932nd Airlift Wing [932nd AW]
The 932nd Airlift Wing is an Air Force Reserve unit located at Scott Air Force Base, IL. The 932nd AW is aligned under Fourth Air Force, McClellan AFB, CA. The command headquarters is Air Force Reserve, Robins AFB, GA.
Headquarters has four groups assigned with eight supporting squadrons. The groups are the Operations Group, Medical Group, Logistics Group, and the Support Group. The subordinate units assigned to the Operations Group are the 73rd Airlift Squadron and the 932nd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron. Subordinate units under the Medical Group include the 932nd Contingency Hospital; the 932nd Aeromedical Staging Squadron; and the 932nd Medical Squadron. The Logistics Group's assigned unit is the 932nd Maintenance Squadron. The Support Group subordinate units include the 932nd Civil Engineer Squadron and the 932nd Mission Support Squadron.
Personnel train one weekend each month and perform an annual 2-week tour as a unit or individually throughout the year.
The ancestry of the 932nd Airlift Wing is rooted in a World War II heritage that includes participation in several campaigns. The 932nd AW's predecessor, the 73rd Troop Carrier Squadron, was awarded the "Distinguished Unit Citation" for its involvement in the D-Day and Normandy invasion. Three of its pilots were awarded the Purple Heart.
On 11 February 1963 the 932nd Troop Carrier Group (Medium) was constituted and activated at Scott AFB and assigned to the 434th TCG at Bakalar AFB, Ind. Under the same special order, the 73rd TCS was assigned to the 932nd TCG.
The 932nd TCG continued to fly the C-119. They participated in several operations and exercises in support of the Tactical Air Command, including stateside missions in Operation Christmas Star. This November 1965 operation involved airlifting holiday gifts for servicemen in Vietnam.
Subsequently, the 932nd TCG was redesignated the 932nd Military Airlift Group on 1 April 1967 and reassigned to the Military Airlift Command. Mission aircraft became the C-124 Globemaster. Aircrews were tasked to fly personnel and equipment over an area ranging from Labrador to the Caribbean, to many bases throughout Europe, to Vietnam.
In mid-1969, a new designation, the 932nd Aeromedical Airlift Group, reflected a new mission. Since that time, the group has augmented the active duty 375th Airlift Wing, flying its C-9A Nightingales (the military version of the DC-9 jetliner), airlifting patients throughout the continental United States.
As an associate group, the 932nd aircrews and medical crews serve alongside their active duty counterparts on aeromedical missions. Most of the missions have integrated crews, part Reserve and part active, while some are entirely Reserve.
In 1975, aircrew members participated in Operation Homecoming, the project which airlifted former Vietnam prisoners of war to their destinations within the United States.
From August 1981 to August 1984, along with their active duty counterparts, crews airlifted over 500 Vietnam veterans to Walter Reed Army Medical Center to participate in a special head injury study.
In 1989, the aircrews, along with their active duty counterparts, were called upon for Operation Just Cause, flying patients stateside.
In December 1990, the first contingent of the 932nd to be mobilized during the Persian Gulf War was the civil engineering squadron's firefighters. The firemen augmented the firehouse at Scott. Three more 932nd units were mobilized the next month--the 52d Aeromedical Patient Staging Squadron, the 932nd USAF Clinic, and the 13th USAF Contingency Hospital. The 52nd APSS deployed 96 medical personnel to Saudi Arabia; the 13th deployed 164 to Oman; while the rest of the hospital's medical personnel augmented Scott's USAF Medical Center along with the 932nd Clinic.
In February 1991, three more units were called to serve in the war--the 73rd Aeromedical Airlift Squadron, the 73rd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, and the 932nd Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Squadron (now 932nd Maintenance Squadron). Their callup was to help with the anticipated war casualties.
Altogether, 81 percent of the 932nd was mobilized for the latest war. Twenty-nine percent deployed to the Middle East; 16 percent deployed in continental US hospitals; and 55 percent remained at Scott augmenting the active duty forces. Although members of the group's headquarters staff were not mobilized, except for three reservists from the chaplain's office, they provided day-to-day guidance and support functions.
In the summer of 1993, scores of 932nd AAG personnel volunteered to help provide relief to victims of the Great Mississippi River Flood.
In October 1994, the 932nd Aeromedical Airlift Group became the 932nd Airlift Wing and was aligned directly under 4th Air Force, McClellan AFB, CA.
Reservists from the 932nd AES and 73rd AS volunteered to fly to Eglin AFB, FL, where they picked up wounded Air Force personnel from the June 1996 bombing in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, that killed 19 servicemen and wounded several hundred others. From Florida, the patients were transported to bases throughout the U.S.
In January 1997, overseas trainers were added to the 932nd AW's mission. In June of the same year, the Civil Engineer Squadron rendered aid to flood victims at Grand Forks, ND.
In January 1999, EOD personnel from the 932nd CES were deployed to St. Louis in anticipation of the visit by Pope John Paul II, and in April, two more EOD people deployed to Washington DC for NATO's 50th Anniversary Summit. In May the same year, twenty 932nd AW personnel deployed to Europe during the Kosovo Crisis in support of NATO's Operation Allied Force.
The 932nd AW received the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award for "exceptional meritorious service in support of military operations" in 1973. The unit was subsequently awarded additional citations for the periods of 24 July 1975 to 23 July 1977; 29 September 1980 to 30 June 1982; 1 June 1986 to 31 July 1988; and 1 January 1993 to 1 August 1994. The 932nd Aeromedical Staging Squadron has been twice named Air Force Reserve Command's Outstanding ASTS Unit, in 1994 and 1996. The 932nd Maintenance Squadron received the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award for the period 1 January 1995 to 30 June 1998.
The mission of the 932nd Airlift Wing, is to organize, recruit and train Air Force reservists. This training environment enables the 932nd to participate daily in the domestic aeromedical airlift mission, transporting Department of Defense patients to and from more than 600 hospitals and treatment centers in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
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