184th Intelligence Wing Celebrates 70th Year Of Service

By: Kansas National Guard
By: Kansas National Guard

WICHITA, Kan. -- The 184th Intelligence Wing, Kansas National Guard, is hosting an anniversary party to mark the unit’s 70th year of service to the state and nation.

The party will be Friday, Nov. 4, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Kansas Aviation Museum, 350 S. George Washington Blvd., Wichita.

All former members of the unit are invited to attend. The public is not invited to attend.

“This is a unit that has done it all,” said Maj. Gen. (KS) Lee Tafanelli, the adjutant general. “They’ve flown propeller-driven aircraft and jets. They’ve flown fighters, bombers and air refueling tankers and in 2008 they became the first intelligence wing in the entire Air National Guard. The 184th has a long, proud heritage, which they will continue to add to in the years to come.”

The wing first saw service in 1941. At the time of the unit’s federal recognition as the 127th Observation Squadron on Aug. 4, 1941, the unit's equipment included one BC-1A, one C-47, and four L-1 aircraft. On Oct. 6, 1941, the unit was ordered to extended active duty and remained an integral part of the United States Army Air Corps until Oct. 6, 1945, with duty assignments in Tennessee and Okinawa.

For a complete history of the wing, go to http://www.184iw.ang.af.mil/resources/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=13563

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