3rd Airlift Squadron, US Air Force

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History: Constituted as 3 Air Corps Ferrying Squadron on 18 February 1942. Activated on 7 March 1942. Redesignated as 3 Transport Squadron on 24 March 1943. Disbanded on 1 December 1943. Reconstituted, and redesignated as 3 Air Transport Squadron, Heavy, on 20 June 1952. Activated on 20 July 1952. Redesignated as: 3 Military Airlift Squadron on 8 January 1966; 3 Airlift Squadron on 1 December 1991. Air transport in China-Burma-India (CBI) Theater, 17 May 1942–1 December 1943. Began worldwide airlift in 1952. Flew missions to Southeast Asia, 1965–1973. Flew airlift missions in support of Operation Nickel Grass to Israel, 13 October-14 November 1973. Supported operations in Grenada, 24 October–18 December 1983; Panama, 19 December 1989–14 January 1990; Southwest Asia, August 1990–July 1991; Somalia ( Operation Restore Hope, 1992-1993); Rwanda ( Operation Support Hope, 1994). After 11 September 2001 terrorist attack on the US, was first C-5 unit to deploy to Iraq in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Noble Eagle; fielded C-5 Night Vision Goggles to fly blacked-out into combat zone. In 2005, supported relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, LA. Flew final C-5 mission on 11 March 2007; received first C-17 aircraft, “Spirit of the Constitution,” on 4 June 2007; flew first C-17 combat mission in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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The Emblem was approved on 31 July 1959; newest rendition approved on 25 May 2007.

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