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352 SPECIAL OPERATIONS GROUP (AFSOC)

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Lineage. Established as 2 Air Command Group on 11 Apr 1944. Activated on 22 Apr 1944. Inactivated on 12 Nov 1945. Disestablished on 8 Oct 1948. Reestablished and consolidated (31 Jul 1985) with the 702 Strategic Missile Wing (ICM-Snark) (established on 17 Jun 1958; activated on 1 Jan 1959; discontinued, and inactivated on 25 Jun 1961). Redesignated as: 352 Special Operations Wing on 31 Jul 1985; 352 Special Operations Group on 21 Sep 1992. Activated on 1 Dec 1992. Consolidated (17 Aug 1998) with the 39 Special Operations Wing (established as the 39 Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Wing on 20 Oct 1969; activated on 1 Jan 1970; redesignated as 39 Special Operations Wing on 1 Mar 1988; inactivated on 1 Dec 1992). Consolidated group retained designation of 352 Special Operations Group.

Assignments. III Fighter Command, 22 Apr 1944; Army Air Forces, India-Burma Theater, c. 12 Nov 1944; Tenth Air Force, 10 Jul 1945; Army Air Forces, India-Burma Theater, c. 18 Aug-Oct 1945. 45 Air Division, 1 Jan 1959-25 Jun 1961. Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Service, 1 Jan 1970; Twenty-Third Air Force (later, Air Force Special Operations Command), 1 Oct 1983-.

Operational Components. Squadrons. 1 Fighter, Commando: 22 Apr 1944-12 Nov 1945. 2 Fighter, Commando: 22 Apr 1944-12 Nov 1945. 7 Special Operations: 1 Feb 1987-. 9 Special Operations: 1 Mar 1988-18 Apr 1989. 21 Special Operations: 1 May 1988-31 Oct 2007. 37 Air Rescue and Recovery: 1 Jul 1978-1 Feb 1987. 38 Air Rescue and Recovery: 1 Jul 1978-8 Jan 1981. 40 Air Rescue and Recovery: 1 Jul 1978-31 Dec 1987. 41 Air Rescue and Recovery: 1 Jan 1970-1 Sep 1975. 42 Air Rescue and Recovery: 1 Jan 1970-15 Jun 1973. 43 Air Rescue and Recovery: 1 Jan 1970-1 Jun 1974. 44 Air Rescue and Recovery: 1 Jan 1970-15 Jun 1973. 48 Air Rescue and Recovery: 15 Sep 1972-1 Jan 1976; 1 Oct 1985-31 Dec 1987. 54 Air Rescue and Recovery: 1 Jan 1970-15 Jul 1974. 55 Air Rescue and Recovery (later, 55 Special Operations): 1 Jan 1970-18 Apr 1989. 56 Aerospace Rescue and Recovery: 1 May 1988-1 Apr 1989. 67 Aerospace Rescue and Recovery (later, 67 Special Operations): 17 May 1973-. 71 Aerospace Rescue and Recovery: 8 Mar 1970-1 Jul 1974. 127 Liaison, Commando, 1 May 1944-27 Jul 1945. 155 Liaison, Commando, 1 May 1944-27 Jul 1945. 156 Liaison, Commando, 1 May 1944-27 Jul 1945. 317 Troop Carrier, 1 May 1944-12 Nov 1945. 321 Special Tactics: 1 Jan 1993-. 556 Strategic Missile: 1 Apr-16 Jul 1959. Detachments. 1 (Elmendorf AFB, AK): 1 Jan 1970-1 Jul 1971. 1 (Homestead AFB, FL): 1 Feb 1973-15 May 1974. 1 (Homestead AFB, FL): 1 Sep 1975-1 Jul 1978. 1 (Ramstein): 1 Feb 1990-1 Dec 1992. 2 (Albrook AFB, CZ): 1 Jan 1970-15 Jul 1975. 2 (K. I. Sawyer AFB, MI): 1 Sep 1975-1 Oct 1977. 3 (Patrick AFB, FL): 1 Jan-8 Jun 1970. 3 (Sondrestrom AB, Greenland): 1 Dec 1971-1 Jul 1973. 4 (Thule AB, Greenland): 1 Jan 1970-31 Jul 1975. 5 (Tyndall AFB, FL): 1 Jan-8 Jun 1970. 5 (Tyndall AFB, FL): 1 Feb 1973-1 Jul 1978. 5 (Tyndall AFB, FL): 8 Jan 1981-1 Feb 1987. 6 (Loring AFB, ME): 1 Feb 1973-15 Apr 1974. 7 (Ramstein AB, Germany): 15 May 1973-1 Nov 1974. 7 (Rhein-Main AB, Germany): 5 Nov-1 Dec 1992. 9 (Zaragoza AB, Spain): 15 May 1973-30 Sep 1977. 10 (Aviano AB, Italy): 15 May 1973-1 Jul 1974. 10 (MacDill AFB, FL): 1 Sep 1975-1 Jul 1978. 11 (Myrtle Beach AFB, SC): 1 Sep 1975-1 Jul 1978. 11 (Myrtle Beach AFB, SC): 8 Jan 1981-1 Feb 1987. 14 (Keflavik AB, Iceland): 15 May 1973-30 Sep 1977. 15 (Patrick AFB, FL): 1 Feb 1973-1 Jul 1978. 15 (Patrick AFB, FL): 8 Jan 1981-1 Feb 1987. 18 (Plattsburgh AFB, NY): 1 Sep 1975-1 Jul 1978.

