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315th Airlift Wing
315th Airlift Wing.png
Active 1952-Present
Country United States
Branch Air Force
Type Airlift
Part of Air Force Reserve Command
Garrison/HQ Charleston Air Force Base
Motto Advenium – I Will Come
World War II Victory Medal ribbon.svg
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign ribbon.svg KSMRib.svg Vietnam Service Ribbon.svg
  • World War II
European Campaign (1943-1945)
  • Korean Service (1952-1953)
  • Vietnam Service (1966-1972)
Decorations Presidential Unit Citation ribbon.svg DUC
Presidential Unit Citation ribbon.svg PUC
Outstanding Unit ribbon.svg AFOUA w/ V Device
Presidential Unit Citation (Korea).svg ROK PUC
Vietnam gallantry cross unit award-3d.svg RVGC w/ Palm
Colonel Timothy Wrighton
Members of the 315th and 437th Airlift Wings, Charleston Air Force Base, S.C., participated in the International Paris Air Show in Le Bourget, France, 18 June 2009.
An F-15 Eagle from the 60th Fighter Squadron, Eglin Air Force Base , Fla., escorts a C-17 Globemaster III from the 14th Airlift Squadron, Charleston AFB, S.C., as they fly over the USS Yorktown and the Arthur J. Ravenel Jr. Bridge in the Charleston, S.C., area during a local training mission

The 315th Airlift Wing (315 AW) is a wing of the United States Air Force Reserve. It is stationed at Charleston Air Force Base, South Carolina. If mobilzed, the unit would be a component of Air Mobility Command.



Prepare, equip, and train personnel to be a source of augmentation for our active duty counterparts.

Subordinate organizations

315th Operations Group (315 OG)

315th Maintenance Group (315 MXG)

  • 315th Maintenance Squadron (315 MXS)
  • 315th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron (315 AMXS)
  • 315th Maintenance Operations Squadron (315 MOS)

315th Mission Support Group (315 MSG)

  • 38th Aerial Port Squadron (38 APS)
  • 53d Aerial Port Squadron (53 APS)
  • 81st Aerial Port Squadron (81 APS)
  • 84th Aerial Port Squadron (84 APS)
  • 315th Civil Engineering Squadron (315 CES)
  • 315th Mission Support Squadron (315 MSS)
  • 315th Security Forces Squadron (315 SFS)
  • 315th Services Flight (315 SVF)
  • 315th Logistics Readiness Flight (315 LRF)


For additional lineage and history, see: 315th Operations Group


  • Established as 315 Troop Carrier Wing, Medium, on 23 May 1952
Activated on 10 Jun 1952
Inactivated on 18 Jan 1955
  • Redesignated 315 Air Commando Wing, Troop Carrier, and activated, on 21 Feb 1966
Organized on 8 Mar 1966
Redesignated: 315 Air Commando Wing on 1 Aug 1967
Redesignated: 315 Special Operations Wing on 1 Aug 1968
Redesignated: 315 Tactical Airlift Wing on 1 Jan 1970
Inactivated on 31 Mar 1972
  • Redesignated 315 Military Airlift Wing (Associate) on 29 Jan 1973
Activated in the Reserve on 1 Jul 1973
Redesignated: 315 Airlift Wing (Associate) on 1 Feb 1992
Redesignated: 315 Airlift Wing on 1 Oct 1994


  • 315 Air Division (Combat Cargo), 10 Jun 1952-18 Jan 1955
  • Pacific Air Forces, 21 Feb 1966
  • 315 Air Division (Combat Cargo), 8 Mar 1966
Attached to 2 Air Division, 8-31 Mar 1966
Attached to Seventh Air Force, 1 Apr-15 Oct 1966
  • 834 Air Division, 15 Oct 1966
  • Seventh Air Force, 1 Dec 1971-31 Mar 1972
  • Eastern Air Force Reserve Region, 1 Jul 1973
  • Fourteenth Air Force, 8 Oct 1976
  • Twenty-Second Air Force, 1 Jul 1993-Present



  • 315 Troop Carrier (later, 315 Operations): 10 Jun 1952-18 Jan 1955; 1 Aug 1992-Present


  • 8 Special Operations: 31 Jul 1971-15 Jan 1972 (detached 5-15 Jan 1972). 9 Special Operations: 30 Sep 1971-29 Feb 1972 (detached 9 Jan-29 Feb 1972)
  • 12 Air Commando (later, 12 Special Operations): 15 Oct 1966-30 Sep 1970
  • 19 Air Commando (later 19 Special Operations): 8 Mar 1966-10 Jun 1971
  • 300 Military Airlift (later, 300 Airlift): 1 Jul 1973-1 Aug 1992
  • 309 Air Commando (later, 309 Special Operations, 309 Tactical Airlift): 8 Mar 1966-31 Jul 1970
  • 310 Air Commando (later, 310 Special Operations, 310 Tactical Airlift): 8 Mar 1966-15 Jan 1972, attached 16-26 Jan 1972
  • 311 Air Commando (later, 311 Special Operations, 311 Tactical Airlift): 8 Mar 1966-5 Oct 1971
  • 317 Airlift: 1 Apr-1 Aug 1992
  • 701 Military Airlift (later, 701 Airlift): 1 Jul 1973-1 Aug 1992
  • 707 Military Airlift (later, 707 Airlift): 1 Jul 1973-1 Aug 1992


  • Brady AB, Japan, 10 Jun 1952-18 Jan 1955
  • Tan Son Nhut AB, South Vietnam, 8 Mar 1966
  • Phan Rang AB, South Vietnam, 15 Jun 1967-31 Mar 1972
  • Charleston AFB, SC, 1 Jul 1973-Present


Operational history

During the Korean War, the wing flew troop and cargo airlift and airdrop, leaflet drops, spray missions, air evacuation, search and rescue, and other aerial missions in theater as part of Far East Air Forces 315th Air Division. It remained in the Far East after the war to fly transport missions and paratroop training flights in Japan, Korea, French Indo-China, and other points until December 1954, after which it was again inactivated.

A C-123K of the 19th ACS, 315th ACW, Phan Rang, Vietnam, 1968.

The wing performed tactical airlift operations within South Vietnam from, 1966-1972. In 1971, it trained South Vietnamese C-123 aircrews.

Since 1973, the 315th has been stationed with and used airframes of the 437th Airlift Wing at Charleston Air Force Base, South Carolina. It has since trained Air Force Reserve aircrews for strategic airlift, including channel, special assignment, and combat airlift missions. In 1980s and 1990s, personnel participated in contingency and humanitarian airlift operations and exercises worldwide. In 1994, the wing conducted the first C-17 flight with an all-Air Force Reserve crew. It also took part in the first joint U.S. – Russian exercise that year.


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PD-icon.svg This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

  • Ravenstein, Charles A. (1984). Air Force Combat Wings Lineage and Honors Histories 1947–1977. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0912799129.

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