December 23, 1965


1965: Operation BLUE LIGHT. Through 23 January, the Military Airlift C ommand transports the 3d Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, from Hawaii to Pleiku, South Vietnam, to offset communist forces in the area. The movement includes 231 C-141 sorties to move 3,000 troops and 4,700 tons of equipment. At the time, it is the largest airlift of troops and equipment into a combat zone.