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18 RECONNAISSANCE SQUADRON (ACC)

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Lineage. Constituted as 381 Fighter Squadron (Single Engine) on 11 Feb 1943. Activated on 1 Mar 1943. Redesignated as: 381 Fighter Squadron, Single Engine on 20 Aug 1943; 161 Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron on 25 Aug 1944. Inactivated on 9 Nov 1945. Redesignated as 161 Reconnaissance Squadron, Photo (Jet Propelled) on 9 Jul 1946. Activated on 31 Aug 1946. Redesignated as: 161 Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Photo-Jet on 28 Aug 1948; 18 Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Photo-Jet on 10 Oct 1950; 18 Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron on 1 Oct 1966. Inactivated on 30 Sep 1979. Redesignated as 18 Reconnaissance Squadron on 14 Mar 2006. Activated on 3 Apr 2006. Inactivated on 24 Aug 2007. Activated on 11 Dec 2009.
 
Assignments. 363 Fighter (later, 363 Tactical Reconnaissance) Group, 1 Mar 1943 (attached to 10 Photographic Group, 23 Dec 1944-3 Jan 1945); 67 Reconnaissance Group, 3 Ju1-9 Nov 1945. 363 Reconnaissance (later, 363 Tactical Reconnaissance) Group, 31 Aug 1946; Fourteenth Air Force, 23 Sep 1949 (attached to 20 Fighter Wing, 20 Sep 1949-2 Apr 1951); 363 Tactical Reconnaissance Group, 2 Apr 1951; 432 Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, 8 Feb 1958; 66 Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, 1 Jun 1959; 363 Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, 30 Jan 1970-30 Sep 1979. 9 Operations Group, 3 Apr 2006-24 Aug 2007. 432 Operations Group, 11 Dec 2009-.

Stations. Hamilton Field, CA, 1 Mar 1943; Santa Rosa AAFld, CA, 23 Aug 1943; Sacramento Mun Aprt, CA, 6 Oct-2 Dec 1943; Keevil, England, 20 Dec 1943; Rivenhall, England, 2 Feb 1944; Staplehurst, England, 14 Apr 1944; Maupertus, France, c. 4 Jul 1944; Azeville, France, 23 Aug 1944; Montrevil, France, 11 Sep 1944; Sandwieler, Luxembourg, 2 Oct 1944; Le Culot, Belgium, 31 Oct 1944 (operated from Conflans, France, 23 Dec 1944-4 Jan 1945); Venlo, Holland, 11 Mar 1945; Gutersloh, Germany, 16 Apr 1945; Brunswick, Germany, 26 Apr 1945; Wiesbaden, Germany, 19 May 1945; Reims, France, c, 3 Jul-c. 4 Sep 1945; Drew Field, FL 16 Sep-9 Nov 1945. Brooks Field, TX, 31 Aug 1946; Langley Field, VA, 1 Nov 1946; Shaw AFB, SC, 23 Sep 1949-25 May 1959; Laon, France, 1 Jun 1959; RAF Upper Heyford, England, 1 Sep 1966; Shaw AFB, SC, 30 Jan 1970-30 Sep 1979. Beale AFB, CA, 3 Apr 2006-24 Aug 2007. Creech AFB, NV, 11 Dec 2009-.

Commanders. None, 1 Mar-31 May 1943; Maj Dave H. Culberson, 1 Jun 1943; Capt Charles W. Lasko, 27 Jul 1944; Capt Frederick A. Munder, 28 Aug 1944; Lt Col James L. Rose, 3 Sep 1944; Unkn, Jun-Nov 1945. Lt Col James L. Rose, 31 Aug 1946; Maj Merritt G. Garner, 11 Sep 1947; Lt Col George T. Walker, 1 Oct 1947; Maj Edward H. Taylor, 14 Nov 1947; Capt Dudley S. Aikens, 30 Dec 1947; Lt Col George T. Walker, 3 Jan 1948; Lt Col Hugh H. Marble Jr., by Sep 1948; Maj Charles W. Keppler, 12 Oct 1948; Lt Col Hugh H. Marble Jr., 14 Nov 1948; Capt Robert K. Rhodarmer, by Nov 1949; Lt Col Willie O. Jackson Jr., by Dec 1949; Maj Roger K. Rhodarmer, c. Apr 1951; Capt Kenneth F. Scattergood, 14 Apr 1952; Maj Ruffian W. Gray, by Dec 1952; Lt Col Houser C. Wilson, by Jun 1953; Capt Charles C. Ritchie, 24 Aug 1956; Maj Stanley R. Sebring, 18 Sep 1956; Lt Col Clyde B. East, 11 Aug 1958; Lt Col William D. Brittian, by 1962; Lt Col Alfred C. Simmons, 12 May 1965; Maj John A. Lashuay, by Aug 1966; Lt Col Thomas H. Temple, Jr., 18 Oct 1966; Lt Col Stewart V. Spragins, by Oct 1967; Lt Col Richard T. White, 18 Jun 1968; Lt Col Donald T. Lang, 1 Dec 1969; Lt Col John R. Zartman, 15 Jan 1970; Lt Col Robert H. Williams, 9 Apr 1970; Lt Col William L. Gibson, 17 Jul 1972; Lt Col Donald C. Peterson, 13 Aug 1973; Lt Col Robert K. Mock, 13 May 1975; Lt Col Paul R. Schmidt, 4 May 1977; Lt Col Richard L. Bowers, 17 Jul 1978-30 Sep 1979. Lt Col Christopher B. Jella, 3 Apr 2006-24 Aug 2007. Lt Col Mark J. Hoehn, 11 Dec 2009-.

Aircraft. P-39, 1943; P-51, 1944-1945; F-6, 1944-1945. F-6, 1946-1947; FP-80, 1946-1955; T-33, 1950-1954; RF-84, 1954-1957; RF-101, 1957-1970; RF-4, 1970-1979. RQ-4, 2006-2007. MQ-1, 2009-.

Operations. Engaged in air defense operations until Nov 1943. Participated in combat operations in the European Theater of Operations, 24 Feb 1944-5 May 1945. Replacement training, 1950-1953. Engaged in tactical and evaluation exercises in the U.S., including visual and photographic reconnaissance, processing and evaluation of reconnaissance data, 1954-1959. Carried out reconnaissance missions in support of USAFE and North Atlantic Treaty Organization missions, Jun1959-Jan 1970. From Feb 1970-Sep 1979, regularly participated in visual and photographic reconnaissance missions in CONUS and provided training for US and allied reconnaissance personnel. From Apr 2006 to Aug 2007, provided initial training for RQ-4 Global Hawk aircrews and mission planners. From Dec 2009, provided real-time intelligence, strike, interdiction, close air support, and special missions to deployed warfighters.

Service Streamers. None.

Campaign Streamers. World War II: Air Offensive, Europe; Normandy; Northern France; Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe; Air Combat, EAME Theater.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.

Decorations. Citation in the Order of the Day, Belgian Army: 1 Oct-17 Dec 1944; 18 Dec 1944-15 Jan 1945. Belgian Fourragere. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 1 Jan-31 Dec 1962; 1 Jul 1974-1 Jul 1976; 2 Jul 1976-30 Jun 1978.
 
Lineage, Assignments, Stations, Aircraft, Operations and Honors through 25 Apr 2012. 2009.

Emblem. Approved on 9 Aug 2006.

Supersedes statement prepared on 11 Dec 2009.

Prepared by Patsy Robertson.

Reviewed by Daniel L. Haulman.







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