61st Airlift Squadron, US Air Force

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History: Constituted as 61 Troop Carrier Squadron on 13 Oct 1942. Activated on 26 Oct 1942. Inactivated on 30 Sep 1946. Redesignated as 61 Troop Carrier Squadron, Medium on 20 Sep 1949. Activated on 17 Oct 1949. Redesignated as: 61 Troop Carrier Squadron on 1 Mar 1966; 61 Tactical Airlift Squadron on 1 May 1967; 61 Airlift Squadron on 1 Dec 1991.

Provided airlift in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations (MTO) and European Theater of Operations (ETO) during World War II, taking part in airborne assaults on Sicily, Normandy, Holland, and Germany (1943-1945). During the Korean War (1950-1953) furnished airlift between Japan and Korea and airdropped paratroops and supplies at Sukchon/Sunchon and Munsan-ni. Transported supplies from the Philippines into Southeast Asia, Dec 1965-Jun 1966. Part of squadron deployed to Vietnam in the summer of 1972 to test the Adverse Weather Aerial Delivery System (AWADS) in combat for the first time. Provided flood relief in the Philippines during same deployment. Airdropped humanitarian relief supplies in northern Iraq, Apr-May 1991. Conducted airdrop and aeromedical evacuation; supported combatant commanders with theater delivery of personnel and supplies, 2000-.

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The Emblem was approved on 13 June 1956; modified on 3 March 1997.

Literature: Image from Wikimedia Commons. Information from https://www.afhra.af.mil/

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