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History of the 315th Airlift Wing

315th History 

 On this page you can explore the rich history of the 315th Airlift Wing dating back to the unit's contributions during World War II. Take time to enjoy some of the other features also located here, like the Commanders of the Air Force Reserve Command, Heritage Highlights and News, a link to the National Museum of the Air Force and more.
 

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PAST Wing Commanders

Brig Gen. rank  colonel rank 

 Col. Richard P. McFarland
 1 July 1973 - 21 Sept.1974
 Col. David Guminski
21 Sept. 1974 - 1 Dec. 1974
 Col. David L. Weber
1 Dec. 1974 - 24 Apr. 1976
 Brig. Gen. Marc M. McClelland
20 June 1976 - 15 May 1979
Col. John G. Sullivan
17 June 1979 - 26 Apr. 1981 
 Col. Billy R. Henderson
26 Apr. 1981 - 23 Apr. 1988
Col. Michael J. Peters
23 Apr. 1988 - 13 Apr. 1989 
 Col. Robert B. Stephens
14 Apr. 1989 - 1 June 1991
Col. James P. Czekanski
11 July 1991 - 11 Mar. 1992
 Brig. Gen. James D. Bankers
11 Mar. 1992 - 1 Mar. 1997
 Col. Edward A. Stickler
3 Mar. 1997 - 11 June 2000
Brig. Gen. Gerald A. Black
18 June 2000 - 7 Sept. 2003 
 Col. Gary Cook
7 Sept. 2003 - 28 Sept. 2006
Col. Timothy J. Wrighton
17 Sept. 2006 - 17 Apr. 2009
Col. Steven J. Chapman 
18 Apr. 2009 - 5 May 2012
Col. Russel W. Fingar
6 May 2012 - 31 Aug. 2012 
Col. James  J. Fontanella
22 Sept. 2012 - 11 Apr. 2013 

Past Wing Command Chiefs

Chief MSgt Rank
Chief Master Sgt. John H. Alexander
1978 - 1980
Chief Master Sgt. James E. Gentry
1980 - 1984
Chief Master Sgt. Len Stempin
1984 -1986
Chief Master Sgt. George A. Shread, Jr.
1986-1991
Chief Master Sgt. Donnell V. Blewer
1991 - 1994
Chief Master Sgt. Charles A. Lowe
1994-1999
Chief Master Sgt. James S. Minor, Jr.
1999 -2002
Chief Master Sgt. michael G. Peterson
2002 - 2006
Chief Master Sgt. Benson S. Futrell III
2006 - 2010
Chief Master Sgt. Gigi Manning
2010 - 2015

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 MISSION
To provide and deliver global combat-ready C-17 airlift, expeditionary combat support and aeromedical evacuation anytime, anywhere 
VISION
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