Aisling is an Irish language feminine given name meaning "dream" or "vision" and referring to an aisling, a poetic genre that developed during the late 17th and 18th century in Irish language genre poetry. Aisling was not used as a given name before the 20th century. There are many variant anglicised forms of the name, including Ashling, Aislinn, Aislene and Ashlynn. Pronunciation of the name varies, with the most common pronunciation being ASH-ling. Others, such as AYZ-ling, ASS-ling and AYSS-ling, do not follow the Gaelic pronunciation; the name Aisling was the thirty-first most popular name for baby girls in Ireland in 2005. Ashlyn was the 140th most popular name for baby girls in the United States in 2006, while its variant spelling Ashlynn was ranked at 293 for baby girls in 2006 in the United States. Ashlyn is occasionally regarded as a modern name derivation from Ashley and Lynn. Aislin, the pen name of Canadian political cartoonist Terry Mosher Aisling Bea, Irish comedian Ashlynn Brooke, American adult actress/producer Aisling Burnand, British businesswoman and lobbyist Aisling Daly, Irish mixed martial arts fighter Aisling Franciosi, Irish-Italian actress Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace, British glamour model and former Big Brother contestant Ashlyne Huff, American singer Aislinn Hunter, Canadian writer Aislin Jones, Australian Olympic skeet shooter Aisling Loftus, English actress of Irish parentage Aislín McGuckin, Northern Irish actress Aisling O'Neill, Irish actress Aisling O'Sullivan, Irish actress Aislinn Paul, Canadian actress Ashlynn Yennie, American actress Aisling, the titular subject in the song "Aisling", on Shane MacGowan's 1994 album The Snake Aisling, the main character in Malinda Lo's novel Ash Aisling, in the Irish animated TV programme Ballybraddan Aisling, a character in the novel Diary of an Oxygen Thief by Anonymous Aisling, a hero in the video game Gigantic Aisling, in the novel Son of the Shadows Aisling, aspiring film director in the play Stones in His Pockets Aisling, a young faerie girl, in the animated film The Secret of Kells Aislinn, the main character in Melissa Marr's novel Wicked Lovely Ashlynn, in the video game Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation Aisling Duval, a princess of the Empire in the video game Elite: Dangerous Aisling Laffrey, a character in the video game Path of Exile, member of Immortal Syndicate Aisling "Ash" McCarthy, one of the two main characters in the novel Like Aisling O'Connor, a main character in the novel Light a Penny Candle Aisling O'Dowd, a character in the television show Can't Cope, Won't Cope Aislinn Wishart, a character in the Japanese manga Saki Ashling, the Pilgrim, a character in the TCG Magic: The Gathering female fire elemental, traveling through her world.
Aisling, a recurring character in the British-made sitcom Derry Girls Aislinn, Queen Aislinn was the wife of the tyrant King Freyne, the mother of King Einon in the movie Dragonheart Aisling Querelle, a character in the television show Carnival Row Ashelin, a character in the Jak and Daxter video game series, introduced in Jak II Aisling, the protagonist of the book series "Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling" by Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen. Ashley List of Irish-language given names
The 939th Air Refueling Wing is an inactive United States Air Force Reserve unit. It was last active with the Fourth Air Force, based at Oregon, it was inactivated on 30 June 2008. After May 1959, the reserve flying force consisted of 45 troop carrier squadrons assigned to 15 troop carrier wings; the squadrons were not all located with their parent wings, but were spread over thirty-five Air Force and civilian airfields under what was called the Detached Squadron Concept. The concept offered several advantages. Communities were more to accept the smaller squadrons than the large wings and the location of separate squadrons in smaller population centers would facilitate recruiting and manning. However, under this concept, all support organizations were located with the wing headquarters. Although this was not a problem when the entire wing was called to active service, mobilizing a single flying squadron and elements to support it proved difficult; this weakness was demonstrated in the partial mobilization of reserve units during the Berlin Crisis of 1961.
