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436th Airlift Wing

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436th Airlift Wing
C-5M Delivery, 85-0004 131121-F-VV898-013.jpg
436th Airlift Wing C-5M Super Galaxy
Active1949–1951; 1955–1958; 1966–present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Part ofAir Mobility Command
Garrison/HQDover Air Force Base
Nickname(s)Eagle Wing[citation needed]
Motto(s)Robustum Auxilium Latin Powerful Support
DecorationsAir Force Outstanding Unit Award[1]
Colonel Matthew Jones
William J. Begert
436th Airlift Wing emblem (approved 14 July 1966)[2]
436th Airlift Wing.png
436th Airlift Wing emblem (approved 20 June 1957)[3]
436th troop carrier gp-emblem-wwII.jpg
Aircraft flown
TransportC-5 Galaxy
C-17 Globemaster III

The 436th Airlift Wing is an active United States Air Force unit. It is assigned to Air Mobility Command's Eighteenth Air Force, and is based at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware.

Known as the "Eagle Wing", the 436th consists of the operations, logistics, support, and medical groups; in addition to 12 divisions and two detachments. The wing has over 4,000 active-duty military and civilian employees. The wing's Lockheed C-5 Galaxy and Boeing C-17 Globemaster III aircraft provides 25 percent of the nation's inter-theater airlift capability, providing worldwide movement of outsized cargo and personnel on scheduled, special assignment, exercise and contingency airlift missions. The 436th is the only combat-ready C-5 Galaxy wing capable of employing airdrop and special operations tactics in support of worldwide airlift.[4]

The wing routinely flies airlift missions throughout the world projecting global reach to more than 90 countries on six different continents including Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe, North and South America. Additionally, the Eagle Wing operates the largest and busiest aerial port in the Department of Defense with its passenger terminal moving over 100,000 passengers in 1998.[5]


436th Operations Group
436th Maintenance Group
  • 436th Maintenance Squadron
  • 436th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron (C-5M Galaxy)
  • 736th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron(C-17 Globemaster III)
  • 436th Maintenance Operations Squadron
  • 436th Aerial Port Squadron
436th Airlift Wing C-17 Globemaster III
436th Airlift Wing C-17 Globemaster III
436th Mission Support Group
  • 436th Contracting Squadron
  • 436th Security Forces Squadron
  • 436th Force Support Squadron
  • 436th Aerial Port Mobility Flight
  • 436th Logistics Readiness Squadron
  • 436th Communications Squadron
  • 436th Civil Engineer Squadron
436th Medical Group
  • 436th Medical Operations Squadron
  • 436th Aerospace Medicine Squadron
  • 436th Medical Support Squadron

Additionally, the 436th Comptroller Squadron reports directly to the wing.


For related history, see 436th Operations Group

Cold War

436 MAW Douglas C-124C Globemaster II at RAF Wethersfield England in 1967
436 MAW Douglas C-124C Globemaster II at RAF Wethersfield England in 1967
Lockheed C-141A-15-LM Starlifter 64-0630 of the 436th Military Airlift Wing, MAC, at Brisbane airport, Australia supporting the visit of President Lyndon B. Johnson on 22 October 1966.  This aircraft was later converted to the stretched C-141B configuration, and eventually was retired to AMARC on 14 November 2000.
Lockheed C-141A-15-LM Starlifter 64-0630 of the 436th Military Airlift Wing, MAC, at Brisbane airport, Australia supporting the visit of President Lyndon B. Johnson on 22 October 1966. This aircraft was later converted to the stretched C-141B configuration, and eventually was retired to AMARC on 14 November 2000.
436th Airlift Wing Markings on a C-141A at Brisbane airport, Australia supporting the visit of President Lyndon B. Johnson, 22 October 1966.
436th Airlift Wing Markings on a C-141A at Brisbane airport, Australia supporting the visit of President Lyndon B. Johnson, 22 October 1966.

