349 Air Mobility Wing (AFRC)


Lineage. Established as 349 Troop Carrier Wing, Medium on 10 May 1949. Activated in the Reserve on 27 Jun 1949. Ordered to active service on 1 Apr 1951. Inactivated on 2 Apr 1951. Redesignated as 349 Fighter-Bomber Wing on 26 May 1952. Activated in the Reserve on 13 Jun 1952. Redesignated as 349 Troop Carrier Wing, Medium on 1 Sep 1957. Ordered to active service on 28 Oct 1962. Relieved from active duty on 28 Nov 1962. Redesignated as 349 Military Airlift Wing on 1 Jun 1966. Ordered to active service on 26 Jan 1968. Relieved from active duty on 1 Jun 1969. Redesignated as: 349 Military Airlift Wing (Associate) on 25 Jul 1969; 349 Airlift Wing (Associate) on 1 Feb 1992; 349 Air Mobility Wing (Associate) on 1 Jul 1994; and 349 Air Mobility Wing on 1 Oct 1994.

Assignments. Fourth Air Force, 27 Jun 1949-2 Apr 1951. 4 Air Reserve District, 13 Jun 1952; Fourth Air Force, 1 Dec 1952; Sixth Air Force Reserve Region, 1 Sep 1960; Twelfth Air Force, 28 Oct 1962; Sixth Air Force Reserve Region, 28 Nov 1962; Twenty-Second Air Force, 26 Jan 1968; Sixth Air Force Reserve Region, 2 Jun 1969; Western Air Force Reserve Region, 31 Dec 1969; Fourth Air Force, 8 Oct 1976-.
 
Operational Components. Groups. 349 Troop Carrier (later, 349 Fighter-Bomber; 349 Troop Carrier; 349 Operations): 27 Jun 1949-2 Apr 1951; 13 Jun 1952-14 Apr 1959; 1 Aug 1992-. 921 Military Airlift: 26 Jan 1968-2 Jun 1969 (not operational, 1 Aug 1968-1 Jun 1969). 938 Troop Carrier (later 938 Military Airlift): 11 Feb 1963-1 Jul 1973 (not operational, 29 Mar 1968-1 Jun 1969; detached 25 Jul-14 Dec 1969). 939 Troop Carrier (later, 939 Tactical Airlift; 939 Military Airlift): 11 Feb 1963-26 Jan 1968; 15 Jun 1969-1 Jul 1973 (detached 25 Jul-14 Dec 1969). 940 Troop Carrier (later, 940 Air Transport; 940 Military Airlift): 11 Feb 1963-26 Jan 1968. 941 Troop Carrier (later, 941 Air Transport; 941 Military Airlift): 11 Feb 1963-25 Jul 1969 (not operational, 1 Aug 1968-21 May 1969). 944 Military Airlift: 25 Jul 1969-1 Jul 1973 (detached 25 Jul-14 Dec 1969). Squadrons. 67 Troop Carrier (later, 67 Military Airlift): attached 1 Aug 1968-1 Jun 1969. 97 Troop Carrier: 14 Apr 1959-11 Feb 1963; attached 1 Aug 1968-21 May 1969. 301 Military Airlift (later, 301 Airlift): 1 Jul 1973-1 Aug 1992. 312 Troop Carrier (later, 312 Fighter-Bomber; 312 Military Airlift; 312 Airlift): 14 Apr 1959-11 Feb 1963; attached 29 Mar 1968-1 Jun 1969; assigned 1 Jul 1973-1 Aug 1992. 313 Troop Carrier (later, 313 Fighter-Bomber): 14 Apr 1959-11 Feb 1963. 314 Troop Carrier (later, 314 Fighter-Bomber): 14 Apr 1959-11 Feb 1963. 708 Military Airlift (later, 708 Airlift): 1 Jul 1973-1 Aug 1992. 710 Military Airlift (later, 710 Airlift): 1 Jul 1973-1 Aug 1992. 733 Troop Carrier: 28 Oct-28 Nov 1962. 8649 Replacement Training: attached (and further attached to 349 Fighter-Bomber Group), 20 Aug 1954-6 Feb 1956.
 
Stations. Hamilton AFB, CA, 27 Jun 1949-2 Apr 1951. Hamilton AFB, CA, 13 Jun 1952; Travis AFB, CA, 25 Jul 1969-.
 
