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730 Airlift Squadron (AFRC)

Lineage. Constituted 730 Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 14 May 1943. Activated on 1 Jun 1943. Redesignated 730 Bombardment Squadron, Heavy on 20 Aug 1943. Inactivated on 28 Aug 1945. Redesignated 730 Bombardment Squadron, Very Heavy on 3 Jul 1947. Activated in the Reserve on 1 Aug 1947. Redesignated 730 Bombardment Squadron, Light on 27 Jun 1949. Ordered to Active Service on 10 Aug 1950. Redesignated 730 Bombardment Squadron, Light, Night Intruder on 25 Jun 1951. Relieved from Active Duty, and inactivated, on 10 May 1952. Redesignated 730 Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Night Photo on 6 Jun 1952. Activated in the Reserve on 13 Jun 1952. Redesignated: 730 Bombardment Squadron, Tactical on 22 May 1955; 730 Troop Carrier Squadron, Medium on 1 Jul 1957; 730 Tactical Airlift Squadron on 1 Jul 1967; 730 Military Airlift Squadron (Associate) on 25 Mar 1968; 730 Airlift Squadron (Associate) on 1 Feb 1992; 730 Airlift Squadron on 1 Apr 1993.

Assignments. 452 Bombardment Group, 1 Jun 1943-28 Aug 1945. 452 Bombardment Group, 1 Aug 1947-10 May 1952. 452 Tactical Reconnaissance (later, 452 Bombardment; 452 Troop Carrier) Group, 13 Jun 1952; 452 Troop Carrier Wing, 14 Apr 1959; 944 Troop Carrier (later, 944 Tactical Airlift; 944 Military Airlift) Group, 17 Jan 1963; 445 Military Airlift Wing, 1 Jul 1973; 445 Operations Group, 1 Aug 1992; 452 Operations Group, 1 May 1994-.

Stations. Geiger Field, WA, 1 Jun 1943; Rapid City AAB, SD, c. 13 Jul 1943; Pendleton Field, OR, 10 Oct 1943; Walla Walla AAFld, WA, 5 Nov-Dec 1943; Deopham Green, England, Jan 1944-c. 6 Aug 1945; Sioux Falls AAFld, SD, 14-28 Aug 1945. Long Beach AAFld (later, Long Beach Muni Aprt), CA, 1 Aug 1947; George AFB, CA, 10 Aug-Oct 1950; Itazuke AB, Japan, 26 Oct 1950; Miho AB, Japan, c. 10 Dec 1950; Pusan-East AB, South Korea, 17 May 1951-10 May 1952. Long Beach Muni Aprt, CA, 13 Jun 1952; March AFB, CA, 14 Oct 1960; Norton AFB, CA, 25 Mar 1968; March AFB (later, ARB), 14 Aug 1993-.

Commanders. None (not manned), 1 Jun-8 Jul 1943; Capt Bertram C. Joseph, 9 Jul 1943; Maj Edward A. Rosen, 13 Jul 1943; Capt Ralph S. Hayes Jr., by Sep 1943; Maj David A. Beardsley, by Jul 1944; Maj Boone Seegars, 25 Mar-c. 24 Jun 1945; unkn, Jul-28 Aug 1945. Unkn, 1 Aug 1947-Jun 1948; Lt Col Colm, by Jul 1948; Lt Col Harland H. Foat, by Sep 1950; Maj Philip B. Lockwood, 9 Feb 1951; Capt William W. McDannel, 16 May 1951; Lt Col William A. Gunter, 4 Jun 1951; Lt Col Gilbert Nevling, 21 Sep 1951; Maj Fredric E. Mau, Apr-10 May 1952. Unkn, 13 Jun 1952-Jun 1954; Lt Col Karl W. Thompson, by Jul 1954; Lt Col Henry C. Reavis Jr., by Dec 1957; Lt Col Mark A. Steyaert, by Jun 1960; Lt Col Leon E. Carlson, by Dec 1960-Jan 1963; unkn, Feb 1963-Feb 1968; Lt Col Edward Dillon, 25 Mar 1968; Col Ronald R. Blalack, 1 Aug 1969; Lt Col William M. Conley, 1 Jul 1973; Col Walter T. Davey Jr., by Sep 1976; Col Wesley L. Robertson, 26 Jul 1977; Lt Col Thomas L. Neubert, Aug 1981; Col Claude G. Jackson Jr., 7 Jul 1984; Lt Col John D. Dorris, 1 Oct 1989; Lt Col Patrick A. Collins, 2 Oct 1993; Lt Col Brian W. Davis, 25 Feb 1995-.

Aircraft. B-17, 1943-1945. Unkn, 1947-1948; T-6, 1948-1950; T-7, 1948-1950; T-11, 1948-1950; B-26, 1949-1952. T-6, 1952-1954; F-51, 1953-1954; B-26, 1953-1957; C-46, 1957-1958; C-119, 1958-1968; C-141, 1968-.

Operations. Combat in ETO, 5 Feb 1944-21 Apr 1945. Combat in Korea, 31 Oct 1950-9 May 1952. Airlifted passengers and cargo worldwide, 1960-. Missions also included humanitarian relief, aeromedical flights, and airdropping of supplies and paratroopers. Supported deployment and redeployment of troops to Panama, Dec 1989-Jan 1990.

Service Streamers. None.

Campaign Streamers. World War II: Air Offensive, Europe; Normandy; Northern France; Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe; Air Combat, EAME Theater. Korea: UN Offensive; CCF Intervention; First UN Counteroffensive; CCF Spring Offensive; UN Summer-Fall Offensive; Second Korean Winter; Korea Summer-Fall 1952.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. Panama, 1989-1990

Decorations. Distinguished Unit Citations: Germany, 7 Apr 1945; Korea, 9 Jul-27 Nov 1951; Korea, 28 Nov 1951-30 Apr 1952. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 1 Jul 1970-30 Jun 1971; 1 Sep 1982-31 Aug 1984; 1 Sep 1985-31 Aug 1987; 31 Jan 1988-30 Jan 1990; 1 Sep 1995-31 Aug 1996; 1 Sep 1997-31 Aug 1999. Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation: 27 Oct 1950-27 Oct 1951. Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm: 25 Mar 1968-28 Jun 1973.

Lineage, Assignments, Components, Stations, and Honors through 10 Aug 2000.

Commanders, Aircraft, and Operations through Dec 1997.

Supersedes statement prepared on 11 Jun 1990.
 
Emblem. Approved on 11 Jun 1979; modified on 22 Jul 1996. 

Prepared by Judy G. Endicott.