The wing was activated as a Reserve troop carrier wing in June 1949, and until April 1951, trained under the supervision of the 2236th Air Force Reserve Training Center, and again during May 1955 – November 1957, under supervision of the 2230th Air Reserve Flying Center. In between, ordered to active service and inactivated almost immediately, personnel serving as fillers for other USAF units during the Korean War.[1]

In January 1966 the 436th was again activated at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware where it replaced the 1607th Air Transport Wing when Military Airlift Command replaced Military Air Transport Service. The wing initially flew strategic airlift missions with propeller-driven Douglas C-124 Globemaster II and Douglas C-133 Cargomaster aircraft. However the C-124s were replaced by Lockheed C-141 Starlifter jet transports in the late 1960s, and the C-133s were replaced by the Lockheed C-5 Galaxy in 1971. In 1973, the 436th exchanged their C-141s with the 437th Military Airlift Wing at Charleston Air Force Base, South Carolina, which sent their C-5s to Dover, making the 436th an exclusively C-5 Galaxy wing.[1]

During the Vietnam War, the wing flew numerous missions to Southeast Asia, although the wing flew routes worldwide to Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. It participated in joint training with U.S. Army, taking part in numerous tactical exercises in the United States and overseas, particularly in support of NATO. Additionally, it flew worldwide airlift missions, including hauling mail and other high priority cargo, conducting aeromedical evacuation, serving as personnel transport, participating in humanitarian relief, and diplomatic missions.[1]

Wing aircrews were also augmented by attached Reserve aircrews from the 512th Airlift Wing. It airlifted personnel and equipment for operations in Grenada, 24 October 1983 – 18 December 1983; and Panama, 19 December 1989 – 14 January 1990. The 436th deployed an Airlift Control Element at Tocumen International Airport, Panama on 19 December 1989. It also provided airlift of personnel and equipment, and logistical support for operations in Southwest Asia, August 1990 – May 1991.[1]

Modern era

In the years since Desert Storm and Military Airlift Command morphing into Air Mobility Command, the 436th has served as the only combat ready C-5 Galaxy airlift wing capable of airdrop and special operations procedures in support of tactical forces and national objectives.

The wing's 436th Operations Group, is Air Mobility Command's main active-duty heavy-lift organization, flying missions worldwide, and supporting combat operations in Southwest Asia and in Afghanistan.

February 10 2009, the 436AW received its first C-5M Super Galaxy named "The Spirit of Global Reach",[6] the C-5M offers 22% more thrust, 58% higher rate of climb and a modern glass cockpit.[7]

On 26 April 2015, the wing and its associate 512th Airlift Wing dispatched the first USAF aircraft, a Dover C-17, carrying cargo and personnel for humanitarian aid following the earthquake in Nepal. The plane carried a United States Agency for International Development Disaster Assistance Response Team, the Fairfax County, Virginia Urban Search and Rescue Team and 45 tons of cargo.[8]


  • Established as the 436th Troop Carrier Wing, Medium on 10 May 1949
Activated in the reserve on 27 June 1949
Ordered to active service on 1 April 1951
Inactivated on 16 April 1951
  • Activated in the reserve on 18 May 1955
Inactivated on 15 May 1958
  • Redesignated 436th Military Airlift Wing and activated on 27 December 1965 (not organized)
Organized on 8 January 1966
Redesignated 436th Airlift Wing on 1 December 1991[1]










  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Robertson, Patsy (22 June 2017). "Factsheet 436 Airlift Wing (AMC)". Air Force Historical Research Agency. Retrieved 8 July 2019.
  2. ^ per Robertson and Endicott. However, Ravenstein states that the emblem approved on 14 July was the emblem previously used by the 1607th Air Transport Wing, which is different in having a white border. Ravenstein, pp. 232–233.
  3. ^ Endicott, p. 276
  4. ^ "HISTORY OF THE 436th AIRLIFT WING THE - Dover Air Force Base, p=16". Retrieved 14 March 2020.
  5. ^ "DOVER AIR FORCE BASE & THE DELMARVA PENINSULA" (PDF). Retrieved 14 March 2020.
  6. ^ "Spirit of Global Reach lands at Dover". Retrieved 14 March 2020.
  7. ^ "C-5M Super Galaxy Transport Aircraft". Retrieved 14 March 2020.
  8. ^ "AF sends aircraft to support disaster-assistance operations in Nepal". Air Force News Service. 26 April 2015. Retrieved 7 May 2015.


 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website

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