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18 FIGHTER SQUADRON

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Lineage. Constituted 18th Pursuit Squadron (Interceptor) on 22 Dec 1939. Activated on 1 Feb 1940. Redesignated: 18th Fighter Squadron on 15 May 1942; 18th Fighter Squadron, Single Engine, 20 Aug 1943; 18th Fighter Squadron, Two Engine, on 6 Mar 1945. Inactivated on 15 Aug 1946. Redesignated 18th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron on 10 Oct 1952. Activated on 1 Dec 1952. Inactivated on 15 Apr 1971. Redesignated 18th Tactical Fighter Squadron on 19 Sep 1977. Activated on 1 Oct 1977. Redesignated 18th Fighter Squadron on 1 Jul 1991.

Assignments. 35th Pursuit Group, 1 Feb 1940; 28th Composite Group, c. 24 Feb 1941; XI Fighter Command, 7 Jun 1942; 343d Fighter Group, 11 Sep 1942-15 Aug 1946. 31st Air Division, 1 Dec 1952; 514th Air Defense Group, 16 Feb 1953; 11th Air Division, 1 Sep 1954; 5001st Air Defense Group, 20 Sep 1954; 11th Air Division, 1 Oct 1955; 412th Fighter Group, 20 Aug 1957; 30th Air Division, 1 Apr 1960; 478th Fighter Group, 1 May 1960; 478th Fighter Wing, 1 Feb 1961; Grand Forks Air Defense Sector, 1 Jul 1963; Duluth Air Defense Sector, 4 Sep 1963; 29th Air Division, 1 Apr 1966; 28th Air Division, 15 Sep 1969; 24th Air Division, 19 Nov 1969-15 Apr 1971. 21st Composite Wing, 1 Oct 1977; 343d Tactical Fighter Group, 15 Nov 1977; 21st Tactical Fighter Wing, 1 Jan 1980; 343d Composite (later, 343d Tactical Fighter) Wing, 1 Jan 1982; 343d Operations Group, 1 Jul 1991; 354th Operations Group, 20 Aug 1993-.

Stations. Moffett Field, CA, 1 Feb 1940; Hamilton Field, CA, 10 Sep 1940-8 Feb 1941; Elmendorf Field, AK, 21 Feb 1941; Ft Greely, AK, 18 Apr-23 Nov 1942; Adak, 6 Dec 1942; Amchitka, 15 Feb 1943; Attu, 28 Mar 1944; Elmendorf Field, AK, 6 Nov 1945; Ladd Field, AK, 20 Jun-15 Aug 1946. Minneapolis-St Paul Intl Aprt, MN, 1 Dec 1952; Ladd AFB, AK, 28 Aug 1954; Wurtsmith AFB, MI, 20 Aug 1957; Grand Forks AFB, ND, 1 May 1960-15 Apr 1971. Elmendorf AFB, AK, 1 Oct 1977; Eielson AFB, AK, 1 Jan 1982-.

Aircraft. P-36, 1940-1941; P-40, 1941-1945; P-39, 1943; P-38, 1943-1946; P-51, 1946. F-51, 1952-1953; F-86, 1953-1954; F-89, 1954-1957; F-102, 1957-1960; F-101, 1960-1971; T-33, 1960-1971. F-4, 1977-1981; A-10, 1982-1991; F-16, 1991-. 

Operations. Combat in Northern Pacific, and defense of Alaska, during World War II. Air Defense of US, 1952-1971 and 1977-1982. Close air support for Alaskan/PACAF areas of responsibility, 1982-.

Service Streamers. None.

Campaign Streamers. World War II: Aleutian Islands; Air Combat, Asiatic-Pacific Theater.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.

Decorations. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 1 Jun 1962-31 May 1964; 7 Jun 1966-8 Jun 1968; 1 Jan-31 Dec 1978; 1 Jan 1983-30 Jun 1984; 1 Jul 1985-30 Jun 1987; 1 Jan 1988-31 Dec 1989; 1 Jul 1990-30 Jun 1992.

Emblem. Or, a cloud arcing fesswise in base throughout Argent outlined Sable supporting a fox caricature erect Azure, outlined Celeste, eyed and langued Gules, eyes garnished of the first, grasping in its forepaws a machine gun bendwise Black garnished Light Blue and White firing lightning bolts to base Red and surmounting a lightning flash issuing from dexter chief bendwise of the second outlined Black, all within a diminished bordure of the last. Approved on 10 Nov 1944 and reinstated in Nov 1995; replaced emblem approved on 15 Mar 1978 (K65318). 







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