The 94th Airlift Wing was established as the 94th Bombardment Wing (Light) on May 10, 1949 and was activated to service
in the Reserve on June 26, 1949. Not long afterward, the unit was called to active service on March 10, 1951 during the
A year later, on May 26, 1952, the unit was re-designated as the 94th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing and
activated to the Reserve on June 14, 1952.
For the next 10 years, the unit's mission in the Reserve encompassed tactical reconnaissance, bombardment, troop carrier,
By mid-1958, wing personnel had taken part in regular airlift missions and exercises, both in the United States
and overseas, including contingency operations in the Dominican Republic in 1965. During that time, the unit was once
again called to active duty to serve a one-month tour during the Cuban missile crisis on Oct. 28, 1962.
After converting to C-124s in 1966, the wing flew strategic airlift missions, including troop and cargo missions, to Southeast
Asia until 1971, augmenting normal airlift resources of the Military Airlift Command and Tactical Air Command.
switching to C-7 aircraft in mid-1972, the wing's primary operations involved support of U.S. Army airborne forces, tactical
cargo airlift, and air evacuation missions.
From July 1973 to May 1975, the wing flew 685 "Coronet Roundup" missions in
Puerto Rico, airdropping 1.2 billion sterile screwworm flies as part of a project to eradicate the screwworm menace to
Puerto Rico's livestock.
In 1981, the 94th became the 94th Airlift Wing, the second largest wing in the Air Force Reserve, flying three transport
aircraft -- the C-7, the C-123, and the C-130. By 1987, it had given up the C-7 and C-123 aircraft, retaining only C-130s.