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11 RECONNAISSANCE SQUADRON (ACC)

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Lineage. Constituted as 11 Observation Squadron (Medium) on 5 Feb 1942. Activated on 2 Mar 1942. Redesignated as: 11 Observation Squadron on 4 Jul 1942; 11 Reconnaissance Squadron (Fighter) on 2 Apr 1943; 11 Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron on 11 Aug 1943; 11 Reconnaissance Squadron, Night Photographic, on 25 Jan 1946. Inactivated on 31 Mar 1946. Activated on 19 May 1947. Redesignated as 11 Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Night Photographic, on 14 Jun 1948. Inactivated on 28 Mar 1949. Redesignated as 11 Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron on 12 Aug 1953. Activated on 18 Sep 1953. Redesignated as 11 Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Electronics and Weather, on 25 Nov 1953. Discontinued, and inactivated, on 8 Mar 1960. Redesignated as 11 Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Photo-Jet, and activated, on 3 Nov 1965. Organized on 1 Apr 1966. Redesignated as 11 Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron on 1 Oct 1966. Inactivated on 24 Jan 1971. Redesignated as 11 Tactical Drone Squadron on 18 May 1971. Activated on 1 Jul 1971. Inactivated on 1 Apr 1979. Redesignated as 11 Tactical Intelligence Squadron on 26 Jun 1991. Activated on 15 Jul 1991. Redesignated as 11 Air Intelligence Squadron on 27 Jan 1992. Inactivated on 1 Jul 1994. Redesignated as 11th Reconnaissance Squadron on 1 Jul 1995. Activated on 29 Jul 1995.

Assignments. Air Force Combat Command, 2 Mar 1942; Army Air Forces, 9 Mar 1942; 74 Observation (later, 74 Reconnaissance; 74 Tactical Reconnaissance) Group, 21 Mar 1942; XIX Tactical Air Command, 7 Nov 1945 (attached to 69 Reconnaissance Group, Nov 1945-26 Feb 1946); First Air Force, 27 Feb 1946; Tactical Air Command, 21 Mar 1946; 67 Reconnaissance Group, 28-31 Mar 1946. 67 Reconnaissance (later, 67 Tactical Reconnaissance) Group, 19 May 1947-28 Mar 1949. 67 Tactical Reconnaissance Group, 18 Sep 1953 (attached to 67 Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, 1 Jun-30 Nov 1954 and 1 Jul-30 Sep 1957); 67 Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, 1 Oct 1957-8 Mar 1960. Tactical Air Command, 3 Nov 1965; 67 Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, 1 Apr 1966; 432 Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, 25 Oct 1966; Tactical Air Command, 10 Nov 1970-24 Jan 1971. 355 Tactical Fighter Wing, 1 Jul 1971; 432 Tactical Drone Group, 1 Jul 1976-1 Apr 1979. Eleventh Air Force, 15 Jul 1991; 11 Operations Group, 27 Jan 1992-1 Jul 1994. 57 Operations Group, 29 Jul 1995; 432 Operations Group, 1 May 2007-.

Stations. Wheeler-Sack Field, NY, 2 Mar 1942; DeRidder, LA, 6 May 1942; Esler Field, LA, 15 Dec 1942; Desert Center, CA, 29 Dec 1942 (deployed to Camp Laguana, AZ, 27 Jun-Jul 1943); Morris Field, NC, 24 Sep 1943; Camp Campbell AAFld, KY, 6 Nov 1943 (deployed to Bowling Green Aprt, KY, 9 Dec 1943-24 Mar 1944); Pounds Field, TX, 17 Apr 1944; Lafayette Aprt, LA, 12 Jul 1944; Stuttgart AAFld, AR, 7 Feb 1945; Brooks Field, TX, 8 Dec 1945; Shaw Field, SC, 27 Feb-31 Mar 1946. Langley Field, VA, 19 May 1947; March Field, CA, 1 Sep 1947-28 Mar 1949. Kimpo AB, South Korea, 18 Sep 1953; Itami AB, Japan, 7 Dec 1954; Yokota AB, Japan, 15 Jul 1957-8 Mar 1960. Mountain Home AFB, ID, 1 Apr-25 Oct 1966; Udorn RTAFB, Thailand, 25 Oct 1966-5 Nov 1970; Shaw AFB, SC, 10 Nov 1970-24 Jan 1971. Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ, 1 Jul 1971-1 Apr 1979. Elmendorf AFB, AK, 15 Jul 1991-1 Jul 1994. Indian Springs AFAF (later, Creech AFB), NV, 29 Jul 1995-.

