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99 RECONNAISSANCE SQUADRON (ACC)

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Lineage. Organized as 99 Aero Squadron on 21 Aug 1917. Demobilized on 9 Jun 1919. Reconstituted as 99 Corps Observation Squadron [and organized] on 2 Jul 1919. Redesignated: 99 Squadron (Observation) on 14 Mar 1921; 99 Observation Squadron on 25 Jan 1923. Inactivated on 31 Jul 1927. Activated on 9 Nov 1928. Redesignated: 99 Bombardment Squadron on 1 Mar 1935; 99 Bombardment Squadron (Medium) on 6 Dec 1939; 99 Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 20 Nov 1940; 99 Bombardment Squadron, Very Heavy, on 28 Mar 1944. Inactivated on 20 Oct 1948. Redesignated 99 Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron, Photographic, and activated, on 1 May 1949. Redesignated: 99 Bombardment Squadron, Heavy, on 1 Apr 1950; 99 Bombardment Squadron, Medium, on 2 Oct 1950; 99 Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron on 25 Jun 1966. Inactivated on 1 Apr 1971. Activated on 1 Nov 1972. Redesignated 99 Reconnaissance Squadron on 1 Sep 1991.

Assignments. Unkn, 21 Aug-11 Dec 1917; Second Aviation Instruction Center, 12 Dec 1917-9 Mar 1918; unkn, 10 Mar-6 Aug 1918; V Corps Observation Group, 7 Aug-Dec 1918 (attached to Third Artillery Observation School, c. 1 Apr-31 May 1918); unkn, Dec 1918-May 1919; Eastern Department, May-9 Jun 1919. Eastern Department, 2 Jul 1919; Third Corps Area, 20 Aug 1920; District of Washington, c. Jan 1922; 8 Division, Air Service, 24 May 1923; Air Corps Training Center, Jun-31 Jul 1927. 9 Observation (later, 9 Bombardment) Group, attached 9 Nov 1928, assigned 15 Feb 1929-20 Oct 1948. 9 Strategic Reconnaissance (later, 9th Bombardment) Group, 1 May 1949 (attached to 9 Bombardment Wing, 10 Feb 1951-15 Jun 1952); 9 Bombardment (later, 9 Strategic Aerospace; 9 Strategic Reconnaissance) Wing, 16 Jun 1952-1 Apr 1971. 100 Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, 1 Nov 1972-30 Jun 1976 (attached to Air Division Provisional, 17, 1 Nov 1972-1 Jan 1975); 9 Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, 30 Jun 1976; 9 Operations Group, 1 Sep 1991-.
 
