New airframes, medical squadron coming to NAS JRB
Published on February 02, 2021
Three major basing decisions were announced this week at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth (NAS JRB).
Both the 136th Airlift Wing and the 301st Fighter Wing were selected to receive new airframes – modernized C-130J models and the C-130J Super Hercules – to replace their aging fleets. Additionally, the 136th was selected to receive the Air National Guard’s newest Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron.
The selection of NAS JRB Fort Worth to receive modernized aircraft and the important medical mission underline the Defense Department’s recognition of the base’s strategic importance. The base, which was targeted for closure during the 1990s, was saved through realignment into America’s first-ever joint reserve base.
“I was grateful for the opportunity to commend the men and women of the 301st Fighter Wing, recently selected to receive 26 new F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, the world’s most advanced fighter jet. The F-35 is the pride of the Fort Worth defense industry, built just across our base’s runway. Having a wing of 26 F-35s here at the base is the right decision,” said U.S. Rep. Kay Granger of Fort Worth.
Aeromedical Evacuation Squadrons are sometimes called flying hospitals. The squadron will provide the airmen of the 136th Airlift Wing access to advanced, time-sensitive medical care as they conduct important missions at home and abroad.
“We are honored to add yet another capability to our already robust force,” said Maj. Gen. Tracy R. Norris, adjutant general of Texas. “Any time we add medical assets, we know we will be better equipped to help Texas and the nation in their most critical times of need. We also know that the medical community in the Dallas-Fort Worth area is second to none and will provide an outstanding source of medical professionals as we staff these new positions in the Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron.”
Col. Keith Williams, commander of the 136th Airlift Wing, Texas Air National Guard, said: “The 136th Airlift Wing has flown and maintained the C-130 Hercules transport aircraft since 1978. We are very excited and grateful to have been awarded the C-130J Super Hercules, the latest C-130 variant produced by Lockheed Martin.”