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1 HELICOPTER SQUADRON (AFDW)

Posted 12/20/2010 Printable Fact Sheet
 
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Lineage. Constituted as 1 Fighter Reconnaissance Squadron on 11 Apr 1944. Activated on 20 Apr 1944. Redesignated as 1 Fighter Squadron, Commando, on 2 Jun 1944. Inactivated on 12 Nov 1945. Disbanded on 8 Oct 1948. Reconstituted, and consolidated (19 Sep 1985) with the 1 Helicopter Squadron, which was constituted on 9 May 1969. Activated on 1 Jul 1969.
 
Assignments. Third Air Force, 20 Apr 1944; 2 Air Commando Group, 22 Apr 1944-12 Nov 1945. 1 Composite Wing, 1 Jul 1969; 89 Military Airlift Wing, Special Mission (later, 89 Military Airlift Group; 89 Military Airlift Wing), 1 Jul 1976; 89 Operations Group, 12 Jul 1991; 316 Operations Group, 22 Jun 2006; 811 Operations Group, 1 Nov 2010-.

Stations. Lakeland AAFld, FL, 20 Apr 1944; Cross City AAFld, FL, 12 Jun 1944; Alachua AAFld, FL, 21 Jun 1944; Drew Field, FL, 17 Aug 1944; Lakeland AAFld, FL, 22 Aug-23 Oct 1944; Kalaikunda, India, 14 Dec 1944; Cox's Bazaar, India, 13 Feb 1945; Kalaikunda, India, 10 May-22 Oct 1945; Camp Kilmer, NJ, 11-12 Nov 1945. Andrews AFB, MD, 1 Jul 1969-.

Commanders. Maj Paul B. Ash, 20 Apr 1944; Lt Col William E. Buxton, 29 Jul 1944; Maj Matthew M. Gordon Jr., 11 Jan 1945; Capt Bobby J. Spann, c. 11 Aug-c. Nov 1945. Lt Col Melvin Swindells Jr., c. Jul 1969; Lt Col William I. Miller Jr., by Sep 1970-unkn; Lt Col Robert E. Lee, 1 Jan 1976; Lt Col John L. Lewis, 28 May 1976; Lt Col John L. Wells, 1 Jul 1976-unkn; Lt Col Mark E. Bridges, c. Jul 1984; Lt Col Allan K. Macaulay, 12 Jul 1985; Lt Col Marion J. Messenger, 11 Sep 1986; Lt Col Dennis J. Eflein, 19 Feb 1988; Lt Col Gary W. Kito, 23 Feb 1990; Lt Col Kenneth M. Page, 23 Mar 1990; Lt Col Mark B. Tucker, 16 Jul 1993; Lt Col David K. Dingley, 5 Jul 1994-unkn; Lt Col Tracy W. Colburn, 12 Feb 2001; Lt Col Charles M. Ennis Jr., 4 Apr 2003; Lt Col Timothy J. O'Brien, 1 Jul 2004; Lt Col Donald A. Snyder, 22 Jun 2006; Lt Col Michael S. Lightfoot, 22 May 2008; Lt Col Robert T. Meeks, 8 May 2009-30 Sep 2010.
 
Aircraft. P-51, 1944-1945; F-6, 1945. CH-21, 1969-1970; TH-1, 1969-1970; UH-1, 1969-; CH-3, 1970-1988.
 
Operations. Combat in China-Burma-India (CBI) Theater, 14 Feb-9 May 1945. From 1969, provided local airlift for the Executive Department, high-ranking dignitaries, and distinguished visitors; support for emergency evacuation of key government officials; search and rescue; and emergency medical evacuation. Supported Washington D. C. capital area airlift for the Executive Branch, high-ranking dignitaries, military leaders and distinguished visitors, 2006-.
 
Service Streamers. None.
 
Campaign Streamers. World War II: Central Burma.
 
Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.

Decorations. Distinguished Unit Citation: Bangkok, Thailand, 15 Mar 1945. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 1 Jul 1976-31 Jan 1977; 1 Jul 1987-30 Jun 1989; 1 Jul 1989-30 Jun 1991; 1 Jul 1991-30 Jun 1992; 1 Jul 1992-30 Jun 1994; 1 Jul 1994-30 Jun 1996; 1 Jul 1996-30 Jun 1998; 1 Jul 1998-30 Jun 2000; 1 Jul 2000-30 Jun 2002; 1 Jul 2002-30 Jun 2004; 1 Jul 2004-30 Jun 2005; 1 Jul 2005-22 Jun 2006.

Lineage, Assignments, Stations, and Honors through Oct 2010.

Commanders, Aircraft, and Operations through Oct 2010.

Supersedes published information contained in: Judy G. Endicott (ed.), USAF Active Flying, Space, and Missile Squadrons as of 1 October 1995 (Washington: USGPO, 1999).

Emblem. Approved on 25 Feb 1970.

Prepared by Patsy Robertson.
 
Reviewed by Daniel Haulman.







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