Stations. Kelly Field, TX, 21 Aug 1917; Garden City, NY, 3-14 Nov 1917; Tours, France, 12 Dec 1917; Haussimont, France, 11 Mar 1918; Amanty, France, 31 May 1918; Luxeuil-les-Bains, France, 1 Jul 1918 (flight operated from Corcieux, 19-24 Jul 1918 and Dogneville 24 Jul-26 Aug 1918); Souilly, France, 7 Sep 1918; Foucaucourt, France, 20 Sep 1918; Parois, France, 4 Nov 1918; Belrain, France, 31 Nov 1918; Chaumont-sur-Aire, France, 13 Dec 1918; Chaumont, France, c. 25 Dec 1918 (flights operated from Prauthoy, Bourbonne-les-Bains, and Montigney-le-Roi, France, until c. 1 Feb 1919); Colombey-les-Belles, France, 19 Feb 1919; Sadirac, France, 5 Mar-8 May 1919; Mitchel Field, NY, 24 May 1919; Hazelhurst Field, NY, 25 May-9 Jun 1919. Mitchel Field, NY, 2 Jul 1919; Camp Alfred Vail, NJ, Jul 1919; Bolling Field, DC, 17 Aug 1919; Kelly Field, TX, 23 Jun-31 Jul 1927. Mitchel Field, NY, 9 Nov 1928-6 Nov 1940; Rio Hato, Panama, 12 Nov 1940; Piarco Field, Trinidad, 17 Oct 1941; Zanderij (later, Zandery) Field, Surinam, c. 27 Nov 1941-31 Oct 1942; Orlando AB, FL, 31 Oct 1942; Montbrook AAFld, FL, 5 Feb 1943; Kissimmee AAFld, FL, 14 Nov 1943; Brooksville AAFld, FL, 5 Jan 1944; Orlando AB, FL, 25 Feb 1944; Dalhart AAFld, TX, c. 9 Mar 1944; McCook AAFld, NE, 19 May-18 Nov 1944; North Field, Tinian, 28 Dec 1944; Clark Field, Luzon, 14 Mar 1946; Harmon Field (later AFB) Guam, 9 Jun 1947-20 Oct 1948. Fairfield-Suisun (later Travis) AFB, CA, 1 May 1949 (detachments operated at Andersen AFB, Guam, c. 7 Aug-17 Sep 1950; 9 Apr-19 Jan 1951; and 17 Jun-22 Sep 1952); Mountain Home AFB, ID, 1 May 1953 (deployed at RAF Fairford, England, 23 May-9 Jul 1955; Andersen AFB, Guam, c. 4 Oct 1947-c. 12 Jan 1958); Beale AFB, CA, 25 Jun 1966-1 Apr 1971. U-Tapao RTNAF, Thailand, 1 Nov 1972-30 Jun 1976; Beale AFB, CA, 30 Jun 1976-.

