The 144th Fighter Wing is conducting a military exercise from Feb. 29- Mar. 3, 2024, to evaluate the operational readiness of the men and women of the 144th FW while testing the wing’s aircraft generation capabilities. During the exercise, Airmen from all career fields work together seamlessly to

  • Air Force Selects 144th FW for F-15EX Fighters

    The Department of the Air Force announced April 18 that the California Air National Guard’s 144th Fighter Wing based in Fresno, California has been selected as one of the preferred locations to receive the F-15EX Eagle II. The F-15EXs will replace the aging F-15C/D Eagles currently in operation.

  • Locally-Hosted Training Exercise Media Day

    Fresno’s 144th Fighter Wing is holding a media day event Mar. 24, 2020 for the Valley Thunder training exercise. Valley Thunder is a two-week long military fighter jet training exercise being held at the Fresno Air National Guard Base, and it is hosted by the 144th FW’s 194th Fighter Squadron. F-15

  • F-16 crashes near March Air Reserve Base

    — An F-16 Fighting Falcon from a detachment of the 144th Fighter Wing, stationed at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside, Calif., experienced a mishap May 16 at approximately 3:45 p.m.


    A Ukrainian Su-27UB aircraft carrying a U.S. service member and a Ukrainian service member crashed during a routine familiarization training flight Oct. 16, killing both pilots.The U. S. Air Force pilot was Lt. Col. Seth “Jethro” Nehring, a fighter pilot with the California Air National Guard’s