317th Airlift Squadron [317th AS]
The 317th Airlift Squadron traces its origins to the 317th Troop Carrier Squadron (Commando), which was constituted on 1 May 1944, activated on 1 May 1944 at Camp Mackerel, NC, and immediately assigned to the 2d Air Commando Group. It was reassigned to Tenth Air Force on 10 September 1975 before being redesignated 317th Troop Carrier Squadron on 29 September 1945. During that time, the unit saw combat in Burma, India, and China.
It was reassigned to US Army Forces, India-Burma Theater, c. January-28 February 1946 before being inactivated on 28 February 1946.
The squadron was reactivated on 1 April 1992 at Charleston AFB, in the Air Force Reserve as the 317th Airlift Squadron (Associate) and assigned to the 315th Military Airlift Wing (Associate).
Since being reactivated, the 317th AS has taken part in Intrinsic Action at Kuwait City, Kuwait, in 1995, provided combat airlift of Implementation Forces (IFOR) into Bosnia following the Dayton Accords(1996-), for Operation Provide Promise, Bosnia (July 1992-), and for Operation Desert Calm, Saudia Arabia (1995-).
The mission of the 317th Airlift Squadron is to recruit, train, and qualify combat ready aircrews to meet global tasking.
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