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436 OPERATIONS GROUP (AMC)

Posted 12/28/2007 Printable Fact Sheet

Lineage. Established as 436 Troop Carrier Group on 23 Mar 1943. Activated on 1 Apr 1943. Inactivated on 15 Nov 1945. Activated in the Reserve on 15 Mar 1947. Redesignated 436 Troop Carrier Group, Medium, on 27 Jun 1949. Inactivated on 16 Apr 1951. Activated on 18 May 1955. Inactivated on 15 May 1958. Redesignated: 436 Military Airlift Group on 31 Jul 1985; 436 Operations Group on 1 Dec 1991. Activated on 1 Dec 1991.

Assignments. 50 Troop Carrier Wing, 1 Apr 1943; 53 Troop Carrier Wing, 15 Apr 1943; 61 Troop Carrier Wing, 19 Jul 1943; 50 Troop Carrier Wing, 2 Aug 1943; 60 Troop Carrier Wing, 13 Aug 1943; 50 Troop Carrier Wing, Jan 1944; 53 Troop Carrier Wing, 3 Mar 1944; Continental Air Forces, Aug-15 Nov 1945. Eleventh Air Force, 15 Mar 1947; 323 Troop Carrier Wing (later, 323 Air Division, Troop Carrier), 17 Oct 1947; 69 Air Division, Troop Carrier, 1 Jul 1948; 436 Troop Carrier Wing, 27 Jun 1949-16 Apr 1951. 436 Troop Carrier Wing, 18 May 1955-15 May 1958. 436 Airlift Wing, 1 Dec 1991-.

Components. Squadrons. 3 Airlift: 1 Dec 1991-. 9 Airlift: 1 Dec 1991-. 31 Airlift: 1 Dec 1991-14 Jan 1994. 73 Troop Carrier: 1 Jul 1948-27 Jun 1949; 27 Jun 1949-1 Jul 1949. 79 Troop Carrier: 1 Apr 1943-15 Nov 1945; 27 Jun 1949-16 Apr 1951; 18 May 1955-15 May 1958. 80 Troop Carrier: 1 Apr 1943-15 Nov 1945; 1 Aug 1947-1 Jul 1948; 27 Jun 1949-16 Apr 1951. 81 Troop Carrier: 1 Apr 1943-15 Nov 1945; 26 May 1947-1 Jul 1948; 27 Jun 1949-16 Apr 1951; 22 Aug 1955-16 Nov 1957. 82 Troop Carrier: 1 Apr 1943-15 Nov 1945; 10 Aug 1947-27 Jun 1949; 27 Jun 1949-16 Apr 1951. 316 Troop Carrier: 15 Mar 1947-27 Jun 1949.

Stations. Baer Field, IN, 1 Apr 1943; Alliance AAB, NE, 2 May 1943; Laurinburg-Maxton AAB, NC, 5 Aug 1943; Baer Field, IN, 16-28 Dec 1943; Bottesford, England, 30 Jan 1944; Membury Camp, England, 3 Mar 1944-18 Feb 1945; Villaroche, France, 21 Feb-15 Jul 1945; Baer Field, IN, 15 Aug 1945; Malden AAFld, MO, 8 Sep-15 Nov 1945; Godman Field (later, Godman AFB), KY, 15 Mar 1947; Standiford Muni Aprt (later, Standiford Field), KY, 20 Oct 1950-16 Apr 1951. New York NAS (later, USNAS, New York), 18 May 1955-15 May 1958. Dover AFB, DE, 1 Dec 1991-.

Commanders. Col Adriel N. Williams, 1 Apr 1943-1 Oct 1945; unkn, 1 Oct-15 Nov 1945. Unkn, 15 Mar 1947-16 Apr 1951. Unkn, 18 May 1955-15 May 1958. Col Jon A. Hawley, 1 Dec 1991; Col Richard B. Bundy, 6 Jul 1992; Col Timothy J. Kauffman, 11 Jun 1993; Col Felix M. Grieder, 5 Jul 1995; Col Michael L. Sevier, 15 Jul 1997; Col Erwin F. Lessell III, 17 Jul 1998; Col Mark S. Solo, 14 Jan 2000; Col Kenneth R. Carson, 5 Oct 2001; Col Michael R. Helms, 1 Oct 2002; Col John E. Ball, 30 Jan 2003; Col Leonard G. Heavner, 15 Jun 2004; Col Merril J. Alligood Jr., 27 Feb 2006-.

Aircraft. C-47, 1943-1945. C-45, 1949; T-7, 1949-1951; T-11, 1949-1951; C-47, 1949-1951. T-28, 1955; T-33, 1955; C-45, 1955-1957; C-46, 1955-1957; C-119, 1957. C-5, 1991-.

Operations. Trained for duty in Europe with the Ninth Air Force. Continued training in England, Jan-May 1944. Began combat operations in Jun 1944 and participated in four major airborne operations by May 1945. Received a Distinguished Unit Citation for its first missions, which were flown during the Normandy invasion; dropped paratroops of 82d Airborne Division over the beachhead early on 6 Jun; released gliders with reinforcement of troops and supplies on the afternoon of D-Day and on the following morning; later picked up undamaged gliders on the coast. In Jul 1944, deployed 49 aircraft and crews to Italy to take part in the invasion of Southern France; released gliders carrying troops and dropped paratroops in the assault area on 15 Aug; flew several resupply missions to France and then dropped supplies to Allied forces in Italy. The deployed element returned to England late in Aug, and in Sep the group carried out airborne operations over Holland, dropping paratroops of 101st Airborne Division and releasing gliders with reinforcements of troops and equipment. Towed gliders to Wesel on 24 Mar 1945 to provide troops for the airborne assault across the Rhine; carried gasoline to the front lines and evacuated patients, 30-31 Mar. Flew transport missions almost daily when not engaged in airborne operations; hauled such things as gasoline, ammunitions, medical supplies, rations, and clothing; evacuated the wounded to hospitals in England and France, After V-E Day, evacuated patients and prisoners of war, and flew practice missions with French paratroops. Trained primarily with C-47s in the Reserves Jun 1949-Apr 1951. Trained again in the Reserves, 1955-1958. In 1991, began flying worldwide airlift, including mail and other high priority cargo, aeromedical evacuation, personnel transport, and humanitarian and diplomatic missions. Served as the only combat-ready C-5 unit capable of airdrop and special operations procedures in support of tactical forces and national objectives. Provided special mortuary airlift missions from Iraq and Afghanistan 2001 to present.

Service Streamers. World War II American Theater.

Campaign Streamers. World War II: Rome-Arno; Normandy; Northern France; Southern France; Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.

Decorations. Distinguished Unit Citation: France [6-7] Jun 1944. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 1 Aug 1992-31 Jul 1994; 1 Jul 1997-30 Jun 1999; 1 Jul 2000-30 Jun 2001; 1 Jul 2001-30 Jun 2002; 1 Jul 2002-30 Jun 2003; 1 Jul 2003-30 Jun 2004; 1 Jul 2004-30 Jun 2005.

Lineage, Assignments, Components, Stations, and Honors through 27 Feb 2006.

Commanders, Aircraft, and Operations through Feb 2006.

Supersedes statement prepared on 12 Jun 1995.
 
Emblem. Group will use the wing emblem with group designation in scroll.
 
Prepared by Carl E. Bailey. 

Reviewed by Daniel L. Haulman.







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