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302 OPERATIONS GROUP (AFRC)

Posted 8/31/2010 Printable Fact Sheet

Lineage. Established as 302 Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Jun 1942. Inactivated on 10 Apr 1944. Redesignated as 302 Troop Carrier Group, Medium, on 16 May 1949. Activated in the Reserve on 27 Jun 1949. Redesignated as 302 Troop Carrier Group, Heavy, on 28 Jan 1950. Ordered to active service on 1 Jun 1951. Inactivated on 8 Jun 1951. Redesignated as 302 Troop Carrier Group, Medium, on 26 May 1952. Activated in the Reserve on 14 Jun 1952. Inactivated on 14 Apr 1959. Redesignated as: 302 Tactical Airlift Group on 31 Jul 1985; 302 Operations Group on 1 Aug 1992. Activated in the Reserve on 1 Aug 1992.
 
Assignments. Second Air Force, 1 Jun 1942; 16 Bombardment (later, 16 Bombardment Operational) Training Wing, 1 Apr 1943; 46 Bombardment Operational Training Wing, 1 Sep 1943; First Air Force, 17 Dec 1943-10 Apr 1944. 302 Troop Carrier Wing, 27 Jun 1949-8 Jun 1951. 302 Troop Carrier Wing, 14 Jun 1952-14 Apr 1959. 302 Airlift Wing, 1 Aug 1992-.
 
Operational Components. Squadrons. 7 Space Operations: 1 May 1993-1 Sep 1997. 355 Bombardment (later, 355 Troop Carrier): 1 Jun 1942-10 Apr 1944; 27 Jun 1949-8 Jun 1951; 14 Jun 1952-14 Apr 1959. 356 Bombardment (later, 356 Troop Carrier): 1 Jun 1942-10 Apr 1944; 27 Jun 1949-28 Jan 1950; 14 Jun 1952-14 Apr 1959. 357 Bombardment (later, 357 Troop Carrier): 1 Jun 1942-10 Apr 1944; 14 Jun 1952-16 Nov 1957. 420 Bombardment: 1 Jun 1942-10 Apr 1944. 731 Airlift: 1 Aug 1992-.
 
Stations. Geiger Fld, WA, 1 Jun 1942; Davis-Monthan Fld, AZ, 1 Jun 1942; Wendover Fld, UT, 30 Jul 1942; Pueblo AAB, CO, 30 Sep 1942; Davis-Monthan Fld, AZ, 1 Dec 1942; Clovis AAB, NM, 29 Jan 1943; Langley Fld, VA, 17 Dec 1943; Chatham AAFld, GA, 9 Mar-10 Apr 1944. McChord AFB, WA, 27 Jun 1949-8 Jun 1951. Clinton County AFB, OH, 14 Jun 1952-14 Apr 1959. Peterson AFB, CO, 1 Aug 1992-.
 
Commanders. Lt Col Joseph J. Nazzaro, 1 Jun 1942; Col Eugene H. Beebe, 12 Jul 1942; Lt Col Joseph J. Nazzaro, 15 Sep 1942; Lt Col William K. Martin, 1 Jan 1943; Maj Horace S. Carswell, 15 Oct 1943; Lt Col Thomas J. Gent, Jr., 1 Nov 1943; Lt Col Carlos J. Cochrane, 3 Jan-10 Apr 1944. Unkn, 27 Jun 1949-8 Jun 1951. Unkn, 14 Jun 1952-Apr 1958; Lt Col J. J. McGill, by Apr 1958-14 Apr 1959. Col Dennis W. Thompson, 1 Aug 1992; Col Wesley Langland, 6 Mar 1999; Col Karl A. Schmitkons, Oct 2004; Col Kurt D. Jones, Mar 2009-.
 
Aircraft. B-18, 1942; C-78, 1942; B-24, 1942-1943, 1943-1944. C-82, 1949; C-54, 1949-1950. C-46, 1952-1957; C-119, 1956-1959. C-130, 1992-.
 
Operations. During World War II, trained bombardment crews for combat duty. Between Jun 1949 and Jun 1951, and again between Jun 1952 and Apr 1959, conducted airlift training as a reserve unit. After activation again in 1992, the group's personnel took part in tactical airlift training exercises and contingency and humanitarian airlift operations, both at home and abroad.
 
Service Streamers. World War II American Theater.
 
Campaign Streamers. None.
 
Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.

Decorations. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 1 Jan 1998-31 Aug 1999; 1 Jan 2001-31 Aug 2002; 1 Sep 2004-31 Aug 2006; 1 Sep 2006-2 Sep 2008.
Lineage, Assignments, Components, Stations, and Honors through Jul 2010.

Commanders, Aircraft, and Operations through Jul 2010.

Supersedes statement prepared on 17 Jul 2000.

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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