300th Airlift Squadron

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300th Airlift Squadron
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300th Airlift Squadron Patch
Active 4 June 1943 - 1 December 1943
20 June 1952 - 25 October 1955
31 July 1969 - Present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Airlift
Part of Air Force Reserve Command
22nd Air Force
315th Airlift Wing
315th Operations Group
Garrison/HQ Charleston Air Force Base
Motto Ad Astra
Decorations Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm
Col. Donavan

Received the Air Force Reserve Aircrew of the Year award twice

The 300th Airlift Squadron (300 AS) is part of the 315th Airlift Wing at Charleston Air Force Base, South Carolina. It operates C-17 Globemaster III aircraft supporting the United States Air Force global reach mission world wide.


Train and equip C-17 aircrews for global air-land and airdrop operations.


During World War II the 300th airlifted military supplies from India to Allied forces in Burma and China in 1943. It flew airlift missions within Japan and to Southeast Asia from 1952-1955. The squadron airlifted US ex-prisoners of war from Japan to the U.S. following the Korean War and transported French troops wounded in the First Indochina War from Japan to France and Algeria in 1954.

It has flown worldwide airlift missions since 1969. Specifically, the 300th airlifted U.S. troops to Grenada and U.S. students from Grenada to the U.S. in 1983 and supported the 1989 contingency operation in Panama.


1991 mobilized for the Gulf War

Previous designations[edit]

  • 100th Transport Squadron (1943–1952)
  • 100th Air Transport Squadron, Medium (1952–1969)
  • 300th Military Airlift Squadron (Associate) (1969–1992)
  • 300th Airlift Squadron (Associate) (1992–1994)
  • 300th Airlift Squadron (1994 – Present)


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