The mission of the 188th Wing is to provide decision advantage through Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance and execute strike capability across the full spectrum of conflict, while cultivating ready, responsive, and highly-skilled Airmen. During times of emergency or natural disaster, we protect life and property, and preserve the peace, order, and public safety. Through our state partnership we support defense security goals and build partner capacity.
The 188th Wing in Fort Smith, Arkansas has a Remotely Piloted Aircraft mission. This involves a variety of operations, including close air support, air interdiction, intelligence collection and quick strike capabilities with minimal danger to military personnel. The 188th Wing also has an Intelligence Targeting mission, encompassing functions involved in collecting, producing, and distributing data that have strategic, tactical, or technical value from an intelligence viewpoint.