ARNG Operational Support Airlift Agency
What is it?
The Operational Support Airlift Agency (OSAA) is a department of the Army Field Operating Agency under the National Guard Bureau. It is a brigade-level command that provides leadership, command and control, direction, and guidance for the Army National Guard’s (ARNG’s) fixed-wing community. This includes providing, safety, training, standardization, readiness, maintenance, and resourcing oversight for 80 separate fixed-wing units, including 114 aircraft and the approximately 700 personnel assigned or attached to the agency or its Regional Flight Centers in virtually every state and territory. These small fixed-wing organizations execute worldwide missions in support of war fighting, homeland defense, and peacetime contingencies and operations. The OSAA is a unique multi-component organization that is manned by active duty warrant officers, ARNG Title 10 and 32 Active Guard Reserve Soldiers, traditional Guardsmen, and Department of the Army Civilians.
What has the Army done?
In close coordination with the states and territories, the OSAA fully services the needs of units training or deploying for the current Middle Eastern conflict. It provides aircraft and personnel for time-sensitive and mission-critical movements of supplies and personnel throughout Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Colombia, and the Horn of Africa. The consistently high operational tempo of these services validates the Army’s requirement for a capable and responsive tactical cargo aircraft and further demonstrates the critical role fixed-wing cargo and utility aircraft serve during war fighting and homeland security missions.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The OSAA is the proponent for all ARNG fixed-wing operations and standardization in the ARNG. To assist with standardization of training, the Fixed-Wing Army National Guard Aviation Training Site (FWAATS) in Clarksburg, West Virginia (the only Total Army School System–accredited fixed-wing training site), is working closely with the Army Training and Doctrine Command on the execution and evaluation of aircrew training. The ARNG and FWAATS plan to continue offering aviator, instructor, maintenance, operations, helicopter repair, and other courses. The immediate future of ARNG training at FWAATS will feature AH-64D Aviator Qualification (Supplemental), AH-64D Aviator Qualification, and Tactical Unmanned Aerial System New Equipment Training.
Why is this important to the Army?
The OSAA is the primary ARNG proponent for fixed-wing operations, training, and standardization issues for all states and territories. In that capacity, the agency works closely with Headquarters, Department of the Army, the Joint Operational Support Airlift Center, U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, Peace Enforcement Operation Aviation, FWAATS, and the ARNG Aviation and Safety Division to improve training and unit readiness for all ARNG fixed-wing units. The OSAA and the Operational Support Airlift Command are unique organizations that daily perform critical missions with Army National Guard fixed-wing aircraft. Both organizations are vital assets to the ARNG and the U.S. Army at home and abroad.