249th Airlift Squadron

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249th Airlift Squadron
249th Airlift Squadron - Boeing C-17A Lot XI Globemaster III 99-0169 -2.jpg
249th Airlift Squadron - Boeing C-17A Lot XI Globemaster III 99-0169 The "Spirit of Denali
Active 1 September 2009-Present
Country  United States
Allegiance  Alaska
Branch US-AirNationalGuard-2007Emblem.svg  Air National Guard
Type Squadron
Role Airlift
Part of Alaska Air National Guard
Garrison/HQ Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Anchorage, Alaska
Tail Code White tail stripe "Elmendorf" in black "AK"
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The 249th Airlift Squadron (249 AS) is a unit of the Alaska Air National Guard 176th Wing located at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Anchorage, Alaska. The 249th is equipped with the C-17 Globemaster III.


The 249th’s mission is strategic airlift. Its crews mix with crews from the active-duty Air Force 3d Wing, 517th Airlift Squadron to fly eight C-17 Globemaster III jets around the world.


In association with the 517th, the 249th began flying a variety of airlift missions—including combat missions in support of operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom—in mid-summer of 2007. From that time up through September 2009, while members referred to it as the 249th, the unit was officially a detachment of the 176th Operations Group. It received official Department of Defense recognition and activation as the 249th Airlift Squadron in September 2009.


  • Established as: 249th Airlift Squadron and allocated to Alaska ANG in 2007
Received federal recognition on 1 September 2009
Components designated as: 249th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron when deployed as part of an Air and Space Expeditionary unit



Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, 18 February 2011- present



 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

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