Mediterranean Theater of Operations

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See Mediterranean and Middle East theatre of World War II for more details of other campaigns in the theater.''

Memphis International Airport

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Memphis International Airport is a civil-military airport seven miles (11.2 km) southeast of downtown Memphis in Shelby County, Tennessee, United States.

United States invasion of Panama

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The United States invasion of Panama, codenamed Operation Just Cause occurred between mid-December 1989 and late January 1990. It occurred during the administration of President George H. W. Bush and ten years after the Torrijos–Carter Treaties were ratified to transfer control of the Panama Canal from the U.S. to Panama by 1 January 2000.

"V" device

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A "V" device is a metal 1/4 in capital letter "V" with serifs which, when worn on certain decorations awarded by the United States Armed Forces, distinguishes an award for heroism or valor in combat instead of for meritorious service or achievement.

Gallantry Cross (South Vietnam)

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The Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross also known as the Vietnamese Gallantry Cross or Vietnam Cross of Gallantry (Anh-Dũng Bội-Tinh) is a military decoration of the former Government of South Vietnam (Republic of Vietnam). The medal was created on August 15, 1950 and was awarded to military personnel, civilians, and Armed Forces units and organizations in recognition of deeds of valor or heroic conduct while in combat with the enemy.

332d Troop Carrier Squadron

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Sewart AFB, Tennessee, 8 November 1955 – 1 December 1958. C-47 Skytrain, 1944–1947. C-46 Commando, 1945–1947. C-54 Skymaster, 1948–1949. C-119 Flying Boxcar, 1955–1956. C-123 Provider, 1956–1958.

345th Airlift Squadron

345th Tactical Airlift Squadron345th Troop Carrier Squadron345th TAS
Sewart Air Force Base, Tennessee, 8 March 1955 – 9 July 1956. Sewart Air Force Base, Tennessee, 8 October 1956 – 15 May 1962. Naha Air Base, Okinawa, Japan, 2 June 1962. Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, 8 January 1963. Naha Air Base, Okinawa, 27 November 1965. Ching Chuan Kang Air Base, Taiwan, 20 March 1966. Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan, 1 December 1973. Yokota Air Base, Japan, 1 September 1975 – 1 July 1993. Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, 6 August 2010 – June 2014. Unknown 26 Jun 1949 – 17 Apr 1951. Maj Fred H. Towne Jr., 17 Apr 1951. Lt Col Benjamin F. Kelly, 8 Sep 1952-1953. Maj James F. Fowler, 1955. Maj Gregg D. Hartley, 19 May-9 Jun 1956. Maj James F. Fowler, 1956.

346th Tactical Airlift Squadron

346th Troop Carrier Squadron
Sewart Air Force Base, Tennessee, 8 March 1955 – 9 July 1956. Sewart Air Force Base, Tennessee, 8 October 1956. Pope Air Force Base, North Carolina, 1 July 1958. Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, 1 April 1963. Ching Chuan Kang Air Base, Taiwan, 15 March 1969 – c. 31 May 1971. Curtiss C-46 Commando, 1949–1952. Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar, 1952–1953. Sikorsky H-19, 1955. Piasecki H-21 Workhorse ("Flying Banana"), 1955–1956. Fairchild C-123B Provider, 1956–1963. Fairchild UC-123B Provider, 1962–1963. Lockheed C-130 Hercules, 1963–1971. AF Pamphlet 900-2, Unit Decorations, Awards and Campaign Participation Credits Department of the Air Force, Washington, DC, 15 Jun 1971.

347th Tactical Airlift Squadron

347th Troop Carrier Squadron
In 1955 the unit was activated at Sewart Air Force Base, Tennessee as a rotary wing troop carrier assault unit in a test of the USAF's ability to support United States Army assault operations. It participated in Operation Sage Brush, which was, in part, a test of this concept. The squadron was inactivated the following year and its aircraft distributed to helicopter support organizations. A few months later the squadron was activated as a fixed wing troop carrier assault unit at Sewart and equipped with Fairchild C-123 Provider aircraft. It moved to Pope Air Force Base, North Carolina in 1958 when Tactical Air Command consolidated its C-123 units there.

