Air National Guard

What is the ANG?

The Air National Guard is a reserve component of the United States Air Force. Today’s Air National Guard is an expertly trained force of more than 100,000 men and women. Traditional Guard members serve one weekend a month and 15 days a year, but our mission is far from “part-time”. The ANG represents a vital part of America’s total force, and all members have a dual mission. The first is our federal mission where we help ensure the security of America’s skies - a job we share equally with the Air Force. Second, is our state mission, and it is this mission that differentiates us from the other reserve forces​. We function under direct leadership of the Governor of each ​state. Our state mission could be bringing food, clothing and medical supplies to areas affected by floods, tornadoes or blizzards, or performing search and rescue missions on downed aircraft. Guard members also have a big role in the community by supporting local e​vents and helping out when and where it is needed.


The Nebraska Air National Guard

We have two units in the state of Nebraska. The 155th Air Refueling Wing utilizes the KC-135R aircraft and is located in Lincoln. Its mission is to refuel other aircraft in the sky on a global scale. The 170th Group is located on Offutt Air Force Base and its purpose is to provide support to the 55th Wing, training their pilots and airman to be mission ready. Currently, we have approximately 950 members assigned to the Nebraska Air National Guard, whom the majority of work as traditional Guardsmen. Our membership consists of citizens in our very own communities: farmers, business executives, teachers, doctors, college and high school students. Many come for the educational benefits, some come looking for training in a skill, and others are simply exercising their patriotism. Whatever the reason, the Air National Guard can be fun and exciting.

155th Air Refueling Wing

Additional Benefits


- Every member of the ANG must go through Basic Military Training (BMT), which is currently eight and a half weeks long. BMT is located at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Texas. During those eight weeks you will become oriented to military procedures and discipline. You will be challenged both mentally and physically. Immediately following BMT, you will start your next phase of training - technical training. Our unit has over 90 career fields ranging from aircraft maintenance, to administrative, medical, security police, and construction trades. Your training could be as little as four weeks, or as long as 52 weeks. Not only do you receive some of the best training available, but you get paid for it as well.


- A Unit Training Assembly (UTA) is based on four​ hours of training, and every four hours of training earns you one day’s pay. So that means for those two days a month that you work, you are actually getting paid for four days.​

Occupation Specialties
Operations Civil Engineering
Aircraft Maintenance Base Support
Logistics/Vehicle Maintenance Medical
 Communications Professional


Service to Your Country & State

- President Kennedy said it best: “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” Service to your country is the number one benefit of becoming a member of the Nebraska Air National Guard.

75% State Tuition Assistance

- As long as you do not already have a four-year undergraduate degree you are eligible for tuition assistance. A waiver of 75% tuition assistance can be used at any NE state supported college or at 14 private schools (at 75% of the resident tuition rate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln). Tuition assistance can be used only on credit bearing courses which meet degree requirements.

Montgomery GI Bill

- With a six-year enlistment you could qualify for up to $362/month just for attending college. This money can be used for anything you want; paying rent, making a car payment, or buying groceries.

Community College of the Air Force (CCAF)

- Earn college credits towards a CCAF Associates Degree related to your career field. CCAF degree programs are designed to enhance the technical, leadership, management, and military skills for enlisted members.


– CLEP and DANTES tests are college level exams that you can take at no cost to earn college credits

MISC Benefits

- Base Exchange, Commissary, and base recreational facilities. There is low cost life insurance and health insurance available, VA home loan eligibility (after 6 years of service), free space available air travel and if you decide to make the guard a career, there’s a retirement check to look forward to.