461st ACW Heritage Wall serves as reminder of unit’s long history, Airmen’s importance

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  • By Holly Logan-Arrington
  • Robins Public Affairs

The 461st Air Control Wing’s roots run deep, stretching back to World War II.

Now, the 461st ACW Liberaiders have a visual reminder of where they’ve been so they can see their importance to its growing story.

“The 461st Air Control Wing Heritage Wall is important as it builds the esprit-de-corps as intended by the Airmen seeing the wing’s heritage on the wall,” said Kevin Mulberger, 461st ACW historian. “Even though the missions and aircraft flown by the wing have changed over the years, the 461st still maintains the deep pride of accomplishing its worldwide mission whatever that was or may be in the future.”

Mulberger said planning for the 461st ACW Heritage Wall began in November 2019, with the project wrapping up in March 2021.

The wall is located on the first floor of Building 2072 at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. It consists of multiple panels of landscape and portrait-style photos with corresponding descriptions of the wing’s history split into four eras:  World War II, 1953 to 1958, 1963 to 1968, and 2011 to present.

“The wing commander at the time, Col. Edward Goebel Jr., wanted the wall created to show all Airmen who walked through the halls of the building to see the rich heritage and history of the wing to build esprit-de-corps and pride in the wing,” Mulberger said.

The historian said Liberaiders will always be at the heart of the 461st ACW’s heritage.

“The wall illustrates that no matter what mission the wing had, has, or will have, one thing is constant - the importance of each Airman within the wing accomplishing their mission,” he said.