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701 Airlift Squadron (AFRC)

In accordance with Chapter 3 of AFI 84-105, commercial reproduction of this emblem is NOT permitted without the permission of the proponent organizational/unit commander.

In accordance with Chapter 3 of AFI 84-105, commercial reproduction of this emblem is NOT permitted without the permission of the proponent organizational/unit commander.

Lineage. Constituted as 701 Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 20 Mar 1943. Activated on 1 Apr 1943. Redesignated as 701 Bombardment Squadron, Heavy on 20 Aug 1943. Inactivated on 12 Sep 1945. Redesignated as 701 Bombardment Squadron, Very Heavy on 13 May 1947. Activated in the Reserve on 12 Jul 1947. Inactivated on 27 Jun 1949. Redesignated as 701 Fighter-Bomber Squadron on 24 Jun 1952. Activated in the Reserve on 8 Jul 1952. Inactivated on 1 Jul 1957. Redesignated as 701 Troop Carrier Squadron, Medium on 24 Oct 1957. Activated in the Reserve on 16 Nov 1957. Redesignated as 701 Troop Carrier Squadron, Assault on 25 Sep 1958. Ordered to active service on 28 Oct 1962. Relieved from active duty on 28 Nov 1962. Discontinued, and inactivated, on 15 Dec 1965. Redesignated as 701 Military Airlift Squadron (Associate) on 16 Sep 1970. Activated in the Reserve on 25 Sep 1970. Redesignated as: 701 Airlift Squadron (Associate) on 1 Feb 1992; 701 Airlift Squadron on 1 Oct 1994.
 
Assignments. 445 Bombardment Group, 1 Apr 1943-12 Sep 1945. 445 Bombardment Group, 12 Jul 1947-27 Jun 1949. 445 Fighter-Bomber Group, 8 Jul 1952-1 Jul 1957. 445 Troop Carrier Group, 16 Nov 1957; 445 Troop Carrier Wing, 25 Sep 1958; 919 Troop Carrier Group, 11 Feb 1963-15 Dec 1965. 943 Military Airlift Group, Associate, 25 Sep 1970; 315 Military Airlift (later, 315 Airlift) Wing, 1 Jul 1973; 315 Operations Group, 1 Aug 1992-.
 
Stations. Gowen Field, ID, 1 Apr 1943; Wendover Field, UT, 8 Jun 1943; Sioux City AAB, IA, 8 Jul-20 Oct 1943; Tibenham, England, 2 Nov 1943-30 May 1945; Ft Dix AAB, NJ, c. 9 Jun-12 Sep 1945. McChord Field (later, AFB), WA, 12 Jul 1947-27 Jun 1949. Buffalo, NY, 8 Jul 1952; Niagara Falls Mun Aprt, NY, 15 Jun 1955-1 Jul 1957. Memphis Mun Aprt, TN, 16 Nov 1957-15 Dec 1965. Charleston AFB, SC, 25 Sep 1970-.

Commanders. Lt Col Howard E. Kreidler, by 25 Apr 1943; Maj Augustus C. Tracy, 11 Jan 1945; Maj Richard E. Critchfield, 6 Mar 1945; unkn, Apr-Sep 1945. Unkn, 12 Jul 1947-27 Jun 1949. Unkn, 8 Jul 1952-1954; Lt Col Douglas D. Beers, by Mar 1954-unkn; Lt Col Thomas L. Campbell Jr., by Apr 1958-unkn; Lt Col Jimmy R. White, by Feb 1963; unkn, Jul 1963-15 Dec 1965. Unkn, 25 Sep 1970-1973; Col David Guminski, by Jul 1973; Lt Col Kenneth O. Mann, by Mar 1974; Lt Col Robert B. Devlin, by Jun 1978; Lt Col John B. Beason, by Jun 1981; Maj James M. McCormick, by Sep 1981; Lt Col Craig R. Smith, by Dec 1981; Col Douglas G. Riffey Jr., by Dec 1985; Lt Col Clark W. Schadle, 16 Oct 1986; Lt Col Stephen E. Holbert, 1 Dec 1988; Lt Col Richard C. Davis, 5 Aug 1990; Col Paul A. Ray, 15 Jul 1991; Lt Col John W. Matthews Jr., 16 Aug 1992; Lt Col James J. Emma, 28 Jan 1994; Lt Col Edward S. Stokes II, 30 Nov 1996; Lt Col Dale A. Wolfe, 13 Sep 1998; Lt Col Steven L. Lesniewski, 12 Aug 2000; Col David E. Wallis, 4 May 2002; Col Michael Speer, 12 Feb 2005; Col Michael Major, 5 Jan 2007; Lt Col Michael A. Zaccardo, 18 May 2008 -.
 
Aircraft. B-24, 1943-1945. Unkn, 1947-1949. T-6, 1952-1954; F-51, 1953-1954; T-33, 1954-1957; F-80, 1954-1956; T-28, 1955-1956; F-84, 1955-1957. C-119, 1957-1958; C-123, 1958-1965; C-47, 1962. C-141, 1970-1997; C-17, 1997-.
 
Operations. Trained B-24 bomber crews in US, Apr-Oct 1943. Between 13 Dec 1943 and 25 Apr 1945, flew bombing missions from England against targets in Germany and German-occupied Europe. From 1952-1957, trained for fighter-bomber operations. Conducted flying training for airlift missions, 1957-1965. Recalled to active duty during Cuban missile crisis, Oct-Nov 1962, during which the squadron airlifted US Army troops and equipment to various parts of the nation. Augmented an active duty strategic airlift wing by flying that wing's aircraft on contingency and channel missions and on training exercises, 1970-. From 1992, involved in various humanitarian missions including missions to Washington DC and New York City in aftermath of attack on US by terrorists on 11 Sep 2001. Airlifted NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft from Buckley AFB, CO to Cape Canaveral, FL for its launch to orbit Mars, 4 Jan 2001. Supported Hurricane Katrina (Sep 2005) and Hurricane Ike (Sep 2008) relief missions.
 
Service Streamers. None.
 
Campaign Streamers. World War II: Air Offensive, Europe; Normandy; Northern France; Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe; Air Combat, EAME Theater.
 
Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. Panama, 1989-1990.
 
Decorations. Distinguished Unit Citation: Gotha, Germany, 24 Feb 1944. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 1 Jul 1972-30 Jun 1973; 1 Jan 1982-31 Dec 1983; 1 Jul 1988-30 Jun 1989; 1 Jul 1989-30 Jun 1990; 21 Sep-31 Oct 1989; 1 Jul 1993-30 Jun 1995; 1 Jul 1995-30 Jun 1997; 1 Jul 1998-30 Jun 2000; 1 Sep 1998-31 Aug 2000; 11 Sep 2001-10 Sep 2003; 1 Aug 2005-31 Jul 2007. French Croix de Guerre with Palm: Dec 1943-Feb 1945. Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm: 25 Sep 1970-28 Jan 1973.
 
Lineage, Assignments, Stations, and Honors through Dec 2010.

Commanders, Aircraft, and Operations through Nov 2010.

Supersedes statement prepared on 27 May 2009.

Emblem. Approved on 20 Feb 1961; newest rendition approved on 16 Jan 2008.

Prepared by Patsy Robertson.
 
Reviewed by Daniel Haulman.