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355 OPERATIONS GROUP (ACC)

Posted 11/8/2011 Printable Fact Sheet

Lineage. Established as 355 Operations Group, and activated, on 1 May 1992.

Assignments. 355 Wing (later, 355 Fighter Wing), 1 May 1992-.

Operational Components. Squadrons: 41 Electronic Combat: 1 May 1992-1 Oct 2002. 42 Airborne Command and Control: 1 Jul 1994-30 Sep 2002. 43 Electronic Combat: 1 May 1992-1 Oct 2002. 55 Rescue: 14 Mar-1 Oct 2003. 79 Rescue: 14 Mar-1 Oct 2003. 333 Fighter: 1 May 1992-1 Oct 1994. 354 Fighter: 1 May 1992-. 357 Fighter: 1 May 1992-. 358 Fighter: 1 May 1992-.

Stations. Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ, 1 May 1992-.
 
Commanders. Unkn, 1 May 1992-3 Feb 1994; Col Brian Jones, 4 Feb 1994; Col David E. Clary, 16 May 1995; Col Peter J. Bunce, 18 Jul 1997; Col Daryl W. Hausmann, 22 Feb 1999; Col Robert Yates, Feb 2001; Col James Hyatt, 19 Apr 2002; Col Steven Ruehl, 5 Jan 2004; Col Mark E. Koechle, 15 Jul 2005; Col Thomas Deale, 29 Jun 2007; Lt Col Thomas N. Cheatham, 10 Dec 2008; Col Edward A. Kostelnik, 9 Jan 2009; Col Samuel P. Milam, 2 Sep 2010-.

Aircraft. A-10, 1992-; EC-130, 1992-2002; HH-60G, 2003.

Operations. Beginning in May 1992, the 355 Operations Group took over control of flying units for 355 Wing. It provided war-fighters with forces for close air support, air interdiction, forward air control, ground based tactical air control, and airbase operations. From 1992-2002, the group trained and provided electronic combat capabilities and airborne command and control. For a brief period from Mar-Oct 2003 until the squadrons realigned under the 563 Rescue Group, it maintained a combat search and rescue capability. It also conducted all formal course directed aircraft initial qualification/requalification training for the A-10. In Oct 2003 and again in Nov 2005, the group deployed A-10s in support of combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.
 
Service Streamers. None.

Campaign Streamers. None.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.

Decorations. Air Force Outstanding Unit Award: 1 Jun 1995-31 May 1997; 1 Jun 1998-31 May 2000; 1 Jun 2002-31 May 2004; 1 Jun 2004-31 May 2006; 1 Jun 2007-31 May 2009.

Lineage, Assignments, Components, Stations, and Honors through 24 Aug 2011.

Commanders, Aircraft, and Operations through 24 Aug 2011.

Supersedes statement prepared on 5 Dec 2005.

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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