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61st Airlift Squadron [61st AS]

The 61st Airlift Squadron has two missions: It supports war-fighting commanders-in-chief with theater combat delivery of personnel and supplies worldwide, and it provides combat-ready aircrews to conduct airland, aeromedical evacuation and tactical low-level airdrop missions. Additionally, the squadron helps meet national objectives by airlifting classified cargo.

In May 1943, the 61st Airlift Squadron deployed to French Morocco, North Africa, for Operation HUSKY, the successful airborne assault of Sicily and its first combat airlift operation. Since then, the squadron has earned several combat awards, including the Presidential Unit Citation for Honor for developing combat tactics for the Adverse Weather Aerial Delivery System aircraft in Southeast Asia.

The 61st Airlift Squadron has played an integral part in numerous military, anti-drug and humanitarian operations including Just Cause in Panama in 1989, Desert Shield/Storm in Southwest Asia in 1990-1991, Provide Comfort, Desert Calm, Uphold Democracy in Haiti, Provide Relief in Somalia in 1992, Southern Watch in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Green Clover and Joint Endeavor/Guard in the former Yugoslavia.

The 61st continues to lead the way in the aircraft community with the development of the Night Vision Goggle program and as the first AMC squadron qualified in the Mobile Microwave Landing System.

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