Stateof Illinois Security Guard - Military - O'Hare

This is a very nice badge and hat shield from the historical Air Reserve Station located at O'Hare International Airport. Below is a summary of the base. The badge and shield are original from the O'Hare IAP ARS and have been in my possession for over 20 years. They were worn by the State of Illinois Security Guards that provided coverage to the base when there were no Military Police units on post. There were numerous agencies providing security in addition to these guards including 126th Security Police, 928th Security Police, and the Department of Defense Police. After all of these organizations were phased out, as happened to bases around the country, contract security companies took over security responsibility.
Please check my other auctions for items from the police and fire fields as well as many Chicago related company badges and pins. Please ask questions early so I have time to answer before the auction ends. If payment is made promptly after auction end, I'll ship this USPS priority, tracked, to insure it gets to the recipient by Fathers Day. I ship to US only unless prior arrangements are made. Please ask before bidding. This badge is not current issue and is over 75years old and being sold as a collectible only.

Short History of the Illinois Air National Guard at O'Hare.

In the spring of 1954, the

In 1961, the unit received the first air refueling mission in the Air National Guard. Hangar 19 was completed just in time to receive the first KC-97 flying tanker in July and the unit was re-designated as the 126th Air Refueling Group, flying the KC-97 Stratotanker . From 1967 to 1976. Some 600 trans-Atlantic flights were flown and 150 million pounds of fuel off-loaded to USAFE and NATO aircraft. It was the first time the Air National Guard had performed a continuous operation without activation.

In 1976, the 126th transitioned to the KC-135 Stratotanker , was re-designated as the 126th Air Refueling Wing (126 ARW) and was placed under the operational claimancy of the Strategic Air Command (SAC). Following the deactivation of SAC in 1992, the 126 ARW came under the claimancy of the newly-established Air Mobility Command (AMC). [7 ]

The unit began performing a Distinguished Visitor mission in June 1997, when the 928th Airlift Wing was disbanded (the host Air Force Reserve unit at O'Hare). This mission called for support of the President of the United States and Air Force One, as well as the aircraft of visiting Heads of State, when landing at O'Hare. The Distinguished Visitor list included the Chancellor of Germany, the President of Mexico, the Prime Minister of Italy, the President of Romania, the Prime Minister of Japan, the Prime Minister of Great Britain and the Premier of China.

The 1993 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission recommended the closure of O'Hare Air Reserve Station as proposed by the municipal government of the City of Chicago and the transfer of both the 126 ARW and 928 AW to new facilities to be constructed at Scott AFB , Illinois, with much of the associated costs to be borne by the City of Chicago. The 1995 BRAC Commission modified the closure of O'Hare Air Reserve Station as recommended by the 1993 BRAC by deactivating the 928th Airlift Wing, rather than relocating the unit, and distributing its C-130 aircraft to Air Force Reserve C-130 units at Dobbins ARB , Georgia and Peterson AFB , Colorado. [8 ]

The 126 ARW moved from the former O'Hare Air Reserve Station at O'Hare International Airport to Scott AFB , Illinois as recommended by the Base Realignment and Closure Commission's Report to Congress in conjunction with the closure of the Air For...

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