Flight attendants are a new position at the 932nd Airlift Wing, flying aboard the C-9C aircraft. For more information on joining the Air Force Reserve, call 1-800-257-1212. Photo by TSgt. Gerald Sonnenberg.
932nd Airlift WingThe 932nd Airlift Wing, the only Air Force Reserve Command flying wing in Illinois, received its third C-40C distinguished visitor aircraft, as it arrived directly from the factory in Seattle.
When the country's top military and civilian leaders fly on missions around America and the world, Air Force Reservists at Scott Air Force Base are ready to make sure the leaders receive the best care in the air.
The Air Force Reservists are part of a select group of military flight attendants who are members of the 73rd Airlift Squadron, within the 932nd Airlift Wing, an Air Force Reserve Command unit located at Scott Air Force Base, Ill.
The wing currently flies VIP airlift missions on both the C-9C aircraft and the newer C-40C.
In addition to the maintainers on the ground and the pilots who fly the aircraft, it takes a special person to make in flight service for high-level passengers -- to include the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the First Lady of the United States, the se
Maj. Gen. Robert Duignan, commander of 4th Air Force, presided over the change of command January 6 at the 932nd Airlift Wing. Col. John (Jay) C. Flournoy, Jr., (center) took the reigns of the Air Force Reserve Command unit from Col. Maryanne Miller. Photo/Tech Sgt. Chris Parr
932nd Airlift Wing members stand before the C-40C distinguished visitor airplane inside the hangar at Scott Air Force Base, Ill. They were waiting the arrival of their new commander Col. John (Jay) C. Flournoy, Jr. Photo/Tech Sgt. Gerald Sonnenberg
Mission: To provide mission-ready, citizen airmen supporting national interests worldwide through Distinguished Visitor (DV) airlift, expeditionary combat support, and ground/aeromedical care.
Parent Unit: 4th Air Force, March Air Force Base, California
Commander's Name: Colonel Albert V. Lupenski
Subordinate Units: The wing headquarters has four groups assigned. The groups are the 932nd Operations Group, Medical Group, Maintenance Group, and the Mission Support Group. The subordinate units assigned to the Operations Group are the 73rd Airlift Squadron, the 932nd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron and the 12th Operations Weather Flight. Subordinate units under the Medical Group include the 932nd Aerospace Medicine Flight, the 932nd Aeromedical Staging Squadron, and the 932nd Medical Squadron. The assigned unit to the Maintenance Group is the 932nd Maintenance Squadron and the Maintenance Operations Flight. The Mission Support Group subordinate units include the 932nd Civil Engineer Squadron, and the 932nd Mission Support Flight.
Gaining Command: Air Mobility Command
Type of Aircraft Flown: C-40C
Major Operations and Exercises:
In 2010 several Operational Readiness events took place throughout the year during Ability to Survive and Operate (ATSO) University sessions. The wing flew away to both an Operational Readiness Exercise and an Operational Readiness Inspection.
In 2007, the wing took delivery of three new C-40C distinguished visitor aircraft from the assembly line.
In 2005, the 932nd Airlift Wing received three C-9C aircraft to perform distinguished visitor airlift. Two crews from the 932nd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron helped in the recovery efforts surrounding Hurricane Katrina. Wing pilots flew supplies where they were needed.
In October 2003, the 932nd Airlift Wing became unit equipped when, by direction of Congress, three C-9A's were retired from active duty and turned over to the wing .
During 2001-present, a variety of job specialties were utilized for the war on terrorism, including all the wing's security forces members and the majority of the medical specialities. Reservists were sent throughout the world to work side by side with active duty and relieve a high operations tempo for Operation Noble Eagle, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
In September 2001, six C-9 Nightingale aircraft with twelve crews made up of Reserve and active duty personnel provided an aeromedical evacuation option for personnel wounded in the terrorist attack on the Pentagon building. Half of the C-9s were flown by Air Force Reserve pilots from the 73rd Airlift Squadron.
In June 1999, a C-9 Nightingale crew made up of Reserve and active duty people took a last minute flight to Port-au-Prince, Haiti to pick up and transport injured military personnel after a traffic accident.
932nd Airlift Wing personnel deployed to Europe in April 1999 during the Kosovo Crisis in support of NATO's OPERATION ALLIED FORCE.
In January 1999, EOD personnel from the 932nd CES were deployed to St. Louis in anticipation of the visit by Pope John Paul II, and in April 1999, two more EOD people deployed to Washington DC for NATO's 50th anniversary summit.
In November 1998, one med-evac crew from the 932nd was tasked for indirect support of victims of Hurricane Georges.
Five squadrons from the wing participated in AFRC exercise PATRIOT MEDSTAR, in June 1997. The exercise was to test the aeromedical evacuation system.
Twenty-five medical reservists from the 932nd deployed to Honduras in September 1996. This marked the fourth time in three years the unit deployed to Honduras to perform physicals and minor medical treatments to Hondurans.
Reservists from the 932nd AES and 73rd AS volunteered to fly to Eglin AFB, Fla., where they picked up wounded Air Force personnel from the June 1996 bombing in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, that killed 19 servicemen and wounded several hundred others.
Significant Unit History:
FEBRUARY 1963 - Organized in the Reserve as the 932nd Troop Carrier Group.
JULY 1969 - The unit was redesignated the 932nd Aeromedical Airlift Group (Associate) and took on its present mission.
JUNE 1992 - The 932nd AAG was realigned under the 446th Airlift Wing, McChord Air Force Base, Washington.
OCTOBER 1994 - The 932nd Aeromedical Airlift Group became the 932nd Airlift Wing and was aligned directly under 4th Air Force, McClellan AFB, California.
Awards and Decorations : Presented the 15th Air Force Outstanding Air Crew Award for 2002; The Air Force Outstanding Unit Award was presented in 1971 for exceptionally meritorious service in support of military operations. Subsequent awards were presented in 1973, 1977, 1982, 1988, and 1994.
Air Mobility Command has presented the wing with 17 Flight Safety Awards for accident-free flying. Presented the National Safety Council Award of Honor for 1994 and 1995.