The air refueling portion of the 108th history, is relatively new, only dating back to October 19, 1991, when the unit was re-designated as the 108th Air Refueling Wing. However, its history as a Wing began in March 1950.
It also had hereditary ties to the 348th Fighter Group constituted during World War II. On September 24, 1942, the 108th Fighter Group was established. Nonetheless, the 108th is a living history, built on notable accomplishments to which new ones are constantly being added. An illustrative example is it's fighter-to-refueling mission change and aircraft conversion. Its transition, within one year from being a combat ready fighter unit to a combat ready air refueling unit is thought to be an Air Force record of sorts. Read the full history.
Warren Grove Range History
With its' beginnings as a World War II weapons research location, Warren Grove Range has been part of the New Jersey Air National Guard since the early 1960's. The mission of the range is to provide a quality combat training environment for all military air and ground combat forces. Read the full history.
Air National Guard: A Short Story
The Air National Guard as we know it today -- a separate reserve component of the United States Air Force -- was a product of the politics of postwar planning and interservice rivalry during World War II. The men who planned and maneuvered for an independent postwar Air Force during World War II didn't place much faith in the reserves, especially the state-dominated National Guard.