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Air National Guard
The ANG is said to be a "reserve" force, of "part-time soldiers"; many ANG pilots work for commercial airlines. The ANG flies every type of aircraft in the USAF inventory, with the exceptions of the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber and the F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter.
ANG pilots have flown on active duty continually since the Gulf War of 1991, patrolling Iraq's no-fly zones. Following the September 11, 2001 attacks, a North Dakota F-16 unit (the Happy Hooligans from Hector International Airport) was the first unit to fly air cover over Washington, D.C., for at the time they were undergoing flight training at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia.
The ANG motto is "Semper Paratis", which means "always ready". The logo is intended to symbolize the minuteman of the American Revolution.
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