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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
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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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Westover Airmen deliver humanitarian aid to Guatemala - March 2014

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

Two HH-60 Pavehawk Helicopters Loaded into the Giant C-5 Galaxy (HD)

Large Scale Deployment Documentation 1. HD Video by Staff Sgt. Anthony Kuhn | 99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs | Date: 09.25.2014. Airmen from the 99th Logistics Readiness Squadron and the...

Helicopter inside C-5 Galaxy

Airmen from the 99th Logistics Readiness Squadron and the 439th Airlift Wing load materials, small vehicles, and two HH-60 Pavehawk helicopters onto a C-5 Galaxy at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada,...

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.com/?:Form&sf=yt Like us on Facebook:...

Channel 50 -- january 2015 -- Westover News Network

News by tsgt. Stephen Winn, Westover Focus with Col. Tubbs, Best of 2014. Produced by wcPope A production of 439th Airlift Wing, Westover ARB, Mass.

2007 NAS Oceana Airshow - C-5B Galaxy Arrival

C-5B Galaxy Static Display Arrival 2007 NAS Oceana Airshow NAS Oceana, Virginia Beach, VA Thursday September 6, 2007 IN THIS VIDEO, watch as a C-5 Galaxy from the 439th Airlift Wing...

Westover News Network Channel 50 for January 2014

January 2014 broadcast of the Westover News Network, Patriot Channel 50 for a production of the Westover Public Affairs office, Westover Air Reserve Base, Chicopee, Mass. WNN and Channel 50...

Westover News Network Channel 50 for February 2014

February 2014 broadcast of the Westover News Network, Patriot Channel 50, a production of the Westover Public Affairs office, Westover Air Reserve Base, Chicopee, Mass. WNN and Channel 50 are...

United States Air Force Song

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

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133 news items


Thu, 16 Apr 2015 13:03:45 -0700

The 439th Airlift Wing at Westover is one of four reserve units across the country being considered to fly the KC-46A Pegasus. The U.S. Air Force is currently doing evaluations of the operations capability of each base and will select up to two bases ...


Wed, 15 Apr 2015 11:22:30 -0700

"It was very big," said Biscoe, who is a Reservist with the 439th Airlift Wing at what is today Westover Air Reserve Base. "Based on Sputnik in 1957 we wanted to show the Russians what our new Air Force tanker jet could do, how far it could fly, let ...


Tue, 14 Apr 2015 14:47:21 -0700

Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield said as the announcement was released. The 439th Airlift Wing, located at Westover, was one of 18 Air Force Reserve bases considered to house and fly the planes. An Air Force study then whittled that down to just four, Lt ...


Wed, 01 Apr 2015 04:09:57 -0700

Charles Brown. A former B-52 pilot who was a prisoner of war after being shot down over North Vietnam, Brown completed his military career at Westover, where he served as logistics group commander for the 439th Airlift Wing before his retirement.


Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:56:29 -0700

After a three hour safety prep by ground crews Thursday, ABC40 joined the 439th airlift wing for a training mission over Vermont and New Hampshire. On board were at least six air force personnel, from captains to engineers. “They are basically the eyes ...
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 10:53:32 -0800

Outstanding Communication Senior NCO (E-7 - E-8) Award: Master Sgt. Andrew Biscoe, 439th Airlift Wing, Westover ARB, Massachusetts. Captain Bradley R. Schuldt Outstanding Communication Company Grade Officer (O1 - O3) Award: 2nd Lt. Anne-Marie ...
Thu, 05 Jan 2012 20:30:00 -0800

CHICOPEE – Dozens of members of the Air Force Reserve 439th Airlift Wing based at Westover Air Reserve Base were deployed Thursday on a mission to support the war in Afghanistan. The crews flew a C5-B Galaxy cargo jet full of supplies and equipment ...
Mon, 13 Sep 2010 19:56:31 -0700

Since 2001, about 1,500 of the approximately 2,400 reservists who work for the 439th Airlift Wing have been deployed for full-time duty. Some have worked in the United States on homeland security and many have been deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and ...

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