36th Airlift Squadron [36th AS]
The 36th Airlift Squadron is the only forward based tactical airlift squadron in the Pacific. The Unit maintains a forward presence and supports combat operations by providing responsive movement of personnel and equipment through aerial delivery and assault airland operations.
The squadron maintains C-130E aircraft and mission ready aircrews to conduct theater airlift, special operations, aeromedical evacuation, search and rescue, and humanitarian relief missions.
The 36th Airlift Squadron was originally constituted as the 36th Transport Squadron on 2 February 1942. It was activated on 14 February 1942 at Patterson Field, OH, and assigned to the 316th Transport (later, 316th Troop Carrier) Group, flying the C-47 aircraft. Redesignated as the 35th Troop Carrier Squadron on 4 July 1942, operations in which the unit was involved included airborne assaults on Sicily, Normandy, Holland, and Germany, and aerial transportation in MTO and ETO during World War II. The unit transitioned to the C-82 aircraft in 1946.
The 36th was redesignated as the 36th Troop Carrier Squadron, Medium, on 23 June 1948; as the 36th Troop Carrier Squadron, Heavy, on 8 October 1949; and as the 36th Troop Carrier Squadron, Medium, on 28 January 1950. That same year, the squadron converted to the C-119 aircraft. The 36th relocated to Ashiya AB, Japan, on 15 November 1954 until 18 June 1957 when it inactivated.
Redesignated 36th Troop Carrier Squadron, the squadron reactivated, on 15 November 1965, as a unit subordinated to Tactical Air Command. Organized on 1 April 1966 at Langley AFB, VA, it was assigned to the 316th Troop Carrier Wing (attached to 513th Tactical Airlift Wing at RAF Mildenhall, England, 21 March-29 June 1967; to the 439th Military Airlift Group at Rhein-Main AB, Germany, 17 Aug-17 Sep 1967), and operating the C-130.
It was redesignated as the 36th Tactical Airlift Squadron on 1 May 1967. The 36th was discontinued, and inactivated, on 25 March 1968.
The squadron reactivated on 1 July 1968 under Tactical Air Command and was organized on 5 July 1968 at at Langley AFB, VA, as a unit subordinate to the 316th Tactical Airlift Wing (though attached to 513th Tactical Airlift Wing at RAF Mildenhall, England, 24 February-19 June 1969; 322d Tactical Airlift Wing at Rhein-Main AB, Germany, 24 November 1969-7 February 1970 and 13 August-21 October 1970; 513th Tactical Airlift Wing at RAF Mildenhall, England, 2 July-16 September 1971; United States Air Forces in Europe at Wiesbaden AB, Germany, 28 September-31 October 1971; 347th Tactical Airlift Wing at Ching Chaun Kang AB, Taiwan, 14 May-c. 7 September 1972; 513th Tactical Airlift Wing at RAF Mildenhall, England, 5 March-18 May 1973 and 15 January-16 March 1974; 322d Tactical Airlift Wing at Rhein-Main AB, Germany, 1 July-16 October 1974).
The 36th was reassigned on 1 July 1975 to the 62d Military Airlift Wing and relocated to McChord AFB, WA.
The 36th participated and supported the ground troops during military operations in Grenada, from October-November 1983.
It was redesignated as the 36th Military Airlift Squadron on 1 October 1989, transitionning that same year to the C-141 aircraft. From December 1989 to January 1990, the 36th participated and supported grounds troops operating in in Panama.
The squadron was redesignated as the 36th Airlift Squadron on 1 December 1991 when it was reassigned to the 62d Operations Group.
It was reassigned to the 374th Airlift Wing's Operations Group on 1 October 1993, relocating in the process to Yokota AB, Japan.
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