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21st Airlift Squadron
21 AS.jpg
21st Airlift Squadron Patch
Active 7 March 1942 - Present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Airlift
Part of Air Mobility Command
18th Air Force
60th Air Mobility Wing
60th Operations Group
Garrison/HQ Travis Air Force Base
Nickname Bee Liners
Decorations Distinguished Unit Citation
Presidential Unit Citation
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation
Philippine Presidential Unit Citation
Charles R. Holland

The 21st Airlift Squadron (21 AS) is part of the 60th Air Mobility Wing at Travis Air Force Base, California. It operates C-17 Globemaster III aircraft supporting the United States Air Force global reach mission world wide.



Provide services and support, which promote quality of life and project global power through combat-proven airlift and airdrop.


The combat history of the 21st includes paratroop drops at Nadzab, New Guinea, in September 1942 and airborne assault on Sunchon, Korea, in October 1950, as well as aerial transportation in the Pacific Theater during World War II and in the Far East during the Korean War.

The 21st continued troop carrier and transport operations in the Far East after 1953. It also furnished aircraft and crews for transport and special operations in Southeast Asia, 19621973. The squadron flew logistical support and evacuation missions to Cambodia, 17 March 1975 – 12 April 1975, and South Vietnam, 17 March–29 April 1975. It conducted airlift operations in Southwest Asia, December 1990–July 1991, and evacuation of Clark Air Base, Philippines, June–July 1991.



  • Operation Phoenix Jackal
  • Operation Phoenix Spruce
  • Operation Phoenix Dagger
  • Operation Phoenix Tusk
  • Operation Phoenix Banner
  • Operation Phoenix Silver
  • Operation Phoenix Moat
  • Operation Phoenix Dart
  • Operation Phoenix Scorpion


  • Constituted 21st Transport Squadron on March 7, 1942
  • Activated on April 3, 1942
  • Redesignated 21st Troop Carrier Squadron on July 5, 1942
  • Inactivated on January 31, 1946
  • Activated on October 15, 1946
  • Redesignated 21st Troop Carrier Squadron, Heavy, on May 21, 1948
  • Redesignated 21st Troop Carrier Squadron, Medium, on February 2, 1951
  • Redesignated 21st Troop Carrier Squadron, Heavy, on December 1, 1952
  • Redesignated 21st Troop Carrier Squadron, Medium, on September 18, 1956
  • Redesignated 21st Troop Carrier Squadron on December 8, 1966
  • Redesignated 21st Tactical Airlift Squadron on August 1, 1967
  • Redesignated 21st Airlift Squadron on April 1, 1992


  • 483d Troop Carrier Wing (1956 - 1960)
  • 315th Air Division (1960 - 1966)
    • Attached: Detachment 1, HQ, 315th Air Division (1960 - 1964)
    • Attached: 6315th Operations Group (1964 - 1966)
  • 374th Tactical Airlift Wing (1966 - 1993)
  • 60th Air Mobility Wing (1993 - Present)

Bases stationed

Deployed to: Kisarazu Air Base, Japan, (November 14-20, 1955)

Aircraft operated

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