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315th Airlift Wing History: Who we are

This is the emblem used by the 315 Troop Carrier Group during World War Two.  The motto "Adveniam" means "I will come".  (USAF Historical Emblem)

This is the emblem used by the 315 Troop Carrier Group during World War Two. The motto "Adveniam" means "I will come". (USAF Historical Emblem)

This the emblem that the 315 Air Commando Wing used from 1967 to 1968,  The 315 ACW was stationed at Phan Rang Air Base, South Vietnam from 1967 until the deactivation of the 3-1-5 in 1972.

This the emblem that the 315 Air Commando Wing used from 1967 to 1968, The 315 ACW was stationed at Phan Rang Air Base, South Vietnam from 1967 until the deactivation of the 3-1-5 in 1972.

The 315 Special Operations Wing used this emblem from 1968 until 1970, when the 315 SOW was redesignated as the 315 Tactical Airlift Wing.  The emblem is identical to the one used by the 315 ACW.

The 315 Special Operations Wing used this emblem from 1968 until 1970, when the 315 SOW was redesignated as the 315 Tactical Airlift Wing. The emblem is identical to the one used by the 315 ACW.

315th Airlift Wing

315th Airlift Wing

Advenium, I Will Come, was the motto of the 3-1-5 in the beginning and over 60 years later, those very same words are as true today with the 315th Airlift Wing as they were for our comrades with the 315th Troop Carrier Group back in 1942.

One of the primary missions of the 315th AW is to prepare, equip and train personnel to be a source of augmentation for our active duty counterparts in the 437th AW.  This augmentation is not limited to, but can be, as part of a rapid response to natural disaster relief, because of the expansion of the Air Force strategic mission, or in the form of aeromedical airlift capabilities.

Additionally, our Wing performs a wide range of peacetime missions and, as part of Team Charleston, integrates seamlessly with our hosts the 437th AW to provide support for their Air Mobility Command taskings.

What follows is a condensed version of the History of the 3-1-5, a perpetual chronology of the Wing’s long history.  The story begins at Olmstead Field in Pennsylvania in 1942 and continues today here in Charleston, South Carolina. There have been many stops in between.  The missions, the aircraft, and of course the people have changed since 1942 but that motto, Advenium, and its meaning is still as constant today as it was over 60 years ago.