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432 WING (ACC)

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432 Wing Emblem
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Lineage. Established as 432 Observation Group on 18 Feb 1943. Activated on 22 Feb 1943. Redesignated: 432 Reconnaissance Group on 2 Apr 1943; 432 Tactical Reconnaissance Group on 11 Aug 1943. Disestablished on 1 Nov 1943. Reestablished on 14 Jan 1954. Activated on 18 Mar 1954. Inactivated on 8 Feb 1958. Consolidated (31 Jan 1984) with the 432 Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, which was established on 23 Mar 1953. Activated on 8 Feb 1958. Inactivated on 18 Jun 1959. Activated on 19 Aug 1966. Organized on 18 Sep 1966. Redesignated 432 Tactical Fighter Wing on 15 Nov 1974. Inactivated on 23 Dec 1975. Redesignated 432 Tactical Drone Group on 24 May 1976. Activated on 1 Jul 1976. Inactivated on 1 Apr 1979. Redesignated 432 Tactical Fighter Wing on 5 Jun 1984. Activated on 1 Jul 1984. Redesignated 432 Fighter Wing on 31 May 1991. Inactivated on 1 Oct 1994. Redesignated 432 Air Expeditionary Group, and converted to a provisional status, on 16 Jan 2002. Returned to permanent status, and redesignated 432 Fighter Wing, on 16 Feb 2007. Redesignated 432 Wing, and activated, on 1 May 2007.
 
Assignments. Air Support Department, Army Air Forces School of Applied Tactics, 22 Feb-1 Nov 1943. Ninth Air Force, 18 Mar 1954 (attached to 363 Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, 18 Mar 1954-30 Oct 1955; 6 Air Army [SAGEBRUSH], 31 Oct-10 Dec 1955; 363 Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, 10 Dec 1955-8 Feb 1958). 837 Air Division, 8 Feb 1958-18 Jun 1959. Pacific Air Forces, 19 Aug 1966; Thirteenth Air Force, 18 Sep 1966 (attached to Seventh Air Force, 18 Sep 1966-c. 15 Aug 1973; United States Support Activities Group/Seventh Air Force, c. 15 Aug 1973-30 Jun 1975); 17 Air Division, 1 Jul-23 Dec 1975. Twelfth Air Force, 1 Jul 1976; Tactical Training, Davis-Monthan, 1 Aug 1978-1 Apr 1979. Fifth Air Force, 1 Jul 1984-1 Oct 1994. Pacific Air Forces to activate or inactivate at any time after 16 Jan 2002; Twelfth Air Force, 1 May 2007-.
 
Operational Components. Groups. 432 Operations: 31 May 1991-1 Oct 1994. 1 May 2007-. 4411 Combat Crew Training: attached 8 Apr-17 May 1959. Squadrons. 3 Observation (later, 3 Tactical Reconnaissance): attached 27 Mar-1 Nov 1943. 4 Tactical Fighter: attached 29-30 Oct 1972, assigned 31 Oct 1972-23 Dec 1975 (not operational, 7-23 Dec 1975). 7 Airborne Command and Control: 31 Oct 1968-30 Apr 1972 (detached entire period). 11 Tactical Reconnaissance, Photographic-Jet (later, 11 Tactical Reconnaissance; 11 Tactical Drone): 25 Oct 1966-10 Nov 1970; 1 Jul 1976-1 Apr 1979. 13 Tactical Fighter: attached 21 Oct-14 Nov 1967; assigned 15 Nov 1967-30 Jun 1975; 1 Jun 1985-31 May 1991. 14 Tactical Reconnaissance (later, 14 Tactical Fighter): attached 28 Oct-5 Nov 1967, assigned 6 Nov 1967-30 Jun 1975; 1 Jan 1987-31 May 1991. 17 Tactical Reconnaissance, Photographic-Jet: attached 8 Jan-7 Feb 1958, assigned 8 Feb 1958-10 May 1959 (detached 6 Sep-9 Dec 1958). 18 Tactical Reconnaissance, Photographic-Jet: attached 8 Jan-7 Feb 1958, assigned 8 Feb 1958-1 Jun 1959. 20 Tactical Reconnaissance, Photographic-Jet (later, 20 Tactical Reconnaissance): 18 Mar 1954-18 May 1959 (detached 8 Apr-17 May 1959); 18 Sep 1966-1 Nov 1967. 22 Tactical Drone: 1 Jul 1976-1 Apr 1979. 25 Tactical Fighter: 5 Jul 1974-18 Dec 1975. 29 Tactical Reconnaissance, Photographic-Jet: 18 Mar 1954-18 May 1959 (detached 8 Apr-17 May 1959). 41 Tactical Reconnaissance, Night Photographic (later, 41 Tactical Reconnaissance, Photographic-Jet; 41 Tactical Reconnaissance; 41 Tactical Electronic Warfare): 18 Mar 1954-8 Feb 1958 (detached 20 Oct-c. 6 Dec 1955 and 8 Jan-8 Feb 1958); 18 Sep 1966-15 Aug 1967 (detached 8-15 Aug 1967). 43 Tactical Reconnaissance, Night Photographic (later, 43 Tactical Reconnaissance, Night Photographic-Jet): 18 Mar 1954-8 Feb 1958 (detached 8 Jan-8 Feb 1958); attached c. 1 Feb-7 Apr 1959. 58 Tactical Fighter: attached 9 May-14 Oct 1972. 307 Tactical Fighter: attached c. 29 Jul-28 Oct 1972. 308 Tactical Fighter: attached c. 9 May-c. 29 Jul 1972. 421 Tactical Fighter: 31 Oct 1972-23 Dec 1975 (detached 14-23 Dec 1975). 523 Tactical Fighter: attached 9 Apr-25 Oct 1972. 555 Tactical Fighter: attached 28-31 May 1968; assigned 1 Jun 1968-5 Jul 1974. 6460 Tactical Reconnaissance (later, 6460 Tactical Electronic Warfare); 18 Sep 1966-15 Aug 1967 (detached 8-15 Aug 1967). 6461 Tactical Reconnaissance, Photographic-Jet: 18 Sep-8 Nov 1966 (not operational, 25 Oct-8 Nov 1966).
 