Hendricks Army Airfield

Hendricks Army Airfield was a World War II United States Army Air Forces base located 6.6 miles east-southeast of Sebring, Florida.

516th Aeronautical Systems Group

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Sewart Air Force Base, Tennessee, 8 March 1955 – 9 July 1956.

437th Airlift Wing

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Most of the additional men came from the Regular Air Force, including 60 from Sewart AFB, Tennessee, and another 59 fresh from basic training at Lackland AFB. The Wing had a total of forty-eight C-46s, obtained from various units. Augmented by a few maintenance personnel, the command and operations elements of the wing deployed their C-46s to Japan. They arrived at Brady AB, Kyushu, Japan, at sundown on 8 November, just as the main body of the wing, which had crossed the Pacific aboard ship, marched in from the railroad station. The maintenance force quickly removed the long-range fuel tanks which had been installed for the overwater flight.

19th Airlift Wing

19th Bombardment Wing19th Bombardment Group19th Air Refueling Wing
Plans, trains, and executes air and space power for operational levels of war. 19th Operations Support Squadron. 34th Combat Training Squadron. 41st Airlift Squadron, C-130J. 52d Airlift Squadron, C-130H (Peterson AFB, Colorado - associate with Air Force Reserve 302d Airlift Wing). 53d Airlift Squadron, C-130H. 61st Airlift Squadron, C-130J. 19th Maintenance Group. Performs all maintenance on assigned C-130 aircraft. 19th Mission Support Group. Encompasses the support and logistic functions for the base. The group includes contracting, civil engineer, communications, security forces, force support and the logistic readiness squadrons. 19th Medical Group.

Kirtland Air Force Base

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Kirtland Air Force Base is a United States Air Force base located in the southeast quadrant of the Albuquerque, New Mexico urban area, adjacent to the Albuquerque International Sunport. The base was named for the early Army aviator Col. Roy C. Kirtland. The military and the international airport share the same runways, making ABQ a joint civil-military airport.

Lockheed MC-130

MC-130H Combat Talon IIMC-130J Commando IIMC-130 Combat Talon
Because of a lack of ramp space caused by the buildup of forces for deployment to South Vietnam, they were temporarily housed at Sewart Air Force Base, Tennessee. The wing's 779th TCS was designated as the training squadron for the modified C-130E(I)s, under Project Skyhook, in addition to its normal airlift function. Selected crew members received instructor training in their respective systems and returned to Pope by May 1 to begin crew training of six crews for deployment to Vietnam under Project Stray Goose. The Combat Talon I first saw operational action in the Vietnam War, beginning September 1, 1966.

Lockheed C-130 Hercules in Australian service

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RAAF crews began training on the Hercules in the middle of 1958 at Sewart Air Force Base in Nashville, Tennessee. Much of the training took place on a simulator, augmented by approximately fifty hours flying time in the aircraft. To cope with the Hercules' complexities, the aircrew category of flight engineer, absent from the RAAF since World War II, was reinstated. A new category, that of loadmaster, was also instituted; airmen performing similar duties on Dakotas had done so on an ad hoc rather than a permanent basis, without a distinct category having been formalised.

47th Airlift Flight

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That October, the 47th moved to Sewart Air Force Base, where it performed airlift missions under the control of Eighteenth Air Force until inactivating in June 1955. In October 1964 the squadron was reactivated at Forbes Air Force Base, Kansas as a Lockheed C-130 Hercules squadron when Tactical Air Command replaced Strategic Air Command as the base operator and the squadron's parent 313th Troop Carrier Wing became the host wing. The squadron frequently deployed crews and aircraft to support the requirements of overseas commanders.

Smyrna Airport (Tennessee)

Smyrna AirportSewart Air Force BaseSmyrna (TN)
Prior to March 1971, the facility was an active military installation known as Sewart Air Force Base. This airport is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a reliever airport for Nashville International Airport, which is located twelve nautical miles (22 km) to the north. Smyrna Airport currently operates as a joint use facility with a Tennessee Army National Guard helicopter unit, Army Aviation Support Facility #1 (AASF#1), which operates 60 helicopters with 300 full-time Army National Guard personnel.

