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45 OPERATIONS GROUP (AFSPC)

Posted 9/9/2008 Printable Fact Sheet

Lineage. Established as the 45 Bombardment Group (Light) on 20 Nov 1940. Activated on 15 Jan 1941. Redesignated 45 Bombardment Group (Medium) on 30 Dec 1941. Inactivated on 8 Dec 1942. Redesignated 45 Operations Group on 1 Nov 1991. Activated on 12 Nov 1991. 

Assignments. 16 Bombardment Wing, 15 Jan 1941; 1 Air Support Command, 21 Aug 1941; I Bomber Command, 5 Jan 1942; Army Air Forces Antisubmarine Command, 13 Oct 1942; 26 Antisubmarine Wing, 20 Nov-8 Dec 1942. 45 Space Wing, 12 Nov 1991-. 

Operational Components. Squadrons. 1 Space Launch, 12 Nov 1991-1 Dec 2003. 3 Space Launch, 1 Apr 1992-1 Dec 2003. 5 Space Launch, 14 Apr 1994-29 Jun 1998. 17 Reconnaissance (later, 92 Bombardment; 92 Reconnaissance): attached 15 Jan 1941, assigned 14 Aug 1941-21 Nov 1942. 78 Bombardment (later, 7 Antisubmarine): 15 Jan 1941-7 Dec 1942. 79 Bombardment: 15 Jan 1941-21 Nov 1942. 80 Bombardment (later, 9 Antisubmarine): 15 Jan 1941-7 Dec 1942. 

Stations. Savannah AB, GA, 15 Jan 1941; Manchester AB (later, Grenier Field), NH, 18 Jun 1941; Dover, DE, 16 May 1942; Miami, FL, c. 23 Jun-8 Dec 1942. Patrick AFB, FL, 12 Nov 1991; Cape Canaveral Air Station, FL, 1 Nov 1998-. 

Commanders. Lt Col James E. Duke Jr., Jan 1941; Lt Col George A. McHenry, 1 Apr 1941; Lt Col Charles W. Haas, c. Sep-Dec 1942. Col James N. Posey, 12 Nov 1991; Col Michael R. Spence, 31 Jan 1992; Col Glenn C. Waltman, 20 Aug 1993; Col Gary R. Harmon, 28 Apr 1995; Col Philip G. Benjamin II, 9 Jun 1997; Col Darphaus L. Mitchell, 24 May 1999; Col Cameron S. Bowser, 11 Jun 2001; Col Gregory M. Billman, 7 Mar 2003; Col David D. Thompson, 29 Jun 2005; Col Bernard J. Gruber, 12 Jul 2007-. 

Aircraft. DB-7, 1941-1942; B-18, 1941-1942; A-20, 1941-1942. 

Operations. Trained in antisubmarine warfare in 1941; flew patrol and search missions off the Atlantic and Gulf coasts as part of First Air Force and later the USAAF Antisubmarine Command until inactivation in late 1942. From 1991, operated "Down-Range" facilities at Antigua, Ascension Island, and Cape Canaveral, Florida; launched DOD payloads into orbit; and collected flight data for evaluation of ballistic missile systems launched from Eastern Launch sites for DOD, NASA, and commercial customers. Provided support for DOD, NASA, and commercial manned and unmanned space programs. 

Service Streamers. None. 

Campaign Streamers. World War II: Antisubmarine, American Theater. 

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None. 

Decorations. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: [12 Nov] 1991-30 Sep 1992; 1 Sep 1993-30 Aug 1995; 1 Oct 1995-30 Sep 1996; 1 Sep 1997-31 Aug 1998; 1 Sep 1998-31 Aug 2000; 1 Oct 2002-30 Sep 2004; 1 Oct 2003-30 Sep 2004; 1 Jan-31 Dec 2004; 1 Oct 2004-30 Sep 2005; 1 Jan-31 Dec 2005; 1 Oct 2005-30 Sep 2006. 

Lineage, Assignments, Components, Stations, and Honors through 11 Jul 2008. 

Commanders, Aircraft, and Operations through 31 Dec 2006. 

Supersedes statement prepared on 17 May 2005. 

Emblem. Group will use the wing emblem with group designation in the scroll. 

Prepared by Patsy Robertson. 

Reviewed by Daniel Haulman.







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