For the second year in a row, the 105th Airlift Wing has been awarded the U.S. Air Force’s Meritorious Unit Award for its accomplishments in combat support throughout 2021.

The Meritorious Unit Award recognizes Air and Space Force units for their exceptional conduct in the execution of combat support operations for 90 consecutive days or more.

The 105th Airlift Wing was recognized for its outstanding operation of the C-17 Globemaster III strategic airlifter and performance of transportation missions around the world in support of the United States military.

“This award represents all the hard work and sacrifices made by our members and their families over the year,” said Brig. Gen. Gary R. Charlton II, Commander of the 105th Airlift Wing. “To be recognized two years in a row with such a prestigious award illustrates the exceptional character of the 105th Airlift Wing family.”

During 2021, the wing executed over 1,000 sortie missions, amassing 830 combat support hours and completing 336 Air Mobility Command missions.

Members of the 105th played an integral part in Operation Allies Refuge by processing and deploying three air crews and five stage managers within 36 hours. They ensured imperative objectives were met, such as expediting soldiers from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment into Kabul and airlifting a CH-47 Chinook helicopter along with 22 pilots to Afghanistan in support of OAR.

While evading hostile enemy fire, the 105th historically evacuated 2,524 men, women and children, including over 800 Afghan nationals. During one flight, a 105th loadmaster discovered an unconscious refugee not breathing and quickly administered CPR, saving the child’s life.

On their final mission, air crew members of the 105th solemnly airlifted 13 fallen service members from Kabul.