An Air Force Reserve Command group at Nellis AFB, Nev., was redesignated the 926th Wing, overseeing geographically dispersed squadrons and missions through the Air Force Warfare Center, according to a Dec. 10 release. Both the 926th Operations Group at Nellis and the 726th OG at Creech AFB, Nev., also were activated following the Dec. 5 ceremony. The 926th Wing, an associate unit to the US Air Force Warfare Center at Nellis, consists of 13 geographically separated squadrons encompassing a range of missions, from remotely piloted aircraft operations to space aggressors. The 726th OG at Creech oversees two RPA attack squadrons, which are integrated with Creech’s 432nd Wing, and a training squadron. The newly designated 926th WG falls under 10th Air Force at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base, Fort Worth, Texas, which integrates Reservists into the wing’s associated Active Duty USAF units. The wing’s Reservists are “working directly with and for the Active Duty, and our job here is to support, supplement, [and] provide continuity to the combat missions, the testing and the training,” said Col. Ross Andersen the 926th WG commander.
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.