Stations. Drew Field, FL, 22 Apr 1944; Lakeland AAFld, FL, 3 May 1944; Alachua AAFld, FL, 9 Jun 1944; Drew Field, FL, 17 Aug 1944; Lakeland AAFld, FL, 22 Aug 1944; Drew Field, FL, 23-28 Oct 1944; Kalaikunda, India, 16 Dec 1944; Karachi, India, 5-21 Oct 1945; Camp Kilmer, NJ, 11-12 Nov 1945. Presque Isle AFB, ME, 1 Jan 1959-25 Jun 1961. Richards-Gebaur AFB, MO, 1 Jan 1970; Eglin AFB, FL, 25 Jun 1971-May 1989; Rhein-Main AB, Germany, 1 Jun 1989; RAF Alconbury, England, 1 Jan 1992; RAF Mildenhall, England, 17 Feb 1995-.

Commanders. Capt L. H. Couch (acting), 22 Apr 1944; Col Arthur R. DeBolt, 1 May 1944; Col Alfred J. Ball Jr., 15 May 1945-unkn. Lt Col Harry W. Robb, 1 Jan 1959; Col Richard W. Beck, 15 Apr 1959; Col Roger A. Stevenson, 22 May-25 Jun 1961. Col Ritchie H. Belser Jr., 2 Jan 1970; Col Lawrence N. Gordon, 23 Jul 1970; Col James E. Dalton, 25 May 1973; Col William E. Moore, 18 Feb 1975; Col Billy R. McGee, 16 Jun 1977; Col Philip S. Prince, 25 Jul 1977; Col Edsel R. Field, 28 Apr 1980; Col James P. Scarff Jr., 24 Feb 1981; Col Albert L. Waters, 25 Jul 1983; Col Edward N. Byra, 6 Aug 1985; Col James L. Hobson Jr., 20 Mar 1987; Col Byron R. Hooten Jr., 5 May 1989; Col Eugene J. Ronsick, 11 Jul 1991; Col Bennie D. Orrell, 1 Dec 1992; Col Stephen R. Connelly, 13 Jul 1994; Col Michael F. Planert, 7 May 1996; Col John W. Zahrt, 15 May 1998; Col Jeffrey W. Walls, 9 May 2000; Col Otis G. Mannon, 14 Jul 2002; Col Dennis M. Jones, 20 Oct 2003; Col Marshall B. Webb, 23 Jun 2005; Col Brian P. Cutts, 29 Jun 2007; Col Lewis E. Jordan Jr., 23 Jul 2008; Col Gary McCollum, 30 Jun 2010-.

Aircraft. P-51, 1944, 1945; L-5, 1944, 1945; C-64, 1944, 1945; C-47, 1944-1945; CG-4 gliders, 1944, 1945; F-6, 1945; L-1, 1945; L-4, 1945; C-46, 1945. Snark, 1959-1961. CH/HH-3, 1970-c.1988; CH/HH-53, 1970-c.1988; HC-130, 1970-c.1990; HH-43, 1970-1973; UH-1, 1970-1988; HH-1, 1978-c.1988; TH-1, 1978-c.1988; UH-60, 1982-c.1988; MC-130, 1987-; MH-53, 1989-2007; C-130, 1994-.

