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45 RECONNAISSANCE SQUADRON (ACC)

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45 Reconnaissance Squadron Emblem
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Lineage. Constituted as 423 Night Fighter Squadron on 17 Aug 1943. Activated on 1 Oct 1943. Redesignated as: 155 Photo Reconnaissance Squadron on 22 Jun 1944; 45 Reconnaissance Squadron, Night Photographic, on 3 Dec 1945; 45 Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Night Photographic, on 1 Jul 1948. Inactivated on 25 Mar 1949. Redesignated 45 Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron on 19 Sep 1950. Activated on 26 Sep 1950. Redesignated as: 45 Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Photographic-Jet, on 1 Jan 1953; 45 Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron on 1 Jan 1967. Inactivated on 31 May 1971. Activated on 15 Oct 1971. Inactivated on 31 Oct 1975. Redesignated as 45 Tactical Reconnaissance Training Squadron on 8 Sep 1981. Activated on 1 Apr 1982. Inactivated on 30 Sep 1989. Redesignated as 45 Reconnaissance Squadron on 24 Jun 1994. Activated on 1 Jul 1994.
 
Assignments. Air Defense Department, AAF School of Applied Tactics (attached to 481 Night Fighter Operational Training Group), 1 Oct 1943; 481 Night Fighter Operational Training Group, 1 Nov 1943; IX Tactical Air Command, 18 Apr 1944; 10 Photographic Group, 17 May 1944; IX Tactical Air Command, 16 Feb 1945; 67 Tactical Reconnaissance Group, 21 Feb 1945 (attached to 9 Tactical Reconnaissance Group [Provisional], 25 Apr-23 May 1945); 363 Tactical Reconnaissance Group, 23 May 1945; IX Tactical Air Command, 12 Jul 1945; 64 Fighter Wing, 1 Aug 1945; 10 Reconnaissance Group, 24 Nov 1945; 86 Composite Group, 15 May 1947; United States Air Forces in Europe, 14 Jan 1948; 7300 Air Force Composite Wing, 1 Jul 1948; United States Air Forces in Europe (attached to 36 Fighter Wing), 13 Aug 1948-25 Mar 1949. 543 Tactical Support Group, 26 Sep 1950; 314 Air Division, 1 Dec 1950 (attached to 49 Fighter-Bomber Wing, 27 Dec 1950-24 Feb 1951); 67 Tactical Reconnaissance Group, 25 Feb 1951 (attached to 67 Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, 1 Jun-25 Nov 1954 and 1 Jul-30 Sep 1957); 67 Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, 1 Oct 1957; 39 Air Division, 25 Apr 1960 (attached to 460 Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, 8 Jul 1966-[as Detachment 1, 45 TRS]); 475 Tactical Fighter Wing, 15 Jan 1968 (remained attached to 460 Tactical Reconnaissance Wing [as Detachment 1, 45 TRS] to 31 Dec 1970); Fifth Air Force, 15 Mar-31 May 1971. 67 Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, 15 Oct 1971-31 Oct 1975 (attached to 10 Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, 13 Jun-7 Jul 1973). 67 Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, 1 Apr 1982-30 Sep 1989. 55 Operations Group, 1 Jul 1994-.