Commanders. 1Lt W. T. White, 21 Aug 1917; Capt William E. Goodman Jr., 29 Sep 1917; 1Lt Andrew B. Shiland, 23 Feb 1918; Maj Arthur R. Christie, 30 Mar 1918; Capt James E. Meredith, 6 Aug 1918; Capt Lyle S. Powell, 9 Nov 1918; 1Lt Leo D. Quackenbush, 28 Feb 1919; 1Lt Edward Jenkins, 9 Jun 1919; Capt Horace N. Heison, 6 Oct 1920; 2Lt Ray A. Dunn, 17 Nov 1920; 2Lt Paul C. Wilkins, 30 Dec 1920; Capt Ray A. Dunn, 30 Mar 1921; 1Lt Earl J. Carpenter, 22 Aug 1921; 1Lt Howard K. Ramey, 7 Nov 1921; Lt Courtney Whitney, 12 Dec 1921; Maj George E. Lovell, 15 Aug 1922; Capt Clearton H. Reynolds, 16 Apr 1923; 1Lt Howard K. Ramey, 30 Aug 1923; 1Lt Aubrey I. Eagle, Jan 1924; Capt Clearton H. Reynolds, 14 Apr 1924; Maj Millard F. Harmon, 30 Jun-18 Jul 1925; unknown, 19 Jul 1925-22 Jun 1927; none (not manned), 23 Jun-31 Jul 1927. Unknown, 9 Nov 1928-Sep 1929; Capt Frederick W. Evans, Sep 1929-Aug 1933; unknown, Aug 1933-1935; Maj Leo F. Post, c. 1 Mar 1935; Maj Samuel M. Cornell, 2 Jul 1936; Capt Fay R. Upthegrove, 30 Aug-24 Oct 1939; unknown, 25 Oct 1939-22 Apr 1940; Capt Fay R. Upthegrove, 23 Apr-21 Oct 1940; unknown, 22 Oct 1940-1941; Maj Gerald E. Williams, by 21 Oct 1941; Maj Walter W. Gross, 4 Jan 1942; Lt Col Eugene C. Rice, 14 Apr 1942; Capt Richard H. Gunckel, 18 Apr 1942; 1Lt John W. Stock, 20 Apr 1942; Capt Richard H. Gunckel, 29 Apr 1942; Lt Col Randolph L. Wood, 5 May 1942; Maj Harry L. Caswell, 15 Aug 1942; Maj Harry C. Morrison, 9 Sep-31 Oct 1942; none (not manned), 31 Oct 1942-20 Jan 1943; unknown, 20 Jan-7 Feb 1943; Capt Erwin W. Huber, 8 Feb 1943; Maj James I. Hopkins Jr., 17 Jun 1943; Maj James T. McKee, 18 Jun 1943-18 Jan 1944; unknown, 19-20 Jan 1944; Lt Col John W. Chiles, 21 Jan 1944; Maj James I. Hopkins Jr., 28 Feb 1944; Maj Harlold M. Brecht, c. Apr 1944; Maj Folmer J. Sogaard, 9 Jun 1944; Lt Col William L. Hall, 8 Jul 1944; Lt Col Lewis J. Wright, 8 Mar-Aug 1945; unknown, c. Sep 1945-Aug 1946; none (not manned), Aug-26 Sep 1946; Capt Robert T. Henning, 27 Sep 1946; Maj Kenneth E. Hill, 23 Nov 1946; Capt Joseph B. Webb, 17 Mar-25 Apr 1947; none (not manned), 26 Apr 1947-20 Oct 1948. Capt Carl F. Hynek, 1 May 1949; Capt Henry L. Choate, May 1949; Maj James M. Smith, c. 1 Jun 1949; Lt Col Francis E. Tiller, 5 Sep 1949; Maj Mason A. Dula, 30 Jun 1950; Lt Col Rufus H. Holloway, c. 7 Jul 1950; Maj Frank M. Wyman, 7 Aug 1950; Lt Col Rufus H. Holloway, 20 Sep 1950; Capt Roger H. Smith, 9 Apr 1951; Col Rufus H. Holloway, c. 19 Jun 1951; Lt Col Mason A. Dula, 27 Aug 1951; Lt Col Eldridge G. Shelton, 14 Jun 1952; Lt Col Mason A. Dula, c. 22 Sep 1952; Lt Col John P. Wolfe, by 17 Feb 1952; Lt Col Robert L. Rund, 1 Mar 1956; Lt Col Glenn F. Stephens, c. 30 Jun 1957; Lt Col Earl A. Lilley, Apr 1958; Lt Col Glenn F. Stephens, Oct 1958; Lt Col Sherwin G. Desens, 1 Oct 1961; Lt Col Maurice E. Saunders, 15 Dec 1961; Lt Col John W. Grow Jr., C. Aug 1964-c. 25 Jun 1966; none (not manned), 25 Jun-Sep 1966; Lt Col John B. Boynton, c. Sep 1966; Lt Col Robert G. Sowers, c. Jun 1967; Lt Col John C. Kennon, 25 Mar 1968; Lt Col Harlon A. Hain, 5 Dec 1969-1 Apr 1971. Col Jack E. Gatewood, 1 Nov 1972; Col Buddy L. Brown, 18 Dec 1972; Col Russell S. Morton, 12 Dec 1973; Col Roger L. Cooper, 2 Dec 1974; Lt Col David C. Young, 3 Oct 1975-Apr 1976; none (not manned), Apr-30 Jun 1976; Lt Col George V. Freese, 1 Jul 1976; Lt Col Jerry L. Sinclair, 30 Sep 1977; Lt Col William F. Horton Jr., 21 Dec 1978; Lt Col James E. Wrenn, 22 Aug 1980; Lt Col Wilbur F. Furr Jr., 2 Jul 1982; Lt Col Kenneth L. Stanford, 21 Nov 1984; Lt Col Larry W. Driskill, 2 Aug 1985; Lt Col Mark W. Fischer, 19 Jul 1988; Lt Col Richard H. Bishop, 18 May 1990; Lt Col Stephen M. Peterson, 21 Jun 1990; Maj Kenneth R. Flye, 4 May 1992; Lt Col Bruce W. Carmichael, 30 Jul 1992; Lt Col Edward A. Walby, 9 May 1994; Lt Col John J. Jacobson, 23 Aug 1996; Lt Col Paul W. Nelson, 3 Jun 1998; Lt Col Keith E. Gentile, 8 Feb 2000; Lt Col Troy E. Devine, 17 Aug 2001; Lt Col Robert A. Yahn, 1 Jul 2003; Lt Col David L. Russell III, 7 Jul 2005-.
 
