439th Airlift Wing [439th AW]
The 439th Airlift Wing is a unit of the Air Force Reserve Command, which has headquarters at Westover Air Reserve Base, MA.
Since May 19, 1974, when Westover became an Air Force Reserve Base, and until October 1987 the 439th Tactical Airlift Wing operated C-130 Hercules and C-123 Provider aircraft. The wing converted to C-5s in 1987 and the unit eventually became designated as the 439th Airlift Wing.
The wing operates 16 C-5s, flown by the 337th Airlift Squadron. The 16 C-5 Galaxies assigned to the wing at Westover represent five percent of all America's total airlift. The peacetime mission includes recruiting, training and supervision of personnel to assure mission readiness. The wing is also responsible for the management of aircraft maintenance and all assigned Air Force combat support real property, equipment and supplies.
The 439th Airlift Wing is capable of providing worldwide air movement of troops, supplies, equipment and medical patients. Airlift also involves airdrop and combat offloading operations. Support units provide communications, engineering, logistical, medical and security requirement.
The 439th has two units that are designated Geographically Separated Units (GSU). They are the 250 reservists serving as members of the 85th Aerial Port Squadron, Hanscom Air Force Base, MA, and 100 more comprise the 722nd Aeromedical Staging Squadron at Fort Hamilton, NY.
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