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76th Airlift Division

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Active  1976–1977; 1980–1985
Country  United States
76th Airlift Division
Branch  United States Air Force
Role  Command of special airlift forces
Part of  Military Airlift Command

The 76 Airlift Division was a division of the United States Air Force, activated on 1 March 1976, inactivated on 30 September 1977, reactivated on 15 December 1980, and then inactivated again on 1 October 1985. Its principal components were the 89th Military Airlift Wing and the 1776th Air Base Wing.



The division was formed as a restructuring of Headquarters Command, U.S. Air Force.

From 1976 through 1977, "and after 1980, the 76th provided airlift support for the President, Vice President, cabinet members, and other high ranking civilian and military dignitaries of the United States and other governments. Subordinate units also operated, administered and maintained Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, and provided logistical support for the National Emergency Airborne Command Post (NEACP), and other flying units. One subordinate component, the 1st Helicopter Squadron, provided support for the United States Department of Defense, and the Defense Preparedness Agency plan for emergency evacuation of key government officials and to support the national search and rescue plan."


  • Established as the 76 Airlift Division on 17 February 1976
  • Activated on 1 March 1976 Inactivated on 30 September 1977 Activated on 15 December 1980 Inactivated on 1 October 1985


  • Twenty-First Air Force, 1 March 1976–30 September 1977.
  • Twenty-First Air Force, 15 December 1980–1 October 1985
  • Stations

  • Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, 1 March 1976–30 September 1977
  • Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, 15 December 1980–1 October 1985
  • Emblem

    Azure, a globe with axis bendwise celeste gridlined light green, surmounted in pale by a silhouetted aircraft ascending silver gray, overall coinciding with the edge of the globe in base, the US Capitol argent garnished of the first, all within a diminished bordure or. (approved c. July 1976)


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