Air Force Historical Research Agency   Right Corner Banner
Join the Air Force

Home > Fact Sheets > 347 Rescue Wing (AFSOC)

347 RESCUE WING (AFSOC)

Posted 12/27/2007 Printable Fact Sheet
 
Photos 
347 Rescue Wing Emblem
In accordance with Chapter 3 of AFI 84-105, commercial reproduction of this emblem is NOT permitted without the permission of the proponent organizational/unit commander.
Download HiRes

Lineage. Established as 347 Fighter Wing, All Weather, on 10 Aug 1948. Activated on 18 Aug 1948. Redesignated 347 Fighter-All Weather Wing on 20 Jan 1950. Inactivated on 24 Jun 1950. Redesignated 347 Tactical Fighter Wing, and activated, on 21 Dec 1967. Organized on 15 Jan 1968. Inactivated on 31 Oct 1972. Activated on 30 Jul 1973. Inactivated on 30 Jun 1975. Activated on 30 Sep 1975. Redesignated: 347 Fighter Wing on 1 Oct 1991; 347 Wing on 1 Jul 1994; 347 Rescue Wing on 1 May 2001.

Assignments. 315 Air Division, 18 Aug 1948; Fifth Air Force, 1 Mar-24 Jun 1950. Pacific Air Forces, 21 Dec 1967; Fifth Air Force, 15 Jan 1968; Tactical Air Command, 15 May 1971; 832 Air Division, 15 May 1971-31 Oct 1972. Thirteenth Air Force, 30 Jul 1973-30 Jun 1975 (attached to Seventh Air Force, 30 Jul 1973-c. 14 Feb 1974; United States Support Activities Group/ Seventh Air Force, c. 14 Feb 1974-30 Jun 1975). Ninth Air Force, 30 Sep 1975; Air Force Special Operations Command, 1 Oct 2003-.

Components. Groups. 1 Rescue: 1 Apr-30 Sep 1997; 23 Fighter: 1 Apr 1997-27 Jun 2000; 347 Fighter (later, 347 Operations): 18 Aug 1948-24 Jun 1950; 1 May 1991-; 563 Rescue: 1 Oct 2003-.
Squadrons. 34 Tactical Fighter: 15 Jan 1968-15 Mar 1971 (detached). 35 Tactical Fighter: 15 Jan 1968-15 Mar 1971 (detached 22 Mar-10 Jun 1968). 36 Tactical Fighter: 15 Jan 1968-15 May 1971. 68 Tactical Fighter: 30 Sep 1975-1 May 1991 (detached 30 May-5 Jul 1990). 69 Tactical Fighter Training (later, 69 Tactical Fighter): 1 Jul 1983-1 May 1991 (detached 8 Jan-1 May 1991). 70 Tactical Fighter: 30 Sep 1975-1 May 1991 (detached 29 Aug-28 Sep 1989). 80 Tactical Fighter: 15 Jan 1968-15 Mar 1971 (detached 15 Feb-15 Mar 1971). 339 Tactical Fighter: 30 Dec 1975-1 Jul 1983. 389 Tactical Fighter: 15 Oct 1971-31 Oct 1972. 390 Tactical Fighter: 30 Jun-31 Oct 1972. 391 Tactical Fighter: 1 Jul 1971-31 Oct 1972. 428 Tactical Fighter: 30 Jul 1973-15 Jun 1975. 429 Tactical Fighter: 30 Jul 1973-21 Jun 1975. 556 Reconnaissance: 1 Jul 1968-15 May 1971. 4589 Tactical Fighter: 1 Sep-15 Oct 1971. 4590 Tactical Fighter: 1 Jan-30 Jun 1972. 6091 Reconnaissance: 15 Jan-1 Jul 1968.

Stations. Itazuke, Japan, 18 Aug 1948; Bofu Afld, Japan, 15 Oct 1948; Ashiya Afld (later, AB), Japan, 3 May 1949; Nagoya AB, Japan, 1 Apr-24 Jun 1950. Yokota AB, Japan, 15 Jan 1968-15 May 1971; Mountain Home AFB, ID, 15 May 1971-31 Oct 1972. Takhli RTAFB, Thailand, 30 Jul 1973; Korat RTAFB, Thailand, 12 Jul 1974-30 Jun 1975. Moody AFB, GA, 30 Sep 1975-.

Commanders. Col Daniel A. Cooper, 18 Aug 1948; Col Robert D. McCarten, 21 Jan 1949; Col Daniel A. Cooper, 3 May 1949; Col Virgil L. Zoller, 23 Jun 1949; Col Walter C. White, 1 Apr-24 Jun 1950. None (not manned), 21 Dec 1967- 14 Jan 1968; Col Paul P. Douglas Jr., 15 Jan 1968; Col Allen K. McDonald, 23 Jan 1968; Col Thomas M. Carhart, 29 Jan 1968; Col Irby B. Jarvis Jr., 3 Sep 1969; Col William L. Craig, 5 Jul 1970; Brig Gen Donald H. Ross,15 Jul 1970; Brig Gen Henry L. Warren, 15 May 1971 (additional duty to 15 Jul 1971); Col Lynwood E. Clark, 10 Dec 1971-31 Oct 1972. Col Thomas E. Lacy, 30 Jul 1973; Col Cecil D. Crabb, 9 Mar 1974; Col Maurice E. Seaver Jr., 21 Sep 1974; Col Russell E. Thoburn, 22 Mar 1975; Col James D. Covington, 21-30 Jun 1975. Col Robert L. Cass, 30 Sep 1975; Col Jack I. Gregory, 17 Aug 1976; Col William T. Tolbert, 5 Oct 1978; Col Bradley C. Hosmer, 30 Aug 1979; Col Eugene L. Vosika, 4 Aug 1981; Col Harald G. Hermes, 31 May 1983; Col Buster C. Glosson, 13 Feb 1985; Col David Oakes, 9 Jun 1986; Col Gladstone J. Prater Jr., 2 Jun 1988; Col Marvin R. Esmond, 20 Jul 1990; Brig Gen James I. Mathers, 31 Aug 1992; Brig Gen Timothy A. Kinnan, 19 Aug 1994; Brig Gen Lawrence D. Johnston, 3 Apr 1996; Brig Gen Victor E. Renuart Jr., 20 Jul 1998; Brig Gen John W. Rosa Jr., 24 Mar 2000; Brig Gen John H. Folkerts, 8 Aug 2001; Col Bradley H. Heithold, 24 Apr 2003-.

