433d Airlift Wing: Wikis


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433rd Airlift Wing
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Active 10 May 1949. — present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Airlift
Size 3,400
Part of Air Force Reserve Command
Garrison/HQ Lackland Air Force Base
Nickname Alamo Wing
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Brigadier General John Fobian
Dawn over the Lackland AFB / Kelly Field Annex flightline
C-5 at dusk

The 433rd Airlift Wing (433 AW) is a unit of the United States Air Force Reserve (AFRC) assigned to Fourth Air Force. It is stationed at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. If elevated to active duty, it is operationally gained by Air Mobility Command (AMC).

The 433 AW provides managerial, administrative, and operational requirements necessary to operate 16 C-5A Galaxy strategic airlift aircraft and ensures the wartime readiness of Air Force Reserve personnel assigned to 26 units.



68th Airlift Squadron (68 AS)
356th Airlift Squadron (356 AS)
733d Training Squadron (733 TRS)
433d Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron (433 AES)
433d Operations Support Squadron (433 OSS)
433d Airlift Control Flight (433 ACF)
  • 433d Maintenance Group (433 MXG)
433d Maintenance Squadron (433 MXS)
433d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron (433 AMXS)
433d Maintenance Operations Squadron (433 MOS)
  • 433d Mission Support Group (433 MSG)
26th Aerial Port Squadron (26 APS)
74th Aerial Port Squadron (74 APS)
433d Training Squadron (433 TRS)
433d Security Forces Squadron (433 SFS)
433d Logistics Readiness Squadron (433 LRS)
433d Mission Support Squadron (433 MSS)
433d Civil Engineering Squadron (433 CES)
433d Communications Flight (433 CF)
433d Services Flight (433 SVF)
433d Airman and Family Readiness Flight (433 AFRF)
  • 433d Medical Group (433 MDG)
433d Medical Squadron (433 MDS)
433d Aerospace Medicine Squadron (433 AMDS)
433d Aeromedical Staging Squadron (433 ASTS)
  • C-5 Formal Training Unit
The C-5 Formal Training Unit consists of both a student squadron, the 733rd Training Squadron and an instructor squadron, the 356th Airlift Squadron. These squadrons are directly responsible for getting the next generation of Reserve, active-duty and Air National Guard C-5 Galaxy aircrew members fully qualified as pilots, engineers and loadmasters
  • Wing Staff Agencies


For additional linage and history, see 433d Operations Group


  • Established as 433 Troop Carrier Wing, Medium on 10 May 1949
Activated in the Reserve on 27 Jun 1949
Ordered to active service on 15 Oct 1950
Inactivated on 14 Jul 1952
  • Activated in the Reserve on 18 May 1955
Redesignated: 433 Tactical Airlift Wing on 1 Jul 1967
Redesignated: 433 Military Airlift Wing on 25 Jul 1969
Redesignated: 433 Tactical Airlift Wing on 29 Jun 1971
Redesignated: 433 Military Airlift Wing on 1 Apr 1985
Redesignated: 433 Airlift Wing on 1 Feb 1992.


Attached to: Twelfth Air Force, 5-7 Aug 1951



  • 433 Troop Carrier (later, 433 Operations): 27 Jun 1949-14 Jul 1952; 18 May 1955-14 Apr 1959; 1 Aug 1992-Present
  • 901: 1 Oct 1982-1 Apr 1985
  • 908: 1 Mar 1968-25 Apr 1969
  • 916: 18 Mar-1 Jul 1963; 21 Apr 1971-8 Jul 1972
  • 921: 17 Jan 1963-26 Jan 1968; 2 Jun 1969-1 Nov 1974
  • 922: 17 Jan 1963-30 Jun 1974
  • 923: 17 Jan 1963-25 Nov 1965
  • 924: 1 Jul 1972-1 Apr 1981
  • 926: 1 Mar 1968-1 Oct 1969
  • 929: 1 Jan 1964-1 Jul 1966
  • 934: 1 Oct 1981-1 Apr 1985


  • 67: 14 Apr 1959-17 Jan 1963
  • 68: 14 Apr 1959-17 Jan 1963; 1 Nov 1974-1 Aug 1992
  • 69: 14 Apr 1959-17 Jan 1963
  • 705 Tactical Airlift Training: 1 Jul-1 Sep 1972.




The 433rd activated as a reserve organization in Ohio on 6 July 1947. It was ordered to active service and moved to North Carolina in October 1950; receiving C-119 Flying Boxcar aircraft the following month. The wing began tactical training in March 1951. It airlifted personnel and supplies to Army units in the field. Airdropped personnel and equipment during army exercises. The 433rd moved to Germany and participated with U.S., British, and French units in field training until inactivated.

After 1955, the wing flew airlift missions and participated in numerous training exercises, sometimes with special forces, while based at Brooks AFB in San Antonio, Texas. With the closure of Brooks AFB's runways and its transition to a non-flying USAF installation in 1960, the unit transferred across town to Kelly AFB. By the mid-1960s, the wing was flying global airlift missions, as well as conducting the USAF's C-130A model Hercules pilot, navigator, flight engineer and loadmaster school. Between 1971 and 1985, the wing trained for tactical airlift missions, participating in joint training exercises. It provided airlift of Department of Defense personnel, supplies, and equipment worldwide. The 433rd assisted the U.S. Forest Service by use of the Modular Airborne FireFighting System (MAFFS). It airlifted other units overseas for deployments and conducted humanitarian airlift operations. Between 1977 and 1985, the wing rotated personnel and aircraft periodically to Howard AFB in the Panama Canal Zone. In 1985, it became the first Air Force Reserve wing to fly the C-5A Galaxy, the largest USAF operational aircraft, and changed from tactical to strategic airlift missions. It also began training for aerial refueling. It tested a C-5A modified to transport space vehicles and in 1989 airlifted the Hubble Space Telescope from California to Kennedy Space Center, Florida. The wing's personnel and aircraft took part in Operation Just Cause in 1989-1990, flying medical supplies, rations, and tanks to Panama. The wing airlifted men and materiel from the United States to Europe, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey, 1990-1991. In 1995 the wing transported United Nations personnel and equipment to the Balkans for peacekeeping operations in Bosnia and Herzegovina. During the 1990s, it flew channel, contingency, and humanitarian airlift operations and trained for such missions. In 2001, it began operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and in 2003 it commenced operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

On 1 July 2007, the wing's 356th Airlift Squadron assumed an Air Education and Training Command (AETC) mission, becoming the Air Force Reserve's only Formal Training Unit (FTU) providing initial and advanced C-5 flight qualification for Air Mobility Command, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Command aircrews, assuming a training role that had been previously assigned to the Regular Air Force's 97th Air Mobility Wing at Altus AFB, Oklahoma. Over 70 selectively manned aircrew instructors train and produce up to 500 aircrew members in nine different curricula for pilots, loadmasters and flight engineers. Additional training functions and support are provided by the colocated 733rd Training Squadron (733 TRS) Both squadrons are assigned to the wing's 433rd Operations Group. In addition to being the sole C-5 training organization for the entire US Air Force, the 356 AS also continues to provides airlift support for peacetime, contingency and humanitarian operations. [1]



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