932d Airlift Wing

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932d Airlift Wing
932d Airlift Wing Boeing C-40C Clipper 09-0540.jpg
932d Airlift Wing Boeing C-40C Clipper 09-0540
Active 15 January 1963 — present
Country  United States
Branch  United States Air Force
Type Wing
Role Distinguished Visitor Airlift
Size 1,100 Personnel
Part of AFR Shield.svg  Air Force Reserve Command
Garrison/HQ Scott Air Force Base, Illinois
Decorations Outstanding Unit ribbon.svg AFOUA
Vietnam gallantry cross unit award-3d.svg RVGC w/ Palm
Presidential Unit Citation ribbon.svg Presidential Unit Citation (United States)
Commanders
Current
commander
Colonel Colonel Albert V. Lupenski
Insignia
932d Airlift Wing emblem 932d Airlift Wing.png
Aircraft flown
Transport C-40 Clipper

The 932d Airlift Wing (932 AW) is an Air Reserve Component (ARC) of the United States Air Force. It is assigned to the Fourth Air Force, Air Force Reserve Command, stationed at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.

The 932d AW is an associate unit of the 375th Air Mobility Wing, Air Mobility Command (AMC) and if mobilized the wing is gained by AMC.

Mission[edit]

The 932d Airlift Wing provides first-class, worldwide, safe, and reliable airlift for distinguished visitors and their staffs. The wing maintains aircraft for special assignment missions. It equips, trains and organizes a ready force of Citizen Airmen to support and maintain all facets of air base operations involving infrastructure and security. The wing also provides worldwide medical services to the warfighter from the front line to the continental United States fixed medical treatment facilities.

Components[edit]

  • 932d Operations Group (932 OG)
73d Airlift Squadron (73 AS)
932d Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron (932 AES)
  • 932d Maintenance Group (932 MXG)
  • 932d Mission Support Group (932 MSG)
  • 932d Medical Group (932 MDG)

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 932d 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 group was one of three C-119 groups assigned to the 434th TCW in 1963, the others being the 930th Troop Carrier Group, at Atterbury AFB, Indiana, and the 931st Troop Carrier Group at Bakalar AFB, Indiana.

The 932d performed routine tactical reserve airlift operations until 1 April 1967 when it was upgraded to the long-range C-124 Globemaster II. It flew overseas missions, particularly to the Far East and Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. In 1969 it was reassigned to the 514th Military Airlift Wing and re-equipped with the C-9 Nightengale Aeromedical Airlifter. It began performing worldwide humanitarian airlift and casualty evacuation from South Vietnam. Today it still provides worldwide medical services to the warfighter from the front line to Continental United States fixed medical treatment facilities.

Upgraded to a Wing level in 1994, it became unit equipped with the C-9 in 2003 and received the C-40C Clipper in 2007. The unit provides first-class, worldwide, safe, and reliable airlift for distinguished visitors and their staffs. The wing maintains aircraft for special assignment missions. In addition, the 932d equips, trains and organizes a ready force of Citizen Airmen to support and maintain all facets of air base operations involving infrastructure and security.

Lineage[edit]

  • Established as the 932d Troop Carrier Group, Medium and activated on 15 January 1963 (not organized)
Organized in the Reserve on 11 February 1963
Redesignated: 932d Military Airlift Group on 1 April 1967
Redesignated: 932d Aeromedical Airlift Group (Associate) on 25 July 1969
Redesignated: 932d Airlift Wing on 1 October 1994

Assignments[edit]

Components[edit]

Stations[edit]

  • Scott AFB, Illinois, 13 February 1963 – Present

Aircraft[edit]

References[edit]

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

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