Aircraft. Sopwith 1, 1918; Salmson 2, 1918-1919. Included DH-4 and SE-5 during period 1919-1927. In addition to O-1, O-11, and O-25, included OA-2, O-31, Y1O-35, O-38, O-39, Y1O-40, O-40, and O-43 during period 1928-1936; in addition to B-10, 1936-1938, included OA-4, 1937; in addition to B-18, 1938-1942, included OA-8, 1939, P-12, 1939, and P-40, 1941-1942; B-25, 1943, B-26, 1943; B-17, 1943-1944; B-29, 1944-1946, 1946-1947. B/RB-17, 1949-1950; RB-29, 1949-1950; B-29, 1949-1954; B-47, 1954-1966; SR-71, 1966-1971. DC-130, 1972-1975; CH-3, 1972-1975; U-2, 1972-1976, 1976-(also carried TR-1 designation, 1981-1991); T-38, 1976-. SR-71, 1994-1997.
 
Operations. Combat as corps observation unit with French Eighth Army and American V Army Corps, 22-23 Jun, Sep-Nov 1918; school squadron with V Army Corps Infantry Liaison School, Jul-Sep 1918, during which time one flight of unit, operating in Vosges region of Alsace and Lorraine, participated in combat with French XXXIII Corps and American 5 Division, Jul-Aug 1918. Antisubmarine patrols, and reconnaissance of Vichy French fleet at Martinique, Dec 1941-Oct 1942. Trained cadres for bombardment units, Feb 1943-Feb 1944. Combat in Western Pacific, Jan-Aug 1945. Unmanned, Apr 1947-Oct 1948. Global strategic reconnaissance, 1967-1971 and 1972-present, including Southeast Asia, Nov 1972-Jun 1973; Grenada, 1983; Panama, 1989; and Southwest Asia, 1990-1991. Supported global war on terrorism, 2001-.
 
Service Streamers. None.
 
Campaign Streamers. World War I: Lorraine; Alsace; St Mihiel; Meuse-Argonne. World War II: Antisubmarine, American Theater; Air Offensive, Japan; Eastern Mandates; Western Pacific. Vietnam: Vietnam Ceasefire. Southwest Asia: Defense of Saudi Arabia; Liberation and Defense of Kuwait; Ceasefire. Kosovo: Air Campaign.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.

Decorations. Distinguished Unit Citations: Kawasaki, Japan, 15-16 Apr 1945; Japan, 13-28 May 1945. Presidential Unit Citation: 31 Mar-31 Dec 1968. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards With "V" Device: 1 Nov 1972-28 Jan 1973; 1 Nov 1972-30 Jun 1973. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 1 Jan 1957-31 Jan 1958; 1 Jul 1967-30 Jun 1968; 1 Jul 1970-1 Apr 1971; 1 Jul 1975-30 Jun 1976; 30 Jun 1976-30 Jun 1977; 1 Jul 1981-30 Jun 1982; 1 Jul 1983-30 Jun 1984; 1 Jul 1985-30 Jun 1986; 1 Jul 1986-30 Jun 1987; 1 Jul 1989-30 Jun 1990; 1 Sep 1991-30 Jun 1993; 1 Jul 1993-30 Jun 1994; 1 Jul 1994-30 Jun 1995; 1 Jun 1996-31 May 1998; 1 Jun 1998-31 May 2000; 1 Jun 2002-31 May 2004; 1 Jun 2005-31 May 2007; 1 Jun 2007-31 May 2009. Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm: 1 Nov 1972-28 Jan 1973.
 
Lineage, Assignments, Stations, and Honors through 14 May 2012.

Commanders, Aircraft, and Operations through 2005.
 
Supersedes statement prepared on 9 Apr 2007.

Emblem. Approved 4 Mar 1924 from World War I emblem.

Prepared by Patsy Robertson.

Reviewed by Daniel Haulman.







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