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6 SPECIAL OPERATIONS SQUADRON (AFSOC)

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Lineage. Constituted 6 Fighter Squadron, Commando, on 22 Sep 1944. Activated on 30 Sep 1944. Inactivated on 3 Nov 1945. Disbanded on 8 Oct 1948. Reconstituted, and activated, on 18 Apr 1962. Organized on 27 Apr 1962. Redesignated: 6 Air Commando Squadron, Fighter, on 15 Jun 1966; 6 Special Operations Squadron on 15 Jul 1968. Inactivated on 15 Nov 1969. Activated on 8 Jan 1970. Redesignated 6 Special Operations Training Squadron on 31 Aug 1972. Inactivated on 15 Sep 1974. Redesignated 6 Special Operations Flight on 25 Mar 1994. Activated on 1 Apr 1994. Redesignated 6 Special Operations Squadron on 1 Oct 1994. 

Assignments. 1 Air Commando Group, 30 Sep 1944-3 Nov 1945 (attached to First Provisional Fighter Group, 7 Feb-c. 8 May 1945; 2 Air Commando Group, 23 May-20 Jun 1945). Tactical Air Command, 18 Apr 1962; 1 Air Commando Group (later, 1 Air Commando Wing), 27 Apr 1962; 14 Air Commando Wing, 29 Feb 1968; 633 Special Operations Wing, 15 Jul 1968-15 Nov 1969. 4410 Combat Crew Training Wing (later, 4410 Special Operations Training Group), 8 Jan 1970; 1 Special Operations Wing, 31 Jul 1973; 23 Tactical Fighter Wing, 1 Jan-15 Sep 1974. 16 Operations (later, 1 Special Operations) Group, 1 Apr 1994-. 

Stations. Asansol, India, 30 Sep 1944 (detachments operated from Cox's Bazar, India, 15-21 Oct 1944, 2-8 Nov 1944; and 11-18 Jan 1945, and from Fenny, India, 1-24 Dec 1944); Hay, India, 7 Feb 1945; Asansol, India, 9 May 1945; Kalaikunda, India, 23 May 1945; Asansol, India, 22 Jun-6 Oct 1945; Camp Kilmer, NJ, 1-3 Nov 1945. Eglin Air Force Auxiliary Airfield No. 9 (Hurlburt Field), FL, 27 Apr 1962; England AFB, LA, 15 Jan 1966-17 Feb 1968; Pleiku AB, South Vietnam, 29 Feb 1968-15 Nov 1969 (detachment operated from Da Nang AB, South Vietnam, 1 Apr 1968-1 Sep 1969). England AFB, LA, 8 Jan 1970-15 Sep 1974. Hurlburt Fld, FL, 1 Apr 1994-. 

Commanders. Capt Olin B. Carter, c. 30 Sep 1944; Maj Younger A. Pitts Jr., Nov 1944; Capt William J. Hemphill, 19 Feb-Sep 1945; unkn, Sep-3 Nov 1945. Unkn, 27 Apr 1962; Maj William W. McDaniel, 30 Apr 1962; Maj Robert W. Allison Jr., c. Feb 1963; Lt Col Owen P. Farmer Jr., 12 Apr 1963; Maj Siegel M. Dickman, c. Jun 1964; Maj Leroy W. Svendsen Jr., c. Jul 1964; Lt Col Eugene H. Mueller Jr., Oct 1964; Maj Robert A. McCauley, 7 Jun 1965; Lt Col Benjamin M. Washburn, 28 Jun 1965; Col Domenico A. Curto, c. Nov 1965, Maj George G. Duke, c. Jan 1966; Lt Col Wallace A. Ford, 3 May 1966; Maj Joseph C. Holden, c. Jul 1966; Lt Col Wallace A. Ford, 22 Oct 1966; Lt Col Norman F. Repp, 1 Mar 1968; Lt Col James N. Swain Jr., 22 May 1968; Lt Col Alexander E. Corey, 17 Jul 1968; Lt Col Harold D. Hadden, 1 May-15 Nov 1969. Lt Col Donald L. Lanoue, 8 Jan 1970; Maj Wayne K. Beckwith, 31 Aug 1970; Maj Robert L. Martin, 15 Sep 1970; Lt Col Fred T. Coleman, c. Jul 1972-15 Sep 1974. Unkn, 1 Apr 1994; Lt Col Stephen S. Whitson, 1 Oct 1994; Lt Col Monty D. Sexton, 13 Dec 1996; Lt Col Marvin S. Pugmire, 23 Jan 1998; Lt Col Norman J. Brozenick Jr., 30 Jun 1999; Lt Col Eric C. Huppert, 18 Jan 2001; Lt Col James Sikes, 16 Jan 2003-

Aircraft. P-47, 1944-1945; P-51, 1945. B/RB-26 and L-28 (later, U-10), 1962-1963; T-28, 1962-1967; A-1, 1963, 1966; 1967-1969. A-37, 1970-1974. None assigned, 1994-1995; UH-1N, 1996-; CASA-212, 1998-. 

Operations. Combat in CBI, 17 Oct 1944-8 May 1945. Combat in Southeast Asia, 1 Mar 1968-15 Nov 1969. Replacement training for US and allied pilots in A-37 aircraft, Jan 1970-Sep 1974. Served as combat advisory unit to combatant commander during crises; focused on foreign internal defense (FID), 1994-. 

Service Streamers. None. 

Campaign Streamers. World War II: India-Burma; Central Burma. Vietnam: 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. 

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None. 

Decorations. Presidential Unit Citation: Vietnam, 1 Jun-15 Nov 1969. Air Force
Outstanding Unit Awards with the Combat "V" Device: 1 Feb-20 Jun 1968; 15 Jul 1968-31 May 1969; 1 Jun 1997-31 May 1999; 1 Jul 2003-30 Jun 2005. Gallant Unit Citation: 6 Oct 2001-30 May 2003. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: Jul 1963-Jun 1965; 15 Sep 1970-31 Dec 1971; 1 Jun 1995-31 May 1997; 1 Jul 1999-30 Jun 2001; 1 Jul 2001-30 Jun 2003; 1 Sep 2004-31 Aug 2006. Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm: 1 Jan 1968-15 Nov 1969. 

Lineage, Assignments, Stations, and Honors through 7 Aug 2007. 

Commanders, Aircraft, and Operations through 31 Dec 2003. 

Supersedes published information contained in: Judy G. Endicott (ed.), USAF Active Flying, Space, and Missile Squadrons as of 1 October 1995 (Washington: USGPO, 1999). 

Emblem. Approved on 5 Sep 1997. 

Prepared by Patsy Robertson. 

Reviewed by Daniel Haulman.







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