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18 AIR REFUELING SQUADRON (AFRC)

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Lineage. Constituted 18 Transport Squadron on 20 Nov 1940. Activated on 11 Dec 1940. Redesignated 18 Troop Carrier Squadron on 4 Jul 1942. Inactivated on 31 Jul 1945. Redesignated 18 Troop Carrier Squadron, Heavy on 24 Jul 1948. Activated on 1 Aug 1948. Inactivated on 1 Mar 1949. Redesignated 18 Troop Carrier Squadron, Medium on 3 Jul 1952. Activated on 14 Jul 1952. Inactivated on 21 Jul 1954. Activated on 3 Aug 1961. Organized on 8 Jan 1962. Redesignated 18 Troop Carrier Squadron on 1 Mar 1966. Discontinued, and inactivated, on 25 Jun 1967. Redesignated 18 Tactical Airlift Training Squadron on 14 Aug 1969. Activated on 15 Oct 1969. Inactivated on 31 Aug 1972. Redesignated 18 Air Refueling Squadron on 9 Sep 1994. Activated in the Reserve on 1 Oct 1995

Assignments. 64 Transport (later, 64 Troop Carrier) Group, 11 Dec 1940-31 Jul 1945. 5700 Composite Wing, 1 Aug 1948-1 Mar 1949. 64 Troop Carrier Group, 14 Jul 1952-21 Jul 1954. Tactical Air Command, 3 Aug 1961; 64 Troop Carrier Wing, 8 Jan 1962; 516 Troop Carrier Wing, 1 Jan 1963; 314 Troop Carrier Wing, 1 Jul 1963; 317 Troop Carrier (later, 317 Tactical Airlift) Wing, 1 Apr 1965-25 Jun 1967. 516 Tactical Airlift Wing, 15 Oct 1969; 463 Tactical Airlift Wing, 1 Jun-31 Aug 1972. 931 Air Refueling Group, 1 Oct 1995-.

Stations. McClellan Field, CA, 11 Dec 1940; March Field, CA, 11 Jul 1941; Westover Field, MA, 9 Jun-31 Jul 1942; Ramsbury, England, 18 Aug-c. Nov 1942 (operated from Maison Blanche, Algeria, 11 Nov-Dec 1942); Bilda, Algeria, 16 Dec 1942; Kairouan, Tunisia, 1 Jul 1943; El Djem, Tunisia, 26 Jul 1943; Comiso, Sicily, 8 Sep 1943 (operated from bases in India, Apr-Jun 1944); Ciampino, Italy, 10 Jul 1944 (operated from Istres, France, 7 Sep-11 Nov 1944); Rosignano Airfield, Italy, 9 Jan-23 May 1945; Waller Field, Trinidad, 4 Jun-31 Jul 1945. Albrook AFB, Canal Zone, 1 Aug 1948-1 Mar 1949. Donaldson AFB, SC, 14 Jul 1952-21 Jul 1954. Dyess AFB, TX, 8 Jan 1962; Sewart AFB, TN, 1 Jul 1963; Lockbourne AFB, OH, 1 Apr 1965-25 Jun 1967. Dyess AFB, TX 15 Oct 1969-31 Aug 1972. McConnell AFB, KS, 1 Oct 1995-.

Commanders. 1st Lt Fred D. Stevers, 11 Dec 1940; 1st Lt William J. Kennedy, 2 Jan 1941; 1st Lt Donald J. French, 25 Apr 1941; 1st Lt Thomas M. Pitts, 25 May 1941; Capt Richard T. Black, 8 Jul 1941; 1st Lt Homer C. Burns, 25 Sep 1941; 1st Lt William A. Tesch, 19 Dec 1941; Capt William G. Harley, 1942; Maj Ralph L. Zimmerman, by Oct 1942; Lt Col William A. Tesch, 13 Feb 1943; Maj Robert S. Walker Jr., 14 Oct 1944; Capt Francis E. Balshaw, 23 Jan 1945; Maj Robert S. Walker Jr., 20 Mar 1945; unkn, Jun-31 Jul 1945. Maj Marion R. McCrackin, 1 Aug 1948-unkn. Capt William P. DeWitt, by Sep 1952; Maj Charles R. Vickrey, by Oct 1952-unkn. Lt Col Robert A. Fowler, 8 Jan 1962; Lt Col Thomas O. Morison, 1 Jul 1963; Lt Col Kenneth E. Bethe, 1 Dec 1965; Lt Col George J. Liotis, 24 Jan 1966-25 Jun 1967. Lt Col Fred W. Schaumburg Jr., 15 Oct 1969; Lt Col James L. Montgomery, 15 Sep 1970; Lt Col Andrew M. Schultz, by May-31 Aug 1972. Lt Col Mario Goico, 1 Oct 1995-.

Aircraft. C-47, 1941-1945. C-54, 1948-1949. C-82, 1951-1953; C-119, 1953-1954. C-130, 1962-1967. C-7, 1969-1972. KC-135, 1995-.

Operations. During World War II flew airborne assaults on Sicily, Myitkyina, Burma, and Southern France; supported partisians in Northern Italy, Jan-May 1945; aerial transportation in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations and briefly in the China-Burma-India Theater. Strategic and tactical airlift missions, 1948-1954 and 1962-1967. Tactical airlift training for US and later, South Vietnamese pilots and crews, 1969-1972. Worldwide air refueling, 1995-.

Service Streamers. World War II American Theater

Campaign Streamers. World War II: Algeria-French Morocco; Tunisia; Sicily; Naples-Foggia; Rome-Arno; Southern France; North Apennines; Po Valley; India-Burma with Arrowhead.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.

Decorations. Distinguished Unit Citation: CBI Theater, 7 Apr-15 Jun 1944. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 1 Apr-30 Jun 1965; 1 Nov 1995-31 Oct 1997; 1 Nov 1997-31 Oct 1999.

Lineage, Assignments, Components, Stations, and Honors through 1 April 2002
Commanders, Aircraft, and Operations through Sep 1997

Supersedes statement prepared on 27 Jan 1997.
 
Emblem. Approved on 20 May 1964 [Squadron needs to pay for new emblem drawing].
 
Prepared by Judy G. Endicott.







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