Aircraft. F-51, 1948; F-61, 1948-1950; F-82, 1949-1950. F-105, 1968; F-4, 1968- 1971; C-130, 1968-1971; EB-57, 1968-1971; RB-57, 1968; F-111, 1971- 1972. F-111, 1973-1975. F-4, 1975-1988; F-16, 1987-2001; C-130, 1994-; A/OA-10, 1995-2000; HC-130, 1997-; HH-60, 1997-.

Operations. Provided air defense of Japanese territory Aug 1948- Mar 1950. From Jan 1968, performed air defense and reconnaissance missions over Japan and South Korea through early May 1971. Not operational, 15 May-14 Jul 1971. Trained to achieve proficiency in F-111 aircraft, Jul 1971-Oct 1972. Conducted combat operations over Cambodia, Jul-Aug 1973, then remained in Southeast Asia through May 1975 to undertake strike missions in the event of further contingency operations. Participated in numerous exercises and firepower demonstrations, and, during Jan-May 1975, flew sea surveillance missions. Participated in the recovery of the American merchantman SS Mayaguez from Cambodian forces in May 1975. Replaced Det. 1, 363d Combat Support Group at Moody AFB and trained to become proficient in F-4E aircraft. Assumed responsibility for operating Moody AFB in Dec 1975. Thereafter, conducted frequent exercise deployments in the U.S. and overseas to maintain capabilities specializing in air-to-ground attack using precision-guided weapons. Transitioned to F-16A/B aircraft, 1988-1989, and oriented mission planning toward NATO requirements by conducting squadron-strength deployments to Europe. Began upgrading to F-16C/D in Jan 1990 and in Aug 1990 became first operational TAC unit to employ the LANTIRN all-weather/night navigation and bombing system. Sent support personnel to Southwest Asia in Aug 1990, and in Jan 1991 deployed one fighter squadron to fly combat missions. Following the ceasefire, continued to support peace-keeping operations with periodic aircraft deployments to Saudi Arabia. As a result of hurricane damage at Homestead AFB, FL, two fighter squadrons from there moved to Moody AFB in Aug 1992, and in Nov 1992 were assigned to the 347th, making it the largest F-16 wing in the USAF. Regularly deployed elements to Southwest Asia to support Operation Southern Watch and other contingencies. Became a composite wing in 1994 with the addition of airlift and close air support elements, and later gained a combat search and rescue mission in 1997.

Service Streamers. None.

Campaign Streamers. Southwest Asia: Defense of Saudi Arabia; Liberation and Defense of Kuwait.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.

Decorations. Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Combat "V" Device: 30 Jul 1973-15 May 1975. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 15 Apr 1969-15 Apr 1971; 1 Jan 1977-30 Apr 1978; 1 May 1978-31 May 1979; 1 Apr 1987-31 Mar 1989; 23 Feb 1991-22 Feb 1993; 1 Jun 1994-31 May 1996; 1 Jun 1997-31 May 1999; 1 Jun 2001-31 May 2003; 1 Oct 2003-31 Oct 2004.

Bestowed Honors. Authorized to display honors earned by the 347 Fighter Group prior to 18 Aug 1948. Service Streamers. None. Campaign Streamers. World War II: Guadalcanal; Northern Solomons; Bismarck Archipelago; New Guinea; Leyte; Luzon; Southern Philippines; Western Pacific; China Defensive; China Offensive; Air Combat, Asiatic-Pacific Theater. Decorations. Distinguished Unit Citation: Netherlands East Indies, 7, 20, and 22 Nov 1944. Presidential Unit Citation (Navy): [3 Oct]-9 Dec 1942. Philippine Presidential Unit Citation.

Lineage, Assignments, Components, Stations, and Honors through 1 Dec 2005.

Commanders, Aircraft, and Operations through Jun 2004.

Supersedes published information contained in: Judy G. Endicott (ed.), Active Air Force Wings as of 1 October 1995 (Washington: USGPO, 1999). 

Emblem. Approved on 26 Mar 1967. 

Prepared by William M. Butler. 

Reviewed by Carl E. Bailey.







 Inside AFHRA

ima cornerSearch

ima cornerOrganizations

 




Site Map      Contact Us     Questions     USA.gov     Security and Privacy notice     E-publishing  
Suicide Prevention    SAPR   IG   EEO   Accessibility/Section 508   No FEAR Act