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Posted 1/3/2011 Printable Fact Sheet

MISSION: To organize, recruit and train Air Force Reserve personnel to provide airlift of airborne forces, their equipment and supplies and delivery of these forces and materials by air drop, landing or cargo extraction systems.
The unit also provides intratheater aeromedical evacuation. The unit participates in joint service training exercises and supports active duty forces in airborne training.

ORGANIZATION: The 911th Airlift Wing reports to 22nd Air Force, Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Wing daily activities are managed by civilian federal workers, including air reserve technicians. Over 90 percent of the 911th is made up of Air Force Reserve volunteers from Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. The other 10 percent are volunteers from across the United States. Reservists train one weekend per month at a unit training assembly, and perform 15 days of active duty for training each year. Aircrew members train more often to meet flight qualification standards. The wing flies airlift missions in support of Department of Defense assignments.

AIRCRAFT: The 911th Airlift Wing has eight C-130H "Hercules" aircraft assigned.

PERSONNEL: The 911th includes approximately 1,220 Air Force Reserve members. The unit employs approximately 320 civilians, including more than 180 air reserve technicians holding dual civilian and military positions. If mobilization occurs, most 911th units deploy as part of the Air Mobility Command.

ECONOMIC IMPACT: The wing budget for salaries and operating expenses exceeds $56.5 million annually, including $19 million in civilian salaries, $17.3 million in operating expenses, and $20.2 million in reservists' payroll and travel. Base construction has added $30 million in recent years to the economy. The 911th overall economic impact is estimated at $93.6 million annually.

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS: Since the terrorists' attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, the 911th has been flying missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In September 2001, the 911th Security Forces Squadron was 100 percent mobilized and remained in that status until September 2003; safeguarding the 911th AW and protecting other national assets globally. Seventeen members of the 32nd Aerial Port Squadron deployed from June 2002 to September 2002 and assigned to the U.S. Navy 5th Fleet to assist in air terminal operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The 911th AW received an aviation package December 2003 to mobilize approximately 250 personnel for 12 months. In July 2004, the mobilization package was extended to 24 months. Aircrews comprised of pilots, navigators, engineers and loadmasters are currently moving approximately 3,000 passengers and 700 tons of cargo per month in support of OIF. The 911th Aeromedical Staging Squadron personnel have assisted more than 2,000 patients in urgent, non-urgent, and critical categories. Personnel in the 911th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron have flown more than 1,000 hours on medical evacuation missions attending to 6,000 plus patients. They were recognized by the Air Mobility Command as Outstanding C-130 Mission and the Primary Medical Squadron for 2003. They also won the Lt. Gen. George E. Schafer Trophy for 2003. Members of the 911th Services Squadron Long Dining Facility were recognized as the Air Force Reserve Command's best dining facility in the command for 2004 and received the coveted John L. Hennessy Award. This was the fifth time they received the award in an 11-year period.

COMMUNITY SERVICE: In June 2007, the wing hosted its seventh annual Wings Over Pittsburgh Air Show, celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Air & Space Power. During the two-day event, approximately 225,000 spectators attended. The 911th has also been very involved in the Honorary Commander's Association which was implemented in March 2003, for the purpose of educating the local business community in the Army and Air Force Reserve's role in the total force structure for national defense. The HCA has grown as a cooperative effort among the Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce; the 911th AW, Air Force Reserve Command; the 171st Air Refueling Wing, Pennsylvania Air National Guard; and the 99th Regional Readiness Command of the Army Reserve to encourage employers to support employees and to foster a better understanding and community support of the local military units. The base also sponsors Employers Appreciation Day, Clergy Day, and the Drug Education for Youth (DEFY) program, as well as numerous tours and speaking engagements. The 911th regularly offers venues for the Air Force and Air Force Reserve Bands, and for the Tops in Blue; one of the oldest and most widely traveled entertainment groups of its kind.

HISTORY: Established in 1943, the site at Pittsburgh International Airport has hosted active duty and reserve flying units. In 1963, the 911th Troop Carrier Group was activated to administer the 758th Troop Carrier Squadron. It became a Military Airlift Group when the unit converted to C-124 aircraft in 1967, then to Tactical Airlift Group when the unit converted to C-123K aircraft in 1972. The unit converted to C-130A aircraft in 1980 and C-130H aircraft in 1987. The unit was renamed 911th Airlift Group in 1992 and renamed 911th Airlift Wing in 1994.

To find out more about the 911th Airlift Wing, please contact the Public Affairs Office at (412) 474-8511.

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