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586 FLIGHT TEST SQUADRON (AFMC)

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Lineage. Constituted as 586 Bombardment Squadron (Medium) on 15 Feb 1943. Activated on 5 Mar 1943. Redesignated: 586 Bombardment Squadron, Medium, on 9 Oct 1944; 586 Bombardment Squadron, Light, on 3 Dec 1945. Inactivated on 31 Mar 1946. Consolidated (1 Oct 1992) with the 6586 Test Squadron, which was designated, and activated, on 15 Dec 1982. Redesignated: 586 Test Squadron on 1 Oct 1992; 586
Flight Test Squadron on 15 Mar 1994. 

Assignments. 394 Bombardment Group, 5 Mar 1943-31 Mar 1946. 6585 (later 46) Test Group, 15 Dec 1982-. 

Stations. MacDill Field, FL, 5 Mar 1943; Ardmore AAFld, OK, 12 Jul 1943; Kellogg Field, MI, 23 Aug 1943-15 Feb 1944; Boreham, England, 11 Mar 1944; Holmsley, England, 28 Jul 1944; Tour-en-Bassin, France, 29 Aug 1944; Bricy, France, 27 Sep 1944; Cambrai/Niergnies, France, 12 Oct 1944; Venlo, Holland, 7 May 1945; Kitzingen, Germany, Sep 1945-15 Feb 1946; Bolling Field, DC, 15 Feb-31 Mar 1946. Holloman AFB, NM, 15 Dec 1982-. 

Commanders. Capt Harold G. Senften, 5 Mar 1943; Lt Col Joseph M. Silk, 12 Apr 1943-unkn, at least through Dec 1945. Lt Col William W. Dobbs, 9 May 1983; Lt Col John M. DeZonia, 9 May 1986-unkn; Lt Col K. T. Hutchinson, c. 1989-unkn; Lt Col L. C. Grace, 8 Sep 1993; Lt Col Robert W. Mason, 27 Oct 1994; Maj Danile A. Draeger, 1 Jul 1996-unkn; Lt Col Ryan J. Smith, 8 Aug 2003; Lt Col Dawn Dunlop, 8 Jul 2005; Lt Col Robert Haug, 28 Jun 2007-. 

Aircraft. B-26, 1943-1945; A-26, 1945-1946. None, 1982-1990; AT-38, 1991-; C-12, 1997-. 

Operations. Combat in European Theater of Operations (ETO), 23 Mar 1944-20 Apr 1945. Provided operational and maintenance support for all Department of Defense (DOD) test aircraft staging out of Holloman AFB, NM, 1982-1990. Flew developmental test and evaluation missions; supported DOD test flights on White Sands Missile Range, NM, 199l-.
Service Streamers. World War II American Theater.

Campaign Streamers. World War II: Air Offensive, Europe; Normandy; Northern France; Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe. 

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None. 

Decorations. Distinguished Unit Citation: France, 7-9 Aug 1944. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 1 Jan 1984-31 Dec 1985; 1 Jan-31 Dec 1987; 1 Jan 1991-31 Dec 1992; 1 Jan-31 Dec 1993; 1 Jan-31 Dec 1994; 1 Jan-31 Dec 1995; 1 Jan-31 Dec 1997; 1 Jan 1998-31 Dec 1999; 1 Jan-31 Dec 2000; 1 Jan-31 Dec 2001; 1 Jan 2000-31 Dec 2002; 1 Jan-31 Dec 2003; 1 Jan-31 Dec 2004; 1 Jan-31 Dec 2005; 1 Jan-31 Dec 2006. French Croix de Guerre with Palm: 6 Jun-14 Sep 1944. 

Lineage, Assignments, Stations, and Honors through 15 Aug 2008. 

Commanders, Aircraft, and Operations through 30 Sep 2007. 

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 26 Jan 1996. 

Prepared by Patsy Robertson. 

Reviewed by Daniel Haulman.







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