: https://t.co/PM1H2I286L via @YouTube
Rican68 dedication video: https://t.co/s0HND1nCJ2 via @YouTube
Unit Memorial Service to honor our fallen Airmen is currently on ongoing via Facebook Live. Please join us: https://t.co/9VHhJSRpwU
RICAN68 - Presente y Viven: https://t.co/pmyNYnFulL via @YouTube
RT @VP: First responders are on the scene of the crash of the US C-130 from the PR National Guard & we’ll monitor developments. We express…
RT @MilitaryTimes: A new DoD policy banning #hazing ― and specifically “tacking” of insignia such as jump wings ― was not meant to bar the…
RT @Militarydotcom: Troops Who Supported 2017 Hurricane Relief Now Eligible for Medal https://t.co/A6TlZR7shb