15th Wing

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15th Wing
Pacific Air Forces.png
C-17 rainbow.jpg
C-17 Globemaster IIIs of the 15th Wing at Hickam AFB
Active 1940–1946, 1955–1960, 1962–1970, 1971–present
Country  United States
Branch  United States Air Force
Type Composite
Role Fighter, Airlift and Air Refueling
Part of Pacific Air Forces
Garrison/HQ Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii
Motto Prosequor Alis (I Pursue with Wings) (1942-1992)[1]
Engagements Pacific Ocean theater of World War II
Decorations Distinguished Unit Citation
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
Colonel John J. Roscoe[2]
15th Wing emblem (approved 15 March 1963 based on emblem approved 5 October 1942)[3] 15th Wing.png
Tail Code HH

The 15th Wing (15 WG) is a wing of the United States Air Force at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii . The wing reports directly to the commander, Pacific Air Forces.

Its history goes back to World War II, when the 15th Pursuit Group was largely destroyed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941. It later became a Twentieth Air Force group, providing Very Long Range (VLR) fighter escorts for the Boeing B-29 Superfortress bombers that attacked the Japanese home Islands.


The mission of the 15 WG states: Warrior Airmen projecting peace and power in the Pacific and beyond.

The first priority of the wing is ensure safe and reliable mission execution---effectively providing the Combatant Commander with flight-in-place capability and deployable forces.

The second priority is to maintain the health of the fleet to ensure safe and reliable mission execution---partnership with the 15th and 154th Maintenance Groups to provide persistent weapons systems sustainment and mission readiness in support of Design Operational Capability statements and OPlan taskings.

The third priority is to optimize the human weapons system and enhance family readiness---maintaining professional, fit and resilient Airmen who feel a sense of community and whose families are supported and understand their role in maximizing their role in mission readiness.

The fourth priority is to ensure seamless integration of installation support into the 15 WG's combat mission execution---creating zero road blocks in the ability of the wing to accomplish assigned missions.

A major responsibility of the wing is providing maintenance and refueling for aircraft transiting JBPHH between the Continental U.S. and the Western Pacific, as well as housing and feeding transient personnel.


The 15 WG is composed of three groups each with specific functions. The operations group controls all flying and airfield operations. The maintenance group performs aircraft and aircraft support equipment maintenance. The medical group provides medical and dental care. The remaining functions of the wing fall under the Wing staff agencies.

JBPHH is also host to numerous tenant organizations. The Air Force side of the installation supports 140 tenant and associate units.[4]