To resolve this, at the start of 1962, Continental Air Command, determined to reorganize its reserve wings by establishing groups with support elements for each of its troop carrier squadrons. This reorganization would facilitate mobilization of elements of wings in various combinations when needed; as a result, the 939th Troop Carrier Group was established at Portland International Airport, Oregon on 11 February 1963 as the headquarters for the 313th Troop Carrier Squadron, stationed there since November 1957. Along with group headquarters, a Combat Support Squadron, Materiel Squadron and a Tactical Infirmary were organized to support the 313th; the group was equipped with Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcars for Tactical Air Command airlift operations. The group was one of four C-119 groups assigned to the 349th Troop Carrier Wing in 1963, the others were the 938th Troop Carrier Group at Hamilton Air Force Base, California, 940th Troop Carrier Group at McClellan Air Force Base and the 941st Troop Carrier Group at Paine Air Force Base, Washington.
The 939th performed routine reserve airlift operations, being upgraded to the C-124 Globemaster II intercontinental airlifter in 1966. On 26 January 1968 the group was activated for combat duty in the Vietnam War; the group flew overseas missions to the Far East and Southeast Asia during that period, being relieved from active service in June 1969. Inactivated on 1 July 1973 as part of a reorganization of Military Airlift Command assets and equipment being assigned directly to its host 349th MAW. On 1 April 1985 the group was again activated as the 939th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Group when the 304th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron at Portland International Airport equipped with Lockheed HC-130 Hercules aircraft transferred from March Air Force Base, California in addition to its Bell HH-1 Hueys; the mobilization gaining command for the group was Military Airlift Command, with the intermediate command being Twenty-Third Air Force until August 1989 Air Rescue Service. In December 1986, the group began converting its helicopter element to Sikorsky HH-3 Jolly Green Giants.
In October 1987, the group became the headquarters for all reserve rescue units, when the 301st Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron at Homestead Air Force Base and the 305th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Michigan were assigned to the group. On 1 April 1990, recognizing that the group was parent for several operational squadrons, it was expanded as the 939th Air Rescue Wing; the three flying squadrons became "air rescue" squadrons the same day. In February 1991, the 939th and its subordinate squadrons began conversion to Sikorsky HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters. In August 1992, the 939th Operations Group was activated and the wing's rescue squadrons were assigned to it. Following the devastation of Hurricane Andrew in the same month, the 301st Rescue Squadron provided extensive service, but was forced to abandon Homestead and move to Patrick Air Force Base, Florida; the 939th deployed aircrews from each of its rescue squadrons to provide search and rescue coverage worldwide, including to Naval Air Station Keflavik, Iceland and after the Southwest Asia War and to provide combat search and rescue coverage in the Persian Gulf area between 1993 and 2003.
In April 1997, the regular 1st Rescue Group at Patrick inactivated and a second reserve rescue squadron, the 39th Rescue Squadron was formed there. Both squadrons were placed under the 920th Rescue Group, assigned to the wing. In 2003, the 939th converted to the air refueling mission with Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker aircraft and was redesignated as the 939th Air Refueling Wing; some of its rescue squadrons were inactivated while others, including the 304th Rescue Squadron at Portland ARS, were reassigned to the 920th, expanded as the 920th Rescue Wing and became the new headquarters for Air Force Reserve rescue units. The 939th was inactivated in 2008 following the recommendations of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission and its KC-135Rs redistributed to other units. Established as the 939th Troop Carrier Group and activated on 15 January 1963 Organized in the Reserve on 11 February 1963 Redesignated 939th Tactical Airlift Group on 1 July 1967 Ordered to active service on 26 January 1968 Redesignated 939th Military Airlift Group on 25 July 1968 Relieved from active duty on 15 June 1969 Inactivated on 1 July 1973Redesignated 939th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Group and activated in the Reserve on 1 April 1985Redesignated 939th Air Rescue Wing on 1 April 1990 Redesignated 939th Rescue Wing on 1 February 1992