Operations. Trained in Florida for air commando operations. Moved to India, Oct-Dec 1944: the troop carrier squadron flew their C-47s to India, arriving by late Oct; a group advanced echelon arrived mid-Nov; and the majority of the group arrived mid-Dec. Between Nov 1944 and May 1945 the group dropped supplies to Allied troops who were fighting the Japanese in the Chindwin Valley in Burma; transported Chinese troops from Burma to China; transported men, food, ammunition, and construction equipment to Burma; dropped Gurka paratroops during the assault on Rangoon; provided fighter support for Allied forces crossing the Irrawaddy River in Feb 1945; struck enemy airfields and transportation targets in Thailand; and flew reconnaissance, light transport, and evacuation for ground forces in forward areas in Burma. After May 1945 the fighter squadrons were in training; in Jun the group's C-47s were sent to Ledo to move road-building equipment, and later the troop carrier squadron transferred to China. During Jun-Jul most of the group's L-5s were turned over to Fourteenth Air Force and the Liaison Squadrons were sent to the Pacific. The remainder of the group returned to the US, Oct-Nov 1945 and inactivated on 12 Nov 1945. As the only Snark missile wing in the USAF, the 702 Strategic Missile Wing performed intercontinental missile test operations from Patrick AFB, Florida, Apr-Jun 1959, and from the Atlantic Missile Range at Cape Canaveral, Florida, c. Dec 1959-Jun 1961. The 39 Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Wing flew numerous rescue sorties and from Jan 1970 until mid-1971, and supported Strategic Air Command missile silos. After moving to Eglin AFB, FL in Jun 1971, wing assumed responsibility for rescue detachments in the Western Hemisphere and Europe. Later, the 39 Special Operations Wing (SOW) trained and participated in special operations exercises, as well as flew rescue sorties. Wing headquarters and one squadron moved to Germany in May 1989 and became the air component of Special Operations Command Europe. In response to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait on 2 Aug 1990, the majority of the 39 SOW personnel deployed to Turkey (12-17 Jan 1991), and operated as part of the Joint Special Operations Task Force (JSOTF) ELUSIVE CONCEPT. The wing moved to England effective 1 Jan 1992 and served as the air component for Special Operations Command Europe. Trained for and performed special operations airland and airdrop missions in the European Command area of operations, including establishing air assault landing zones, controlling close air support by strike aircraft and gunships, and providing trauma care for wounded and injured personnel. Deployed elements participated in PROVIDE COMFORT II. During the 1990s, the group supported numerous humanitarian and combat operations in Europe, Africa, and Southwest Asia, including Operations PROVIDE PROMISE, DENY FLIGHT, and ALLIED FORCE in Yugoslavia, and PROVIDE COMFORT and NORTHERN WATCH over northern Iraq. Provided insertion, extraction and resupply of US military special operations forces throughout the European theater, 2000-.
 
Service Streamers. None.
 
Campaign Streamers. World War II: India-Burma; Central Burma. Southwest Asia: Defense of Saudi Arabia; Liberation and Defense of Kuwait. Kosovo: Kosovo Air.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.

Decorations. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards with the Combat "V" Device: 14 Jan-23 Mar 1991; 1 Aug 1998-31 Jul 1999; 1 Aug 2000-31 Jul 2002; 1 Aug 2003-31 Jul 2005. Gallant Unit Citations: 15 Oct 2001-15 Apr 2002; 12 Feb-12 May 2003. Meritorious Unit Award: 1 Oct 2005-30 Sep 2007; 1 Oct 2007-30 Sep 2009. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 1 Jul 1972-30 Jun 1974; 1 Jul 1976-30 Jun 1978; 20-29 Nov 1978; 2 Jul 1986-30 Jun 1988; 24 Mar 1991-31 Jul 1992; 1 Aug 1992-31 Jul 1993; 1 Aug 1994-31 Jul 1996; 1 Aug 1996-31 Jul 1998; 1 Aug 1999-31 Jul 2000.

Lineage, Assignments, Components, Stations, Commanders, Aircraft, Operations, and Honors through Apr 2011.

Supersedes statement prepared on 22 Sep 2009.

Emblem. Approved on 28 Feb 1995.

Prepared by Patsy Robertson.
 
Reviewed by Daniel Haulman.







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