130th Airlift Wing [130th AW]
In October 1955, the 130th Troop Carrier Squadron was formed at Kanawha Airport. The squadron's Grumman HU-16 "Albatross" amphibious aircraft and C-46 were used primarily for Air Commando missions.
In July 1960, the Unit became the 130th Air Commando Group using the C- 119 "Flying Boxcar" and the U-10 "Courier." The name was changed to 130th Special Operations Group to be descriptive of their mission.
Through the 60's and into the 70's the 130th participated in many international missions and received recognition for their performance. This included the 130th being awarded the Spaatz Trophy four times as the "Outstanding Flying Unit in the Country " and the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award five times.
The unit increased its mission capabilities significantly with conversions to C-130's. The 130th Tactical Airlift Group in 1975. This has involved attachment to various commands including Tactical Airlift Command (TAC), Military Air Command (MAC), Air Combat Command (ACC) and Air Mobility Command (AMC).
Additional model upgrades with the C-130's were completed during the 70's, 80's and 90's. In addition, an Air Force unit redesignation in 1992 resulted in the unit changing to "Airlift Group" and in 1995 "Airlift Wing".
In August and September 1990, the 130th TAG commanded a "volunteer" package of 16 C-130's and support personnel from WV, TN, TX, MO and DE ANG units in support of Operation Desert Shield. October 1990 saw the Presidential Call of selected members from the 130th TAG combining with the 136th TAW, TX ANG to form the functional staff of the 1630th Tactical Airlift Squadron (Provisional) at Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. In December 1990, the 130th Tactical Clinic and the 130th Mobile Aerial Port Squadron had selective members activated. They deployed to Bicester, UK and Dover AFB, DE respectively, subsequent to Desert Storm. All members were deactivated by June 1991. The members of the group located in the United Arab Emirates received the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with valor.
In April 1992, some unit members and aircraft deployed to Rhine Maim AB, Germany in support of the Bosnian Airlift called "Provide Promise". The 130th has deployed several times since this date for "Provide Promise", the latest being from 21 September 1998 to 29 October 1998.
In August 1993, one aircraft and 2 crews were sent to Operation "Support Hope" for 30 days in Rwanda, Africa.
From January to March 1996, the unit deployed 2 aircraft, 6 crews and maintaince support to Daharan, Saudi Arabia, in support of Opeartion "Southern Watch".
From April to June 1998, the unit deployed once again in support of Operation "Southern Watch" , this time at Prince Sultan AB, Saudi Arabia.
As of mid-2000, the 130th AW had recently sent several aircraft and support personnel to Panama for Coronet Oak. While there, wing personnel were heavily involved in Hurricane Mitch relief to Honduras and Nicaragua.
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