910th Airlift Wing

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910th Airlift Wing
910th Airlift Wing.png
Active 28 December 1962 — present
Country United States
Branch Air Force
Type Airlift
Size 1,400 Personnel
Part of Air Force Reserve Command
Garrison/HQ Youngstown-Warren Air Reserve Station
Decorations Outstanding Unit ribbon.svg AFOUA
Vietnam gallantry cross unit award-3d.svg RVGC w/ Palm
Commanders
Current
commander
Colonel Stephen J. "Fritz" Linsenmeyer
Lockheed C-130H Hercules 89-9105
Legacy 910th Tactical Airlift Group emblem, 1967

The 910th Airlift Wing (910 AW) is a wing of the United States Air Force based at Youngstown-Warren Air Reserve Station, Ohio.

Overview[edit]

910th Airlift Wing's mission is to ensure the organization and individual members can perform command authority directed taskings in support of national objectives by providing mission ready forces, airlift and aerial spray operations and base operating support.

Units[edit]

  • 910th Operations Group (910 OG)
757th Airlift Squadron (757 AS)
773d Airlift Squadron (773 AS)
  • 910th Maintenance Group (910 MXG)
  • 910th Mission Support Group (910 MSG)
  • 910th Medical Squadron (910 MDS)

History[edit]

Following the mobilizations in 1961 and 1962 for the Berlin Crisis and the Cuban Missile Crisis, Continental Air Command (ConAC) realized that it was unwieldy to mobilize an entire wing unless absolutely necessary. Their original Table of Organization for each Wing was a wing headquarters, a troop carrier group, an Air Base Group, a maintenance and supply group, and a medical group. In 1957, the troop carrier group and maintenance and supply groups were inactivated, with their squadrons reassigned directly to the wing headquarters - despite the fact that many wings had squadrons spread out over several bases due to the Detached Squadron Concept dispersing Reserve units over centers of population.

To resolve this, in late 1962 and early 1963, ConAC reorganized the structure of its reserve Troop Carrier Wings by establishing fully deployable Troop Carrier Groups and inserting them into the chain of command between the Wing and its squadrons at every base that held a ConAC troop carrier squadron. At each base, the group was composed of a material squadron, a troop carrier squadron, a tactical hospital or dispensary, and a combat support squadron. Each troop carrier wing consisted of 3 or 4 of these groups. By doing so, ConAC could facilitate the mobilization of either aircraft and aircrews alone, aircraft and minimum support personnel (one troop carrier group), or the entire troop carrier wing. This also gave ConAC the flexibility to expand each Wing by attaching additional squadrons, if necessary from other Reserve wings to the deployable groups for deployments.

As a result, the 910th Troop Carrier Group was established with a mission to organize, recruit and train Air Force Reserve personnel in the tactical airlift of airborne forces, their equipment and supplies and delivery of these forces and materials by airdrop, landing or cargo extraction systems. The group was equipped with C-119 Flying Boxcars for Tactical Air Command airlift operations.

The 910th TCG was one of three C-119 groups assigned to the 459th TCW in 1963, the others being the 909th Troop Carrier Group at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, and the 911th Troop Carrier Group at Pittsburgh International Airport, Pennsylvania.

The 910th participated in tactical exercises, airlift operations, and joint operations with Army airborne forces in U.S. and overseas, 1963-1969. The group trained as a forward air control unit, 1970–1971; as a special operations group, 1971–1973; and as a fighter group, 1973-1981. It converted again to an airlift mission in 1981 and received its first C-130 aircraft on 27 March 1981.

The 910th periodically deployed to Panama to support Air Force missions in Central and South America, beginning in 1983. It has trained to airdrop and airland personnel and materiel and added the only full-time, fixed-wing aerial spray in the Department of Defense in January 1992. It has deployed personnel and equipment worldwide to support contingency operations, exercises, and humanitarian missions.

Lineage[edit]

  • Established as the 910th Troop Carrier Group, Medium and activated on 28 December 1962 (not organized)
Organized in the Reserve on 17 January 1963
Redesignated 910th Tactical Airlift Group on 1 July 1967
Redesignated 910th Tactical Air Support Group on 25 January 1970
Redesignated 910th Special Operations Group on 29 June 1971
Redesignated 910th Tactical Fighter Group on 1 October 1973
Redesignated 910th Tactical Airlift Group on 1 July 1981
Redesignated 910th Airlift Group on 1 February 1992
Redesignated 910th Airlift Wing on 1 October 1994

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References[edit]

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

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