John P. Jumper

General John P. Jumper
McNair, Washington, D.C. 1) June 1966 – July 1967, student pilot, 3550th Pilot Training Squadron, Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. 2) July 1967 – September 1967, C-7 upgrade training, Sewart AFB, Tennessee. 3) October 1967 – October 1968, C-7 pilot, 459th Tactical Airlift Squadron, Phu Cat Air Base, South Vietnam. 4) November 1968 – July 1969, F-4 upgrade training, 431st Tactical Fighter Squadron, George AFB, California. 5) July 1969 – May 1970, instructor pilot, weapons officer and fast forward air controller, 555th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Udon Royal Thai AFB, Thailand. 6) June 1970 – July 1974, instructor pilot, flight examiner and standardization and evaluation chief, 81st Tactical Fighter

24th Tactical Air Support Squadron

24th Bombardment Squadron (Light)24th Combat Mapping Squadron24th Helicopter Squadron
The 24th Helicopter Squadron was activated in 1956 at Sewart Air Force Base, Tennessee. After several months of training the squadron moved to Tachikawa Air Base, Japan, where it served until 1960. The transfer was made on an aircraft carrier of the United States Navy. The unit's mission was to maintain helicopter logistics airlift capability, to perform air land supply operations, scheduled and special airlift operations, and conduct training. Detachment 2 of the squadron was attached to the 41st Air Division to provide logistical support to the division's remote radar sites.

48th Airlift Squadron

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The squadron was briefly active from 1953 to 1955 at Mitchel Air Force Base, New York and Sewart Air Force Base, Tennessee as a Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar unit. The squadron as activated at Daniel Field, Georgia in June 1942 as the 48th Transport Squadron, when the 313th Transport Group expanded from a headquarters and a single squadron, the 29th Troop Carrier Squadron, to a four squadron group. The squadron trained under Air Transport Command with Douglas C-47 Skytrain and the C-53 Skytrooper modification of the C-47.

Continental Air Command

In June 1950, the United States could count three troop carrier wings: the Regular Air Force's 314th Troop Carrier Wing at Sewart AFB, Tennessee, and the mobilized 375th and 433d reserve wings at Donaldson AFB, South Carolina. To fill the airlift void, six Air Force Reserve C-46 Commando wings were identified for mobilization in January 1951. On 28 March 1951, Tactical Air Command activated the Eighteenth Air Force at Donaldson AFB, South Carolina, immediately assigning to it the Reserve 314th and 375th Troop Carrier Wings. As the reserve wings came on active duty, they too joined the Eighteenth Air Force.

60th Air Mobility Wing

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Later that month, the 62d Troop Carrier Squadron, a Tactical Air Command rotational unit from Sewart Air Force Base, Tennessee, arrived and entered attached status with the 60th. From 22 March to 2 June 1956, the 309th Troop Carrier Group, Assault (Fixed Wing), from Ardmore Air Force Base, Oklahoma deployed to Dreux. Initially, attached to the 60th for logistical support and operational control, the 309th was officially assigned to the wing on 8 August 1956. The 309th introduced the C-123 Provider to the European theater.

Charles R. Holland

Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts Rating: Command Pilot Flight hours: More than 5,000 flying hours Aircraft flown: C-130, C-37, AC-130, HC-130, MC-130, MH-53, MH-60, H-3, H-1, T-39 1) August 1968 – August 1969, student, undergraduate pilot training, Reese AFB, Texas. 2) September 1969 – November 1969, student, initial C-130E pilot qualification training, Sewart AFB, Tennessee. 3) November 1969 – September 1972, C-130E pilot, 347th and 772nd tactical airlift squadrons, Dyess AFB, Texas. 4) October 1972 – January 1973, student, AC-130E combat crew training, Hurlburt Field, Florida. 5) January 1973 – January 1974, AC-130E/H aircraft commander, instructor