Stations. Orlando AB, FL, 1 Oct 1943; Kern County Aprt, CA, 29 Jan-26 Mar 1944; Chormy Down, England, 18 Apr 1944; Chalgrove, England, 20 May 1944; Rennes, France, c. 10 Aug 1944; Chateaudun, France, 28 Aug 1944; St Dizier, France, c. 12 Sep 1944; Le Culot, Belgium, c. 13 Feb 1945; Maastricht, Holland, c. 4 Apr 1945; Kassel/Rothwesten, Germany, c. 10 Jul 1945; Darmstadt, Germany, 28 Sep 1945; Furth, Germany, 24 Nov 1945; Furstenfeldbruck, Germany, 26 Mar 1947-25 Mar 1949. Itazuke AB, Japan, 26 Sep 1950; Komaki AB, Japan, 23 Oct 1950; Taegu AB, South Korea, 27 Dec 1950; Kimpo, South Korea, 18 Aug 1951; Misawa AB, Japan, 3 Mar 1955-31 May 1971 (detachment at Don Muang RTAFB, Thailand, Nov 1961-1 May 1962 and 14 Nov-14 Dec 1962; Tan Son Nhut AB, South Vietnam, 14 Dec 1962-5 May 1963, 1 Nov 1963-3 May 1964, and 1 Feb-6 Nov 1965; Udorn RTAFB, Thailand, 1 Nov 1965-15 Aug 1966; deployed at Tan Son Nhut AB, South Vietnam, Jul 1966-31 Dec 1970). Bergstrom AFB, TX, 15 Oct 1971-31 Oct 1975 (deployed at RAF Alconbury, England, 13 Jun-7 Jul 1973). Bergstrom AFB, TX, 1 Apr 1982-30 Sep 1989. Offutt AFB, NE, 1 Jul 1994-.

Commanders. Unkn, 1-14 Oct 1943 (not manned, 1-7 Oct 1943); Lt Col Joe G. Gillespie Jr., 15 Oct 1943; Maj George W. Reynolds, 28 Mar 1945; Lt David F. Ducy Jr., 5 Oct 1945; Lt William K. Bixby II, c. Nov 1945; Maj Franklin L. Moore, 24 Nov 1945; Maj Harry W. Trimble, 23 Jul 1946; Lt Col Robert R. Smith, 26 Mar 1947-unkn. Capt Lawrence R. McKulla, 26 Sep 1950; Lt Col Paul A. Pettigrew, 27 Oct 1950; Lt Col Stephen A. Stone Jr., 2 May 1951; Lt Col Thomas A. Hudson Jr., Nov 1951; Lt Col Morgan R. Beamer Jr., 30 Aug 1952; Lt Col Ewell K. Nold Jr., 1 May 1953; Lt Col Roger K. Rhodarmer, Jun 1953-unkn; Maj Edward G. Murphy, c. 1954-unkn; Lt Col Arthur G. Durbeck, c. 1955; Maj Frank O. Lux, 8 Aug 1957-unkn; Maj C. Bush, 1959-unkn; Maj Noble J. McSwane, c. 1960; Lt Col Arthur L. Osborn, 10 Sep 1960; Lt Col James A. Bryant, 1963; Lt Col Colin J. Walker, 23 Jun 1966; Maj Simon W. C. Moses, c. 1-22 Jul 1966; none (not manned), 23 Jul 1966-31 May 1971. Lt Col Dannie T. Waddle Jr., 15 Oct 1971; Lt Col James E. Kater, 20 Jul 1973; Lt Col Kay L. Berry, 20 Dec 1974-31 Oct 1975.
[Commanders, Detachment 1, 45 Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron: Maj Simon W. C. Moses, 8 Jul 1966; Col Daniel J. Nelson, 1 Aug 1966; Lt Col Gordon H. Johns, 1 Nov 1966; Lt Col Byron P. Spears, 10 Sep 1967; Col Alfred G. Simmons, 27 Aug 1968; Lt Col Jack W. Gillette, 24 Jan 1969; Lt Col Jack C. Bowland, 5 May 1969; Lt Col Kirby A. Bernich, 9 Aug 1969; Lt Col Thomas T. Mounts, 6 Dec 1969; Lt Col Spencer Hall Jr., 18 May-c. 16 Nov 1970; none (not manned), c. 16 Nov-31 Dec 1970.]
Lt Col David W. Buermeyer, 1 Apr 1982; Lt Col Harold Gillenwaters, 11 Jun 1983; Lt Col William A. Jenkins, 21 Dec 1984; Lt Col Stanley Degruccio, 4 Nov 1985; Lt Col Richard W. Rice, 8 Jul 1986; Lt Col Charles M. Wentz, 20 Nov 1987-30 Sep 1989. Lt Col Richard L. Wilson, 1 Jul 1994; Lt Col Joseph E. Spivey, 20 Jul 1995; Lt Col Robert T. Marlin, 9 May 1997-unkn; Lt Col Keven Harshbarger, 22 Nov 2004; Lt Col Ken Bauer, 21 Jul 2006; Lt Col Jeffrey Compton, Apr 2008; Lt Col Brian Humphrey, Apr 2010; Lt Col Ross M. Bullock, 12 Aug 2011-.
 
