357 Airlift Squadron (AFRC)

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Lineage.   Constituted as 357 Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942.  Activated on 1 Jun 1942.  Inactivated on 10 Apr 1944.  Redesignated as 357 Bombardment Squadron, Very Heavy on 27 Jun 1944.  Activated on 7 Jul 1944.  Inactivated on 15 Apr 1946.  Redesignated as 357 Troop Carrier Squadron, Medium on 26 May 1952.  Activated in the Reserve on 14 Jun 1952. Ordered to active duty on 28 Oct 1962.  Relieved from active service on 28 Nov 1962. Redesignated as: 357 Tactical Airlift Squadron on 1 Jul 1967; 357 Tactical Air Support Squadron on 25 Apr 1969; 357 Tactical Airlift Squadron on 15 Dec 1971; 357 Airlift Squadron on 1 Feb 1992. 

Assignments.  302 Bombardment Group, 1 Jun 1942-10 Apr 1944.  331 Bombardment Group, 7 Jul 1944-15 Apr 1946. 302 Troop Carrier Group, 14 Jun 1952; 445 Troop Carrier Group, 16 Nov 1957; 446 Troop Carrier Group, 25 Mar 1958; 446 Troop Carrier Wing, 14 Apr 1959; 302 Troop Carrier Wing, 8 May 1961; 908 Troop Carrier (later, 908 Tactical Airlift; 908 Tactical Air Support; 908 Tactical Airlift; 908 Airlift) Group, 11 Feb 1963; 908 Operations Group, 1 Aug 1992-.

Stations.  Geiger Field, WA, 1 Jun 1942;  Davis-Monthan Field, AZ, 23 Jun 1942;  Wendover Field, UT, 30 Jul 1942; Pueblo AAB, CO, 30 Sep 1942;  Davis-Monthan Field, AZ, 1 Dec 1942; Clovis, NM, 29 Jan 1943; Langley Field, VA, 17 Dec 1943;  Chatham AAFld, GA, 9 Mar-10 Apr 1944.  Dalhart AAFld, TX, 7 Jul 1944; McCook AAFld, NE, 22 Nov 1944-8 Apr 1945; Northwest Field, Guam, 12 May 1945-15 Apr 1946.  Clinton County AFB, OH, 14 Jun 1952; Donaldson AFB, SC, 16 Nov 1957; New Orleans NAS, LA, 25 Mar 1958; Bates Field, AL, 8 May 1961; Brookley AFB, AL, 1 Oct 1964; Maxwell AFB, AL, 25 Apr 1969-.

Service Streamers.  World War II: American Theater.

Campaign Streamers.  World War II:  Air Offensive, Japan; Eastern Mandates; Western Pacific. 

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers.  None.

Decorations.  Distinguished Unit Citation: Japan, 22-29 Jul 1945.  Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards:  1 Jul 1972-15 Mar 1974; 1 Jan 1976-30 Nov 1977; 1 Feb 1980-31 Jan 1982; 1 Sep 1986-31 Aug 1988; 1 Sep 1991-31 Aug 1993; 1 Oct 2003-30 Sep 2005; 1 Oct 2009-30 Sep 2011; 1 Jan 2014-31 Dec 2015.

Lineage, Assignments, Components, Stations, and Honors through 1 Mar 2022.

Supersedes statement prepared on 11 Jan 2016.

Emblem.  Approved on 26 Jun 1986; latest rendering, 6 Jun 2001.

Prepared by Melissa Lahue. 

Reviewed by Margaret Ream.