517th Airlift Squadron (ALS) Patch

(Patch Courtesy of Firebird Billy R. Hales)

This is the present Firebird patch as worn by the 517th Airlift Squadron (PACAF) stationed at Elmendorf AFB, Alaska. The 517th now flies the Alaska portion of the mission formerly accomplished by the 17th Troop Carrier Squadron and 17th Tactical Airlift Squadron. The 109th Tactical Airlift Group, New York Air National Guard, was given the Greenland Ice Cap mission along with the ski-model C-130s.