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555 FIGHTER SQUADRON (USAFE)

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Lineage. Constituted 555 Bombardment Squadron (Medium) on 25 Nov 1942. Activated on 1 Dec 1942. Redesignated: 555 Bombardment Squadron, Medium, on 9 Oct 1944; 555 Bombardment Squadron, Light, on 23 Jun 1945. Inactivated on 7 Nov 1945. Redesignated 555 Tactical Fighter Squadron, activated, and organized, on 8 Jan 1964. Redesignated: 555 Tactical Fighter Training Squadron on 5 Jul 1974; 555 Fighter Squadron on 1 Nov 1991. Inactivated on 25 Mar 1994. Activated on 1 Apr 1994. 

Assignments. 386 Bombardment Group, 1 Dec 1942-7 Nov 1945. 12 Tactical Fighter Wing, 8 Jan 1964 (attached to 51 Fighter Interceptor Wing, 12 Dec 1964-9 Mar 1965, 11 Dec 1965-21 Feb 1966, and 8 Tactical Fighter Wing, c. 22 Feb-4 Mar 1966); Thirteenth Air Force, 4 Mar 1966 (attached to 8 Tactical Fighter Wing, 4-24 Mar 1966); 8 Tactical Fighter Wing, 25 Mar 1966; 432 Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, 1 Jun 1968; 58 Tactical Fighter (later, 58 Tactical) Training Wing, 5 Jul 1974; 405 Tactical Training Wing, 29 Aug 1979; 58 Operations Group, 1 Oct 1991-25 Mar 1994. 31 Operations Group, 1 Apr 1994-. 

Stations. MacDill Field, FL, 1 Dec 1942; Lake Charles AAB, LA, 9 Feb-8 May 1943; Snetterton Heath, England, 4 Jun 1943; Boxted, England, 10 Jun 1943; Great Dunmow, England, 24 Sep 1943; Beaumont-sur-Oise, France, 2 Oct 1944; St Trond, Belgium, 9 Apr-27 Jul 1945; Seymour Johnson Field, NC, 11 Aug 1945; Westover Field, MA, 29 Sep-7 Nov 1945. MacDill AFB, FL, 8 Jan 1964 (deployed to Naha AB, Okinawa, 12 Dec 1964-9 Mar 1965 and 11 Dec 1965-c. 21 Feb 1966); Udorn RTAFB, Thailand, c. 25 Feb 1966; Ubon RTAFB, Thailand, 20 Jul 1966; Udorn RTAFB, Thailand, 28 May 1968-5 Jul 1974; Luke AFB, AZ, 5 Jul 1974-25 Mar 1994. Aviano AB, Italy, 1 Apr 1994-. 

Commanders. Maj Sherman R. Beaty, 1 Dec 1942; Maj Charles V. Thornton, 13 Dec 1943; Lt Col Don L. Weiss, 21 Feb 1944; Lt Col James T. Wilson, 23 Jun 1944; Lt Col Boyd B. White, 22 Apr 1945; Capt John H. Strand Jr., May 1945-1945. Lt Col Charles J. Bowers, 8 Jan 1964; Maj Robert F. Pugh, 16 Aug 1965; Maj Robert E. Grandon, 1966; Lt Col Jesse M. Allen, 1966; Lt Col Wesley D. Kimball, 1967; Col Charles R. Dougherty, 8 Apr 1968; Lt Col George G. Hupp, 30 Aug 1968; Lt Col Robert C. Taylor, 21 Dec 1968; Lt Col Norman R. Smedes, 20 May 1969; Lt Col David L. Brown. 1 Nov 1969; Lt Col Curtis C. Truver, 1 Apr 1970; Lt Col Earl W. Pitts, 10 Jul 1970; Lt Col William C. Gatschet, 19 May 1971; Lt Col Joseph W. Kittinger, 22 Jun 1971; Lt Col Wayne T. Frye, 1 Mar 1972; Lt Col James E. Brunson, 1 Aug 1972; Lt Col William R. Hemby Jr., 20 Jan 1973; Lt Col Edward R. Shields III, 1 Jun 1973; Lt Col Ernest T. Laudise, by Oct 1974; Lt Col Luther E. Thweatt, 5 Dec 1975; Lt Col Richard M. Suter, 25 Feb 1977; Maj Thomas C. Skanchy, 2 Jun 1978; Lt Col Ralph T. Browning, 20 Apr 1979; Lt Col Richard T. Giblin IV, 1 May 1981; Lt Col George H. Lippemeir, 6 Aug 1982; Lt Col Robert M. Juhns, 8 Nov 1983; Lt Col Donald J. Creighton, 8 Nov 1985; Lt Col Jerry J. Thorius, 14 Nov 1986; Lt Col Robert E. Nedergaard, 8 Nov 1988; Lt Col Daniel P. Leaf, 18 May 1990; Lt Col Dennis D. Granquist, 19 Sep 1991; Lt Col Terry W. Branson, 14 Nov 1991; Lt Col John W. Wyatt, 6 Apr 1992; Lt Col John H. Tweedy, 15 Oct 1993-unkn. Lt Col Stephen L. Hoog, 1 Apr 1994; Lt Col Guy Dahlbeck, 11 Jul 1996; Lt Col David L. Goldfein, 2 Jul 1998; Lt Col Robert E. Broderick, 5 May 2000; Lt Col Mark D. Moore, 17 May 2002; Lt Col Joseph T. Guastella, 24 Oct 2003; Lt Col Charles Moore, 8 Jul 2005; Lt Col Clay W. Hall, 7 Jul 2006-. 

