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46 OPERATIONS GROUP (AFMC)

Posted 9/4/2008 Printable Fact Sheet

Lineage. Established as 46 Bombardment Training Wing on 15 Feb 1943. Activated on 21 Feb 1943. Redesignated 46 Bombardment Operational Training Wing on 15 Apr 1943. Inactivated on 9 Apr 1946. Disestablished on 8 Oct 1948. Reestablished, and redesignated 46 Operations Group, on 31 Aug 1993. Activated on 8 Sep 1993. 

Assignments. II Bomber Command, 21 Feb 1943; I (later XX) Bomber Command, 15 May 1943; Second Air Force, 6 Oct 1943; Strategic Air Command, 21 Mar-9 Apr 1946. 46 Test Wing, 8 Sep 1993-. 

Operational Components. Squadrons. 39 Test (later, 39 Flight Test): 8 Sep 1993-1 Sep 1999. 40 Test (later, 40 Flight Test): 8 Sep 1993-. 337 Flight Test: 1 Jul 1994-1 Sep 1997. 413 Flight Test: 25 Feb 2005-. 

Stations. Dalhart AAB, TX, 21 Feb 1943; Ardmore AAFld, OK, 15 Sep 1943; Colorado Springs, CO, 21 Jun 1945-9 Apr 1946. Eglin AFB, FL, 8 Sep 1993-. 

Commanders. Col Ivan M. Palmer, 21 Feb 1943; Col Ernest H. Lawson, 4 Apr 1943; Brig Gen Frank A. Armstrong Jr., 10 Sep 1943; Col Ralph E. Koon, 15 Apr 1944; Col Brooke E. Allen, 28 May 1945-unkn. Lt Col Joseph F. Briganti, 8 Sep 1993; Col Harry C. Walker III, 8 Oct 1993; Col James R. Heald, 27 Jul 1996; Col Kevin P. Burns, 26 Jun 1998; Col Clyde D. Moore III, 12 Jul 2000; Col Patrick E. Duffy, 17 Jun 2002; Col Gary L. Plumb, 15 June 2004; Col William Thornton, 14 Jul 2006 -. 

Aircraft. Supervised training in B-17s and B-24s, 1943-1945. F-15, 1993-; F-16, 1993-; F/EF-111, 1993-1995; C-130, 1993-; UH-1, 1993-; A-10, 1994-. 

Operations. The 46th trained groups and heavy bombardment replacement crews for combat, 1943-1945. Upon assuming the flying mission for the 46 Test Wing, the group designed and executed flight and ground test and evaluation of USAF conventional munitions and electronic countermeasures, Sep 1993-. 

Service Streamers. World War II American Theater.
 
Campaign Streamers. None.
 
Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None. 

Decorations. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: [8 Sep]-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-31 Dec 2002; 1 Jan-31 Dec 2003; 1 Jan-31 Dec 2004; 1 Jan-31 Dec 2005; 1 Jan-31 Dec 2006. 

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

Commanders, Aircraft, and Operations through 30 Sep 2006. 

Supersedes statement prepared on 8 Jun 2005. 

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

Prepared by Patsy Robertson. 

Reviewed by Daniel Haulman.







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