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33 RESCUE SQUADRON (PACAF)

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Lineage. Constituted as 33 Air Rescue Squadron on 17 Oct 1952. Activated on 14 Nov 1952. Discontinued on 18 Mar 1960. Organized on 18 Jun 1961. Redesignated as: 33 Air Recovery Squadron on 1 Jul 1965; 33 Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron on 8 Jan 1966. Inactivated on 1 Oct 1970. Activated on 1 Jul 1971. Redesignated as: 33 Air Rescue Squadron on 1 Jun 1989; 33 Rescue Squadron on 1 Feb 1993.

Assignments. 2 Air Rescue Group, 14 Nov 1952 (attached to Twentieth Air Force, 14 Nov 1952-1 Mar 1955; 3 Air Rescue Group, 1 Mar-19 Sep 1955); 3 Air Rescue Group, 20 Sep 1955; 2 Air Rescue Group, 18 Jun 1957; Air Rescue Service, 24 Jun 1958-18 Mar 1960 (attached to Pacific Air Forces, 24 Jun 1958-17 Mar 1959; Detachment 2, Air Rescue Service [Pacific Recovery Operations Center], 18 Mar 1959-18 Mar 1960). Air Rescue (later, Aerospace Rescue and Recovery) Service, 18 Jun 1961 (attached to Detachment 1, Air Rescue Service [Pacific Recovery Operations Center], 18 Jun-8 Oct 1961; Pacific Air Rescue Center [later, Pacific Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Center], 8 Oct 1961-31 Mar 1967); Pacific Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Center (later, 41 Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Wing), 1 Apr 1967-1 Oct 1970. 41 Aerospace Rescue and Recovery (later, 41 Rescue and Weather Reconnaissance) Wing, 1 Jul 1971; Air Rescue Service, 1 Aug 1989; 18 Operations Group, 1 Feb 1993-.

Stations. Kadena AB, Okinawa, 14 Nov 1952; Naha AB, Okinawa, 14 Apr 1955-18 Mar 1960. Naha AB, Okinawa, 18 Jun 1961-1 Oct 1970. Kadena AB, Japan, 1 Jul 1971-.

Commanders. Maj Malcolm E. Frazee, 14 Nov 1952; Lt Col Raleigh C. Smith, 7 May 1954; Lt Col Donald R. Calof, 6 Jul 1956; Maj Horatio L. Holton Jr., 1 Jul 1958; Maj Bill C. Musick, 25 Jul 1958; Maj Horatio L. Holton Jr., Oct 1958; Lt Col Clyde W. Bradley Jr., 11 Nov 1958-18 Mar 1960. Lt Col Ernest M. McGee, 18 Jun 1961; Lt Col Robert P. Ash Sr., 8 Nov 1962; Lt Col Kenneth J. Mask, 13 Dec 1963; Col Donald E. Godbey, 24 Feb 1964; Lt Col Roy E. Jacobsen, 28 May 1966; Lt Col Anthony Saenz Jr., 15 Jul 1968; Lt Col Ronald L. Ingraham, 14 Aug 1968; Lt Col Donald G. Simpson, 23 Apr-1 Oct 1970. Lt Col Roy L. Crawford, 1 Jul 1971; Lt Col Ned L. Cagle, 18 Nov 1972; Lt Col James R. Lisko, 12 Jun 1974; Lt Col James L. Butera, 11 Jul 1975; Col Ryland R. Dreibelbis, 15 Jul 1977; Col John H. Denham, 31 May 1979; Lt Col Peter J. Connelly, 7 Jan 1981; Lt Col Walter R. Peacock Jr., 9 Nov 1982; Lt Col George H. Dash Jr., 13 Jun 1984; Lt Col David M. Myers, 24 Jun 1986; Lt Col Thomas A. Samples, 24 Nov 1987;
Lt Col James C. Johnson, unkn; Lt Col Herbert R. Smith, 1 Jun 1993; Lt Col Michael J. Iltis, 26 May 1995; Lt Col Derek Wheeler, 25 May 1996; Lt Col Mark Bracich, 8 Jun 1998; Lt Col Michael A. Corbett, 18 Jan 2000; Lt Col Neil R. Elton, 26 Nov 2001; Lt Col Billy D. Thompson, 29 May 2003; Lt Col Gary W. Henderson, 17 May 2005; Lt Col John M. Trumpfheller, 1 Jun 2007; Lt Col Sean M. Choquette, 27 May 2009-.
 
Aircraft. SA-16, 1952-1960; SH-19, 1952-1960; SC-47, 1952-1956. SA-16 (later, HU-16), 1961-1968; SH-19 (later, HH-19), 1961-1964; HH-43, 1964-1966; C-54, 1966; HH-3, 1968-1970; HC-97, 1968-1969. HH-43, 1971-1972; HH-3, 1971-1975, 1982-1994; HC-130, 1972-1989; HH-53, 1975-1982; CH-3, 1982-1994; HH-60, 1993-.
 
Operations. Search, rescue and recovery, 1952-1960, 1961-1970, 1971-, including Vietnam, 1965-1967; following the seizure of the USS Pueblo by North Korea, 29 Jan-16 Sep 1968; and search efforts and salvage operations, Sep-Oct 1983, after a Soviet fighter aircraft shot down South Korean airliner KAL 007. Provided search, rescue and recovery services supporting US national interests in the Pacific theater, 1993-. A crew that deployed from the squadron to Afghanistan earned the Mackay Trophy for the most significant USAF mission in 2009. Also, earned the Verne Orr Award for 2009.

Service Streamers. Korean Theater.

Campaign Streamers. Vietnam: Vietnam Advisory; Vietnam Defensive; Vietnam Air; Vietnam Air Offensive; Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase II.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.

Decorations. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 1 Jul 1956-31 Dec 1958; 15 Jun 1964-31 May 1965; 1 Jun 1965-30 Jun 1966; 1 Jul 1966-31 May 1968; 1 Jun 1969-30 Sep 1970; 1 Jun 1973-31 May 1975; 1 Sep 1975-1 May 1977; 16 Jul 1977-16 Jul 1979; 17 Jul 1979-15 Jun 1981; 1 Apr 1984-31 Mar 1986; 1 Apr 1987-31 Mar 1988; 1 Jun 1991-31 May 1993; 1 Jun 1993-31 Aug 1994; 1 Sep 1995-31 Aug 1997; 1 Oct 1998-30 Sep 2000; 1 Oct 2000-30 Sep 2002; 1 Oct 2002-30 Sep 2004; 1 Oct 2005-30 Sep 2007; 31 Oct 2009-[1 Nov] 2010; 2 Nov 2010-1 Nov 2012. Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation: 1 Jul 1967-26 Jul 1969. Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm: 1 Apr 1966-17 Jan 1967.

Lineage, Assignments, Stations, and Honors through Feb 2014.

Commanders, Aircraft, and Operations through Dec 2010.

Supersedes statement prepared on 17 Oct 2007.

Emblem. Approved on 21 Mar 1978; newest rendition 9 Mar 1995.
 
Prepared by Patsy Robertson.

Reviewed by Daniel Haulman.







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