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Posted 7/27/2011 Printable Fact Sheet
345th Airlift Squadron
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The 345th Airlift Squadron is located at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., and is an active-duty associate unit under the operational control of the 403rd Wing, located at the same base.

The mission of the 345th AS is to provide combat support to combatant commanders through theater combat delivery of personnel and resupply worldwide. The squadron conducts airland, aeromedical evacuation and tactical airdrop low level missions.

The 345th AS is a tactical airlift unit which jointly operates eight C-130J-30 "Super Hercules" cargo aircraft with the 815th AS.

The 345th AS is authorized 22 officers and 89 enlisted personnel and one civilian.

1949: June: The 345th Troop Carrier Squadron activated as a unit.

1951: April: 345th TCS entered active service as a part of the Korean war build-up. Using C-46s, it began an intensive training program to become combat qualified as a unit of Tactical Air Command. -- July: Participated in flood relief missions in Kansas. Soon after converting to C-119 aircraft that year the squadron's active tour ended.

1953: Jan. 16 - Inactivated in Memphis, Tenn.

1955: March 8 - Reactivated as the 345th Troop Carrier Squadron, Assault, Rotary Wing, Stewart AFB, Tenn., commenced training with H-19 and H-21 helicopters.

1955 and 1956: Collected data and samples for radiological assessment during atomic tests in Nevada; evacuated Air Force personnel from Washington, D.C., during a major civil defense drill; airlifted men and cargo to construction sites along the mid-Canada and Distant Early Warning radar lines; and participated in joint Army-Air Force maneuvers in Louisiana. -- July 9, 1956:Inactivated again. -- Oct. 8: Activated as the 345th Troop Carrier Squadron, Assault, Fixed Wing and began training with C-123s taking part in exercises both inside and outside the United States.

1957: September: Transported Army paratroops from Fort Campbell, Ky, to Little Rock, Ark., under orders from Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower, to enforce rulings of the federal courts concerning desegregation of public schools.

1961: Redesignated the 345th Troop Carrier Squadron, Medium, converting from C-123s to C-130s. -- June 1:  Assigned to 315th Air Division (Combat Cargo), and moved to Naha AB, Okinawa. -- Half a year later, returned to the U.S. without personnel or equipment to Dyess, AFB, Texas.

1963: July: Transported supplies to Sondrestrom AB, Greenland, for radar stations. -- September: Delivered food and medicine to victims of a forest fire in Brazil. -- November: Airlifted units of the Second Armored Division from Texas to Germany.

1964: May - Transported Brazilian troops to the Dominican Republic to help restore peace in that country.

1965: September: Evacuated American citizens from Pakistan during a period of hostilies between that nation and India. Selected by Tactical Air Command as the "Outstanding Assault Airlift Squadron" for the period of April-June 1964. -- Nov. 25: Transferred from TAC's 516th Troop Carrier Wing to PACAF's 315th Air Division and moved to Naha AB, Okinawa. Dec. 8 - 345th Troop Carrier Squadron. C-130 aircraft are assigned.

1966: Jan. 10: flew its first combat cargo drop. Sent its aircraft and crews to augment task forces and other operational organizations during the fighting in Southeast Asia.

1967: Aug.1: Redesignated the 345th Tactical Airlift Squadron.

1968: July: Lt. Col. Howard M. Dallman of the 345th awarded the Air Force Cross for heroism at Khe Sanh, where on Feb. 5 of that year, he and his crew prevent a burning cargo of ammunition from destroying their C-130, the airfield and other personnel.

1973: As American participation in the Vietnam conflict draws to close, crews help to fly members of the Joint Military Commission from Saigon to Hanoi and return. -- December: Moved to Kadena AB, Okinawa.

1975: Moved to Yokota AB, Japan.

1993: July 1 - Inactivated.

2010: Aug. 6 - Rectivated as the 345th Airlift Squadron at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., as an active-duty associated unit under the operational control of the 403rd Wing, Air Force Reserve Command.

2011: Jan. 8 - The 345th AS deployed for the first time after being reactivated and integrated with the 815th AS. They joined with the 41st AS from Little Rock AFB, Ark. in Afghanistan and were under command of the 772nd Expeditionary AS. Together, they accomplished 261 airdrops in January and exceeded the record of 40 missions in a month with 51 missions. They then broke their own record two more times in March with 71 and April with 81 moving 5.6 million pounds of cargo. By successfully and accurately dropping supplies, convoys driving long distances through dangerous areas were avoided.

Current as of July 2011

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