Commanders. Brig Gen Franklin Rose, 27 Jun 1949-c. 2 Apr 1951. Brig Gen Harold P. Little, 13 Jun 1952; Brig Gen Rollin B. Moore Jr., 10 Jan 1959; Col Jesse A. Irwin, 15 Jul 1968; Col Ray M. Foster, 25 Jul 1969 (acting); Col Arthur C. Carroll, 15 Dec 1969; Col Billy C. Means, 8 Apr 1970; Brig Gen James L. Wade, 31 Dec 1973; Col Edward C. Black Jr., 12 Jan 1976 (acting); Brig Gen Donald H. Balch, 1 Feb 1976; Brig Gen James C. Wahleithner, 9 Apr 1979; Brig Gen John G. Sullivan, 12 Apr 1981; Brig Gen Dale R. Baumler, 4 Jun 1984; Col Wallace W. Whaley, 9 Apr 1988; Col Thomas F. Spayd, 1 Nov 1990 (acting); Brig Gen Keith T. Reiling, 18 Nov 1990; Brig Gen Michael J. Peters, 15 Jan 1995; Brig Gen James Sanders, 1 Sep 1996; Brig Gen Gerald A. Black, 7 Feb 1998; Col James T. Rubeor, 20 May 2000; Brig Gen Thomas M. Gisler, 19 Jul 2003; Brig Gen Maryanne Miller, Nov 2008; Col John C. Flourney Jr., Nov 2009 -.
 
Aircraft. T-6, 1949-1950; T-7, 1949-1951; T-11, 1949-1951; C-46, 1949-1951. T-6, 1952-1954; C-46, 1952-1958; T-28, 1953-1956; F-51, 1953-1954; T-33, 1953-1957; F-80, 1953-1956; C-45, 1954-1956; C-47, 1955-1956; F-84, 1956-1957; C-119, 1958-1968; C-124, 1965-1969; C-141, 1969-1998; C-5, 1972-; KC-10, 1994-; C-17, 2005-.
 
Operations. Trained for troop carrier missions, 1949-1951. During the Korean War, the wing was called to active service and then inactivated so that its personnel could be used as fillers in other wings. The wing trained for fighter-bomber missions from 1952 to 1957 and performed worldwide airlift missions since 1957. It was called to active service in 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis and in 1968 and 1969 during the Pueblo Crisis. During the latter crisis the wing airlifted cargo to the Far East, Southeast Asia, Europe, and Southwest Asia. In 1969 it became an associate airlift wing and began using the aircraft of active duty wings to fly strategic airlift missions in training, humanitarian, and contingency operations. In the 1980s and 1990s, the wing was the largest in the Air Force Reserve. It airlifted supplies to U.S. scientists in Antarctica on a regular basis. Flew trans-Pacific channel strategic airlift missions and relief missions in support of natural disaster victims. It also took part in joint training exercises and contingency operations worldwide. Trained aircrews to fly airlift and air refueling missions,1994-.
 
Service Streamers. None.
 
Campaign Streamers. None.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. Panama, 1989-1990.
 
Decorations. Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Combat "V" Device: 1 Aug 2002-15 Aug 2003. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 23 Dec 1964-22 Jan 1965; 26 Jan 1968-1 Jun 1969; 1 Jul 1974-30 Jun 1975; 1 Jul 1975-30 Jun 1977; 1 Jul 1992-30 Jun 1994; 1 Jul 1994-15 Aug 1995; 1 Jul 1996-30 Jun 1998; 1 Aug 2000-31 Jul 2002; 16 Aug 2003-17 Aug 2004; 18 Aug 2004-17 Aug 2005; 18 Aug 2005-17 Aug 2006; 18 Aug 2006-17 Aug 2007; 18 Aug 2007-17 Aug 2008; 18 Aug 2008-17 Aug 2009. Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm: 1 Apr 1966-28 Jan 1973.
 
Bestowed Honors. Authorized to display honors earned by the 349 Operations Group prior to 10 May 1949. Service Streamers. World War II: American Theater and European-African-Middle Eastern Theater. 
Campaign Streamers. None.

Lineage, Assignments, Components, Stations, and Honors through Dec 2010.

Commanders, Aircraft, and Operations through Nov 2009.

Supersedes statement prepared on 14 Aug 2000.

Emblem. Approved on 2 Sep 1960; modified on 6 Apr 1995.
 
Prepared by Patsy Robertson.
 
Reviewed by Daniel Haulman.