The 172d is based at Allen C. Thompson Field in Jackson, Mississippi. The Air Guard facility is named after Charles L. Sullivan, the former Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi and long-time member and pilot in this unit. The 172nd Airlift Wing embodies a historically significant volunteer spirit. Today, the 172nd AW operates the C-17 Globemaster III, and participates in an all-volunteer mobilization and activation, flying weekly missions into harm's way to return wounded patients of the Total Force safely back to the U.S.