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318 Special Operations Squadron (AFSOC)

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 318 Troop Carrier Squadron (Commando), and activated, on 1 May 1944. Inactivated on 25 Mar 1946. Redesignated 318 Special Operations Squadron on 21 Oct 1971. Activated on 15 Nov 1971. Inactivated on 1 Jun 1974. Activated on 2 May 2008. 

Assignments. 3 Air Commando Group, 1 May 1944-25 Mar 1946. 1 Special Operations Wing, 15 Nov 1971-1 Jun 1974. 27 Special Operations Group, 2 May 2008-. 

Stations. Camp Mackall, NC, 1 May 1944; Dunnellen AAFld, FL, 15 Aug 1944; Camp Mackall, NC, 12 Sep 1944; Baer Fld, IN, 30 Sep-11 Oct 1944; Nadzab, New Guinea, 26 Oct 1944; Leyte, 15 Jan 1945; Mangaldan, Luzon, 26 Jan 1945; Laoag, Luzon, 19 Apr 1945; Ie Shima, 25 Aug 1945 (air echelon operated from Atsugi, Japan, 7 Sep-15 Oct 1945); Chitose, Japan, 18 Oct 1945-25 Mar 1946. Pope AFB, NC, 15 Nov 1971-1 Jun 1974. Cannon AFB, NM, 2 May 2008-. 

Commanders. Maj Charles G. Carter Jr., 1 May 1944-c. 1946. Lt Col Valentino Bagnani Jr., Nov 1971; Lt Col Peter K. Nikonovich, 1 Dec 1973-1 Jun 1974. 

Aircraft. CG-4, 1944; C-47, 1944-1946. C-130, 1971-1974. 

Operations. Transported personnel, supplies and equipment in the Southwest Pacific area, frequently operating from forward bases and evacuating casualties, c. Nov 1944-Aug 1945. Provided unconventional warfare C-130 force to support warfare plans and rescue escapees from safe areas within enemy territory, 1971-1974. 

Service Streamers. None. 

Campaign Streamers. World War II: Western Pacific; Leyte; Luzon. 

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None. 

Decorations. Philippine Presidential Unit Citation (WWII). 

Lineage, Assignments, Components, Stations, and Honors through 2 May 2008. 

Commanders, Aircraft, and Operations through 1 Jun 1974. 

Supersedes statement prepared on 26 Jun 2007. 

Emblem. Approved on 10 July 2008. 

Prepared by Patsy Robertson. 

Reviewed by Daniel Haulman.