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61 AIR BASE WING (AFSPC)

Posted 10/20/2009 Printable Fact Sheet
 
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61 Air Base Wing Emblem
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Lineage. Established as 61 Troop Carrier Wing, Medium, and activated on 1 Jul 1948. Redesignated as 61 Troop Carrier Wing, Heavy, on 15 Aug 1948. Inactivated on 2 Jun 1951. Redesignated as 61 Military Airlift Wing, and activated on 27 Dec 1965. Organized on 8 Jan 1966. Redesignated as 61 Military Airlift Support Wing on 22 Dec 1969. Inactivated on 1 Apr 1980. Redesignated as 61 Air Base Wing on 20 Jun 2006. Activated on 1 Aug 2006.
 
Assignments. United States Air Forces in Europe, 1 Jul 1948 (attached to Berlin Airlift Task Force, 1-29 Jul 1948; Airlift Task Force, Provisional, 29 Jul-4 Nov 1948; 1 Airlift Task Force, 5 Nov 1948-9 Jul 1949); 1 Airlift Task Force, 10 Jul 1949; United States Air Forces in Europe, 26 Sep 1949; Twelfth Air Force, 21 Jan-2 Jun 1951. Military Air Transport Service (later, Military Airlift Command), 27 Dec 1965; Twenty-Second Air Force, 8 Jan 1966; 834 Airlift Division, 1 Oct 1978-1 Apr 1980. Space and Missile Systems Center, 1 Aug 2006-.
 
Operational Components. Groups. 60 Troop Carrier: attached 26 Sep 1949-2 Jun 1951. 61 Troop Carrier: 1 Jul 1948-1 Jan 1951 (detached 5 Nov 1948-9 Jul 1949 and 21 Jul 1950-1 Jan 1951). 65 Military Airlift: 8 Jan 1966-1 Jan 1972. 513 Troop Carrier: attached 10 Jul-16 Oct 1949. 1422 Air Transport Group, Provisional: attached 2 Aug-5 Nov 1948. C-54 Troop Carrier Group, Provisional: attached 1 Jul-2 Aug 1948. Squadrons. 6 Military Airlift: 8 Jan 1966-8 Jun 1968 (not operational, 16 May-8 Jun 1968). 50 Military Airlift: 8 Jan 1966-22 Dec 1969 (not operational, 1-22 Dec 1969).

Stations. Rhein Main AFB (later, AB) Germany, 1 Jul 1948-2 Jun 1951. Hickam AFB, HI, 8 Jan 1966-1 Apr 1980. Los Angeles AFB, CA, 1 Aug 2006-.
 
Commanders. Col Walter S. Lee, 1 Jul 1948; Col Auby C. Strickland, 4 Aug 1949; Brig Gen Edward H. Alexander, 3 Oct 1949; Col Auby C. Strickland, 13 Jan-2 Jun 1951. None (not manned), 27 Dec 1965-7 Jan 1966; Brig Gen Herman Rumsey, 8 Jan 1966; Col Jesse A. Irwin, 27 Feb 1967; Brig Gen Ernest J. White, 1 Jul 1967; Col Jesse A. Irwin, 2 Jul 1967; Brig Gen Ernest J. White, 1 Aug 1967; Col Lyle S. Thomas, 18 Jun 1970; Col Robert H. Campbell, 15 Jun 1971; Col Douglas L. Campbell, 15 Aug 1973; Col Paul E. Gardner, 23 May 1974; Col Franklin A. Ross, 2 Jun 1976; Col Robert H. Dixon; 10 Oct 1978; Col Bird Royce Brownfield, 11 Jun 1979-31 Mar 1980. Col Joseph H. Schwarz, 1 Aug 2006; Col Anita E. Latin, 22 Jul 2008-.
 
Aircraft. Primarily C-47, 1948; C-54, 1948, 1949-1950; and C-82, 1949-1951; but also flew B-17, 1948-1949; L-5, 1948-1949, 1950; C-74, 1948; YC-97, 1949; C-47, 1949-1951; C-119, 1950; C-54, 1951. C-121, 1966; C-124, 1966-1969. None, 1969-1980.
 
Operations. Participated in Berlin Airlift (Operation Vittles), 1 Jul-4 Nov 1948 and 10 Jul-17 Oct 1949. Operated Rhein Main AB, Germany, Jul 1948-Jun 1951 and Templehof AB, Germany, 1 Jul-5 Nov 1948. Also operated Tulln Airport in Austria from 1 Jul-10 Dec 1948. Flew theater airlift missions and participated in numerous exercises, Aug 1949-Jun 1951. The wing's primary group (61 Troop Carrier) deployed to South Korea for combat, Jul 1950-Jan 1951. Replaced the 1502 Air Transport Wing in Hawaii in Jan 1966. Provided air transport and support functions for airlift operations in the entire Pacific Ocean area, from Alaska to Antarctica, and US to Southeast Asia. Lost its last flying squadron in Dec 1969; thereafter, concentrated entirely upon the support of airlift operations in the Pacific until 1980. As host wing at Los Angeles AFB, CA, provided administrative and base services to personnel assigned to the Space and Missile Center, 2006-.
 
Service Streamers. None.
 
Campaign Streamers. Berlin: Berlin Airlift.
 
Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.
 
Decorations. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 8-23 Jan 1966; 8 Jan-30 Jun 1966; 1 Jul 1966-30 Jun 1967; 1 Jul 1967-30 Jun 1968; 1 Jul 1968-30 Jun 1970; 1 Jul 1970-30 Jun 1972; 1 Jul 1972-30 Jun 1973.
 
Bestowed Honors. Authorized to display the honors earned by the 61 Troop Carrier Group prior to 1 Jul 1948. Service Streamers. World War II American Theater. Campaigns. World War II: Sicily; Naples-Foggia; Rome-Arno; Normandy; Northern France; Rhineland; Central Europe. Decorations: Distinguished Unit Citations: Sicily, 11 Jul 1943; France, [6-7] Jun 1944.
 
Lineage, Assignments, Components, Stations, and Honors through 3 Sep 2009.
 
Commanders and Operations through 3 Sep 2009.
 
Supersedes statement prepared on 31 Jul 2006.
 
Emblem. Originally approved for the aligned group (61 Troop Carrier Group) on 20 Aug 1951; approved for wing on 30 Nov 2006.
 
Prepared by Patsy Robertson.
 
Reviewed by Daniel Haulman.







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