156th Airlift Squadron

Two North Carolina Air National Guard Pilots walk towards a C-17 Globemaster III Aircraft. The pilot on the left is raising his hand and giving a thumbs up as part of the pre flight checks.

The 156th Airlift Squadron provides tactical airlift for airborne forces, other personnel, equipment, and supplies. The squadron also provides evacuation of refugees and aeromedical patients within a theater of operations.

The 156th Airlift Squadron is the flying unit assigned to the 145th Airlift Wing. 

The 156th received new C-130H Hercules aircraft in 1994, and currently fly the C-17 Globemaster III aircraft which they received in 2018. 

On 8 December 1942, as part of the rapidly expanding United States Army Air Corps, the 360th Fighter Squadron was formed and assigned to the 1st Air Force. On 24 May 1946, at the end of World War II, the 360th Fighter Squadron was redesignated the 156th Fighter Squadron and allocated to the National Guard.

On 15 March 1948, almost two years later, the 156th Fighter Squadron was extended federal recognition and the North Carolina Air National Guard was born. The 156th Fighter Squadron was the largest unit assigned to the North Carolina Air National Guard at that time. The 156th Fighter Squadron's first mission aircraft was the P-47 Thunderbolt.

156th Airlift Squadron Patch

A circular blue patch with a picture of an aircraft made from a sword flying from right to left.

156th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron

A member of the 156th Aeromedical Evacuations Squadron practices CPR (left), while another Airman provides air on a patient during a training exercise aboard a C-17 Globemaster III Aircraft.

The 156th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron of the 145th Operations Group, 145th Airlift Wing stationed at Charlotte ANGB, NC, provides medical care for wounded service members, while flying them to locations where they can receive further treatment.

145th Operations Support Squadron

.A picture of 6 flight masks on a table.

The 145th OSS oversees many unit functions including Aircrew Flight Equipment, Airfield Operations, Intelligence, Current Operations, Readiness, Aircrew Training and Combat Tactics.