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943 RESCUE GROUP (AFRC)

Posted 10/29/2007 Printable Fact Sheet
 
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943 Rescue Group (AFRC) Emblem
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Lineage. Established as 943 Troop Carrier Group, Medium, and activated in the Reserve, on 28 Dec 1962. Organized on 17 Jan 1963. Redesignated 943 Tactical Airlift Group on 1 Jul 1967. Inactivated on 25 Apr 1969. Redesignated 943 Military Airlift Group (Associate) on 31 Jul 1969. Activated in the Reserve on 25 Sep 1969. Inactivated on 1 Jul 1973. Redesignated 943 Tactical Airlift Group on 8 Jan 1985. Activated in the Reserve on 1 Apr 1985. Redesignated 943 Airlift Group on 1 Feb 1992. Inactivated on 30 Jun 1993. Redesignated 943 Rescue Group on 13 Jan 2005. Activated in the Reserve on 12 Feb 2005.

Assignments. 452 Troop Carrier (later, 452 Military Airlift) Wing, 17 Jan 1963-25 Apr 1969. 514 Military Airlift Wing (Associate), 25 Sep 1969-1 Jul 1973. 302 Tactical Airlift Wing, 1 Apr 1985; 445 Airlift Wing (Associate) (later, 445 Airlift Wing), 1 Feb 1992-30 Jun 1993. 920 Rescue Wing, 12 Feb 2005-.

Components. Group: 943 Operations: 1 Aug 1992-30 Jun 1993. Squadrons: 300 Military Airlift (Associate): 25 Sep 1969-1 Jul 1973. 303 Tactical Airlift (later, 303 Airlift): 1 Apr 1985-1 Aug 1992. 304 Rescue: 12 Feb 2005-. 305 Rescue: 12 Feb 2005-. 306 Rescue: 12 Feb 2005-. 701 Military Airlift (Associate): 25 Sep 1970-1 Jul 1973. 707 Military Airlift (Associate): 1 Oct 1972-1 Jul 1973. 729 Troop Carrier, Medium (later, 729 Tactical Airlift): 17 Jan 1963-25 Apr 1969.
 
Stations. March AFB, CA, 17 Jan 1963-25 Apr 1969. Charleston AFB, SC, 25 Sep 1969-1 Jul 1973. March AFB, CA, 1 Apr 1985-30 Jun 1993. Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ, 12 Feb 2005-.

Commanders. Lt Col William Lyon, 1963; Lt Col Richard W. McFarlane, 1968-25 Apr 1969. Col William A. Willis, 25 Sep 1969; Col Richard J. Boyle, 1970; Col Richard P. McFarland, 1 Aug 1971-1 Jul 1973. Col Clayton H. Ford Jr., c. 1 Apr 1985; Lt Col Jack B. Bush, 10 Sep 1989; Lt Col Bernard J. Pieczynski, 17 Nov 1990; Lt Col Randall W. Young, 11 Mar 1992; unkn, 1 Jan-30 Jun 1993.
Aircraft. C-119, 1963-1969. C-141, 1969-1973; C-5, 1973. C-130, 1985-1993.

Operations. The 943d Group conducted flying training missions and participated in Operation Power Pack, the transport of troops and equipment during the Dominican Republic crisis in 1965. It transported troops into and out of Southeast Asia during airlines pilot strike in 1966 (Operation Combat Leave). During 1968, it air dropped personnel and supplies to Army Special Forces training in Utah for night counter-insurgency missions and airlifted Marine Corps personnel from California to Nevada. Between 1969 and 1973, it participated in many operations which included transporting porpoises and a Polaris missile for the US Navy in 1971, airlifting patients from the Canal Zone and islands in the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean hospitals; and supporting President Nixon's meeting with Japanese Emperor Hirohito in Alaska in 1971. The 943d also provided air transport in Southeast Asia and participated in Operation Garden Plot in support of Republican and Democratic conventions in 1972. Equipped with C-5 aircraft in 1973, it trained until inactivation in 1 Jul 1973. In 1985, it was equipped with C-130H and C-130B aircraft. It deployed personnel and equipment world-wide, airlifting troops, supplies, and equipment, and performing aeromedical evacuation. The group rotated crews and aircraft to Panama in support of US operations in the Canal Zone, 1985-1993. Two C-130Bs assigned to the group were equipped with firefighting modules and supported firefighting operations in Southwestern US. It also deployed personnel in support of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, 1990-1991.
 
Service Streamers. None

Campaign Streamers. None

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.

Decorations. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 13 Jun 1970-30 Jun 1972; 1 Jul 1972-30 Jun 1973; 1 Jan 1990-31 Dec 1991. Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm: 15 Sep 1969-28 Jan 1973.

Lineage, Assignments, Stations, and Honors through 12 Feb 2005.

Commanders, Aircraft, and Operations through 31 Dec 1992.

Supersedes statement prepared on 3 Apr 1985.

Emblem. Approved on 13 Aug 1969. New design pending.
 
Prepared by Carl E. Bailey.

Reviewed by A. Timothy Warnock.







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