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Carrier Air Wing Reserve 30 [CVWR 30]

As of early 1994 two Reserve Carrier Air Wings (CVWR-20 and CVWR-30) fulfilled dual missions of mobilization training and peacetime support, including adversary and Fleet Training Readiness Group support services. Both airwings consisted of eight squadrons: two F-14; two F/A-18; one A-6E; one EA-6B; one E-2C; and, one VFC (F/A-18). Program Guidance for 1995 changed the tactical airwing force structure by disestablishing CVWR-30, its associated squadrons and two squadrons from CVWR-20 (VF-202 and VA-205). Commander Carrier Air Wing Reserve 30 (CVWR-30), and its supporting squadrons was disestablished in December 1994.

The two Reserve Carrier Air Wings, CVWR-20 and CVWR-30, were established on 01 April 1970 followed by two carrier ASW group [CVSGR-70 and CVSGR-80] on 01 May 1968. This was a continuation of a program initiated in July 1968 to give Naval Air Reserve squadrons an improved combat readiness. The reorganization placed all carrier-type squadrons in two reserve carrier air wings and two carrier ASW groups. Twelve VP and 3 VR squadrons joined the carrier squadrons under the control of Commander Naval Air Reserve Force. The CVWR-30 headquarters staff was originally based at Naval Air Station Alameda, Calif., then moved to Naval Air Station Miramar, Calif., in July 1985.

On 24 March 1995 the Wing was awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation by Secretary of the Navy John Dalton for performing combat mobilization readiness and fleet contributory support from Oct. 1, 1992, through June 30, 1994. CVWR-30 received recognition as the first tactical air wing to provide primary fleet readiness training while maintaining combat readiness and contributing more than 7,722 flight hours supporting the Pacific Fleet. They maintained the highest possible air crew training readiness in part by participating in 11 major exercises and 18 missile exercises.

The Senate Armed Services Committee report on the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1994 (S. Rept. 103-112) directed the Secretary of Defense to submit to the Committee by March 31, 1994, a report on a study of the roles and missions of the Naval Reserve. The Department did not provide this report to the committee in sufficient time to be considered prior to the FY1995 mark-up. Therefore, the committee encouraged the Secretary of the Navy to consider delaying the implementation of force structure decisions that predated the report, "The Future Naval Reserve: Roles and Missions, Size and Shape'', until the Secretary of the Navy had assured the Committees on Armed Services of the Senate and the House of Representatives that these decisions were consistent with the conclusions and recommendations of the report (i.e., the retention of CVWR-30 and the retention of 10 reserve maritime patrol aircraft (VP) squadrons).




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