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90 OPERATIONS GROUP (AFSPC)

Posted 5/27/2010 Printable Fact Sheet

Lineage. Established as 90 Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 15 Apr 1942. Redesignated as 90 Bombardment Group, Heavy, on 20 Aug 1943. Inactivated on 27 Jan 1946. Redesignated as 90 Bombardment Group, Very Heavy, on 11 Jun 1947. Activated on 1 Jul 1947. Inactivated on 6 Sep 1948. Redesignated as 90 Bombardment Group, Medium, on 20 Dec 1950. Activated on 2 Jan 1951. Inactivated on 16 Jun 1952. Redesignated as 90 Operations Group on 29 Aug 1991. Activated on 1 Sep 1991.
 
Assignments. III Bomber Command, 15 Apr 1942; VII Bomber Command, 12 Sep 1942; V Bomber Command, Nov 1942; Far East Air Forces, 23 Nov 1945-27 Jan 1946. Strategic Air Command, 1 Jul 1947-6 Sep 1948. 90 Bombardment Wing, Medium, 2 Jan 1951-16 Jun 1952. 90 Missile (later, 90 Space; 90 Missile) Wing, 1 Sep 1991-.

Operational Components. Squadrons: 10 Reconnaissance (later, 400 Bombardment; 400 Missile), 15 Apr 1942-27 Jan 1946; 1 Jul 1947-6 Sep 1948; 2 Jan 1951-16 Jun 1952; 1 Sep 1991-4 Oct 2005. 37 Rescue (later, 37 Rescue Flight; 37 Helicopter Flight; 37 Helicopter), 1 Feb 1993-. 319 Bombardment (later, 319 Missile), 15 Apr 1942-27 Jan 1946; 1 Jul 1947-6 Sep 1948; 2 Jan 1951-16 Jun 1952; 1 Sep 1991-. 320 Bombardment (later, 320 Missile), 15 Apr 1942-27 Jan 1946; 1 Jul 1947-6 Sep 1948; 2 Jan 1951-16 Jun 1952; 1 Sep 1991-. 321 Bombardment (later, 321 Missile), 15 Apr 1942-27 Jan 1946; 1 Jul 1947-6 Sep 1948; 2 Jan 1951-16 Jun 1952; 1 Sep 1991-.
 
Stations. Key Field, MS, 15 Apr 1942; Barksdale Field, LA, 17 May 1942; Greenville, AAB, SC, 21 Jun 1942; Ypsilante, MI, 9 Aug 1942; Camp Stoneman, CA, 29 Aug-3 Sep 1942 (ground echelon); Hickam Field, TH, Sep 1942; Iron Range, Queensland, Australia, Nov 1942; Port Moresby, New Guinea, 10 Feb 1943; Dobodura, New Guinea, 22 Dec 1943; Nadzab, New Guinea, 23 Feb 1944; Wakde Island, 22 Jun 1944; Biak Island, 10 Aug 1944; San Jose, Mindoro, 26 Jan 1945; Ie Shima, Ryukyu Islands, c. 10 Aug 1945; Ft William McKinley, Luzon, Dec 1945-26 Jan 1946. Andrews Field (later, Andrews AFB), MD, 1 Jul 1947-6 Sep 1948. Fairchild AFB, WA, 2 Jan 1951; Forbes AFB, KS, 14 Mar 1951-16 Jun 1952. F. E. Warren AFB, WY, 1 Sep 1991-.

Commanders. 1 Lt Norman W. Enloe, 17 Apr 1942; Lt Col Eugene P. Mussett, 17 May 1942; Col Roger M. Ramey, 14 Sep 1942; Lt Col Eugene P. Mussett, 16 Oct 1942; Col Arthur Meehan, 21 Oct 1942; Lt Col Arthur H. Rogers, 16 Nov 1942; Col Ralph E. Koon, 18 Nov 1942; Col Arthur H. Rogers, 11 Jul 1943; Lt Col Harry J. Bullis, 20 Dec 1943; Col Carl A. Brandt, 15 Mar 1944; Col Edward W. Scott Jr., 10 Jun 1944; Lt Col Wilson H. Banks, 8 Dec 1944; Col Ellis L. Brown, 24 Feb-Oct 1945; none (not manned), Nov 1945-27 Jan 1946. None (not manned), 1 Jul 1947-6 Sep 1948. Lt Col William L. Gray, Jan 1951; none (not manned) 16 Feb 1951-16 Jun 1952. Col Michael D. Jackson, 1 Sep 1991; Col Franklin J. Blaisdell, 10 Feb 1992; Col Leslie J. Hamblin, 20 Jul 1993; Col Roger W. Burg, 12 Dec 1994; Col Rosser J. Baldwin, 9 May 1997; Lt Col Ronnie D. Wright, 2 Jan 1998; Col Michael J. MacPhail, 12 Mar 1998; Col Everett H. Thomas, 12 Aug 1999; Col Frank Gallegos, 9 Jul 2001; Col Jack Weinstein, 23 May 2003; Col Michael E. Fortney, 24 Jun 2005; Col Craigen B. Anderson, 7 May 2007-.

Aircraft. B-24, 1942- 1945. Minuteman III, 1991-; Peacekeeper, 1991-2005; UH-1N, 2000-.

Operations. Prepared for combat with B-24s before moving to Southwest Pacific and began flying bombing missions immediately on arrival in Nov 1942. Attacked enemy airfields, troop concentrations, ground installations and shipping in New Guinea, the Bismarck Archipelago, Palau, and the southern Philippines. Received a Distinguished Unit Citation (DUC) for operations in Papua, Jul 1942-Jan 1943, participated in the Battle of Bismarck Sea in Mar 1943, and earned another DUC for strikes through heavy flak and fighter opposition on enemy airfields at Wewak, New Guinea, in Sep 1943. During 1944, supported the New Guinea Campaign for first six months, then made long-range raids on oil refineries at Balikpapan, Borneo, in Sep and Oct. From Jan 1945, supported ground forces on Luzon, attacked industries on Formosa, and bombed railways, airfields, and harbor facilities on the Asiatic mainland. After the war, flew reconnaissance missions over Japan and ferried Allied prisoners of war from Okinawa to Manila. Ceased operations by Nov 1945. From Sep 1991, maintained and operated on alert the wing's assigned missiles; also, trained missile crew members.

Service Streamers. None.
 
Campaign Streamers. World War II: Papua; Guadalcanal; Northern Solomons; Bismarck Archipelago; New Guinea; Leyte; Luzon; Southern Philippines; Western Pacific; Air Offensive, Japan; China Defensive; China Offensive.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.

Decorations. Distinguished Unit Citations: Papua, 23 Jul 1942-23 Jan 1943; New Guinea, 13 and 15 Sep 1943. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: [1 Sep] 1991-31 Jul 1993; 1 Oct 1994-30 Sep 1995; 1 Sep 1996-31 Aug 1998; 1 Oct 1999-30 Sep 2000; 1 Jan-31 Dec 2001; 1 Oct 2003-30 Sep 2005; 1 Oct 2005-30 Sep 2007; 1 Oct 2007-30 Sep 2008. Philippine Presidential Unit Citation (WWII).
 
Lineage, Assignments, Components, Stations, Commanders, Aircraft, Operations, and Honors through Apr 2010.

Supersedes statement prepared on 28 Jun 2005.

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

Prepared by Patsy Robertson.
 
Reviewed by Daniel Haulman.







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