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16 AIRLIFT SQUADRON (AMC)

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Lineage.   Constituted as 16 Transport Squadron on 20 Nov 1940.  Activated on 11 Dec 1940.  Redesignated as 16 Troop Carrier Squadron on 4 Jul 1942.  Inactivated on 31 Jul 1945.   Activated on 19 May 1947.  Inactivated on 10 Sep 1948.   Redesignated as 16 Troop Carrier Squadron, Assault, Light on 19 Sep 1950.  Activated on 5 Oct 1950.   Redesignated as 16 Troop Carrier Squadron, Assault, Fixed Wing on 8 Nov 1954.  Inactivated on 8 Jul 1955.   Redesignated as 16 Tactical Airlift Training Squadron on 14 Aug 1969.  Activated on 15 Oct 1969.  Redesignated as 16 Airlift Squadron on 1 Dec 1991.  Inactivated on 29 Sep 2000.  Activated on 1 Jul 2002.

Assignments.  64 Transport (later, 64 Troop Carrier) Group, 11 Dec 1940-31 Jul 1945.  64 Troop Carrier Group, 19 May 1947-¬10 Sep 1948.  316 Troop Carrier Group, 5 Oct 1950; Eighteenth Air Force (attached to 463 Troop Carrier Wing), 14 Nov 1954-8 Jul 1955.   4442 Combat Crew Training Wing, 15 Oct 1969; 314 Tactical Airlift Wing, 1 Aug 1971; 34 Tactical Airlift Training Group, 1 Nov 1978; 314 Operations Group, 1 Dec 1991; 437 Operations Group, 1 Oct 1993-29 Sep 2000.  437 Operations Group, 1 Jul 2002-.

Stations.   McClellan Field, CA, 11 Dec 1940; Portland, OR, 9 Jul 1941; Westover Field, MA, 12 Jun-31 Jul 1942; Ramsbury, England, 18 Aug-Nov 1942 (operated from Maison Blanche, Algeria, 11 Nov-Dec 1942); Blida, Algeria, c. 12 Dec 1942; Kairouan, Tunisia, 28 Jun 1943; El Djem, Tunisia, 26 Jul 1943; Comiso, Sicily, 4 Sep 1943 (operated from bases in India, 7 Apr-Jun 1944); Ciampino, Italy, 10 Jul 1944 (operated from Istres, France, 7 Sep-11 Oct 1944); Rosignano Airfield, Italy, 10 Jan-23 May 1945 (operated from Brindisi, Italy, 29 Mar-13 May 1945) ; Waller Field, Trinidad, 4 Jun¬-31 Jul 1945.  Langley Field, VA, 19 May 1947-10 Sep 1948.  Sewart AFB, TN, 5 Oct 1950; Ardmore AFB, OK, 14 Nov 1954-8 Jul 1955.  Sewart AFB, TN, 15 Oct 1969; Little Rock AFB, AR, c. 15 Mar 1970; Charleston AFB, SC, 1 Oct 1993-29 Sep 2000.  Charleston AFB, SC, 1 Jul 2002-.

