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107th Airlift Wing is now 107th Attack Wing

The New York Air National Guard unit at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station officially has a new name: the 107th Attack Wing.

Formerly known as the 107th Airlift Wing, the unit shifted its mission from flying C-130 Hercules transport planes to remotely piloting MQ-9 Reaper drones. The drones are not housed at the base and a control center for the military drones is under construction. Completion of the facility is expected by June.

Officials from the unit will formally announce the name change at the base on Tuesday afternoon.

The 107th has been transitioning to the new mission since 2014.

The 914th Airlift Wing, the Air Force Reserve unit at the base, is transitioning from the C-130 aircraft to KC-135 tanker aircraft, which perform refueling missions in mid-air.

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