Located on New Hampshire’s seacoast Pease Air National Guard Base (Pease ANGB) is less than an hour north of Boston, MA and an hour south of Portland, ME. Pease ANGB is located about 12 miles from the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard where there are amenities an Active Duty Base offers. Sixty miles to the south is Hanscom AFB, MA. It is the closest Active Duty Air Force Base. A large number of Military Personnel active and retired live in the communities surrounding Pease ANGB. The communities in and around Pease ANGB all offer affordable housing. Portsmouth and the Seacoast are easily accessible with tax-free shopping, restaurants, art galleries, historic homes, and more. You should be ready to stretch your legs and discover why Portsmouth was named New Hampshire’s Best Walking City and one of the top 100 most walkable cities in the nation.
The New Hampshire Air National Guard was organized on May 24, 1946 and federally recognized in 1947. The New Hampshire Air National Guard is a dual status organization, that is what the Constitution calls “the organized militia” under state control, and it is also a ready reserve unit of the United States Air Force. Our history and battle honors are, therefore, traced to both our militia roots and our Air Force roots. World War II, is when Air Force heritage of the Air Component of the New Hampshire National Guard had its start.
The 157th Air Refueling Wing and the 133rd Air Refueling Squadron are the New Hampshire Air National Guard’s core operational unit designations. Both units trace their histories back to Army Air Force units that were constituted early in 1942 and served in the China-Burma-India Theater of operations. The 157th Air Refueling Wing traces its lineage back to the 311th Bombardment Group (Light) which was first constituted on 28 January 1942 and, by war’s end, had earned four campaign streamers: American Theater, India-Burma, China Defensive and China Offensive. The New Hampshire Air National Guard received federal recognition on 14 April 1947. It flew, in succession, the P-47D Thunderbolt, F-51H Mustang, F-94 A/B Starfighter, and F-86L Sabrejet in the air defense mission until 1960 when the unit began the airlift mission with the C-97A Stratofreighter. After converting to the C-124A Globemaster then the C-130A Hercules, the unit entered the refueling era in 1975 with the KC-135A/E/R Stratotanker. Originally stationed at Grenier Field in Manchester, NH, the unit moved to Pease AFB in Portsmouth in 1966. The 157th was activated for the Korean War in 1951, then the Berlin Crisis in 1961. Starting in 1975, it stood SAC alert, 24/7, for 17 years and participated in every major military operation of the 1990’s and continues to be very active during this first decade of the 21st Century. For nearly twenty years, its participation in real-world Air Force operations has come in the form of Airbridge, Tanker Task Force and Noble Eagle operations from Pease ANG Base, deployments to Southwest Asia and to European countries, and participation in Air Expeditionary Force rotations (at times, all three concurrently). During the same period, the unit has mobilized personnel for several state emergencies including two major floods in NH, two ice storms, Hurricane Katrina disaster and border operations in the Southwest United States.
Federal Mission: Staff, equip and train combat flying and combat support units to augment the Air Force.
Examples of this include air refueling airlift, Tanker Task Force, higher HQ support, base security, base support, day-to-day training, and operations such as “Joint Forge” — “Joint Endeavor” — “Restore Hope” Silver Flag and Air Expeditionary Forces.
State Mission: Provide units trained and equipped to protect life and property and to preserve peace, order and public safety.
Members are trained and equipped to support the Governor in emergency situations such as providing disaster relief from the mini twister which struck the Stratham fair grounds, crowd control during motorcycle weekend in Laconia, and law enforcement during the demonstrations at the Seabrook nuclear power station while under construction.
The 157TH ARW is comprised of over 900 men and women who bring a wide variety of expertise to their mission including Air Traffic Control, Aerospace Maintenance, Weather Services, Communications, Electronics, Fire Protection, Security, and Medical Services among others.
Currently, there is no base transportation on this installation.
The sponsorship program is a great way to gather information about your new location. All in-bound personnel will be assigned a sponsor after receiving orders. Please contact your assigned unit to inquire about a sponsor. During PCS, a temporary duty address or your billeting address can be set up to receive your personal mail until you establish permanent quarters.
Persons in PCS status are authorized 30 days in Temporary Lodging Facilities. Reservations can be made by calling the Hanscom Inn at 781-377-2112 or DSN 312-478-2112. Reservation requests can be faxed to 781-377-4961 or DSN 312-478-4961.
Moving is a way of life in the Air Force. Whether it’s your first, fifth, or last move, it’s always a major undertaking and it is important that you seek services of the Airman and Family Readiness Relocation Assistance Program. The Relocation Assistance Program staff helps Air Force single and married members as well as DoD civilians and families through all aspects of a move through programs and services such as:
-Access to SITES, an information data base with helpful and important information about your new installation and the local community.
– CROSSROADS, available on the Internet, is an invaluable relocation assistance resource with multiple hot links to various important DoD and civilian relocation assistance resources .
– One-on-one counseling to address your specific needs and questions.
– Brochures and videotapes of each Air Force base and most other DoD installations, and their surrounding community.
– A variety of software to assist plan your road trip as well as comparing the cost of living, taxes and more at your gaining installation.
– Access to the Family Matters Network, an automated network which allows Airman and Family Readiness Centers worldwide to communicate with each other to address your relocation needs and questions.
– Workshops covering all aspects of relocation.
– Our Relocation Assistance Program also offers mandatory training to all sponsors.
Point of contact: Master Sgt. Roger Bullis
HQ ACC Airman and Family Readiness Matters
Commercial: (757) 764-2689
Critical Installation Information
The DSN is the provider of long-distance communications service for the Department of Defense (DoD). Every installation has a special DSN number and the numbers vary by world-wide location. In order to place a call using DSN, the caller must be using a military phone on an installation. Cell phones cannot dial DSN numbers. When dialing a DSN number from a United States installation to another United States installation, it is unnecessary to dial the DSN 312 area code. When dialing a DSN number to/from overseas locations, the DSN area code must be included. The operator can be reached at commercial (719) 567-1110. Please note that long distance charges may be incurred.
Frequently Called Numbers on Base
Base Exchange: (603) 436-0302
Base Locator: (603) 430-3291
Clinic: (603) 430-2340
Education & Training: (603) 430-3518
Finance: (603) 430-3400
ID Cards: (603) 430-3514
Legal: (603) 430-2758
Pass & Registration: (603) 430-2605
Pease Fire And Emergency Services: (603) 430-2700
Public Affairs: (603) 430-3577
Recruiting: (603) 430-2798