48th Airlift Squadron [48th AS]
The Air Force reactivated the 48th Airlift Squadron 05 December 2004, to establish the first active-duty C-130J Hercules training squadron in the Air Force. The reactivation of the 48th AS, the third flying unit attached to the 314th Airlift Wing, will train crews in the newest generation of C-130s. The mission of the reactivated 48th Airlift Squadron will be to bring to the active-duty Air Force the C-130J and to join its sister units in producing the world's best C-130 aviators.
Squadron officials had been training the initial cadre of 14 pilots and 10 loadmasters since June 2004 with "borrowed" C-130Js from the Air Force Reserve Command's 403rd Wing at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Despite the fact the squadron had no permanently assigned airplanes, no permanently assigned personnel, no budget and no squadron facility, I am proud to announce, that as of 04 December 2004, the entire C-130J cadre was qualified.
Little Rock's first base-assigned C-130J received its final touches in Marietta, Ga., and was completed in early 2005. It became the first active-duty C-130J in the Air Force.
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