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15 Airlift Squadron

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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 15th Transport Squadron on 20 Nov 1940. Activated on 4 Dec 1940. Redesignated 15th Troop Carrier Squadron on 4 Jul 1942. Inactivated on 31 Jul 1945. Activated on 30 Sep 1946. Redesignated: 15th Troop Carrier Squadron, Medium, on 1 Jul 1948; 15th Troop Carrier Squadron, Heavy, on 15 Aug 1948; 15th Military Airlift Squadron on 8 Jan 1966; 15th Airlift Squadron on 1 Jan 1992. Inactivated on 26 Jul 1993. Activated on 1 Oct 1993.

Assignments. 61st Transport (later, 61st Troop Carrier) Group, 4 Dec 1940-31 Jul 1945. 61st Troop Carrier Group, 30 Sep 1946; 63d Troop Carrier Group, 8 Oct 1959; 63d Troop Carrier (later, 63d Military Airlift) Wing, 18 Jan 1963; 63d Military Airlift Group, 1 Oct 1978; 63d Military Airlift Wing, 1 Jul 1980; 63d Operations Group, 1 Jan 1992-26 Jul 1993. 437th Operations Group, 1 Oct 1993-.

Stations. Duncan Field, TX, 4 Dec 1940; Augusta, GA, 12 Jul 1941; Pope Field, NC, 24 May 1942; Lubbock, TX, c. 25 Sep 1942; Pope Field, NC, 27 Feb-2 May 1943; Lourmel, Algeria, 15 May 1943; Kairouan, Tunisia, 24 Jun 1942; Licata, Sicily, 2 Sep 1943; Sciacca, Sicily, 5 Oct 1943-12 Feb 1944; Barkston, England, 17 Feb 1944; Abbeville, France, 13 Mar-13 May 1945; Waller Field, Trinidad, 19 May-31 Jul 1945. Eschborn AB, Germany, 30 Sep 1946; Rhein-Main AB, Germany, 9 Feb 1947-21 Jul 1950; McChord AFB, WA, 26 Jul-4 Dec 1950; Ashiya AB, Japan, 13 Dec 1950; Tachikawa AB, Japan, 26 Mar-18 Nov 1952; Larson AFB, WA, 21 Nov 1952; Donaldson AFB, SC, 25 Aug 1954; Hunter AFB, GA, 1 Apr 1963; Norton AFB, CA, 1 Apr 1967-26 Jul 1993. Charleston AFB, SC, 1 Oct 1993-.

Aircraft. C-33, 1941; C-39, 1941-1942; C-47, 1942-1945. C-47, 1946-1948; C-54, 1948-1952; C-124, 1952-1967; C-141, 1967-1993.

Operations. World War II: Included airborne assaults on Sicily, Normandy, Holland, and Germany; aerial transportation in MTO and ETO. Berlin Airlift, 1948-1949. Korea: Aerial transportation from US to Japan, Aug-Dec 1950, and between Japan and Korea, 13 Dec 1950-Nov 1952. Worldwide airlift, 1953-1993, including to Southeast Asia, 1966-1973; Grenada, Oct-Nov 1983; Panama, 18 Dec 1989-8 Jan 1990; and Southwest Asia, Aug 1990-Jan 1991.

Service Streamers. World War II American Theater.

Campaign Streamers. World War II: Sicily; Naples-Foggia; Normandy; Northern France; Rhineland; Central Europe. Korea: CCF Intervention; First UN Counteroffensive; CCF Spring Offensive; UN Summer-Fall Offensive; Second Korean Winter; Korean Summer-Fall, 1952.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. Panama, 1989-1990.

Decorations. Air Force Distinguished Unit Citations: Sicily, 11 Jul 1943; France, [6-7] Jun 1944; Korea, 13 Dec 1950-21 Apr 1951. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 1 Jul 1957-10 Dec 1962; 1 Jul 1968-30 Jun 1969; 1 Jul 1970-30 Jun 1971; 1 Jun 1978-31 May 1980; 1 Jan-31 Dec 1983; 1 Jan-31 Dec 1987; 1 Jan 1990-30 Apr 1991. Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation: 1 Jul 1951-[18 Nov 1952]. Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm: 1 Apr 1966-8 Jan 1973.

Emblem. A Blue globe in perspective with axis vertical rimmed Red, gridlined White, land masses Yellow surmounted in base by an eagle with wings elevated (head, neck, tail feathers and rib of wing White, body, wings and upper legs Brown and Tan, beak, eye and lower legs Tan all detailed dark Brown). MOTTO: GLOBAL EAGLES. Approved on 14 Jun 1977 (KE 62881); replaced emblem approved on 16 Jul 1952 (K&KE 17357).