MISSION: The mission of the 514th Air Mobility Wing is to recruit, train and sustain Reserve Citizen Airmen to fly, fight and win, and enhance our nation’s air mobility capability. Augmentation by the 514th AMW’s combat-ready personnel ensures full utilization of the active-duty 305th AMW’s aircraft, maintenance, aerial port and medical facilities.
ORGANIZATION: The 514th AMW is an associate Air Force Reserve wing located at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., which is approximately 42,000 acres, and is a tenant unit hosted by the 87th Air Base Wing. The wing flies aircraft assigned to the active-duty 305th Air Mobility Wing, also based at McGuire. The 514th AMW shares the responsibility of maintaining and flying the KC-10A Extender and the C-17 Globemaster III. If mobilized the wing becomes a part of Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, Ill.
The 514th AMW is organized into key staff agencies: an aeromedical staging squadron, an aerospace medicine squadron assigned directly to the wing and three attached groups including the 514th Operations Group, which consists of the 76th and 78th Air Refueling Squadrons, the 732nd Airlift Squadron, the 514th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, the 514th Operations Support Squadron and Air Mobility Operations Squadron; the 514th Maintenance Group, which consists of the 514th Maintenance Squadron, and the 514th and 714th Aircraft Maintenance Squadrons; the 514th Mission Support Group, which consists of the 514th Force Support Squadron, the 514th Logistics Readiness Squadron, the 514th Civil Engineering Squadron, the 514th Security Forces Squadron, and the 35th and 88th Aerial Port Squadrons.
EQUIPMENT: The 514th AMW is an associate unit that works side-by-side with the active-duty 305th AMW to fly and maintain their 32 assigned KC-10A Extenders and 13 C-17 Globemaster III's .
PERSONNEL: Approximately 2,000 people are assigned to the 514th Air Mobility Wing to include approximately 200 officers and 1800 enlisted Reserve Citizen Airmen.
HISTORY: The 514th Troop Carrier Wing was organized at Birmingham Municipal Airport, Ala., in June 1949 and moved to Mitchel Air Force Base, N.Y., in October of 1949. Reservists were then equipped with the C-46 Commando, a twin-engine transport aircraft. Recalled to active duty during the Korean conflict, members of the 514th flew stateside support missions until February 1953, when the wing was returned to reserve status. In March 1961, the 514th moved from Mitchel Field to McGuire Air Force Base, N.J., and changed aircraft to the C-119 Flying Boxcar. There were three Troop Carrier Groups assigned to the wing. The 903rd was assigned to McGuire with the 904th and 905th assigned to Stewart N.Y. and Bradley Conn. In August of 1968, the 903rd became the first associate military airlift group in the eastern United States as crews transitioned to the C-141A Starlifter. The 514th was next re-designated a military airlift wing (associate), with groups at McGuire AFB, N.J., Charleston AFB, S.C., and Dover AFB, Del. In July 1973, the 903rd was inactivated and personnel transferred to the direct command of the 514th. Other groups became separate wings. The restructuring of the Air Force major commands changed the unit from a military airlift wing to an air mobility wing. The mission change resulted in the addition of the KC-10A Extender, an air refueling aircraft, while still maintaining the airlift and aeromedical missions already assigned. In October of 1994 the 78th Air Refueling Squadron moved from Barksdale AFB, La., to McGuire AFB and was assigned to the 514th AMW. The following September, the 76th Air Refueling Squadron was also established as a new squadron in the wing, with most of that squadron's equipment and personnel coming from Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C.
- 1968: Republic of South Vietnam and Royal Hellenic (Greek) Air Force crews and technicians trained to operate and maintain the C-119. 514th TAW crews deliver aircraft before converting to C-141A Starlifter
- 1968-1975: 514th MAW aircrews support Southeast Asia operations
- 1973: 15 NICKEL GRASS missions supporting Israeli forces, Yom Kippur War
- 1975: 200 sorties for Operation NEW LIFE, evacuation of Vietnamese to the United States
- 1983: 21 missions in support of Operation URGENT FURY in Grenada
- 1983: Aeromedical evacuation missions for survivors of terrorist bombing of Beirut Marine barracks
- 1989: 13 missions including an airdrop for Operation JUST CAUSE in Panama
- Aug 1990- May 1991: 514th MAW crews flew more than 40,000 hours for Operations DESERT SHIELD/STORM, the international effort to liberate Kuwait from Iraqi occupation. Nearly 2,000 reservists, 54 percent of the unit, was recalled. More than half of the 670 medical reservists mobilized served in the Persian Gulf, while aerial port, aircraft maintenance, security police and civil engineering personnel served in Europe, at home station or other U.S. bases.
