326th Airlift Squadron [326th AS]
The 326th Airlift Squadron is one of two flying units assigned to the 512th Airlift Wing. Composed of aircrew members and support personnel, they perform a variety of worldwide airlift missions in the Air Force's largest plane, the C-5 galaxy.
The 326th Airlift Squadron was commissioned on 11 April 1944 as the 1st Combat Cargo Squadron. At the end of World War II, it was re-designated the 326th Troop Carrier Squadron on 29 September 1945 then activated into the Reserve on 25 July 1947. During this period, the 326 TCS earned campaign participation credits for the China Defensive-China Offensive and India-Burma.
From the late 1940's and throughout the 1950's, the unit was based at several different locations to include Reading Municipal Airport, PA, New Castle County Airport, DE, and Willow Grove Naval Air Station, PA. On 1 July 1967, the squadron was renamed the 326th Tactical Airlift Squadron.
The move to Dover Air Force Base and re-designation as the 326th Military Airlift Squadron both occurred on 25 September 1968. In June 1973, the C-5 aircraft arrived at Dover. Other Aircraft flown by the 326th were the C-46, C-47, C-119, and C-141.
On 30 August 1990, the 326th MAS was the first Associate Reserve C-5 squadron recalled to active duty in support of Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
On 2 March 1992, the squadron was redesignated as the 326th Airlift Squadron.
The squadron was prominently involved in the airlift of supplies to the former USSR and was active in the movement of troops and supplies to civil war ravaged Somalia, to Rwanda, Haiti and Bosnia, the airlift of medical and police personnel as well as tons of emergency supplies helped to stabilize these regions of the world. Humanitarian missions airlifting urgently needed relief supplies were flown immediately after Hurricane Andrew and the bombing in Oklahoma City. The 326th also provided relief to the flood ravaged country of Mozambique, including transporting search and rescue helicopters and delivering food and water.
During the 326th's history, the unit has earned many awards such as the Distinguished Unit Citation, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, General Claire Lee Chenault Trophy, and the Air Force Reserve Flying Safety Milestone Award for 40 years and 120,000 hours of accident-free flying. The 326th Airlift Squadron has been a major contributor to every military campaign in the last forty-four years.
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