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76 AIR REFUELING SQUADRON (AFRC)

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76 Air Refueling Squadron (AFRC) Emblem
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Lineage.   Constituted as 76 Troop Carrier Squadron on 30 Jan 1943.  Activated on 25 Feb 1943.  Inactivated on 15 Nov 1945.  Activated in the Reserve on 15 Jul 1947.  Redesignated as 76 Troop Carrier Squadron, Medium, on 26 Jun 1949.  Ordered to active service on 1 Mar 1951.  Relieved from active duty on 15 Oct 1952.  Inactivated on 1 Dec 1952.  Activated in the Reserve on 1 Dec 1952.  Discontinued, and inactivated, on 1 Apr 1966.  Redesignated as 76 Air Refueling Squadron on 9 Sep 1994.  Activated in the Reserve on 1 Oct 1994. 

Assignments.  435 Troop Carrier Group, 25 Feb 1943-15 Nov 1945.  435 Troop Carrier Group, 15 Jul 1947-1 Dec 1952.  435 Troop Carrier Group, 1 Dec 1952;  435 Troop Carrier Wing, 14 Apr 1959;  445 Troop Carrier Wing; 1 Oct 1961;  435 Troop Carrier Wing, 27 Aug 1962;  915 Troop Carrier Group, 17 Jan 1963-1 Apr 1966.  514 Operations Group, 1 Oct 1994-. 

Stations.  Bowman Field, KY, 25 Feb 1943;  Sedalia AAFld, MO, 4 May 1943;  Pope Field, NC, 5 Jul 1943;  Baer Field, IN, 8-13 Oct 1943;  Langer, England, 3 Nov 1943;  Welford Park, England, Jan 1944 (detachment operated from Tarquinia, Italy, 20 Jul-23 Aug 1944);  Bretigny, France, 19 Feb-Jun 1945;  Baer Field, IN, 5 Aug 1945;  Kellogg Field, MI, 23 Aug-15 Nov 1945.  Orlando AAB, FL, 15 Jul 1947; Miami Intl Aprt, FL, 26 Jun 1949-1 Dec 1952.  Miami Intl Aprt, FL, 1 Dec 1952; Homestead AFB, FL, 25 Jul 1960-1 Apr 1966.  McGuire AFB (later, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst), NJ, 1 Oct 1994-.

Commanders.  Lt Col Robert C. Lewis, 25 Feb 1943; unkn,  Jun-15 Nov 1945.  Unkn, 15 Jul 1947-28 Feb 1951; Lt Col John R. Pountnay, 1 Mar 1951; Maj William H. Jay, by 12 Jul 1951-1 Dec 1952.  Unkn, 1 Dec 1952-1959; Lt Col Charles E. Lewis, by Jan 1959; Maj William F. Keaster, Feb 1959; Lt Col Charles E. Lewis, by Dec 1961; Lt Col William F. Keaster, 27 Aug 1962; Maj Otis McLendon, by Nov 1963; Maj Harold E. Travis, by 31 Dec 1963; Maj Daniel F. Hunt, by 30 Jun 1965-1 Apr 1966.  Lt Col Charles E. Reed, 1 Oct 1994; Col John M. Howlett, 10 Jul 1998; Lt Col Gregory L. Michael, 14 Aug 1999; Lt Col Steven T. Scott, 1 Jun 2001-unkn; Lt Col Victor Herrara, 16 Jul 2009-. 

Aircraft.   C-53, 1943-1945; C-47, 1943-1945; CG-4, 1943-1945; Horsa Glider, 1944-1945; C-109, 1945.  Probably C-46, 1947-1948; C-46, 1949-1951; C-119, 1951-1966; C-124, 1966.   KC-10, 1994-.

Operations.  Airborne and glider assaults on Normandy, Southern France, Holland, and Germany;  transportation of personnel and cargo in European Theater of Operations (ETO) and Mediterranean Theater of Operations (MTO) during World War II.   In the Reserve and periods of active duty, conducted tactical airlift operations, 1947-1966; strategic airlift operations, 1966; global air refueling and airlift, 1994-.   Supported Operations Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom after 11 Sep 2001 terrorist attacks on the US.  Participated in Operation Unified Response, humanitarian relief for victims of earthquake in Haiti, 2010.    
           
Service Streamers.  None.

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

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers.  None.

Decorations.  Distinguished Unit Citation: France, 5-7 Jun 1944.  Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 1 Oct 1995-30 Sep 1997; 1 Oct 1999-30 Sep 2001; 1 Oct 2001-30 Sep 2002; 26 Aug 2004-25 Aug 2006; 26 Aug 2006-31 Aug 2007. 

Lineage, Assignments, Stations, and Honors through 31 Jan 2013.

Commanders, Aircraft, and Operations through Dec 2010.

Supersedes statement prepared on 2 Feb 2000.

Emblem.  Approved on 30 Mar 1944; newest rendition approved on 17 Apr 1996.

Prepared by Patsy Robertson.

Reviewed by Daniel Haulman.







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