911th Airlift Wing [911th AW]
The 911th Airlift Wing reports to 22nd Air Force, Dobbins Air Reserve Base, GA. Wing daily activities are managed by civilian federal workers, including air reserve technicians. Over 90 percent of the organization is made up of Air Force Reserve volunteers from Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. The reservists train one weekend per month at a unit training assembly, and perform 15 days of active duty for training annually. Aircrew members train more often to meet flight qualification standards. The unit also flies airlift missions in support of Department of Defense assignments. In 2005, however, DoD recommended in its BRAC Recommendations, to distribute the 911th's aircraft as part of a recommendation to close Pittsburgh IAP/ARS (see below for details).
The 911th traces its ancestry to January 19, 1963, when the 911th Troop Carrier Group was activated to administer the 758th Troop Carrier Squadron flying the C-119 Flying Boxcar. The group reported to the 459th Troop Carrier Wing, Andrews AFB, MD.
The first aircraft conversion of the organization assigned to administer the 758th Troop Carrier was started in November 1966. Re-designated the 911th Military Airlift Group in 1967, it remained under the control of the 459th and was assigned to the Eastern Air Force Region. From 1966-1972, the unit flew the C-124 Globemaster.
The 911th again switched aircraft and names in March 1972. The unit converted to C-123K Providers and was renamed the 911th Tactical Airlift Group. The 911th was assigned to the 302nd Tactical Airlift Wing headquarters at Lockbourne AFB, OH (near Columbus). In October 1976, the Eastern Air Force Region was re-designated the 14th Air Force.
The 911th converted to C-130A Hercules aircraft in 1980. That same year, the 911th became part of the 439th Airlift Wing, Westover AFB, MA.
In 1987, the 911th converted to eight new C-130H model aircraft, and was re-designated the 911th Airlift Group in 1992. The 911th participated in Operation Desert Shield/Storm August 1990 until March 1991, as more than 400 reservists served as volunteers or were activated.
The 33rd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron was activated and deployed to locations in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Turkey and Germany. The 911th Medical Squadron was activated and deployed to Andrews AFB, MD. Volunteers from the 758th Airlift Squadron, 911th Maintenance Squadron, 911th Mission Support Squadron, 911th Mobility Support Flight and 911th Security Police Flight flew airlift missions or performed other tasks.
When Hurricane Andrew struck in 1992, the 911th aircrews and support personnel airlifted food and personnel to aid disaster relief efforts in south Florida.
During 1993 and 1994, 911th aircrews and support personnel deployed to Europe in support of , the humanitarian relief flights to Bosnia, and for Operation Southern Watch in the Arabian Gulf Region.
During 1993-1994, the 911th aircrews and support personnel have augmented Air Mobility Command operations for Operation Provide Promise, the humanitarian relief flights to Bosnia, in the former Yugoslavia, where 911th aircrews performed airdrop missions over Bosnia and airlift missions into the city of Sarajevo, and in support of Operation Southern Watch in the Arabian Gulf Region, providing airlift.
The 911th aircrews performed C-130H airdrop missions over eastern Bosnia and airlift missions into the city of Sarajevo.
When USAir flight 427 crashed in nearby Beaver County in September 1994, 911th personnel volunteered to assist at the crash site, and base facilities were used for emergency response activities until October 1994. More than 500 members of the 911th assisted during that period.
In October 1994 the 911th was re-designated the 911th Airlift Wing, the 33rd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron was renamed the 911th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron and the 911th Medical Squadron became the 911th Aeromedical Staging Squadron. The 911th Airlift Wing reported to the 10th Air Force, Carswell Air Reserve Station, TX.
In February 1995, the base was nominated for closure by the Department of Defense. In June 1995, the base was removed from the closure list by the Base Realignment and Closure Commission.
In March and April 1996 the 911th Airlift Wing aircrews and support personnel deployed to Europe in support of Operation Joint Endeavor, the NATO-led peacekeeping mission to Bosnia.
In October 1996, the 911th Airlift Wing received one C-130H aircraft, which increased its inventory to nine C-130H aircraft.
In April 1997, the 911th and other C-130 airlift units were reassigned to 22nd Air Force, Dobbins Air Reserve Base, GA.
In June and July 1997, 911th aircrews, support personnel and aircraft were deployed to Saudi Arabia in support of Operation Southern Watch. In July and August 1997, 911th aircrews were deployed to Europe for Operation Joint Guard in Bosnia. In August and September 1997, 911th aircrews, maintenance and support personnel and aircraft were deployed to Panama for the Coronet Oak rotation.
During 1998, 911th aircrews, maintenance and support personnel deployed to Panama in June and July to support the Coronet Oak rotation providing airlift in that region. Members of the 911th Security Forces Squadron deployed to Egypt in support of Exercise Iron Cobra.
In 1999, 911th personnel deployed to Europe in support of NATO operations for the Kosovo crisis. Also, 911th personnel deployed to Panama in February-March 1999. Members of the 911th Security Forces Squadron deployed to Kuwait in 1999. During 2000 and 2001, aircrews, maintenance and support personnel from the 911th deployed to Puerto Rico for Coronet Oak rotations in support of the U.S. Southern Command, and wing members deployed to Europe and Southwest Asia in support of Aerospace Expeditionary Force missions.
The mission of the 911th Airlift Wing is to organize, recruit and train Air Force Reserve personnel to provide airlift of airborne forces, their equipment and supplies and delivery of these forces and materials by air drop, landing or cargo extraction systems. The unit also provides intratheater aeromedical evacuation. The unit participates in joint service training and supports active duty forces in airborne training.
In its 2005 BRAC Recommendations, DoD recommended to close Pittsburgh International Airport (IAP) Air Reserve Station (ARS) and relocate 911th Airlift Wing's (AFRC) eight C-130H aircraft to Pope/Fort Bragg to form a 16 aircraft Air Force Reserve/active duty associate unit.
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