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332nd Airlift Flight [332nd ALF]

The 332nd Airlift Flight is located on the south flight line of Randolph AFB, TX, and employs 30 personnel and six C-21A Learjets. It is a subordinate unit of the 458th Airlift Squadron, located at Scott AFB, IL.

The 332nd provides air transportation for military and civilian government employees traveling on orders to military and civilian airfields throughout the United States. It also provides immediate response emergency airlift for members of the Brooke Army Medical Center burn team from Fort Sam Houston, Texas, and neonatal emergency medical teams from Wilford Hall Medical Center at Lackland Air Force Base.

The mission of the 332nd ALF consists of high-visibility, Operational Support Airlift for civilian and military dignitaries for both domestic and allied governments. The unit also maintains a 24-hour alert status in support of DoD aeromedical airlift requirements.

The 332nd Airlift Flight was originally designated 11th Combat Cargo Squadron in June of 1944. The unit was redesignated 332nd Troop Carrier Squadron in September of 1945. The unit was inactivated, redesignated and reactivated several times during the following 14 years.

The 332nd and its detachments were stationed in a variety of locations to include India, China, Germany, and the United States. While in India (Sylbet, Dinjan, and Sookerating) and China (Yunanni, Luliang, Shanghai), C-46 and C-47 aircraft were used to provide aerial transport in the China, Burma, India Theater of operations from June 1944 to September 1945. Airlift was provided for Chinese troops to eastern China for disarmament operations from October to December 1945. From January, 1946 to April, 1947, the 332nd played its first role in VIP transportation while supporting General George C. Marshall's Executive Headquarters (State Department Agency) which was attempting to resolve the dispute between the Nationalist and Communist forces in China.

While stationed in Rhein Main AB, Germany from December 1948 to September 1949 the 332nd flew C-54's in support of the Berlin Airlift. Once state side, the 332nd flew C-119's and C-123's for the 513th Troop Carrier Group out of Sewart AFB, Tennessee, from November 1955 to December 1958. In December 1958, the unit was deactivated and would remain so until April of 1993.

During its first 14 years, the 332nd served in the India-Burma, China Defensive, Central Burma, and China Offensive Campaigns and earned the Distinguished Unit Citation and the Air Force outstanding Unit Award, For August to December 1956.



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