908th Airlift Wing, Alabama’s only Air Force Reserve unit, to celebrate 50 years of service
The 908th Airlift Wing, Alabama’s only Air Force Reserve unit will celebrate its 50th year of service to the country on Saturday.
Lt Governor Kay Ivey and Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange are slated to attend the festivities Saturday evening at the Embassy Suites Hotel in downtown Montgomery.
Video messages from Governor Robert Bentley, U.S. Representatives Mike Rogers and Martha Roby will be played to the group.
About a 1,000 current and former members of the wing have purchased tickets to attend.
The 908th formed at Bates Field, initially as the 908th Troop Carrier Group, on what is now the Mobile Regional Airport. The unit moved to Brookley Air Force Base, near downtown Mobile in 1964 and then to Maxwell Air Force Base in 1969, where it remains today.
Through the years the 908th has flown the C-119 “Flying Boxcar,” the O-2 “Skymaster,” U-3 “Blue Canoe,” C-7 “Caribou” and the C-130 E and since 1986 the current C-130 H models.
Reservists of the 908th have deployed around the world, in all manner of military operations, both conflict and humanitarian. Since Desert Storm in 1991, the wing has regularly deployed to provide airlift and other critical support to U.S. Central Command.
Over the past 50 years the unit has been recognized with many honors, including seven Air Force Outstanding Unit awards. Its members have also been recognized for individual excellence at every level of the Air Force.
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