Commanders.  Capt Ralph J. Moore, 11 Dec 1940; 1 Lt John Cerny, 1 May 1941; Capt Lloyd A. Hardesty, 25 Apr 1942; Maj John Cerny, 16 Jun 1942; Lt Col John H. Champion, 18 May 1943; Capt Long, 4 Sep 1944; Capt Jack F. Linn, 29 Sep 1944-31 Jul 1945.  None (not manned), 19 May 1947-10 Sep 1948.  Unkn, 5 Oct 1950-Apr 1951; Lt Col Earl A. Butts, c. May 1951; Major James S. Hamer, c. Mar 1952; Maj Louis P. Lindsay, by Mar 1953; Capt Elden C. Funk, c. 30 Jun 1953; Maj Louis P. Lindsay, c. Dec 1953-8 Jul 1955.  Lt Col George A. Ashbridge, 15 Oct 1969; Lt Col John D. Hedges, 1 Mar 1970; Lt Col Ralph A. Yates, 1 Aug 1971; Lt Col Walter J. Ford, 20 Nov 1972; Lt Col Delbert A. Emerson Jr., 1 Aug 1973; Lt Col Jerry D. Livingston, 3 May 1976; Lt Col James L. Biggs, 10 Mar 1977; Lt Col Richard W. Blatter, 9 Feb 1979; Lt Col Robert C. Peck, 14 Nov 1980; Lt Col Ronald L. Morey, 11 Aug 1982; Lt Col Robert E. Snyder, 9 Mar 1984; Lt Col Charles H. Wittrock, 21 Mar 1986; Lt Col Robert W. Topel, 10 Feb 1988; Lt Col John L. Martinson, 28 Jul 1989; Lt Col Paul M. Rouse, 26 Jun 1990; Lt Col Carl W. Gustke, 25 Jun 1992; Lt Col Keith A. Feigh, 22 Jun 1993; Lt Col Charles P. Brooks Jr., 1 Oct 1993; Lt Col Kip L. Self, 18 Apr 1994; Lt Col Michael C. Jackson, 1 Mar 1996; Lt Col Richard J. Richardson, 16 Oct 1997; Lt Col James J. Wendling, 1 Dec 1998-29 Sep 2000.  None (not manned), 1-25 Jul 2002; Lt Col Gary P. Goldstone, 26 Jul 2002; Lt Col Blain D. Holt, 8 Jun 2004; Lt Col Paul B. Eberhart, 16 Jun 2006; Lt Col Christopher R. Mann, 22 May 2008; Lt Col Todd A. Hohn, 25 Jun 2010-.

Aircraft.   C-47, 1941-1945.  C-119, 1950-1951; YC-122, 1951-1955; H-19, 1952; H-5, 1952.  C-130, 1969-1993; C-141, 1993-2000.  C-17, 2002-.

Operations.   During World War II, conducted airborne assaults on Sicily and Southern France; supported partisans in Northern Italy, Jan-May 1945; aerial transportation in Mediterranean Theater of Operations (MTO), and briefly in China-Burma-India (CBI) theater.  Airlifted Army assault troops in training exercises, 1951-1954.  Conducted aircrew training, 1969-1993; flew humanitarian and resupply missions worldwide, including to Bosnia and Southwest Asia, 1993-2000.  Provided combat ready C-17 aircraft and aircrews for worldwide airlift missions; included emergency nuclear airlift missions, aeromedical evacuation and humanitarian relief missions, 2002-.  

Service Streamers.  World War II American Theater.

Campaign Streamers.   World War II: Algeria-French Morocco; Tunisia; Sicily; Naples-Foggia; Rome-Arno; Southern France; North Apennines; Po Valley; India-Burma; Air Combat, EAME Theater.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers.  None

Decorations.  Distinguished Unit Citation: CBI Theater, 7 Apr-15 Jun 1944.  Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Combat "V" Device: 11 Sep 2001-30 Jun 2003.  Meritorious Unit Award: 1 Jul 2009-30 Jun 2010.  Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 30 Sep 1975-30 Jun 1976; 1 Jun 1985-31 May 1986; 1 Jul 1991-30 Jun 1993; 1 Jul 1993-30 Jun 1995; 1 Jul 1995-30 Jun 1997; 1 Jul 1997-30 Jun 1998; 1 Jul 1998-29 Sep 2000; 1 Jul 2005-30 Jun 2007; 1 Jul 2007-30 Jun 2008. 

Lineage, Assignments, Stations, and Honors through 29 Aug 2012.

Commanders, Aircraft, and Operations through 29 Aug 2012. 

Supersedes statement prepared on 3 Jun 2002.

Emblem.  Approved on 17 Dec 1980.  

Prepared by Patsy Robertson.

Reviewed by Daniel Haulman.







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