908th Airlift Wing [908th AW]
The mission of the 908th Airlift Wing is to recruit, organize and train Air Force reservists to be prepared for active duty in time of war, national emergency or when otherwise required to maintain national security.
In the event the unit is mobilized, the operational functions of the 908th Airlift Wing are to support theater air forces for resupply missions, routine airlift requirements of the theater commander and airlift employment operations within the combat zone or forward area, provide aeromedical and refugee evacuation and augment strategic airlift forces.
The 908th's support of ongoing contingency operations and exercises this year will take it to 6 continents while flying more than 800,000 miles.
The 908th Airlift Wing's fleet of nine C-130H Hercules cargo aircraft are based at Maxwell. The unit is active in supporting U.S. humanitarian and peacekeeping efforts worldwide.
In its 2005 BRAC Recommendations, DoD recommended to close Mansfield-Lahm Municipal Airport Air Guard Station (AGS), OH. It would distribute the eight C-130H aircraft of the 179th Airlift Wing (ANG) to the 908th Airlift Wing (AFR), Maxwell AFB, AL (four aircraft) and several other installations. This recommendation would distribute C-130 aircraft to Maxwell Air Force Base (21), which had a higher military value than Mansfield. The addition of aircraft at Maxwell Air Force Base would create an optimally sized Reserve Component squadron.
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