300th Airlift Squadron

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300th Airlift Squadron
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A Charleston C-17 Globemaster III at the Berlin Airshow
Active1943; 1952–1955; 1969–present
CountryUnited States
Branch United States Air Force
Part ofAir Force Reserve Command
Garrison/HQCharleston Air Force Base
Nickname(s)South Carolina Volunteers
Motto(s)Ad Astra Latin To the Stars[1]
DecorationsAir Force Outstanding Unit Award
Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm[1]
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300th Military Airlift Squadron emblem (approved 1 August 1978, restored 13 November 2007)[1]300th Airlift Squadron.png

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


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


World War II[edit]

During World War II the 300th airlifted military supplies from India to Allied forces in Burma and China in 1943.[1]

Military Air Transport Service[edit]

It flew airlift missions within Japan and to Southeast Asia from 1952 to 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.[1]

Air Force Reserve[edit]

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. Received the Air Force Reserve Aircrew of the Year award twice.[1]


1991 mobilized for the Gulf War


100th Air Transport Squadron
  • Constituted as the 100th Transport Squadron on 4 June 1943
Activated on 21 June 1943
Disbanded on 1 December 1943
  • Reconstituted and redesignated 100th Air Transport Squadron, Medium on 20 June 1952
Activated on 20 July 1952
Inactivated on 25 October 1955
  • Consolidated with the 300th Military Airlift Squadron as the 300th Military Airlift Squadron on 19 September 1985[1]
300th Airlift Squadron
  • Constituted as the 300th Military Airlift Squadron (Associate) on 31 July 1969
Activated in the reserve on 25 September 1969
Consolidated with the 100th Air Transport Squadron on 19 September 1985
Redesignated 300th Airlift Squadron (Associate) on 1 February 1992
Redesignated 300th Airlift Squadron on 1 October 1994[1]





  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Robertson, Patsy (5 June 2009). "Factsheet 300 Airlift Squadron (AFRC)". Air Force Historical Research Agency. Retrieved 10 December 2016.


 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

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