328th Air Refueling Squadron

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328th Air Refueling Squadron
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A U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft assigned to the 107th Airlift Wing is loaded with 30,000 bottles of water at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, N.Y. 121102-F-ZP861-886.jpg
A squadron C-130 Hercules is loaded with water to support Hurricane Sandy relief efforts
Active1944–1945; 1949–1951; 1952–present
CountryUnited States
Branch United States Air Force
Part ofAir Force Reserve Command
Garrison/HQNiagara Falls International Airport
EngagementsChina-Burma-India Theater
DecorationsAir Force Outstanding Unit Award
Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm[1]
328th Airlift Squadron emblem (approved 23 September 1998)[1]328th Airlift Squadron.jpg
328th Airlift Squadron emblem (1996) (approved 28 July 1944, modified 1996)[2]328 Airlift Sq emblem (1996).png
328th Troop Carrier Squadron emblem328th Troop Carrier Squadron emblem.png
3d Combat Cargo Squadron emblem[note 1]3 Combat Cargo Sq emblem.png

The 328th Airlift Squadron is part of the 914th Air Refueling Wing at Niagara Falls International Airport, New York. It operates Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft refueling United States Air Force aircraft worldwide.


World War II[edit]

The 328th transported personnel and supplies, primarily to forward areas, and evacuated casualties in the China-Burma-India Theater from 16 September 1944 to 11 November 1945.[1]

Initial reserve operations and activation for Korean War[edit]

It performed troop carrier training from 1949 until it was mobilized for the Korean War in April 1951.[1]

Reserve airlift operations[edit]

It has supported airborne forces and performed worldwide airlift since 1952. The squadron deployed to Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War and in Southwest Asia during the Gulf War.[1]



  • Constituted as the 3d Combat Cargo Squadron on 11 April 1944
Activated on 15 April 1944
Redesignated 328th Troop Carrier Squadron on 29 September 1945
Inactivated on 20 December 1945
  • Redesignated 328th Troop Carrier Squadron, Medium on 4 August 1949
Activated in the reserve on 2 September 1949
Ordered to active service on 15 March 1951
Inactivated on 1 April 1951
  • Activated in the reserve on 14 June 1952
Ordered to active service on 28 October 1962
Relieved from active service on 28 November 1962
Redesignated 328th Tactical Airlift Squadron on 1 July 1967
Redesignated 328th Airlift Squadron on 1 February 1992
Redesignated 328th Air Refueling Squadron on 1 June 2017[1]






Explanatory notes
  1. ^ Maurer says that the emblem used by the 328th Troop Carrier Squadron was the one approved in 1944 for the 3d Combat Cargo Squadron. Maurer, Combat Squadrons, p. 20. The 2007 AFHRA Factsheet says the current emblem is a modification of the 1944 emblem. Whether approved or not, it appears that the 3d Combat Cargo Squadron used a variation of the Horseshoe Emblem in the CBI Theater. Each was used by the 328th Airlift Squadron, modified to comply with regulations current at the time, the emblem of the 328th Troop Carrier Squadron was placed on a disc in 1996, and when the Horseshoe Emblem was restored in 1998, it was revised so that the wings were within the disc.
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Haulman, Daniel L. (June 19, 2018). "Factsheet 328 Air Refueling Squadron (AFRC)". Air Force Historical Research Agency. Retrieved February 7, 2019.
  2. ^ Maurer, Combat Squadrons, p. 20


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