The 315 AW played a major role in Operation ALLIED REFUGE, the largest Non-combatant Evacuation Operation airlift in United States history. From Aug. 14 – 30, 2021, nearly 800 civilian and military aircraft from over 30 nations safely evacuated 124,334 people (over 79,000 by the United States) from Hamid Karzai International Airport. Joint Base Charleston stood up a stage that eventually became the focal point for all freight and passengers supporting Operation ALLIED REFUGE.
The 315 AW flew a total of 12 reserve missions, transporting 5,420 passengers and 1,709.5 tons of cargo. Most notably, crew members assisted in the birth of a child onboard RCH 864.
In November, 315 MXG members deployed to Holloman Air Force Base, N. M. in support of Operation ALLIES WELCOME to assist in the resettlement of Afghanistan refugees.
The 315 Operations Group conducted worldwide missions to assist in mitigation of the COVID 19 pandemic. JB Charleston established a COVID-19 aeromedical evacuation hub to fly aeromedical evacuation, transportation isolation system, and critical care missions around the world, and approximately 100 reserve members from across the country activated in support. Members of the 315 AES mobilized from the transportation hub in support of global COVID-19 relief efforts with a primary mission to provide lifesaving in-flight patient care.
Members of the 701 AS transported 50 USAID provided ventilators at March Air Reserve Base, California and delivered them to Dover Air Force Base, Md. The ventilators later journeyed as part of a 200 ventilator delivery to Moscow, Russia, who was second in the world in confirmed COVID-19 cases at the time.