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79 AIR REFUELING SQUADRON (AFRC)

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79 Air Refueling Squadron (AFRC) Emblem
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Lineage. Constituted as 79 Troop Carrier Squadron on 23 Mar 1943. Activated on 1 Apr 1943. Inactivated on 15 Nov 1945. Activated in the Reserve on 11 Apr 1948. Redesignated as 79 Troop Carrier Squadron, Medium on 27 Jun 1949. Ordered to active service on 1 Apr 1951. Inactivated on 16 Apr 1951. Activated in the Reserve on 18 May 1955. Inactivated on 15 May 1958. Redesignated as 79 Military Airlift Squadron, and activated in the Reserve, on 14 Mar 1966. Organized on 1 Apr 1966. Redesignated as 79 Airborne Early Warning and Control Squadron on 30 Jun 1971. Inactivated on 1 Oct 1978. Redesignated as 79 Air Refueling Squadron (Heavy) (Associate) on 21 Jun 1982. Activated in the Reserve on 1 Sep 1982. Redesignated as: 79 Air Refueling Squadron (Associate) on 1 Feb 1992; 79 Air Refueling Squadron on 1 Oct 1994.
 
Assignments. 436 Troop Carrier Group, 1 Apr 1943-15 Nov 1945. 419 Troop Carrier Group, 11 Apr 1948; 436 Troop Carrier Group, 27 Jun 1949-16 Apr 1951. 436 Troop Carrier Group, 18 May 1955-15 May 1958. Continental Air Command, 14 Mar 1966; 915 Military Airlift Group, 1 Apr 1966; Eastern Air Force Reserve Region, 30 Jul 1971; Tenth Air Force, 8 Oct 1976; 915 Airborne Early Warning and Control Group, 1 Dec 1976-1 Oct 1978. 452 Air Refueling Wing, 1 Sep 1982; 452 Operations Group, 1 Aug 1992; 349 Operations Group, 1 Apr 1995-.
 
Stations. Baer Field, IN, 1 Apr 1943; Alliance AAFld, NE, 2 May 1943; Laurinburg-Maxton AAB, NC, 4 Aug 1943; Baer Field, IN, 16-28 Dec 1943; Bottesford, England, 6 Jan 1944; Membury, England, 2 Mar 1944-Feb 1945 (operated from Voltone Airfield, Italy, 20 Jul-23 Aug 1944); Melun, France, 21 Feb-15 Jul 1945; Baer Field, IN, 7 Aug 1945; Malden AAFld, MO, 8 Sep-15 Nov 1945. Norfolk Muni Aprt, VA, 11 Apr 1948; Godman AFB, KY, 27 Jun 1949; Standiford Field, KY, 20 Oct 1950-16 Apr 1951. New York Naval Air Station (later, U.S. Naval Air Station, New York), NY, 18 May 1955-15 May 1958. Homestead AFB, FL, 1 Apr 1966-1 Oct 1978. March AFB, CA, 1 Sep 1982; Travis AFB, CA, 1 Apr 1995-.
 
Commanders. None (not manned), 1-3 Apr 1943; Lt Col John D. Kreyssler, 4 Apr 1943; Capt Silas P. Lee, 18 Jul 1944; 2 Lt Nellis E. Hill, c. 2 Aug 1944; 2 Lt John O. Dorr, 6 Aug 1944; 2 Lt William R. Bryant, 9 Aug 1944; Capt Silas P. Lee, 19 Aug 1944; Lt Col John D. Kreyssler, 24 Aug 1944; Lt Col Hollis B. Tara, 8 Mar 1945-unkn. Unkn, 11 Apr 1948-1949; Lt Col Alvin H. Nurre, c. 1 Jul 1949; Maj Garland Hardin, 19 Oct 1949-1950; unkn, 1950-16 Apr 1951. Unkn, 18 May 1955-15 May 1958. Lt Col James P. Friel, 1 Apr 1966; Lt Col Lawrence F. Liberty, 1 Jul 1968; Col David L. Stanford, by Mar 1971; Col William R. Stack Jr., by Aug 1971; Col David L. Stanford, 6 Jan 1974; Col Leonard P. Voight, 3 Mar 1975; Col Evan E. Clements, by Sep 1976; Lt Col William J. Campbell Jr., by Mar 1977-1 Oct 1978. Maj Russell T. Olson, 1 Sep 1982; Maj Johnny L. Corbin, by 7 Sep 1984; Lt Col James P. Bronowski, by 4 Feb 1985; Lt Col John J. Batbie Jr., 13 Aug 1987; Col Kenneth L. McKibban, 10 Apr 1988; Lt Col Robert E. Fields, 15 Jul 1990; unkn, Apr 1994-5 Aug 1995; Maj Louis J. Leli, 6 Aug 1995; Lt Col Michael J. Devenport, 20 Jan 1996; Col James Leli, 19 Oct 1996; Lt Col William F. Ames, 1 Nov 2000; Lt Col Robert K. Millmann Jr., 26 Jan 2002; Lt Col Barrett P. Broussard, 23 Jul 2005; Lt Col William B. Featherston, 1 Mar 2007-.
 
Aircraft. C-47, 1943-1945. C-47, 1948-1951; T-7, 1948-1951; T-11, 1948-1951. C-46, 1955-1958; C-119, 1957-1958. C-124, 1966-1971; C-121, 1971-1973, 1976-1978; EC-121, 1971-1978. KC-10, 1982-.
 
Operations. Transported cargo and troops in the European and Mediterranean Theaters of Operation during World War II. Dropped relief supplies to Bastogne and took part in airborne assaults on Normandy, southern France, the Netherlands, and Germany in 1944 and 1945. Trained in the Reserve for troop carrier operations, 1948-1951 and 1955-1958. As part of the Reserve, 1966-1971, participated in military airlift exercises and operations, including missions to southeast Asia. From mid-1971 to 1978, flew airborne early warning and control missions for the air defense of the United States. Since 1982, trained for and flew worldwide air refueling and strategic airlift missions, participating in joint training exercises and contingency and humanitarian relief operations. Supported Operations Enduring Freedom and Noble Eagle after the 11 Sep 2001 attack on the U. S.
 
Service Streamers. World War II American Theater.

Campaign Streamers. World War II: Rome-Arno; Normandy; Northern France; Southern France; Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe.
 
Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.

Decorations. Distinguished Unit Citation: France, [6-7] Jun 1944. Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Combat "V" Device: 1 Aug 2002-15 Aug 2003. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 1 Dec 1976-15 Mar 1978; 1 Apr 1984-31 Mar 1985; 1 Jul 1991-30 Jun 1993; 1 Apr-15 Aug 1995; 1 Jul 1996-30 Jun 1998; 1 Aug 2000-31 Jul 2002; 16 Aug 2003-17 Aug 2004; 18 Aug 2004-17 Aug 2005; 18 Aug 2005-17 Aug 2006; 18 Aug 2006-17 Aug 2007; 18 Aug 2007-17 Aug 2008; 18 Aug 2008-17 Aug 2009. Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm: 1 Jul 1966-29 Jul 1971.
 
Lineage, Assignments, Stations, and Honors through Dec 2010.

Commanders, Aircraft, and Operations through Dec 2007.

Supersedes statement prepared on 23 Aug 2000.

Emblem. Approved on 29 Jul 1996; modified on 3 Apr 2006.
 
Prepared by Patsy Robertson.
 
Reviewed by Daniel Haulman.







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