Aircraft. B-26, 1943-1945; A-26, 1945. F-4, 1964-1974; F-15, 1974-1991; F-15E, 1991-1994. F-16, 1994-. 

Operations. Combat in European Theater of Operations, 30 Jul 1943-3 May 1945. Participated in operations, exercises, and tests of the Tactical Air Command, 1964-1966, including temporary duty with Pacific Air Forces, Dec 1964-Mar 1965, and Dec 1965-Feb 1966. Combat operations in Southeast Asia, Feb 1966 until close of hostilities. Destroyed 38 MIGs. Two 555 men became aces: Capt Richard S. Ritchie and Capt Charles B. DeBellevue. Transferred without personnel and equipment to Luke AFB, AZ in 1974; redesignated a tactical fighter squadron; manned and equipped for new mission of providing tactical fighter training for US and allied military personnel. Trained US military and selected allied military F-15 pilots, Jul 1974-Mar 1994. Some personnel deployed to Persian Gulf in support of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Nov 1990-Mar 1991. Since, 1994, conducted air operations as required in support of US and NATO taskings, including Operations DENY FLIGHT, DELIBERATE FORCE, ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM. 

Service Streamers. None. 

Campaign Streamers. World War II: Air Offensive, Europe; Normandy; Northern France; Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe; Air Combat, EAME Theater. Vietnam: Vietnam Air; Vietnam Air Offensive; 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; Sanctuary Counteroffensive; Southwest Monsoon; Commando Hunt V; Commando Hunt VI; Commando Hunt VII; Vietnam Ceasefire. 

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None. 

Decorations. Distinguished Unit Citation: ETO, 30 Jul 1943-30 Jul 1944. Presidential Unit Citations (Southeast Asia): 16 Dec 1966-2 Jan 1967; 1 Mar 1967-31 Mar 1968; 1 Nov 1968-31 Oct 1969. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards with Combat "V" Device: 25 Mar-31 May 1966; 1 Apr-28 May 1968; 21 Nov 1969-20 Nov 1970; 21 Nov 1970-6 Apr 1971; 18 Dec 1972-27 Jan 1973. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 15 Oct 1965-25 Mar 1966; 22 Jun-31 Dec 1976; 1 Jan 1978-31 Dec 1979; 1 Aug 1982-31 May 1984; 1 Oct 1989-30 Sep 1991; 1 Apr 1992-24 Mar 1994; 1 Apr 1994-1 Apr 1996; 2 Apr 1996-1 Apr 1998; 24 Mar-10 Jun 1999; 1 Oct 2000-1 Oct 2002; 2 Oct 2002-30 Sep 2004. Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm: 1 Apr 1966-28 Jan 1973. 

Lineage, Assignments, Components, Stations, and Honors through 20 Feb 2008. 

Commanders, Aircraft, and Operations through 6 Feb 2008. 

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 13 Mar 1975; revised on 29 Aug 2007. 

Prepared by Patsy Robertson. 

Reviewed by Daniel Haulman.







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