Col. Matthew French - Commander, 125th FW
Command Chief Master Sgt. Kevin Souza - CCMSgt, 125th FW
Year in Review - 2019
The 125th Fighter Wing executes a diverse mission set in support of the state and nation. With over 1,600 Airmen assigned to 23 units, operating across five separate geographic locations, the wing provides air superiority, space superiority and agile combat support to combatant commanders worldwide. The wing consistently prepares for aerial combat operations with 21 F-15C Eagle fighter aircraft at Jacksonville International Airport, while simultaneously executing a no-fail, 24-hour alert mission at Homestead Air Reserve Base. Its citizen-Airmen also operate counter-space systems from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, provide worldwide joint-communications from MacDill Air Force Base, and deliver rapid engineer, heavy construction and repair capability, in addition to unmatched combat weather forecasting, from Camp Blanding Joint Training Center.
The 2019 federal mission kept the 125th Fighter Wing extremely busy as it deployed over 350 Airmen throughout the world in support of Operations Freedom’s Sentinel, Spartan Shield, and Inherent Resolve. While the 159th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron proudly completed its first combat deployment in over 18 years, the 114th Space Control Squadron completed an historic U.S. Central Command rotation earning recognition as the Space Operations Crew of the Year by the Air Force Association. Additionally, the 125th Mission Support Group, Medical Group and Fighter Wing Headquarters’ staff proudly filled the ranks of nearly every Agile Combat Support role around the world. Within the Continental U.S., the 159th Fighter Squadron, 125th Maintenance Group, and 125th Fighter Wing Detachment 1 teamed up to conduct critical aerial support operations for Operation Noble Eagle, including the defense of the Commander In Chief. These Airmen notably earned a Zero Defect, Fully Mission Capable, Alert Force Evaluation grade from North American Aerospace Defense Command of its F-15 Aerospace Control Alert mission that provides air dominance and sovereignty for the southeastern U.S.
The 2019 state mission also proved active for the 125th Fighter Wing. In response to the threat of Hurricane Dorian, the wing mobilized nearly 200 Airmen for route clearance, medical support and command and control teams throughout the state. The wing also readied over 300 Airmen to support shelter operations and Point of Distribution manning if needed. In addition to hurricane response preparedness, the wing stayed engaged in the community by hosting the STARBASE program, a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math program for local youth, and semi-annual “Friends of the FANG” programs, which engaged local business leaders, employers, students, and other community members, exposing them to the wing and its mission.
Closing out 2019 for its state mission, the wing received outstanding results from the recent evaluation of our Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Explosive Enhanced Response Task Force. The purpose of this evaluation was to stress and test the capabilities of our Airmen who are charged with timely and appropriate response to the myriad of needs generated during a CBRNE incident. The 125th Fighter Wing is proud to report that these Airmen are ready to support all assigned missions.
As we enter 2020, the 125th Fighter Wing is preparing for a readiness exercise designed to test combat support teams in contested and degraded environments, and a major Air Combat Command Unit Evaluation Inspection. While 2020 will undoubtedly continue to test the wing’s state and federal mission readiness, rest assured that the 125th Fighter Wing will continue to meet these challenges and prove we are ready to “Win Any Fight, Any Time.”