Aircraft. P-70, 1943-1944; A-20, 1943-1945; F-3, 1944-1945; A-26 (later, B-26), 1945-1949; F-6, 1946-1948; B-17, 1948. T-6, 1950-1951; F-51, 1950-1953; C-47, 1951-1952; F-80, 1952-1955; RF-80, 1952-1955; RF-84, 1955-1958; RF-101, 1958-1970. RF-4, 1971-1975. RF-4, 1982-1989. RC-135, 1994-; WC-135, 1994-; TC-135, 1994-; OC-135, 1994-.
 
Operations. Combat in European Theater of Operations (ETO), 6 Jun 1944-8 Apr 1945. Photo-mapping of Europe, Jun 1945-Mar 1949. Combat in Korea, 29 Dec 1950-27 Jul 1953. Squadron detachments flew combat reconnaissance in SEA, Nov 1961-Jul 1966. Combat reconnaissance in Southeast Asia (SEA), Jul 1966-Nov 1970. Trained basic pilot and navigator graduates in RF-4 weapons systems for entire US Air Force, 1982-1989. Performed reconnaissance missions including verification of Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) and Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT), 1994-; also conducted air sampling missions, 1994-.
 
Service Streamers. None.

Campaign Streamers. World War II: Normandy; Northern France; Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe. Korea: CCF Intervention; First UN Counteroffensive; CCF Spring Offensive; UN Summer-Fall Offensive; Second Korean Winter; Korea Summer-Fall, 1952; Third Korean Winter; Korea, Summer 1953. Vietnam: Vietnam Advisory; Vietnam Defensive; Vietnam Air Offensive; Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase II; Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase III; Vietnam Air/Ground; Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase IV; TET 69/ Counteroffensive; Vietnam Summer-Fall, 1969; Vietnam Winter-Spring, 1970; Sanctuary Counteroffensive; Southwest Monsoon.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.

Decorations. Distinguished Unit Citations (Korea): 25 Feb-21 Apr 1951; 9 Jul-27 Nov 1951; 1 May-27 Jul 1953. Presidential Unit Citations (Southeast Asia): 18 Feb 1966-30 Jun 1967; 1 Sep 1967-10 Jul 1968; 11 Jul 1968-31 Aug 1969. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards with Combat "V" Device: 1 Nov 1962-31 Oct 1963; 1 Nov 1963-31 Dec 1964; 1 Jan 1966-30 May 1967; 1 Jul 1969-30 Jun 1970; 1 Jul-31 Dec 1970. Meritorious Unit Awards: 1 Jun 2002-31 May 2004; 1 Jun 2004-31 May 2006; 1 Jun 2006-31 May 2007; 1 Jun 2007-31 May 2008; 1 Jun 2008-31 May 2009; 1 Jun 2009-31 May 2010. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 1 Dec 1952-30 Apr 1953; 8 Nov 1961-10 May 1962; 16 Oct 1971-15 May 1973; 16 May 1974-31 Oct 1975; 1 Jun 1982-31 May 1983; 1 Jun 1983-31 May 1984; 1 Jan 1985-1 Feb 1986; 1 Jul 1994-31 Jul 1995; 1 Jun 1997-31 May 1999; 1 Jun 1999-31 May 2001. Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation: 10 Feb 1951-31 Mar 1953. Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm: 1 Apr 1966-30 Apr 1970.

Lineage, Assignments, Stations, and Honors through Aug 2012.
 
Commanders through Aug 2012.
 
Aircraft and Operations through 30 Jun 1998.

Supersedes statement prepared on 3 Jun 2009.

Emblem. Approved on 29 Dec 1952; updated on 3 May 1982.

Prepared by Patsy Robertson.
 
Reviewed by Daniel Haulman.







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