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376th Air Expeditionary Wing
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376th Air Expeditionary Wing emblem
Active 1942–1945
1947–1948
1951–1965
1970–1991
2001–present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Air Refueling
Role Combat Support
Part of Air Combat Command/United States Air Forces Central
Garrison/HQ Transit Center at Manas, Kyrgyzstan
Motto(s) LIBERANDOS
Engagements
World War II Victory Medal ribbon.svg European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign ribbon.svg
Vietnam Service Ribbon.svg Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary ribbon.svg Afghanistan Campaign ribbon.svg
  • World War II
European Campaign (1942–1945)
  • Vietnam Service (1970–1973)
  • Global War on Terrorism
Afghanistan Service ( since 2001)
Commanders
Current
commander
Col. Corey Martin
Notable
commanders
Richard W. Fellows

The 376th Air Expeditionary Wing (376 AEW) is a provisional United States Air Force Air Combat Command unit. It is currently stationed at the Transit Center at Manas International Airport, Kyrgyz Republic. Col. Corey Martin assumed command of the 376th Air Expeditionary Wing from Col. James Jacobson in June 2012.[1]

A World War II predecessor unit, the 376th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was the first B-24 Liberator group to be based on European Continent. It engaged in combat with the Ninth, Twelfth and Fifteenth Air Forces in the Egypt-Libya and Italian Campaigns. the 376th was awarded Distinguished Unit Citations: for operations over North Africa and Sicily, November 1942-17 August 1943; Ploesti, Romania, 1 August 1943 and Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, 16 June 1944. The B-24 "Lady Be Good" was from the 514th Bomb Squadron.

During the Vietnam War, the 376th Strategic Wing was a Strategic Air Command unit activated to perpetuate the lineage of inactive World War II bombardment units with illustrious records. It performed strategic bombing and air refueling missions over Southeast Asia with deployed elements from wings in the United States. From 1973 until the end of the Cold War it performed air refueling of Pacific Air Forces tactical and Military Airlift Command transport aircraft in the Theater as well as performing strategic reconnaissance operations. It was inactivated as part of the drawdown of USAF strategic forces in 1991.

Mission[edit | edit source]

The 376th Expeditionary Wing is responsible for providing air combat power projection throughout the CENTCOM Area of Responsibility, including tactical airlift and air refueling, principally in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM. C-17 and KC-135 aircraft are involved in this effort. Additionally, the wing serves as a hub for strategic airlift operations and as an intermediate staging base for transiting personnel and equipment in support of operations in Afghanistan. The wing hosts transient forces from coalition nations, as well as transient forces of the United States Army, Marine Corps and Navy.[2]

Units[edit | edit source]

Staff Sgt. Manuel Garibay directs a KC-135 Stratotanker at Manas Air Base, Kyrgyzstan, 11 November taxiing out for a refueling mission. Sergeant Garibay is a maintainer with the 376th Air Expeditionary Wing

  • 376th Expeditionary Operations Group
The 376 EOG is the lead KC-135 aerial refueling unit for Afghanistan operations. Other USAF aircraft supporting the mission include KC-135s and C-17s.
  • 376th Expeditionary Maintenance Group
  • 376th Medical Group
  • 376th Expeditionary Mission Support Group

History[edit | edit source]

The 376th Air Expeditionary Wing is authorized to display the honors earned by the 376 Expeditionary Operations Group before 1 June 1951, however the lineage and history of the units are separate prior to that date.

World War II[edit | edit source]

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