302 Airlift Wing (AFRC)


Lineage. Established as 302 Troop Carrier Wing, Medium, on 16 May 1949. Activated in the Reserve on 27 Jun 1949. Redesignated as 302 Troop Carrier Wing, Heavy on 28 Jan 1950. Ordered to active service on 1 Jun 1951. Inactivated on 8 Jun 1951. Redesignated as 302 Troop Carrier Wing, Medium on 26 May 1952. Activated in the Reserve on 14 Jun 1952. Ordered to active service on 28 Oct 1962. Relieved from active duty on 28 Nov 1962. Redesignated as: 302 Tactical Airlift Wing on 1 Jul 1967; 302 Special Operations Wing on 1 Jul 1970; 302 Tactical Airlift Wing on 2 Aug 1971. Inactivated on 1 Apr 1981. Activated in the Reserve on 1 Apr 1985. Redesignated as 302 Airlift Wing on 1 Feb 1992.
 
Assignments. Fourth Air Force, 27 Jun 1949 (attached to: 62 Troop Carrier Wing, 27 Jun 1949-5 May 1950; 325 Fighter-All Weather Wing, 6 May 1950-); Western Air Defense Force, 1 Aug 1950-8 Jun 1951 (remained attached to 325 Fighter-All Weather [later, 325 Fighter-Interceptor] Wing to 8 Jun 1951). First Air Force, 14 Jun 1952; Fourteenth Air Force, 25 Mar 1958; Second Air Force Reserve Region, 15 Aug 1960; Ninth Air Force, 28 Oct 1962; Second Air Force Reserve Region, 28 Nov 1962; First Air Force Reserve Region, 24 Jan 1966; Eastern Air Force Reserve Region, 31 Dec 1969; Fourteenth Air Force, 8 Oct 1976-1 Apr 1981. Fourth Air Force, 1 Apr 1985; Tenth Air Force, 1 Jul 1994; Twenty-Second Air Force, 1 Apr 1997-.
 
Operational Components. Groups. 302 Troop Carrier (later, 302 Operations): 27 Jun 1949-8 Jun 1951; 14 Jun 1952-14 Apr 1959; 1 Aug 1992-. 901 Military (later, 901 Tactical) Airlift: 1 Jul 1972-1 Apr 1974. 906 Troop Carrier (later, 906 Tactical Airlift): 11 Feb 1963-1 Sep 1975. 907 Troop Carrier (later, 907 Tactical Airlift): 11 Feb 1963-1 Sep 1975. 908 Troop Carrier (later, 908 Tactical Airlift): 11 Feb-18 Mar 1963; attached 1-24 Oct 1971, assigned 25 Oct 1971-1 Jul 1972. 910 Troop Carrier (later, 910 Tactical Airlift; 910 Tactical Air Support): 1 Jul 1966-15 Feb 1970. 911 Military (later, Tactical) Airlift: 25 Feb 1972-1 Oct 1980. 912 Troop Carrier: 8 Jan 1965-1 Jul 1966. 913 Troop Carrier (later, 913 Tactical Airlift): 8 Jan 1965-1 Jul 1966; attached 30 Jun-16 Sep 1970, assigned 17 Sep 1970-21 Apr 1971 (detached 1-21 Apr 1971). 914 Troop Carrier (later, 914 Tactical Airlift): 1 Jul 1966-1 Sep 1969 (detached 31 Jul-1 Sep 1969). 930 Special Operations: 31 Dec 1969-1 Jun 1970. 934 Tactical Airlift (later, 934 Airlift): 1 Apr 1985-31 Dec 1987; 1 Aug 1992-1 Oct 1994. 943 Tactical Airlift: 1 Apr 1985-1 Feb 1992. Squadrons. 1 Combat Crew (later, 1 Tactical Airlift) Training: 1 Jul 1968-25 Mar 1973. 7 Space Operations: 1 Jan-1 May 1993. Combat Crew Training Squadron Provisional, 302: attached 1 Apr-1 Aug 1968 (not operational, 1 Jul-1 Aug 1968). 355 Troop Carrier (later, 355 Tactical Airlift): 14 Apr 1959-11 Feb 1963; 1 Sep 1975-1 Apr 1981. 356 Troop Carrier (later, 356 Tactical Airlift): 14 Apr 1959-11 Feb 1963; 1 Sep 1975-1 Apr 1981. 357 Troop Carrier: 8 May 1961-11 Feb 1963. 731 Tactical Airlift (later, 731 Airlift): 1 Apr 1985-1 Aug 1992.
 
