Travis AFB C-5 Galaxy 22d AS

Travis AFB C-5 Galaxy 22d AS poster art.

The 22d Airlift Squadron (22d AS) is part of the 60th Air Mobility Wing at Travis Air Force Base, California. It operates C-5 Galaxy aircraft supporting the U.S. Air Force global reach mission worldwide. During WWII the activation of the 22d Air Transport Squadron (ATS) at Essendon Airport near Melbourne in the southern spring of 1942. Activated in the wake of the United States withdrawal from the Philippines, the squadron was formed with a mixture of personnel withdrawn from Clark Field and some reinforcements which had arrived in Australia.

Since 9/11, the 22d AS has provided vital strategic airlift in support of allied forces in Southwest Asia participating in Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, and New Dawn. In July 2002, a crew from the 782nd Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, consisting of members of the 22d AS and Dover Air Force Base, made history when they conducted the first deployment in a combat environment of a C-5 aircraft by extracting a Canadian Forces infantry regiment and their equipment from a combat zone near Kandahar, Afghanistan.

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