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66 AIR BASE WING (AFMC)

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66th Air Base Wing Emblem
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Lineage. Established as 66 Tactical Reconnaissance Wing on 15 Nov 1952. Activated on 1 Jan 1953. Inactivated on 1 Apr 1970. Redesignated as 66 Electronic Combat Wing, and activated, on 1 Jun 1985. Inactivated on 31 Mar 1992. Redesignated as 66 Air Base Wing on 16 Sep 1994. Activated on 1 Oct 1994.

Assignments. Ninth Air Force, 1 Jan 1953; Twelfth Air Force, 7 Jul 1953; United States Air Forces in Europe, 1 Jan 1958; Seventeenth Air Force, 15 Nov 1959; Third Air Force, 1 Sep 1966-1 Apr 1970. 65 Air Division, 1 Jun 1985; Seventeenth Air Force, 30 Jun 1991-31 Mar 1992. Electronic Systems Center, 1 Oct 1994-.

Operational Components. Group. 66 Tactical Reconnaissance: 1 Jan 1953-8 Dec 1957. Squadrons. 17 Tactical Reconnaissance: 10 May 1959-12 Jan 1970. 18 Tactical Reconnaissance: 1 Jun 1959-30 Jan 1970. 19 Tactical Reconnaissance: 8 Dec 1957-8 Mar 1958 (detached 8 Jan-8 Mar 1958). 30 Tactical Reconnaissance: 8 Dec 1957-8 Mar 1958 (detached 8 Jan-8 Mar 1958). 32 Tactical Reconnaissance: attached 8 Jan-7 Mar 1958, assigned 8 Mar 1958-1 Oct 1965. 38 Tactical Reconnaissance: attached 8 Jan-7 Mar 1958, assigned 8 Mar 1958-1 Jan 1966. 42 Electronic Combat: 1 Jun 1985-25 Jan 1991 (detached 2 Jun 1985-24 Jan 1991). 43 Electronic Combat: 1 Oct 1986-31 Jul 1991 (detached 17 Jan-10 Mar 1991; 7-14 Apr 1991). 302 Tactical Reconnaissance: 8 Dec 1957-20 Jun 1959. 303 Tactical Reconnaissance: 8 Dec 1957-20 Jan 1959.

Stations. Shaw AFB, SC, 1 Jan-25 Jun 1953; Sembach AB, Germany, 7 Jul 1953; Laon AB, France, 10 Jul 1958; RAF Upper Heyford, England, 1 Sep 1966-1 Apr 1970. Sembach AB, Germany, 1 Jun 1985-31 Mar 1992. Hanscom AFB, MA, 1 Oct 1994-.

Commanders. Col Jacob W. Dixon, 1 Jan 1953; Col George H. Fulcher, 27 Mar 1953; Col Hervey H. Whitfield, by Sep 1954; Col Earl H. Jacobson, 25 Apr 1957; Col Robert R. Gideon Jr., 8 Jun 1957; Brig Gen Kyle L. Riddle, Aug 1959; Col Bernard R. Muldoon, 6 Jul 1961; Col Nathan J. Adams, 2 Jul 1963; Col Charlie Falletta, 24 May 1965; Col Frederick W. Dyer, 10 Jul 1965; Col Frank C. Malone, 13 Jul 1965; Col Robert J. Holbury, 6 Jul 1966; Col Kendall S. Young, 14 Aug 1967; Col Harry M. Chapman, 26 Jun 1968; Col Herman G. Tillman Jr., 4 Jul 1968-1 Apr 1970. Col Frederick A. Zehrer III, 1 Jun 1985; Col William B. Mitchell, 25 Mar 1988; Col David L. Vesely, 30 Jun 1989; Col John R. Fuhrmann, 18 May 1990; Col Joseph D. Ferris, 29 Jul 1991-31 Mar 1992. Col John O. Weimer, 1 Oct 1994; Col John A. Piazza, 19 Jul 1996; Col James M. Jackson, 22 Jun 1998; Col Chris T. Anzalone, 10 Aug 1998; Col Danny K. Gardner, 22 May 2000; Col Philip Meteer, 5 Jun 2002; Col Darrell D. Jones, 29 Jul 2002; Col Timothy C. Ceteras, 8 Jun 2004; Col Thomas J. Schluckebier, 28 Jul 2006; Col David L. Orr, 31 Jul 2008-.
 
Aircraft. RF-51, 1953; RB-26, 1953-1955; RF-80, 1953-1956; RB-57, 1954-1955, 1955-1958; B-57, 1955-1956; RF-84, 1955-1959; RB-66, 1957-1958; RB-45, 1957; RF-101, 1958-1970; RF-4, 1969-1970. EF-111, 1985-1991; EC-130, 1986-1991.

Operations. Replaced 118 Tactical Reconnaissance Wing in Jan 1953. Provided reconnaissance for USAFE and NATO, 1953-1970. Upon next activation in 1985, trained EC-130 aircrews (43 Electronic Combat Squadron) and NATO forces on EC-130H COMPASS CALL electronic countermeasures. Wing's EF-111 aircraft (42 Electronic Combat Squadron) under operational control of 20 Fighter Wing. Assigned host wing responsibilities that included support of numerous geographically separated units and logistical support for flying units located at Sembach AB. Deployed aircraft and personnel to Southwest Asia and Turkey, providing tactical and electronic combat operations against Iraq from 17 Jan-28 Feb 1991. Provided support and services to Hanscom AFB, MA, 1994-.
 
Service Streamers. None.

Campaign Streamers. None.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.

Decorations. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 1 Jan-31 Dec 1962; 1 Apr 1987-1 Mar 1989; 1 Jun 1989-31 May 1991; 1 Jun 1991-31 Mar 1992; 1 Jan 1996-31 Dec 1997. Air Force Organizational Excellence Award: 1 Jan 2003-31 Dec 2004.
 
Bestowed Honors. Authorized to display honors earned by the 66 Reconnaissance Group prior to 1 Jan 1953. Service Streamers. None. Campaign Streamers. World War II: Antisubmarine, American Theater. Decorations. None.
 
Lineage, Assignments, Components, Stations, and Honors through Dec 2009.

Commanders through 30 Apr 2009, Aircraft, and Operations through Dec 2008.

Supersedes statement prepared on 14 Oct 2004.

Emblem. Approved on 18 Mar 1986; based on emblem approved on 26 May 1953.

Prepared by Patsy Robertson.
 
Reviewed by Daniel Haulman.







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