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702nd Airlift Squadron [702nd AS]

As part of the Air Force's downsizing of its C-141 aircraft inventory, the 702nd Airlit Squadron based at McGuire AFB, NJ, inactivated on March 4, 2000. The inactivation marked the end of the squadron's 30-year history at McGuire and only the second time in the squadron's history that it was inactivated while assigned at McGuire and Fort Dix Army Airbase.

Up until a year before, it was still uncertain which of the two remaining C-141 squadrons at McGuire AFB, the 702nd or the 732nd AS, would be chosen to inactivate. The decision boiled down to the difference in a couple of awards in World War II and a slightly longer lineage.

The unit traces its roots to the 702nd Bombardment Squadron, which was activated April 25, 1943, at Gowen Field in Boise, ID. The 702nd BS was inactivated less than 2 1/2 years later at Fort Dix Army Air Base, NJ.

In November 1957, the squadron was activated again, this time as a Reserve C-123 unit at Memphis, TN, and was called to active duty for a month in October 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

On April 1, 1970, the 702nd Military Airlift Squadron was activated at McGuire.



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