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521 AIR MOBILITY OPERATIONS WING (AMC)

Posted 9/11/2008 Printable Fact Sheet

Lineage. Established as 555 Signal Aircraft Warning Battalion (Separate) on 28 Feb 1942. Activated on 4 Jul 1942. Redesignated: 555 Signal Aircraft Warning Battalion on 11 Mar 1943; 501 Tactical Control Group on 31 Dec 1945. Inactivated on 25 Sep 1947. Redesignated 501 Aircraft Control and Warning Group on 18 May 1949. Activated on 10 Jun 1949. Redesignated: 501 Tactical Control Group on 16 Mar 1952; 501 Tactical Control Wing on 18 Dec 1957. Disestablished and inactivated on 18 Nov 1960. Redesignated: 521 Tactical Control Wing on 31 Jul 1985; 521 Air Mobility Operations Wing on 18 Aug 2008. Activated on 4 Sep 2008. 

Assignments. III Fighter Command, 4 Jul 1942; Aircraft Warning Unit Training Center, 8 Oct 1942; 70 Fighter Wing, Dec 1943; IX Tactical Air Command, 13 Sep 1944; 70 Fighter Wing, 22 Feb 1945; XXIX Tactical Air Command, 19 Jul 1945; 70 Fighter Wing, 6 Aug 1945; XII Tactical Air Command, 15 Nov 1945; 51 Troop Carrier Wing, 25 Jul-25 Sep 1947. United States Air Forces in Europe, 10 Jun 1949; 2 Air Division, 10 Oct 1949; Twelfth Air Force, 1 Aug 1951; United States Air Forces in Europe, 1 Jan 1957; Seventeenth Air Force, 15 Nov 1959-18 Nov 1960. 21 Expeditionary Mobility Task Force, 4 Sep 2008-. 

Stations. Drew Fld, FL, 4 Jul 1942; Camp Myles Standish, MA, 20 Nov-28 Dec 1943; Popham, England, 7 Jan 1944; Boxted, England, 2 Feb 1944; Ibsley, England, 18 Apr 1944; Plymouth, England, 19 May-6 Jun 1944; Vierville-sur-Mer, France, 7 Jun 1944; Cricqueville, France, 2 Jul 1944; Villedieu, France, 5 Aug 1944; Le Teilleuie, France, 14 Aug 1944; Aillieres, France, 23 Aug 1944; Les Loges-an-Josas, France, 31 Aug 1944; Paris, France, 4 Sep 1944; Ham-sur-Huere, Belgium, 16 Sep 1944; Verviers, Belgium, 26 Sep 1944; Gosselies, Belgium, 18 Dec 1944; Verviers, Belgium, 7 Jan 1945; Bruhl, Germany, 23 Mar 1945; Bad Wildungen, Germany, 11 Apr 1945; Gottingen, Germany, 12 Apr 1945; Nohra, Germany, 26 Apr 1945; Fritzlar, Germany, 25 Jun 1945; Furstenfeldbruck, Germany, 19 Jul 1945; Bad Kissengen, Germany, 3 Feb 1946; Wiesbaden, Germany, 5 Jul-25 Sep 1947. Zwingenberg, Germany, 10 Jun 1949; Landsberg, Germany, 17 Jul 1949; Kaiserslautern, Germany, 23 Sep 1952; Landstuhl (later, Ramstein-Landstuhl, Ramstein) AB, Germany, 17 Nov 1954-18 Nov 1960. Ramstein AB, Germany, 4 Sep 2008-. 

Commanders. Lt Col Harry Gibbons, 4 Jul 1942; Lt Col Roy T. Richards, 21 Jan 1944; Lt Col Albert J. Gilardi, 13 Jul 1944; Lt Col William S. Cowart Jr., 5 Jan 1945; Maj J. W. Godfrey, 1 Jun 1945; 1 Lt John B. Patterson (acting), Oct 1945; Capt Richard L. Eisenbise, 27 Nov 1945; Capt Harold G. Swartwood, 2 Jan 1946; Lt Col John T. Gibney, 24 Mar 1946; Col Ernest S. Moon, 10 Mar 1947-unkn. Lt Col Fred J. Collins, 10 Jun 1949; Col Lee B. Coats, 10 Nov 1949; Col Robert C. Sexton, 19 Aug 1952; Col Thomas S. Bond Jr., 22 Jan 1955; Col Carl B. Lindstrand, 18 Aug 1957; Col Carl C. Barthel, 27 Jul 1959-18 Nov 1960. 

Operations. Served as an aircraft warning unit in defense of the continental United States, 1942-1943; provided communications support in England, in France following the D-Day invasion, and during the occupation of Germany, 1944-1945. Provided radar coverage and navigational aid to allied aircraft flying over the US Zone of Occupied Europe, 1946-1947. Between 1949-1960, provided tactical control systems, including aircraft control and warning facilities, passive detection devices and guidance units, in central European area. 

Service Streamers. World War II American Theater. 

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

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None. 

Decorations. None. 

Lineage, Assignments, Components, Stations, and Honors through 4 Sep 2008. 

Commanders, Aircraft, and Operations through 18 Nov 1960. 

Supersedes statement prepared in Jan 1956. 

Emblem. Emblem approved on 23 Sep 1953 did not meet standards; new emblem being processed. 

Prepared by Patsy Robertson. 

Reviewed by Daniel Haulman.







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