|4th Airlift Squadron|
4th Airlift Squadron Patch
|Branch||United States Air Force|
|Active||1 March 1935 - Present|
|Part of|| Air Mobility Command |
18th Air Force
62d Airlift Wing
62d Operations Group
|Decorations|| DCU |
RVGC w/ Palm
The 4th Airlift Squadron (4 AS) is part of the 62d Airlift Wing at McChord Air Force Base, Washington. It operates C-17 Globemaster III aircraft supporting the United States Air Force global reach mission world wide.
Provide services and support, which promote quality of life and project global power through combat-proven airlift and airdrop.
During World War II the 4th actions included airborne assaults on Sicily, Myitkyina, Burma, and on Southern France. It support of partisans in Northern Italy and the Balkans. It also conducted aerial transportation in Mediterranean Theater of Operations and, briefly, in China-Burma-India Theater. In all the 4th earned nine campaign ribbons during operations in both the European and China-Burma-India theaters in the Second World War.
As did all the other Air Force airlift squadrons, the 4th flew constant C-141 missions into Vietnam during the years of conflict, staging from Clark AB, Philippines, and Yokota AB, Japan. However, some of the 4th's earliest missions to Indo-China were unpublicized, and involved using C-124s to bring supplies to the French forces at Dien Bien Phu in 1954.
The 4th also airdropped heavy equipment and personnel during the invasion of Panama on 20 December 1989. It assisted in the evacuation of U.S. personnel from the Philippines following the June 1991 eruption of Mt. Pinatubo. Subsequently the 4th has conducted aerial delivery of rations to towns and villages in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom and conducted airlift operations worldwide in support of the Global War on Terrorism.
- World War II
- Korean War
- Operation Just Cause
- Operation Desert Storm
- Operation Deep Freeze
- Operation Enduring Freedom
- Operation Iraqi Freedom
- 4th Provisional Transport Squadron (1935)
- 4th Transport Squadron (1935–1942)
- 4th Troop Carrier Squadron (1942–1948)
- 4th Troop Carrier Squadron, Medium (1948–1949)
- 4th Troop Carrier Squadron, Heavy (1949–1962)
- 4th Air Transport Squadron, Heavy (1962–1966)
- 4th Military Airlift Squadron (1966–1991)
- 4th Airlift Squadron (1991 – Present)
- 4th Airlift Squadron Home Page
- 4th AS Facebook Page - Current and Alumni 4th Airlift Squadron members
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