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 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 our heritage video, the list of our past commanders and command chiefs, Heritage Highlights and News, a link to the National Museum of the Air Force and more.

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MISSION
Develop combat forces…ready now!
 
VISION
Skilled, confident and resilient citizen Airmen thriving as a combat-ready force

 

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 
Col. Gregory S. Gilmour
12 April 2015 - 28 Dec. 2019
Col. Adam B. Willis
29 Dec. 2019 - 4 June 2022

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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
Chief Master Sgt. Mark Barber
2015 - 2018
Chief Master Sgt. John-Paul Burke
2018 - 2022

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Alumni Association

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The 315th Airlift Wing Alumni is a private non-government organization to foster a continuing relationship among association members and with the wing, and to support the 315th Airlift Wing in any fashion deemed appropriate.
Click on the above logo to learn more information about the alumni or to join.

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AF Historical Support Division

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AFHSD is primarily the historical research and book writing element of the Air Force History program.  Historians at AFHSD also provide historical information, analysis and perspective to Air Force leaders and their staffs to support planning, policy development and decision making.

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