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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
Nickname(s) Patriot Wing
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
Colonel Albert Lupenski

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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C-5 Touch And Go

Video by Master Sgt. W.C. Pope 439th Airlift Wing C-5 and its crew from Westover Air Reserve Base, Chicopee, Mass. trains on landings and takeoffs while ...

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 ...

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 ...

2015 Great New England Airshow - C-5 Galaxy flybys

The 2015 Great New England Air Show. The US Air Force C-5 Galaxy from the 439th Airlift Wing based here at Westover ARB. Sunday May 17th, 2015.

Westover Broadcast for Nov. 2015

Anchor TSgt. Stephen Winn Produced by W.C.Pope, 439th Airlift Wing Public Affairs Westover Air Reserve Base, Chicopee, Mass. westover.afrc.af.mil ...

Aircraft Spotting at Portsmouth (KPSM) - 7-14-2015 (C-5 Galaxy)

Some spotting on July 14th, 2015 at Portsmouth International at Pease. Got to see a giant C-5 Galaxy practicing some instrument approaches onto Runway 16.

2015 Westover Air Show/Great New England Air Show - info video 1 "what to expect"

2015 Westover Air Show/Great New England Air Show - info video 1 with Lt.Col. David Smith, air show director. (Video 1 of 2) Produced by the W.C. Pope, 439th ...

Ghost C5 Galaxy over Cape Cod

While flying on a Westover C-5 over Cape Cod, Mass I caught this on video, Oct. 2015. Video by W.C.Pope, 439th Airlift Wing Public Affairs, Westover Air ...

Westover IGI Capstone Video 2015

Col. Al Lupenski, 439th Airlift Wing Commander, Westover Air Reserve Base, Mass. explains what "Capstone" is and what to expect when it arrives in August.

2015 Westover Air Show/Great New England Air Show - info video 2 "safety"

2015 Westover Air Show/Great New England Air Show - info video 2 with Lt.Col. David Smith, air show director. (Video 2 of 2) Produced by the W.C. Pope, 439th ...

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132 news items

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Fri, 20 Nov 2015 12:15:00 -0800

151120-F-IW375-002 The 439th Airlift Wing receives the Raincross Trophy during the 2015 Raincross Awards Dinner Nov. 19, 2015. The Raincross Awards is an annual event sponsored by the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce designed to ...


Fri, 20 Nov 2015 17:52:30 -0800

Albert Lupenski, commander, 439th Airlift Wing, Westover Air Reserve Base, Massachusetts; and Maj. Gen. John C. Flournoy, Jr., commander Fourth Air Force, gather at the 16th Annual Raincross Trophy Dinner Nov. 19, 2015, to present the Raincross Trophy ...


Tue, 24 Nov 2015 05:31:07 -0800

Lupenski is currently serving as the commander, 439th Airlift Wing, Air Force Reserve Command, Westover Air Reserve Base, Massachusetts. Col. Russell A. Muncy has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general. Muncy is currently ...


Tue, 10 Nov 2015 10:28:54 -0800

Albert Lupenski, commander of the 439th Airlift Wing, Dennis Cardin, commander of the Disabled American Veteran Post #11 and Mayor Richard J. Kos. All veterans organizations will then be honoring memorials in Chicopee. The organizations will then ...


Fri, 30 Oct 2015 06:09:15 -0700

While Col. Albert Lupenski took over as commander of the 439th Airlift Wing, Kos met with him and talked about a variety of issues, including the vacant military housing just outside the base, which the city acquired but had difficulty selling or ...


Mon, 13 Sep 2010 19:56:31 -0700

091310_michael_day_westover.JPG Photo by Master Sgt. Andrew BiscoeStaff Sgt. Michael Day spends some time with his wife and young child Monday before deployment to Afghanistan. Day, a member of the 439th Security Forces Squadron, was among ...


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 ...

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FOX31 Denver
Thu, 01 Oct 2015 17:51:28 -0700

A C-130 Hercules taxis at Balad Air Base, Iraq, after an Operation Iraqi Freedom mission. The C-130 provides intra-theater heavy airlift throughout Southwest Asia. The C-130 is deployed from the Colorado Air National Guard's 439th Airlift Wing in ...

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