A Symbolic Inactivation

The 345th Airlift Squadron was symbolically inactivated Friday at Keesler AFB, Miss. The unit and its associate, the Air Force Reserve’s 815th Airlift Squadron, are being inactivated “as a result of broader force structure initiatives announced in 2013,” according to an April 23 AFRC release. “Throughout history, our squadron has provided a lot of combat support for our nation, doing exactly what our country needed for its national defense,” said Lt. Col. Michael J. Ramirez, 345th AS commander. “Whenever our nation needed that excess capability, the 345th was there and stood up to fulfill that need, and we’ve written another chapter in the unit’s history in the past three-and-a-half years that everyone in this room has contributed to.” Col. Frank L. Amodeo, commander of the 403rd Wing, said, “The 345th and 815th are an impressive team. In January 2011, the two squadrons deployed to Afghanistan and smashed the world record for airdrop missions in a month—81 missions moving 5.6 million pounds of cargo.” An inactivation ceremony for the 815th AS will be held in June, but many of the Active Duty members will no longer be present, so the unit held its “symbolic ceremony early,” states the release.