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32nd Flying Training Squadron [32nd FTS]

The 32nd Flying Training Squadron, was activated in June of 1995, replacing the provisional 26th Flying Training Squadron.

The 32nd Flying Training Squadron traces its lineage to the 32nd Transport Squadron which was constituted on 28 January 1942. It activated on 2 March 1942 at Drew Field, under the 314th Transport (later, Troop Carrier) Group, flying principally the C-47 aircraft.

The unit was redesignated as the 32nd Troop Carrier Squadron on 4 July 1942. Stationed in French Morocco, TUnisia, Sicily, England and France, operations in which the unit took part included airborne assaults on Sicily, Normandy, Holland, and Germany, as well as aerial transportation in the MTO and ETO, during World War II. Thereafter, attached (in September 1945) and then assigned (December 1945) to the 441st Troop Carrier Group, the squadron carried passengers, mail, and cargo for the European Air Transport Service from September 1945 until the 32nd's inactivation on 30 September 1946 in Frankfurt, Germany.

Redesignated as the 32nd Tactical Airlift Squadron on 18 June 1973, it reactivated on 1 September 1973 at Little Rock AFB, AR. The squadron was assigned to the 314th Tactical Airlift Wing (though attached to the 513th Tactical Airlift Wing (5 November 1973-16 January 1974, 3 September-14 November 1975); to the 322nd Tactical Airlift Wing (3 February-16 April 1975); to the 435th Combat Support Group (3 June-14 August 1976, 13 February-13 April 1977); and to the 435th Tactical Airlift Group (9 September-14 November 1977). Flying the C-130, the 32nd was tasked with conducting worldwide airlift operations, deploying in the process to RAF Mildenhall, England (5 November 1973-16 January 1974, 3 September-14 November 1975, 9 September-14 November 1977, 17 February-14 April 1979); and to Rhein-Main AB, Germany (3 February-16 April 1975, 3 June-14 August 1976, 13 February-13 April 1977). The unit was reassigned to the 314th Tactical Airlift Group, on 1 November 1978 (though attached to the 313th Tactical Airlift Group, 17 February-14 April 1979), until its inactivation on 30 June 1979.

The 32nd was redesignated as the 32nd Airlift Flight on 1 May 1993 and reactivated on 31 May 1993 at Eglin AFB, FL, as a subordinate unit fo the 46th Test Wing. It inactivated on 1 October 1993.

Redesignated as the 32nd Flying Training Squadron on 3 March 1995, the 32nd FTS reactivated on 1 June 1995 at Vance AFB, OK, under the 71st Operations Group.

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