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403d Wing[1]
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Active 27 June 1949 - Present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Airlift & Weather Reconnaissance
Part of Air Force Reserve Command
22nd Air Force
Garrison/HQ Keesler Air Force Base
World War II Victory Medal ribbon.svg Asiatic-Pacific Campaign ribbon.svg KSMRib.svg
  • World War II
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign (1942-1945)
  • Korean Service (1952-1953)
Decorations Presidential Unit Citation ribbon.svg DUC
Outstanding Unit ribbon.svg AFOUA
Presidential Unit Citation (Philippines).svg PPUC
Presidential Unit Citation (Korea).svg ROK PUC
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Colonel James J. Muscatell, Jr.

The 403d Wing is a United States Air Force Reserve wing located at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. With a military manning authorization of more than 1,400 reservists, including some 250 full-time air reserve technicians, the 403d Wing performs dual missions: tactical airlift support during peace- and war-time contingencies, and aerial weather reconnaissance in support of the Department of Commerce.



The 403d Wing's history dates to World War II, when it was activated as a troop carrier group. The wing was inactivated after the war and reactivated in the Air Force Reserve in 1949. The unit has been called to active duty twice: in support of the war effort in Korea and in 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Its most memorable accomplishments, however, have been while flying reserve-status humanitarian airlift missions such as those flown during Operation Provide Relief, rescue missions supporting the space shuttle program, providing airlift support to U.S. Southern Command and U.S. embassies within Central and South America, and participating in real-world war contingencies such as Operations Just Cause, Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Provide Promise, Provide Comfort, Uphold Democracy, and Provide Relief.


  • Eastern Air Force Reserve Region (1971 - 1976)
  • Western Air Force Reserve Region (1976)
  • Fourth Air Force (1976 - 1992)
  • Fourteenth Air Force (1992 - 1993)
  • Twenty-Second Air Force (1993 - 1994)
  • Tenth Air Force (1994 - 1997)
  • Twenty-Second Air Force (1997 - Present)

Previous designations[1]

  • 403d Troop Carrier Wing, Medium (1949 - 1967)
  • 403d Tactical Airlift Wing (1967 - 1969)
  • 403d Composite Wing (1969 - 1971)
  • 403d Tactical Airlift Wing (1971 - 1976)
  • 403d Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Wing (1976 - 1977)
  • 403d Rescue and Weather Reconnaissance Wing (1977 - 1987)
  • 403d Tactical Airlift Wing (1987 - 1992)
  • 403d Airlift Wing (1992 - 1994)
  • 403d Wing (1994 - Present)

Squadrons assigned

  • 403d Operations Group
  • 403d Maintenance Group
    • 403d Maintnenance Squadron
      • 403d Maintenance Operations Flight
    • 403d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
    • 403d Aeromedical Staging Squadron
  • 403d Mission Support Group
    • 403d Mission Support Squadron
    • 403d Civil Engineer Squadron
    • 403d Logistics Readiness Squadron
    • 403d Security Forces Squadron
    • 403d Communications Flight
    • 403d Services Flight
  • 41st Aerial Port Squadron
  • 96th Aerial Port Squadron (Little Rock AFB)


Aircraft operated[1]

See also


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