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Rosecrans Air National Guard Base or Rosecrans ANGB, is located on a portion of the Rosecrans Memorial Airport (IATA: STJ, ICAO: KSTJ), Saint Joseph, Missouri. It is the home of the 139th Airlift Wing, Missouri Air National Guard and the Advanced Airlift Tactics Training Center. It is named in honor of Guy Wallace Rosecrans, a U.S. Army Air Service airman killed in World War I.

Rosecrans Air National Guard Base
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Rosecrans Army Airfield
Part of Missouri Air National Guard (ANG)
St. Joseph, Missouri
C-130H Missouri ANG at St Joseph 2007.JPEG
Lockheed C-130H Hercules (s/n 86-1395) from the 180th Airlift Squadron, 139th Airlift Wing, at Rosecrans ANGB
Coordinates39°46′19″N 94°54′34.94″W / 39.77194°N 94.9097056°W / 39.77194; -94.9097056 (Rosecrans ANGB)
Site information
Controlled by United States Air Force
Site history
In use1942–present
Garrison information
Garrison139th Airlift Wing.png
139th Airlift Wing
Airfield information
Airport typeMilitary
Elevation AMSL826 ft / 251.8 m
Coordinates39°46′19″N 094°54′34″W / 39.77194°N 94.90944°W / 39.77194; -94.90944Coordinates: 39°46′19″N 094°54′34″W / 39.77194°N 94.90944°W / 39.77194; -94.90944
KSTJ is located in Missouri
Location of Rosecrans Air National Guard Base
Direction Length Surface
ft m
17/35 8,059 2,456 Concrete
13/31 4,797 1,462 Asphalt/Concrete



During World War II, the U.S. Army Air Forces established Rosecrans Field, also called St. Joseph Army Air Field,[1] at Rosecrans Memorial Airport. The Ferrying Division, Air Transport Command took over the field on July 6, 1942. It became the home for the 1st Operational Training Unit (OTU) composed of the 561st Army Air Force (AAF) Base Unit, Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, 61st Aircraft Engineering Squadron, 993rd Guard Squadron, 730th AAF Band, 50th Transport Transition Squadron, Medical and WAC Detachments and the 562nd Training Squadron.

In 1947, control of the base shifted from the Army to the newly established U.S. Air Force. In 1948, the base was conveyed by the Air Force back to the City of Saint Joseph, Missouri with the exception of 142 acres (0.57 km2) set aside for use by the Air National Guard organized in 1947. Some of the old temporary World War II era barracks were still present on the base until the Great Flood of 1993 when they were destroyed.

Current useEdit

The base's host wing, the 139th Airlift Wing (139 AW) of the Missouri Air National Guard, currently operates C-130H2 Hercules theater airlift aircraft and is operationally-gained by the Air Mobility Command (AMC). The Advanced Airlift Tactics Training Center (AATTC) is a tenant activity at the base that provides current academic and combat flying tactics and training to C-130 airlift air crews of the Air National Guard, the Air Force Reserve Command, active duty USAF, sister services and allied nations. This training enhances air crew survivability and mission success in a combat environment.

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