- 1992-1993: 26 missions in support of Operation RESTORE HOPE in Somalia
- 1995: Aircrew, Airlift Control Flight and aerial port personnel support Operation UPHOLD DEMOCRACY- Haiti
- 1998: C-141 units flew missions bringing supplies to Central America in support of Hurricane Mitch relief operations. Aeromedical evacuation specialists assisted victims of U.S. embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania.
- 2000: More than 500 reservists support Air Expeditionary Force missions around the world
- 1997-2001: More than 200 KC-10 aircrew, maintenance and support personnel from throughout the wing deploy to Southwest Asia for six-week rotations in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH to enforce the no-fly zone over Iraq.
- 2001-2002: Following the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, about 170 reservists are activated in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and NOBLE EAGLE. Hundreds more are volunteering to serve in support of the U.S. response to terrorist attacks.
- 2003: The wing mobilized more than 1,500 reservists to participate in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and continued to support Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in Afghanistan and more than 15 other locations
- 2004: The C-141 aircraft is replaced by 13 C-17 Globemaster III aircraft.
- 2005: Aeromedical Evacuation crews and Security Forces deployed in support of Hurricane Katrina and Rita. Members from the 514th AMW continue to support Operation Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom throughout FY2005.
- 2006: Two C-17 Aircrews participate in the Repatriation of Lebanese Americans/KC-10 Aircrews were tasked with refueling missions for the Lebanese Evacuation. Volunteers continue to support the war on terror worldwide.
- 2008: The 732nd Airlift Squadron was the first Reserve squadron to send aircrews in support the C-17 Rotational Airlift Mission, a newly established Air Force Reserve mission that provides strategic and tactical airlift capabilities to USEUCOM/USAFE and AFRICOM with aircraft originating from Ramstein Air Base, Germany.
-2009: As the only Air Force Reserve wing flying the KC-10 Extender, in support of the Northeast Tanker Task Force, the 76th and 78th Air Refueling Squadrons flew 42 percent more missions than the other Air Guard tanker wings combined.
- 2012: Close to 200 Freedom Wing members were activated in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Some deployed overseas while others remained in the U.S. or even at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst backfilling active duty Airmen who are deployed. KC-10 aircrew members rotated in and out of Southwest Asia for 30 day stints.
-2014: Flew an aeromedical evacuation mission on a KC-10 with a gravely-ill infant from Hawaii to the U.S. mainland. With little notice, crew members configured the airplane, worked with medical personnel, controlling air traffic and command agencies to effect the safe and expeditious movement of this child for emergent and follow-on definitive care.
- First KC-10 crew to refuel the Euro Typhoon Fighter; joint training validated international coalition warfighting capabilities.
-First Air Force Reserve Wing to travel to Dakar and Liberia to deliver 44 tons of equipment and cargo as well as four active-duty personnel in support of Ebola.
-2015: The Freedom Wing (732nd, 78th, & 76th) continues to deliver Denton cargo providing humanitarian relief transportation for non-governmental organizations and private citizens.
- A 514th Maintenance Squadron commander, was one of three officers chosen to lead an active-duty unit. He assumed command of the 736th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Dover AFB, Delaware.
-2016: The 732nd Airlift Squadron earned The Aircrew Excellence Award and the 514th Maintenance Group received The Chief Master Sgt. James K. Clouse Trophy for maintenance excellence at the annual Raincross Awards.
- 514th Security Forces Reserve Citizen Airman, was selected as the 2016 Air Force Outstanding Security Forces Individual Award for Reserve Citizen Airman.
-2017: Two members of the 514th Civil Engineer Squadron won Air Force Reserve wide awards for their outstanding efforts.
-732nd Airlift Squadron completes 21st Denton cargo mission, providing humanitarian relieve to Haiti.
-76th ARS supports Hurricane Harvey relief, 732nd Airlift Squadron assists with hurricane relief efforts delivering vehicles, supplies and personnel.
-514th AES recognized for distinguished aeromedical education.
-2018: AES Reserve Citizen Airman selected for Profiles in Leadership for building a generation of lifesavers in Ghana.
-514th sweeps AFRC Inspector General Awards winning seven of the categories.
-514th Reserve Citizen Airman wins Intel Award selected from a pool of thousands of Airmen as the Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Awards program (AFISRAP), Headquarters Air Force Outstanding Air Reserve Component ISR Airman of the Year.