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507 AIR REFUELING WING (AFRC)

Posted 3/19/2012 Printable Fact Sheet
 
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507 Air Refueling Wing Emblem
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Lineage. Established as 507 Fighter Group on 5 Oct 1944. Activated on 12 Oct 1944. Inactivated on 27 May 1946. Redesignated as 507 Fighter Group (Air Defense) on 20 Jun 1955. Activated on 18 Aug 1955. Discontinued, and inactivated, on 1 Feb 1961. Redesignated as 507 Tactical Fighter Group on 4 May 1972. Activated in the Reserve on 20 May 1972. Inactivated on 25 Mar 1973. Activated in the Reserve on 17 Oct 1975. Consolidated (31 Jan 1984) with the 507 Fighter Wing (Air Defense), which was established, and activated, on 28 Dec 1960. Organized on 1 Feb 1961. Inactivated on 30 Sep 1968. Consolidated organization retained designation 507 Tactical Fighter Group. Redesignated as: 507 Fighter Group on 1 Feb 1992; 507 Air Refueling Group on 1 Apr 1994; 507 Air Refueling Wing on 1 Oct 1994; 507 Wing on 15 Mar 1996; 507 Air Refueling Wing on 1 Aug 1997.
 
Assignments. 72 Fighter Wing, 12 Oct 1944; 301 Fighter Wing, 24 Jun 1945-27 May 1946. 4706 Air Defense Wing, 18 Aug 1955; 37 Air Division, 8 Jul 1956; 30 Air Division, 1 Apr 1959; Sault Sainte Marie Air Defense Sector, 1 Apr 1960; Duluth Air Defense Sector, 1 Oct 1963; 29 Air Division, 1 Apr 1966-30 Sep 1968. 442 Tactical Airlift Wing, 20 May 1972; 301 Tactical Fighter Wing, 25 Jul 1972-25 Mar 1973. 301 Tactical Fighter Wing, 17 Oct 1975; 419 Tactical Fighter (later, 419 Fighter) Wing, 1 Oct 1982; 452 Air Refueling Wing, 1 Apr 1994; Fourth Air Force, 15 Apr 1994-.
 
Operational Components. Groups. 507 Operations: 1 Aug 1992-. 513 Air Control: 15 Mar 1996-1 Apr 1997. 931 Air Refueling: 1 Mar 1999-1 Oct 2008. Squadrons. 438 Fighter Interceptor: 18 Aug 1955-30 Sep 1968. 463 Fighter: 12 Oct 1944-27 May 1946. 464 Fighter: 12 Oct 1944-27 May 1946. 465 Fighter: 12 Oct 1944-24 May 1946; 20 May 1972-25 Mar 1973; 17 Oct 1975-1 Aug 1992.
 
Stations. Peterson Field, CO, 12 Oct 1944; Bruning AAFld, NE, 20 Oct 1944; Dalhart AAFld, TX, 15 Dec 1944-24 Apr 1945; Ie Shima, Ryukyu Islands, 24 Jun 1945; Yontan, Okinawa, 29 Jan-27 May 1946. Kinross (later, Kincheloe) AFB, MI, 18 Aug 1955-30 Sep 1968. Tinker AFB, OK, 20 May 1972-25 Mar 1973. Tinker AFB, OK, 17 Oct 1975-.
 
Commanders. Unkn, 12-27 Oct 1944; Col Loring F. Stetson Jr., 27 Oct 1944; Lt Col Woodrow W. Korges, 12 Sep 1945; Maj Byron W. Foreman, 2 Nov 1945; Capt Franklin L. Fisher, 20 Nov 1945-unkn. Col John L. Locke, 18 Aug 1955; Col Robert W. Holmes, Jun 1956; Lt Col Claud E. Ford, 20 Jun 1959; Col Dean W. Dutrack, 27 Jul 1959; Col Thomas W. Hornsby, 12 Sep 1960; Col Ward W. Martindale, 5 Aug 1963; Col Robert L. Hinchee, 1 Jul 1967; Col William P. Brierty, 31 Aug 1967; Col Howard C. Johnson, 10 Jun 1968; Col Robert L. Hinchee, 1 Jul 1968; Col Howard C. Johnson, 12 Aug 1968; Col Robert L. Hinchee, 19 Aug-30 Sep 1968. Col John E. Taylor Jr., c. 20 May 1972; Maj Roger P. Scheer, Jan-25 Mar 1973. Col Roger P. Scheer, 17 Oct 1975; unkn, 15 May-1 Jul 1978; Col Jervis W. McEntee, 2 Jul 1978; Lt Col Jerry A. Wrucha, 9 Sep 1984; Col James L. Turner, 5 Jan 1986; Col Robert E. Lytle, 1 Dec 1990; Col Martin M. Mazick, 13 Aug 1995; Brig Gen Jon S. Gingerich, 6 Mar 1999; Col Timothy J. Wrighton, 5 Feb 2001; Brig Gen Dean J. Despinoy, Feb 2002; Col Jeffery R. Glass, 9 Aug 2006; Col Russell A. Muncy; 23 Oct 2011-.
 
Aircraft. P-47, 1944-1946. F-89, 1955-1957; F-102, 1957-1960; F-106, 1960-1968. F-105, 1972-1973. F-105, 1975-1980; F-4, 1980-1988; F-16, 1988-1994; KC-135, 1994-; E-3, 1996-1997.
 
Operations. Trained for overseas combat from late 1944 to late April 1945, when it departed for the Pacific. On 1 Jul 1945, began flying airstrikes from the Ryukyu Islands, targeting enemy ships, railroad bridges, airfields, factories, and barracks in Japan, Korea, and China. On 8 Aug 1945, escorted B-29 bombers on a raid, shooting down several Japanese fighters. Earned a Distinguished Unit Citation for outstanding performance in engaging and destroying Japanese interceptor aircraft during a long-range fighter sweep to Korea on 13 Aug 1945. Inactivated in Okinawa in May 1946. From Aug 1955 to Sep 1968 served in an air defense role, training with interceptor aircraft and participating in various exercises. Trained for tactical fighter missions, participating in numerous tactical, joint, and combined exercises, May 1972-Mar 1973 and Oct 1975-Sep 1994. The 507th was the first Air Force Reserve group to participate in RED FLAG exercises (1978), and the first to deploy to Turkey for an annual tour (1982). Converted from fighter to worldwide air refueling operations, 1994-. From Mar 1996 to Apr 1997, the wing also administered the 513 Air Control Group, the only Reserve organization flying the E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft. Supported Global War on Terrorism; deployed aircraft and personnel in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, 2001-. Participated in post-Hurricane Katrina relief, 2005.
 
Service Streamers. None.
 
Campaign Streamers. World War II: Western Pacific; Ryukyus; Air Offensive, Japan; China Offensive.
 
Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.

Decorations. Distinguished Unit Citation: Korea, 13 Aug 1945. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 1 Jun 1966-1 Jun 1968; 1 Jan-31 Dec 1978; 1 Jul 1985-1 Jul 1986; 1 Jul 1987-31 Aug 1989; 1 Jan 1992-31 Dec 1993; 1 Jan 1994-31 Dec 1995; 1 Aug 1996-31 Jul 1998; 1 Jan 2009-1 Aug 2010.
 
Lineage, Assignments, Components, Stations, and Honors through Sep 2011.

Commanders, Aircraft, and Operations through Sep 2011.

Supersedes statement prepared on 1 Mar 2002.

Emblem. Approved on 17 Aug 1956; newest rendition approved on 15 Feb 2007.

Prepared by Patsy Robertson.
 
Reviewed by Daniel Haulman.







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