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7th Airlift Squadron [7th AS]

The 7th Airlift Squadron was constituted as the 7th Transport Squadron on 1 October 1933 and activated on 14 October 1939 at Sacramento Air Depot (later, McClellan Field), CA. Assigned to the 10th Transport Group, the squadron was flew C-33 (until 1941), C-39 (until 1939) and C-53 (until 1940). The squadron was reassigned to the 62nd Transport (later, 62nd Troop Carrier) Group, on 11 December 1940-14 Nov 1945.

1942 saw the 7th transition to the C-53 and C-47 as well as being redesignated as the 7th Troop Carrier Squadron on 4 July. During the course of World War II, operations conducted by the 7th included airborne assaults on Sicily and Southern France, support of partisans in Northern Italy and the Balkans, and transportation of personnel and supplies in MTO. The squadron deployed to England, Algeria, Tunisia, Sicily, and Italy. The squadron also operated from bases in Egypt and Palestine, from 13 March-19 May 1943. The squadron inactivated on 27 November 1945.

The squadron was reactivated on 7 September 1946 at Bergstrom Field, TX, and assigned to the 62nd Troop Carrier Group with the C-46 as its primary authorized aircraft.

The squadron transitioned to the C-82 and relocated the following year to McChord Field (later, AFB), WA, on 5 August (though it operated from Elmendorf Field, AK, from 15 September 1947-5 March 1948). The squadron was redesignated as the 7th Troop Carrier Squadron, Medium, on 23 June 1948 and attached to attached to Yukon Sector, Alaskan Air Command, from 15 September 1947-5 March 1948. The squadron again changed its designation on 12 October 1949 to the 7th Troop Carrier Squadron, Heavy. That same year, it converted to the C-54 aircraft.

1950 saw the squadron relocated to Kelly AFB, TX, though it began operating from McChord AFB, WA, on 27 July 1950 where it relocated on 19 February 1951. That same year, the 7th took delivery of the C-124 aircraft. On 1952, the squadron moved to Larson AFB, WA.

During the Korean War, the squadron provided airlift from the United States to Japan, before adding worldwide airlift to its mission component in May 1952.

Eight years later, the squadron became shortly attached to the 62nd Troop Carrier Wing, from 8-14 January 1960, and then reassigned to that same wing on 15 January. Having to McChord, AFB, WA, on 13 June 1960, the squadron was redesignated as the 7th Air Transport Squadron, Heavy, on 1 January 1965 and as the 7th Military Airlift Squadron on 8 January 1966. The squadron inactivated on 22 December 1969.

The 7th flew frequent missions to Southeast Asia, from January 1966-December 1969 and from April 1971-April 1975.

The 7th reactivated on 13 March 1971 at Travis AFB, CA, as part of the 60th Military Airlift Wing, flying the C-141 aircraft. The squadron was reassigned to the 60th Military Airlift Group, on 6 March 1978 and to the 60th Military Airlift Wing, on 15 February 1979.

The 7th has supported operations in Grenada, from 25 October-7 November 1983; Panama, on 20 December 1989; and in Southwest Asia, since August 1990.

The squadron was redesignated as the 7th Airlift Squadron on 1 November 1991 and reassigned to the 60th Operations Group.

The 7th AS was reassigned to the 62nd Airlift Wing on 1 October 1993 at which point it relocated to McChord AFB.

Four C-17s from the 7th AS were dispatched to Guam in early 2001 to pick up humanitarian supplies and deliver them to Ahmedabad, India, in support of earthquake relief operations there.

In October 1999, a C-17 crew from the 7th Airlift Squadron, McChord Air Force Base, WA, landed for the first time in Antarctica to deliver supplies to scientists stationed there. Such trips were previously conducted in the C-141.

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