Stations. McChord AFB, WA, 27 Jun 1949-8 Jun 1951. Clinton County AFB, OH, 14 Jun 1952; Lockbourne (later Rickenbacker) AFB, OH, 2 Aug 1971-1 Apr 1981. Peterson AFB, CO, 1 Apr 1985-.
 
Commanders. Col Gibbons, 27 Jun 1949-unkn. Brig Gen Donald J. Campbell, 14 Jun 1952; Brig Gen Ben J. Mangina, 15 Jun 1970; Col Clarence E. Horton, c. Nov 1973; Brig Gen Justin L. Townsley, 12 Dec 1973; Lt Col Billy R. Henderson, 10 Sep 1976; Brig Gen Donald M. Jenkins, 27 Sep 1976; Col Jack P. Ferguson, 19 Mar 1979; Col James R. Milligan, 1 May 1979-1 Apr 1981. Col Joe L. Campbell, 1 Apr 1985; Col Michael J. Quarnaccio, 24 May 1989; Col Robert J. Winner, 4 Mar 1990; Brig Gen Walter T. Hatcher, III, 2 Aug 1992; Brig Gen Bernard J. Pieczynski, 9 Jun 1996; Brig Gen Richard R. Moss, 24 Oct 1999; Brig Gen William P. Kane, 11 Jul 2004; Col James J. Muscatell Jr., 31 Mar 2006; Col Jack H. Pittman Jr., 18 Jan 2009-.
 
Aircraft. C-82, 1949; C-54, 1949-1950. C-46, 1952-1957; C-119, 1956-1973; U-3, 1970, 1971-1972; C-130, 1970-1971; A-37, 1970; C-123, 1971-1981; C-7, 1972; UC-123, 1973-1981. C-130, 1985-.
 
Operations. Reserve corollary of 62 Troop Carrier Wing, Jun 1949-May 1950, and of 325 Fighter-All Weather (later, 325 Fighter-Interceptor) Wing, May 1950-Jun 1951. Trained as a Reserve troop carrier wing from Jun 1952. Began flying airlift operations in the United States and overseas in the mid-1950s. On active duty during Cuban missile crisis of 1962. From Apr 1968 to Mar 1973, provided C-119 gunship training for pilots, navigators, flight engineers, and mechanics of USAF active units and similar personnel from Jordan, Morocco, Ethiopia, and South Vietnam. By the mid-1960s, wing aircraft and crews performed worldwide airlift missions and participated in numerous tactical exercises. In Apr 1973, the wing assumed a rotational airlift task in support of USAF Southern Command, continuing this mission through Jan 1976. Also in Apr 1973, the wing assumed a UC-123 aerial spraying mission, which frequently took wing crews to Central America, the Caribbean, the Azores, North Africa, islands of the Pacific, and to many U.S. points for insect-spraying missions. Beginning in Apr 1985, trained to airlift troops, equipment, and supplies by landing or by parachute to wherever they were needed in a tactical theater. Took part in numerous training and mobility exercises, both within the United States and to foreign countries such as Britain and Panama. Practiced for aeromedical evacuation missions. During the late 1980s and 1990s, the wing participated in numerous humanitarian airlift missions such as transporting fire fighters and their equipment and supplies to fight forest fires in western states and delivering relief supplies to hurricane victims. It also took part in various global contingency operations. Supported the Global War on Terrorism by providing resources for rotational deployments of other organizations to Southwest Asia, beginning in 2002.
 
Service Streamers. None.
 
Campaign Streamers. None.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.

Decorations. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 1 Jan-31 Dec 1970; 1 Jan 1990-31 Dec 1991; 1 Jan 1998-31 Aug 1999; 1 Jan 2001-31 Aug 2002; 1 Sep 2004-31 Aug 2006; 1 Sep 2006-2 Sep 2008. Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm: 14 Feb 1968-28 Jan 1973.
 
Bestowed Honors. Authorized to display honors earned by the 302 Operations Group prior to 15 Aug 1947. Service Streamers. World War II American Theater. Campaign Streamers. None. Decorations. None.
 
Lineage, Assignments, Components, Stations, and Honors through Jul 2010.

Commanders, Aircraft, and Operations through Jul 2010.

Supersedes statement prepared on 6 Jul 2000.

Emblem. Approved on 23 Apr 1954.
 
Prepared by Patsy Robertson.
 
Reviewed by Daniel Haulman.