GARDEN CITY, GA (WTOC) - The 65th anniversary of the 165th Airlift Wing gave its men and women a chance to look back on their start during the Korean War.
"When we first started, we were a fighter group. Over the last 65 years, we've transitioned out of fighters toward flying C-130H models," explained Colonel Jim Grandy, the 165th's commander.
Transport missions have now taken the 165th around the world.
"We've flown to 60 to 70 countries, humanitarian relief efforts, war efforts and the beautiful thing about transports is we have the capability to carry food, weapons, and people," the colonel noted.
But to commanders, their success has never been about just the aircraft.
"The men and women shaped this unit to what it is today," Grandy stated. "I would deploy with any of these folks, given the order tomorrow."
The group has done everything from fly supply missions in the Middle East for the War on Terror to relief missions in the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina to rushing fire crews to nearby Imperial Sugar during the fire. What's else in store for the unit in the next 65 years?
"One of the few things we can count on is change," Colonel Grandy concluded. "I think as commanders, all we can do is prepare people for change. Change is imminent and fortunately we have high quality people to accept that challenge."
For their commitment to go wherever their country asks them to serve, the 165th Airlift Wing earns a WTOC Military Salute.