9th Airlift Squadron
|9th Airlift Squadron|
9th Airlift Squadron C-5B 86-0020 is marshalled out of its parking spot for a four-day mission March 8, 2012. This was the last active-duty C-5B mission flown at Dover AFB.
|Active||1 January 1938–Present|
|Branch||United States Air Force|
|Part of||Air Mobility Command
18th Air Force
436th Airlift Wing
436th Operations Group
|Garrison/HQ||Dover Air Force Base, Delaware|
|Lieutenant Colonel Charles Throckmorton|
|9th Airlift Squadron emblem|
The 9th Airlift Squadron is a unit of the United States Air Force based at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware and flying the C-5M Super Galaxy.
The 9th Airlift Squadron (9 AS) provides global reach with unique outsized and oversized airlift capability. The "Proud Pelicans" provide worldwide airlift to meet Department of Defense, Department of State and Presidential mobility requirements. The unit supports global engagement through direct delivery of time-critical theater deployment assets and ensures combat readiness of Air Mobility Command (AMC) active duty C-5 Galaxy airlift crews.
The 9th conducted replacement training through 1943, and subsequently aerial transportation in the Pacific Theater during World War II.
It has provided worldwide airlift since 1953. The 9th resupplied scientific camps in Antarctica from 1959–1961, and 1965–1968. It also flew missions to Southeast Asia from 1965–1968, and 1972–1973 and participated in the evacuation of refugees from Southeast Asia in April 1975. The squadron supported operations in Grenada, 24 October 1983 – 11 December 1983; Panama, 19 December 1989 – 14 January 1990; and Southwest Asia, August 1990–July 1991.
- Constituted 9th Transport Squadron on 1 Jan 1938
- Activated on 1 Dec 1940
- Redesignated 9th Troop Carrier Squadron on 4 Jul 1942
- Inactivated on 15 Oct 1946
- Redesignated 9th Troop Carrier Squadron, Medium, on 10 May 1949
- Activated in the Reserve on 27 Jun 1949
- Ordered to active service on 1 May 1951
- Inactivated on 9 May 1951
- Redesignated 9th Troop Carrier Squadron, Heavy, on 19 Mar 1953
- Activated on 20 Jun 1953
- Discontinued, and inactivated, on 18 Jan 1963
- Activated on 13 Nov 1964
- Organized on 1 Jan 1965
- Redesignated 9th Military Airlift Squadron on 8 Jan 1966
- Discontinued, and inactivated, on 8 Sep 1968
- Activated on 1 Apr 1971
- Redesignated 9th Airlift Squadron on 1 Dec 1991
- Operation Neptune
- Operation Deep Freeze
- Operation Urgent Fury
- Operation Just Cause
- Operation Desert Storm
- Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn
- Operation Enduring Freedom