About Rickenbacker ANG Base, OH
Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base is located in Columbus, Ohio, adjacent Columbus Regional Airport. It is part of the Ohio Air National Guard and home to the United States Air Force 121st Air Refueling Wing. It also serves as a base of operations for Navy and Marine reserve units. The base is named for the famous World War I flying ace and Columbus native, Eddie Rickenbacker.
The based started life in 1942 as the Northeastern Training Center of the Army Air Corps and was then renamed Lockbourne Army Air Field after the nearby village. Besides general military training, it was also the home of the 166th Tactical Fighter Squadron and the 364th Fighter Squadron, as well as several bomber units during World War II. During the Korean War the base served as the home for the 121st Fighter Wing. The base was finally designated Rickenbacker Air Base in 1974 in honor of the home-town hero. The base ceased to operate as an active-duty base in 1980 when the Strategic Air Command handed over command to the Ohio National Guard.