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30th Airlift Squadron [30th AS]

The 30th Airlift Squadron maintains a forward presence in the Pacific and provides rapid movement of casualties and personnel within the Pacific during times of war or conflict. The squadron also maintains combat readiness during peacetime by providing timely routine and emergency aeromedical airlift. It maintains C-9 aircraft and mission ready aircrews to conduct aeromedical evacuation missions. It also maintains 24-hour emergency alert force.

The 30th Airlift Squadron was originally constituted as the 30th Ferrying Squadron on 9 July 1942. It was activated on 25 July 1942 at Presque Isle AAFld, ME, and assigned to the 8th Ferrying (later, 8th Transport) Group. Stationed at Bluie West 1, Narsarssuak, Greenland, starting from 6 August 1942, the squadron ferried bombers and P-38 aircraft over the North Atlantic route to England. It was redesignated 30th Transport Squadron on 24 March 1943 before being disbanded on 1 September 1943.

Reconstituted, it was redesignated as the 30th Air Transport Squadron, Heavy, on 20 June 1952 before being reactivated on 20 July 1952 at Westover AFB, MA, as a unit of the 1600th Air Transport Group, flying the C-118 aircraft and tasked with providing air transport for the Atlantic Division of MATS.

Redesignated as the 30th Air Transport Squadron, Medium, on 18 July 1954, it was reassigned to the 1611th Air Transport Group, 16 May 1955, and relocated to McGuire AFB, NJ. It was reassigned on 16 May 1955 to the 1611th Air Transport Wing. The squadron was discontinued on 25 June 1965.

Redesignated as the 30th Military Airlift Squadron, the 30th reactivated, on 13 January 1967, and was assigned to Military Airlift Command, operating the C-141 aircraft.

Organized on 8 April 1967 at McGuire AFB, it was assigned to the 438th Military Airlift Wing and was tasked with providing worldwide airlift starting in Aurgust 1967. It was reassigned to the 438th Military Airlift Group, on 1 October 1978; the 438th Military Airlift Wing, on 1 June 1980; and the 438th Operations Group, 1 November 1991.

The 30th provided support for operations in Southwest Asia, from August 1990 to June 1991.

The 30th was redesignated as the 30th Airlift Squadron on 1 November 1991 and was reassigned on that same date to the 374th Operations Group at Yokota AB, Japan.

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