Commanders. 2 Lt John R. Gilmore, 2 Mar 1942; 2 Lt James E. Crane, 23 Apr 1942; Capt Orren H. Lane, 2 May 1942; 1 Lt Gordon D. Timmons, 17 May 1942; 1 Lt Ralph W. Soveral Jr., 21 Sep 1942; Capt Orren H. Lane, 30 Sep 1942; 1 Lt Ralph W. Soveral Jr., 16 Nov 1942; 1 Lt James H. Soules, Nov 1942; Capt Powell G. Potts, 6 Dec 1942; Maj Orren H. Lane, 8 Apr 1944-22 Jul 1945; Capt ReVoe S. Hill, 1945; Maj William W. Smith, 8 Sep 1945; Maj R. V. Archuleta, 17 Sep 1945; Maj Ellis W. Wright Jr., 1945; Capt J. J. Holland, 24 Jan-Feb 1946; unkn, 27 Feb-31 Mar 1946. Not manned, 19 May-31 Aug 1947; Maj George W. Holmquist, c. 1 Sep 1947; Lt Col Willie O. Jackson, Sep 1947; Lt Col Royal B. Allison, Jan 1948; Lt Col Warren C. Stirling, Jul 1948; unkn, 1 Dec 1948-26 Mar 1949; Lt Col William L. Gray, by 26-28 Mar 1949. Lt Col Arthur J. Stavely, 18 Sep 1953; Maj Grant L. Swartz, 14 Dec 1953-unkn; Lt Col H. C. Lancaster, c. 1954; Lt Col Virgil E. Sheppard, c. 1955; Maj DeMay H. White, 16 Feb 1956; Lt Col Benjamin H. Cole, 1 Jul 1957-1960. Lt Col Russell F. Crutchlow, 1 Apr 1966; Lt Col James P. Estes, 25 Oct 1966; Lt Col Robert K. Nystrom, 5 Mar 1967; Lt Col Austin C. Ayotte, 10 Mar 1967; Col George R. Hammond, Jul 1967; Lt Col Vernon P. Ligon Jr., c. Oct 1967; Lt Col James C. Martin Jr., 23 Nov 1967; Lt Col Francis J. Sugre, 1 May 1968; Lt Col Charles M. Sargen, 30 Jul 1968; Lt Col Mark A. Welsh Jr., 31 Dec 1968; Lt Col Ernest C. Meis, Jul 1969; Lt Col James H. Reeves, 1 Nov 1969; Lt Col Edwin W. Johnson, 1 May-c. 9 Nov 1970; Not manned, 10 Nov 1970-24 Jan 1971. Lt Col James B. Killebrew, 1 Jul 1971; Lt Col John B. Rosenow, 12 Feb 1973; Lt Col Robert A. Nagle, 22 Jul 1974; Col Jack L. Van Loan, 10 Oct 1975; Col Bennie E. Higgens, 13 Dec 1975; Lt Col Thomas G. Bowen, 1 Jul 1976; Lt Col Donald N. Brown, 8 Oct 1977; Lt Col Leo L. Prescott Jr, 16 Jun 1978-1 Apr 1979. Unkn, 15 Jul 1991; Col Martin L. Raynor, 27 Jan 1992; Lt Col William B. Russell, 4 Aug 1992; Maj Alvin N. Aramburo Jr., 12 Jun 1993; Lt Col Steven R. Capenos, 13 Aug 1993-1 Jul 1994.
 
Aircraft. Included O-52, L-4 and P-43 during period 1942-1943; P-39, 1943; P-40, 1943-1944; B-25/F-10, 1944-1945; L-5, 1944-1945; P-51/F-6, 1945-1946; A-26, 1945-1946. FA- (later, RB-) 26, 1947-1949. RB/WB-26, 1953-1957; SC-47, 1957; RB/WB-66, 1957-1960; T-33, 1957-1960. RF-4, 1967-1970. DC/RC-130, 1971-1979; AQM-34, 1971-1979; CH-3, 1972-1979; BGM-34, 1974-1975. RQ/MQ-1 Predator, 1996-.

Operations. Maneuvers and demonstrations for the training of ground forces, 1942-1945. Photographic and weather reconnaissance over western Pacific, 1953-1960. Combat in Southeast Asia, 25 Oct 1966-24 Oct 1970. Launched and controlled drones, 1971-1975. Tested drones, 1974-1975. Provided real-time intelligence support to 11 Support Wing, 1992-1994. In 1996, became the first unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) squadron in the USAF. Provided deployable, long-endurance, aerial reconnaissance and surveillance while flying the Predator UAV, 1996-2002. Conducted flying training, 2003-.

Service Streamers. World War II American Theater; Korean Theater.

Campaign Streamers. Vietnam: Vietnam Air Offensive; Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase II; Vietnam Air/Ground; Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase III; Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase IV; Tet/69 Counteroffensive; Vietnam Summer/Fall 1969; Vietnam Winter/Spring 1970; Sanctuary Counteroffensive; Southwest Monsoon.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.

Decorations. Presidential Unit Citations (Southeast Asia): [25 Oct] 1966-31 Mar 1967; 19 Sep 1967-1 Nov 1968; 1 Nov 1968-31 Oct 1969. Meritorious Unit Award: 1 Jun 2007-31 May 2009. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards with Combat "V" Device: [25 Oct] 1966-18 Sep 1967; 21 Nov 1969-10 Nov 1970. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 1 Jul 1957-1 Nov 1958; 1 Jul 1971-1 Jun 1973; 1 Jul 1992-30 Jun 1994; 1 Jun 1995-31 May 1997; 1 Jun 1998-31 May 2000; 1 Jun 2001-31 May 2003; 1 Jun 2003-31 May 2004; 1 Jun 2004-31 May 2006. Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm: [25 Oct] 1966-10 Nov 1970.

Lineage, Assignments, Stations, and Honors through 2 Mar 2011.

Aircraft, and Operations through 2 Mar 2011.

Commanders through 1 July 1994.

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 20 Jul 1966; newest rendition approved on 9 Sep 1997.

Prepared by Patsy Robertson.
 
Reviewed by Carl E. Bailey.







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