Stations. Alachua AAFld, FL, 22 Feb 1943; Keystone AAFld, FL, 11 Mar-11 Nov 1943. Shaw AFB, SC, 18 Mar 1954-18 Jun 1959. Udorn RTAFB, Thailand, 18 Sep 1966-23 Dec 1975. Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ, 1 Jul 1976-1 Apr 1979. Misawa AB, Japan, 1 Jul 1984-1 Oct 1994. Creech AFB, NV, 1 May 2007-.
 
Commanders. Unknown, 22 Feb 1943-unknown; 1 Lt Richard I. Purnell, c. 1 Mar 1943; Capt John J. Owen Jr., 17 Mar 1943; Capt William C. Collins, 21 Mar 1943; Maj William B. Merrill Jr., 23 Mar 1943; Lt Col Eugene H. Rice, 18 Apr-c. Nov 1943. Col Frank A. Sharp, 18 Mar 1954; Lt Col Harold F. Cline, 14 Jun 1955; Col John G. Foster, 1 Jul 1955; Col Robert C. Rawl, 25 Aug 1958-18 Jun 1959. None (not manned), 19 Aug-17 Sep 1966; Col Robert W. Schick, 18 Sep 1966; Col Victor N. Cabas, 16 Sep 1967; Col Wendell L. Bevan Jr., 3 Sep 1968; Brig Gen Darrell S. Cramer, 7 Jun 1969; Col David S. Mellish, 25 Feb 1970; Col Lloyd R. Leavitt Jr., 26 Nov 1970; Col Lyle E. Mann, 3 Apr 1971; Col Charles A. Gabriel, 29 Oct 1971; Col Scott G. Smith, 14 Jun 1972; Col Robert W. Clement, 18 Mar 1973; Col William P. Acker, 15 Mar 1974; Col Louis M. Harris, 12 Feb 1975; Col William D. Mol, 12 Mar-23 Dec 1975. Col Bennie E. Higgins Jr., 1 Jul 1976; Col James E. Witzel, 10 Mar 1977-1 Apr 1979. Col Harry K. Rogers Jr., 1 Jul 1984; Col Michael E. Ryan, 6 Jul 1984; Col R. Dean Stickell, 16 Jun 1986; Col John G. Lorber, 19 Jun 1987; Col Joseph E. Hurd, 10 Jul 1989; Col James D. Latham, 16 Aug 1990; Col Burr L. Crittenden, 16 Jul 1992; Brig Gen George W. Norwood, 1 Jun 1993-1 Oct 1994.
 
Aircraft. A-20, 1943; DB-7, 1943; L-2, 1943; L-3, 1943; P-39, 1943. RB-26, 1954-1956; RB-57, 1954-1956; RF-80, 1954-1955; RF-84, 1955-1958; RB-66, 1956-1959; RF-101, 1957-1959. Primarily EB-66, 1966-1967; RF-101, 1966-1967; RF-4, 1966-1975; and F-4, 1967-1975; also flew RC-47, 1966-1969; and a few AC-47, 1969-1970. AQM, 34 (drone), 1976-1979; DC-130, 1976-1979; RC-130; 1976-1978; CH-3, 1976-1979. F-16, 1985-1994.
 
Operations. Established to train cadres for new groups and squadrons during 1943. Trained in tactical reconnaissance, Mar 1954-Feb 1958. Operating from bases in Louisiana and Texas, participated in Operation SAGEBRUSH, Oct-Dec 1955. As a tactical reconnaissance wing, operated USAF Advanced Flying School, Tactical Reconnaissance, 8 Apr-17 May 1959. During the Vietnam War, conducted reconnaissance missions, combat air patrol and ground strike operations, 1966-1973. Played a major role in locating and recovering the American commercial freighter, S. S. Mayaguez, from the Cambodians, 1975. Assisted in evacuation of American and Allied personnel from Cambodia and South Vietnam, Apr 1975. Conducted testing of AQM-34 V model drone, 1976-1979. As host unit for Misawa AB, Japan, planned, prepared and executed the deployment of two squadrons of F-16 fighter aircraft, 1984-1994.
 
Service Streamers. None.
 
Campaign Streamers. Vietnam. 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. Presidential Unit Citations: Southeast Asia, 19 Sep 1967-1 Nov 1968; 1 Nov 1968-31 Oct 1969. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards with Combat "V" Device: 18 Sep 1966-18 Sep 1967; 21 Nov 1969-20 Nov 1970; 21 Nov 1970-6 Apr 1971; 18 Dec 1972-27 Jan 1973. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 1 Jan-31 Dec 1991; 1 Oct 1992-30 Sep 1994. Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm: 18 Sep 1966-28 Jan 1973.
 
Lineage, Assignments, Components, Stations, and Honors through 15 May 2007.
 
Commanders, Aircraft, and Operations through 1 Oct 1994.
 
Supersedes statement prepared on 13 Aug 1984.
 
Emblem. Approved for 432 Tactical Reconnaissance Group on 2 Jun 1955; approved for 432 Tactical Reconnaissance Wing on 4 Aug 1958.
 
Prepared by Patsy Robertson.
 
Reviewed by Carl Bailey.







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