314th Airlift Wing

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314th Airlift Wing
314th Airlift Wing.png
Active 28 January 1942 – present
Country United States
Branch Air Force
Type Airlift
Part of Air Education and Training Command
Garrison/HQ Little Rock Air Force Base
Engagements
World War II Victory Medal ribbon.svg European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign ribbon.svg Korean Service Medal - Ribbon.svg
  • World War II
European Campaign (1943–1945)
  • Korean Service (1950–1953)
Decorations Presidential Unit Citation ribbon.svg DUC
Outstanding Unit ribbon.svg AFOUA w/ V Device
Commanders
Current
commander
Brigadier General Rowayne Schatz Jr.
Notable
commanders
Alfred G. Hansen
Thomas S. Power
Adriel N. Williams

The 314th Airlift Wing (314 AW) is a wing of the United States Air Force based at Little Rock Air Force Base in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Mission[edit]

Provide the world's best C-130 combat airlift training.

History[edit]

See the 314th Operations Group for additional history and lineage


Korean War[edit]

The wing was activated in November 1948 as the 314th Troop Carrier Wing at Smyrna Air Force Base, Tennessee.[1]

The wing served in Japan during the Korean War, participating in two major airborne operations, at Sunchon in October 1950 and at Munsan-ni in March 1951. It later transported supplies to Korea and evacuated prisoners of war.

Early Cold War and Vietnam War periods[edit]

During the post Korean War and the continuation of the Cold War period in 1954, it again transferred, without personnel or equipment back to the U.S. where it served as a primary troop carrier unit in the eastern U.S., participating in joint airborne training with Army forces, developing assault airlift operations, and performing in aerial demonstrations, exercises, maneuvers, and joint operations. Between January 1966 and May 1971, it operated from Ching Chuan Kang Air Base Taiwan as part of the 315th Air Division to provide passenger and cargo airlift throughout the Far East and combat airlift in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War period.

Later Cold War period[edit]

Again returning to the U.S. in May 1971, the 314th acquired the assets of the inactivated 64th Tactical Airlift Wing and incurred host organization responsibilities of Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas. It has since operated C-130 training schools, providing classroom instruction and flying training to all branches of the U.S. military and allied nations and served as a tactical airlift wing involved in worldwide airborne training, airlift, and special operations including deployments in support of the Commander-in-Chief, United States Air Forces in Europe. It also provided joint airborne communications center and command post support for the United States Readiness Command. In October 1983, the wing provided Joint Airborne Communications Center/Command Post equipment in support of the rescue of U.S. nationals in Grenada. During December 1989 and January 1990, it provided airlift support during the intervention in Operation Just Cause in Panama.

Post Cold War period[edit]

The 314th conducted airlift control support in addition to airlift of troops and equipment to the Middle East in support of the liberation of Kuwait, August 1990 – March 1991.

From 1991 to present, in addition to its primary mission of aircrew training, the wing conducted numerous disaster relief and humanitarian support missions including airdrop of U.S. Army Troops; humanitarian aid; emergency supplies; and medical evacuations in addition to airlifting passengers and equipment.

Operations[edit]

Previous designations[edit]

  • 314th Transport Group (1942)
  • 314th Troop Carrier Group (1942–1948)
  • 314th Troop Carrier Wing (1948–1967)
  • 314th Tactical Airlift Wing (1967–1974)
  • 314th Military Airlift Wing (1974–1991)
  • 314th Airlift Wing (1991 – present)

Assignments[edit]

Major command[edit]

Numbered Air Force[edit]

839th Air Division, 8 October 1957 – 27 January 1966

Subordinate organizations[edit]

C-130 flying in formation with the Thunderbirds

314th Operations Group (314 OG)

314th Maintenance Group (314 MXG)

  • 314th Maintenance Squadron (314 MXS)
  • 314th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron (314 AMXS)
  • 314th Maintenance Operations Squadron (314 MOS)

314th Mission Support Group (314 MSG)

  • 314th Contracting Squadron (314 CONS)
  • 314th Security Forces Squadron (314 SFS)
  • 314th Services Squadron (314 SVS)
  • 314th Logistics Readiness Squadron (314 LRS)
  • 314th Mission Support Squadron (314 MSS)
  • 314th Communications Squadron (314 CS)
  • 314th Civil Engineering Squadron (314 CES)

314th Medical Group (314 MDG)

  • 314th Medical Operations Squadron (314 MDOS)
  • 314th Medical Support Squadron (314 MDSS)

Bases stationed[edit]

Aircraft operated[edit]

Unit emblems[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ravenstein, Charles A. (1984). Air Force Combat Wings, Lineage & Honors Histories 1947-1977. Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. pp. 190–193. ISBN 0-912799-12-9. 

Bibliography[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

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