149th Fighter Squadron celebrates its 71st year

portrait of A1C Hampton

Airman 1st Class Dagejah Hampton, 149th Fighter Squadron Aviation Resource Management Specialist, is the youngest member of her squadron, June 20, 2018 at Joint Base Langley-Eustis. The 149th Fighter Squadron turns 71 years old on June 21st, 2018. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Bryan Myhr)

Portrait of Lt. Col. Scrappy

Lt. Col. "Scrappy", 149th Fighter Squadron chief of safety and F-22A instructor/evaluator pilot, is the oldest member of the 149th FS. He has flown over 1000 hours in the f-22A Raptor. (Courtesy photo)

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. -- The 149th Fighter Squadron, the oldest unit assigned to the 192nd Fighter Wing, Virginia Air National Guard, celebrates its 71st year as a fighter squadron June 21, 2018, at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. The squadron was federally recognized June 21, 1947. The 149th FS is an F-22A Raptor air dominance and T-38 Talon adversary air squadron.
 
“What makes the 149th great is the fact that since there is not a lot of us, we tend to stick together like a family,” said Airman 1st Class Dagejah Hampton, 149th FS aviation resource manager. The 149th FS has approximately 50 members, many of whom are pilots. Having served two years in the unit, Hampton is currently the youngest member of the 149th FS.
 
“The 149th is the national repository of fifth-generation air dominance experience and expertise mixed with a diverse background of civilian occupational lineage and national/international geopolitical influence,” said Lt. Col.“Scrappy”, 149th FS chief of safety and F-22A instructor/evaluator pilot. He is referring to the fact that Guard and Reserve service keeps military institutional knowledge within the military, offering options for people transitioning out of full-time service, especially pilots. VaANG fighter pilots have all served at least 10 years active duty and most are instructor pilots.
 
“Scrappy” has served in the United States Air Force more than 26 years and joined the VaANG in October 2002, making him the longest serving member of the 149th FS.
 
The 149th FS is a few months older than the VaANG which was established September 18, 1947. On this date, the first Secretary of the Air Force was sworn in to office per provisions of the National Security Act of 1947. Soon afterwards, National Guard Army Air Forces units began to be transferred to the Air National Guard as a reserve component of the Air Force. The 149th traces their history and lineage back even further to the 328th Fighter Squadron.
 
The 328th FS was one of three fighter squadrons in the 352nd Fighter Group. They were established on September 29,1942. The 328th FS trained with P-47 Thunderbolts under the First Air Force and later deployed to the European Theater of Operations in 1943 during World War II. After completing missions in various areas within Europe, to include France, Belgium and England, the squadron deactivated at the end of the war. In 1946, the 328th FS was redesignated as the 149th FS and assigned to the Virginia National Guard Army Air Forces. The 149th FS was entitled to the history, honors and colors of the 328th FS.
 
Since then, the 149th FS has deployed in support of Operation Southern Watch in Southwest Asia and Operation Nighthawk in the Netherlands Antilles which marked the 149th’s first Aerospace Expeditionary Force mission.
 
When the 192nd FW integrated with the 1st Fighter Wing in 2007, the 149th FS began working directly with the 1st FW to share support of mission requirements for the F-22A Raptor while still maintaining its own unit identity and command structure within the 192nd FW.
 
In 2017, the 149th FS and 192nd Operations Support Squadron mobilized for six months along with their active duty counterparts in the 27th Fighter Squadron to support Operation Inherent Resolve. During this deployment, they flew 534 F-22 Raptor flights, 4600 combat hours and dropped 263 bombs executing a critical role in the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
 
With 71 years under the 149th’s wing, the squadron has accomplished many missions and sorties and earned prestige. It will be incredible to see what the future has in store for the unit.
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Issue #14 of the 2018 Commonwealth's Guardian bi-weekly newsletter is available for download in PDF format at https://go.usa.gov/xUkYn. Please share the newsletter link with anyone you think would enjoy keeping up to date with the Virginia National Guard. Please visit https://go.usa.gov/xUkfU to subscribe to the newsletter via email. In This Issue: 529th CSSB ordered to mobilize for federal active duty Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xUkYa Virginia cyber warriors join New England exercise Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xUkYY Bissell takes command of NATO Headquarters Sarajevo Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xUkYg Va. National Guard aviation battalion trains around the state Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xUkY4 192nd Security Forces Squadron trains to shoot, move and communicate Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xUkYb DMA conducts first-ever Supervisor Course Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xUkYW
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Happy Independence Day 192nd Fighter Wing! Thank you all for helping to keep our country free. Enjoy your families today and be safe. Honored to serve with you all! - Chief Bouley
"Please join me in congratulating our 149th Fighter Squadron's Maj. 'Mongo' Dietrich who was awarded the United States Air Force 2017 Fighter Instructor Pilot of the Year," said Col. Frank J. Lobash, 192nd Fighter Wing commander. "This is an incredible accomplishment that once again shows the amazing talent and dedication our F-22 fighter squadron brings to the fight everyday." Lt. Gen. Mark C. Nowland, U.S. Air Force Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, hosts the 2017 Air Force Fighter Awards Ceremony at the Pentagon in Washington D.C., June 25, 2018. (Photo by Senior Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz)
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Today, the 149th Fighter Squadron, Virginia Air National Guard, celebrates its 71st year as a unit. Read about what Airman 1st Class Dagejah Hampton and Lt. Col. "Scrappy" think makes the 149th FS great - https://go.usa.gov/xQhhc
Airmen of the 203rd RED HORSE squadron, Virginia Air National Guard, begin construction of a school, kitchen and latrine facility during May 2018 in rural El Salvador. The project was designed to bring vital services and resources to rural communities as part of Operation Beyond the Horizon, conducted by U.S. Army and Air Force active, guard and reserve components along with the El Salvadoran military and civic agencies. (Courtesy photo)
Happy Father's Day!
In case you missed it when the 203rd RED HORSE squadron volunteers were featured on the evening news for building a playground for kids in Norfolk, we talked with them too and went back to get photos of the finished project. According to one of the teachers there, the kids love the new playground. Great work RED HORSE! Read more here - https://go.usa.gov/xQtQ3
Members of the 203rd Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineer (RED HORSE), 192nd Fighter Wing, volunteered their time to construct a playground April 20, 2018, at the Basilica of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Norfolk, Virginia. The effort was in coordination with the United Way of South Hampton Roads to help a Head Start preschool program remain in the neighborhood it primarily serves.
Approximately 100 U.S. Flags are displayed in celebration of National Flag Day June 14, 2018, at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. Flag Day was officially established by President Woodrow Wilson on May 30, 1916. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Bryan Myhr)