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834th Airlift Division

834th Airlift Division
Active 1957-1959; 1964-1971; 1972-1974; 1978-1992
Country 23x15px United States
Branch 22x20px United States Air Force
Role Command of airlift forces
Part of Military Airlift Command
Engagements Vietnam War
Decorations Presidential Unit Citation
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Combat V
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm
834th Airlift Division emblem (Approved )[1] 165px

The 834th Airlift Division (834 AD) is an inactive United States Air Force organization. Its last assignment was with Military Airlift Command, assigned to Twenty-Second Air Force at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. It was inactivated on 1 April 1992.


Initially "assumed command and control over two fighter bomber wings and the 834th Air Base Group at England Air Force Base, Louisiana in September 1957. As an intermediate echelon between the wings and Tactical Air Command (TAC)'s [ Ninth, Twelfth and Eighteenth ] Air Forces, the division supervised operations and training, tactical exercises firepower demonstrations, and conducted periodic evaluations and inspections to ensure combat readiness of aircrews and equipment."[1]

Vietnam War

"By June 1964, the conflict in Southeast Asia demanded much of the 834th's efforts. Late in 1966 the division was reassigned without personnel or equipment, to Tan Son Nhut Air Base, South Vietnam, to join Pacific Air Forces' Seventh Air Force as the controlling agency for [troop carrier, later tactical airlift] operations in South Vietnam."[1] The division included the 315th Air Commando Wing, which operated Fairchild C-123 Providers, and the 483rd Troop Carrier Wing, which activated in October 1966 as the parent unit for former US Army de Haviland Canada C-7 Caribous which had transferred to the Air Force. The division also included the 2nd Aerial Port Group. In addition, 834th had operational control over 315th Air Division Lockheed C-130 Hercules assigned on temporary duty in South Vietnam. Detachment 1 controlled C-130s operating from Tan Son Nhut while Detachment Two controlled operations from Cam Ranh Bay. "Through December 1971 it served as a single manager for all tactical airlift operations in South Vietnam, using air transport to haul cargo and troops, which were air-landed or air-dropped, as combat needs dictated. In addition, the 834th supervised transport operations (primarily C-47's) of the Vietnamese Air Force and six A-4 Wallaby transports operated by the Royal Australian Air Force. The 834th's flying components also performed defoliation missions, propaganda leaflet drops, and other special missions. During its last few months, the 834th worked toward passing combat airlift control to Seventh Air Force."[1]

The 834th Air Division was awarded two Presidential Unit Citation, the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Combat "V" and the Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm for its achievements in the Vietnam War.[1]

Tactical Air Command

Reassigned back to the United States and TAC as part of the US withdrawal from South Vietnam in 1972. "From March 1972 to December 1974 the division supervised Twelfth Air Force C-130 tactical airlift operations and participated in a series of tactical airlift exercises and joint training missions with U.S. Army units. Squadrons and detachment-size elements frequently deployed to points in Europe, the Panama Canal Zone, Africa, Thailand, and elsewhere. The 834th flew many humanitarian missions to such widespread places as Africa, the Philippines, Colombia, and Honduras."[1]

Military Airlift Command

Reassigned to Military Airlift Command (MAC) in December 1974 as part of TAC's turnover of the theater airlift mission to MAC. Inactivated on 31 December 1974[1] and assigned airlift units turned over to Twenty-First Air Force.

Reactivated in October 1978, it assumed "responsibility for managing Military Airlift Command resources in the Pacific. For this mission, the 834th provided a single commander for MAC airlift units in the Pacific theater; command and control of theater-assigned airlift forces for Pacific Air Forces; theater tactical airlift war planning and Pacific exercise planning; and aerial ports in the Pacific area to support the air movement of personnel, cargo, equipment, patients, and mail. The division participated in tactical exercises such as Team Spirit, Ulchi Focus Lens, and Capstan Dragon."[1]

Inactivated in June 1992[1] as part of the inactivation of Military Airlift Command.


  • Established as the 834 Air Division on 30 August 1957
Activated on 25 September 1957
Inactivated on 1 April 1959
  • Activated on 24 June 1964 (not organized)
Organized on 1 July 1964
Inactivated on 1 December 1971
  • Activated on 31 January 1972
Inactivated on 31 December 1974
  • Redesignated 834 Airlift Division on 23 August 1978
Activated on 1 October 1978
Inactivated on 1 April 1992[1]


  • Ninth Air Force, 25 September 1957
  • Eighteenth Air Force, 1 October 1957
  • Twelfth Air Force, 1 January 1958 – 1 April 1959
  • Tactical Air Command, 24 June 1964 (not organized)
  • Ninth Air Force, 1 July 1964
  • Seventh Air Force, 15 October 1966 – 1 December 1971
  • Twelfth Air Force, 31 January 1972
  • Twenty-Second Air Force, 1–31 December 1974; 1 October 1978 – 1 April 1992[1]


  • England Air Force Base, Louisiana, 25 September 1957 – 1 April 1959
  • England Air Force Base, Louisiana, 1 July 1964 – 15 October 1966
  • Tan Son Nhut Air Base, South Vietnam, 15 October 1966 – 1 December 1971
  • Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, 31 January 1972 – 31 December 1974
  • Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, 1 October 1978 – 1 April 1992[1]



  • Pacific Airlift: 1 October 1978 – 15 January 1981[1]



  • 616th Military Airlift Group: 9 August 1990 – 1 April 1992[1]


See also

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "Factsheet 834 Air Division". Air Force Historical Research Agency. October 11, 2007. Archived from the original on October 30, 2012. Retrieved March 25, 2014. 


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