New Spec Ops Group in Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Air National Guard’s 193rd Special Operations Wing this month stood up the 193rd Air Operations Group in State College, Pa., as well as three new squadrons—the 193rd Air Communications Squadron, the 193rd Air Intelligence Squadron, and the 193rd Air Combat Operations Squadron. The new group “will continue the heritage” of the now inactive 112th Air Operations Squadron, according to a Jan. 11 video posted by the Pennsylvania National Guard. The change will “provide several command and leadership opportunities within the organization that hadn’t been there previously,” said Col. Kristin Brawley, commander of the new group. The group will be made up of both full-time and part-time airmen, many of whom were assigned to the 112th, said Brawley at the ceremony. “This group construct does change, … but your selfless service does remain,” said Col. Mike Cason, commander of the 193rd SOW, at the ceremony.