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439th Airlift Wing
439th Airlift Wing.jpg
Active 14 May 1943 — present
Country United States
Branch Air Force
Type Airlift
Part of Air Force Reserve Command
Garrison/HQ Westover Air Reserve Base
Decorations Presidential Unit Citation ribbon.svg DUC
Outstanding Unit ribbon.svg AFOUA
Ruban de la croix de guerre 1939-1945.PNG FCdG w/ Palm
French Fourragère
Brigadier General Steven Vautrain

The 439th Airlift Wing (439 AW) is an active United States Air Force Reserve unit. It is assigned to the Air Force Reserve Command, Fourth Air Force, and is based at Westover Air Reserve Base, Massachusetts.

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 wing consists of the following component groups:


For additional lineage and history, see 439th Operations Group


  • Established as 439th Troop Carrier Wing, Medium on 19 May 1949
Activated in the Reserve on 27 June 1949
Ordered to active service on 1 April 1951
Inactivated on 3 April 1951
  • Redesignated 439th Fighter-Bomber Wing on 26 May 1952
Activated in the Reserve on 15 June 1952
Inactivated on 16 November 1957
  • Redesignated 439th Tactical Airlift Wing on 14 March 1974
Activated in the Reserve on 1 April 1974
Redesignated: 439th Military Airlift Wing on 1 October 1987
Resesignated: 439th Airlift Wing on 1 February 1992.








Under supervision of the 2242nd Air Force Reserve Training Center, the newly established wing trained as a troop carrier organization from 1949 until 1951 and for fighter-bomber missions from 1952 to 1957.

It replaced the 901st and 905th Tactical Airlift Groups at Westover Air Reserve Base in April 1974 and assumed tactical airlift, special operations, satellite support, and aeromedical evacuation missions. It has since taken part in tactical exercises, global airlift, and humanitarian missions. It gained two tactical groups and the responsibility for operating the military portion of Niagara Falls International Airport on 25 January 1976 and Pittsburgh International Airport on 1 October 1980, but relinquished control of those groups in 1992. During the 1980s, the wing took part in various training exercises involving tactical airlift and rotated personnel and aircraft to Panama. It also provided airlift support for the movement and training of other units and conducted local proficiency flying training missions. At the conclusion of the Iran–Iraq War in 1989, the wing transported United Nations ceasefire observers to the Persian Gulf area. It airlifted troops and equipment to Panama during the incursion into Panama at the end of the year. The 439th airlifted troops, equipment, and supplies to support global contingency, humanitarian, and anti-drug operations during the 1990s. Additionally, its airlifts included troops and cargo to Europe and the Persian Gulf area before and during the Gulf War, and Patriot missiles to Israel in 1991.


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Nicaragua Humanitarian Mission

Citizen Airmen from the 439th Airlift Wing at Westover Air Reserve Base deliver humanitarian aid to Nicaragua. For more information visit: http://afreserve.c...

New leader taking command at Westover

Westover airmen looked on as Col. Albert Lupenski became commander of the 439th Airlift Wing during a ceremony Sunday morning.

MSgt Andrew Biscoe

Over 3000 people are assigned to the host 439th Airlift Wing, an Air Force Reserve Command Unit at Westover, MA Air Reserve Base. MSgt Andrew Biscoe shared ...

News Conference on Westover Cuts

Brig. Gen. Steven Vautrain, 439th Airlift Wing commander goes before the local Springfield, Mass media to talk about the aircraft and manpower cuts coming to...

Westover Job Cuts | Connecting Point | May 8, 2014

Last week Westover Air Reserve Base announced that it will shed 300 jobs and half of the 439th Airlift Wing's C-5 fleet under new budget cuts. Connecting Poi...

United States Air Force Song

Sung by SrA. Heather Wilson, 439th Airlift Wing, Westover Air Reserve Base, Mass.

Westover commander leaving for job at Pentagon

The commander of the 439th Airlift Wing at Westover Air Reserve Base will soon be leaving western Massachusetts for a job at the Pentagon.

The historic role of the KC-135 aircraft at Westover Air Reserve Base

Another installment of the "Westover Look Back" with host Master Sgt. Andrew Biscoe, 439th Airlift Wing Public Affairs NCOIC. This time he discusses the hist...

Westover Airmen deliver humanitarian aid to Guatemala - March 2014

Westover Airman deliver humanitarian aid to Guatemala video by SSgt. Kelly Goonan, 439th Airlift Wing.

How to create a C-5

Pope's Puns Animated by W.C.Pope, 439th Airlift Wing, Westover Air Reserve Base, Mass.

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7 news items


The Republican - masslive.com
Sun, 07 Sep 2014 10:54:49 -0700

9.7.14| CHICOPEE| Photo by Manon L. Mirabelli| The 94th Army Band from East Windsor, Conn., in a C5 transport airplane after the change of command ceremony held Sunday at the 439th Airlift Wing at Westover Reserve Base in Chicopee. Manon L.
The Republican - masslive.com
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:24:10 -0700

Steven Vautrain in a change of command ceremony Sept. 7. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in the base hangar, said Master Sgt. Andrew Biscoe, acting chief of public affairs. Vautrain, who has been the commander of the 439th Airlift Wing since August ...


The Republican - masslive.com
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:09:09 -0700

CHICOPEE – A crew from the 439th Airlift Wing made an emergency landing at Westover Air Reserve Base after the engine fire light illuminated on the C-5B Galaxy plane they were flying. The eight-member crew stationed at the base was on a routine ...
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 08:24:54 -0700

Steven D. Vautrain, commander of the 439th Airlift Wing, issued this statement Wednesday afternoon: "The men and women of the 439th Airlift Wing send our heartfelt prayers and thoughts to our friends with the 104th Fighter Wing. We proudly partner with ...
The Republican - masslive.com
Sun, 07 Sep 2014 04:03:45 -0700

Westover is the largest employer in Chicopee. It has about 5,500 employees, including civilians and those who work for other branches of the military such as the Marines and Army. Brig. Gen. Steven Vautrain, commander of the 439th Airlift Wing at ...
The Republican - masslive.com
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 03:42:03 -0700

He is one of more than 5,000 Air Force reservists from Westover's 439th Airlift Wing who have been deployed to Afghanistan or Iraq since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, said Master Sgt. Andrew Biscoe, who has taken over ...
The Republican - masslive.com
Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:15:00 -0700

The tentative completion date of the work is June 2015, said Master Sgt. Andrew S. Biscoe, acting chief of public affairs for the 439th Airlift Wing. The base's main gate on Westover Road, which is the primary access to the base, will remain open at ...

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