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531st ANG Band of the Southwest
About the 136th Airlift Wing
The 136th Airlift Wing is located at the Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas. It is one of three flying units in the Texas Air National Guard. The wing flies and maintains seven C-130H2 aircraft - an all-purpose vehicle, cargo and personnel transport.
: To provide highly trained, equipped and motivated military forces for worldwide combat and peacetime tasking supporting the State of Texas and the Nation. The flying mission includes short field and dirt-strip landing, and airdrop delivery of cargo and people in all weather, day and night. The wing has a long history dating back to before the Korean War. The 136 AW has participated in nearly every major conflict and relief operation since that time, to include operations in Vietnam, Panama, Africa, Desert Shield/Desert Storm, the South American counter-drug effort, and the Balkans. A phenomenal safety record, the Wing recently surpassed 168,000 hours of accident- free flying.
: As a National Guard unit, the wing has a dual role of serving the State of Texas under the command of the Governor during peace time and state emergencies, and becoming part of the active duty forces under the command of the President during wartime or other national emergency.
DEMOGRAPHICS AND FINANCIAL IMPACT
The wing has a strength of more than 1,000 personnel. About 75 percent of these Citizen Airmen are part-time, traditional Guardsmen who drill at least one weekend a month, and at least 15 days of active duty a year. The remaining 25 percent are full-time. Females account for 21 percent of the wing' s population; 16 percent of our Citizen Airmen are minorities. The wing' s total spending is $45 million per year. This spending has an estimated $112.5 million per year impact on the local community.
: Since September 11, 2001, the wing has mobilized numerous times in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM and NEW DAWN. The assigned C-130H's and aircrews have flown more than 7,000 combat hours since 9/11. These missions included cargo, personnel, distinguished visitor and medical evacuation transports as well as aerial resupply of ground forces in austere environments. Support personnel have also deployed in large numbers assisting ground, air and special operations forces. Duties performed during these deployments include personnel administration, driving convoys and weather forecasting. Rotations of personnel and aircraft to Southwest Asia continue to date.
: The wing has mobilized numerous times for peacetime relief missions at home and abroad. The wing supported relief efforts for Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Wilma, Gustav and Ike. Contributions included deploying aircraft, personnel and equipment to provide direct and indirect relief/recovery operations. During Hurricane Gustav alone, the wing evacuated more than 635 special needs patients to safety. Elements of the wing also deployed during the 2010 Haitian Earthquake relief effort.
: The 136th Airlift Wing also participates in DoD's State Partnership Program (SPP). The wing' s partner nations are Chile and the Czech Republic. Exchanges include aircraft operations, maintenance and medical training.
136th Airlift Wing Senior Leadership
Colonel Christopher G. McGraw
Colonel Jerald "Keith" Williams
Colonel David W. Compton
136th Operations Group Commander
Colonel Denise L. Taylor
136th Mission Support Group Commander
Colonel Jeffrey D. Young
254th Combat Communications Group Commander
Colonel Kurt M. Mallory
136th Maintenance Group Commander
Colonel Josh D. Lewis
136th Medical Group Commander
Command Chief Master Sergeant La Tasha Mitchell
136th Airlift Wing Command Chief
136th Airlift Wing Motto...
(Second to None)
The Chaplain's staff is here to provide comfort and hope for the families of our deployed troops as well as those troops providing home station sustainment. Spiritual comfort and hope will be provided through weekly prayer services, visitation and phone calls.
The chaplain's staff is working in cooperation with the Family Readiness office to become part of a support network for the families of our deployed personnel. Chaplains support this network by providing counseling, pastoral care and spiritual encouragement.
Prayer services will be held at various times in various locations throughout the work week. Please contact our offices for times and places.
If you would like to speak to our staff, you can reach us during office hours at the Wing Chaplain's Office, (817) 852-3220. If we are away, you can reach us anytime by calling the Chaplain's cell phone (817) 980-5792.
Sometimes we have prayer concerns we would like to share with the 136 AW community, which are near, and dear to us. They may be "family" concerns, which are not really official in any way, but of interest and of concern to you and your co-workers. In order to facilitate this need, please contact one of our chaplains. We would be glad to post the prayer concern, as well as the address for cards, flowers, letters or congratulations as appropriate.
May God bless you and grant you peace!
Air National Guard Info
136th Airlift Wing Biographies
COLONEL CHRISTOPHER G. MCGRAW
COMMAND CHIEF MASTER SERGEANT LA TASHA S. MITCHELL
136th Airlift Wing Family Readiness
531st Air National Guard Band of the Southwest
200 Hensley Avenue
Fort Worth, Texas 76127-1672
Recruiting - Master Sgt. David Jeter
817-852-3299/ 3230/ 3228/ 3288
Public Affairs - 0700 to 1630
For after hours PA EMERGENCY
and immediate needs call:
Family Readiness Group
Voting Assistance Officer
Lt. Col. James Castleman