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461 Operations Group (ACC)

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.

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.

Lineage.  Established as 461 Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 19 May 1943.  Activated on 1 Jul 1943.  Inactivated on 28 Aug 1945.  Redesignated as 461 Bombardment Group, Light, on 11 Dec 1953.  Activated on 23 Dec 1953.  Redesignated as 461 Bombardment Group, Tactical, on 1 Oct 1955.  Inactivated on 8 Jan 1958.   Redesignated as 461 Operations Group on 1 Sep 2011.  Activated on 1 Oct 2011.     

Assignments.  Second Air Force, 1 Jul 1943; Fourth Air Force, 30 Oct 1943; IV Fighter Command, 7 Nov 1943; 55 Bombardment Wing, 5 Feb 1944; 49 Bombardment Wing, 14 Mar 1944-Jul 1945; Second Air Force, c. 22 Jul-28 Aug 1945.  461 Bombardment Wing, 23 Dec 1953-8 Jan 1958.  461 Air Control Wing, 1 Oct 2011-. 

Operational Components.  Squadrons.  12 Airborne Command and Control: 1 Oct 2011-.  16 Airborne Command and Control: 1 Oct 2011-.  330 Combat Training: 1 Oct 2011-.  764 Bombardment: 1 Jul 1943-28 Aug 1945; 23 Dec 1953-8 Jan 1958. 765 Bombardment: 1 Jul 1943-28 Aug 1945; 23 Dec 1953-8 Jan 1958. 766 Bombardment: 1 Jul 1943-28 Aug 1945; 23 Dec 1953-8 Jan 1958.  767 Bombardment: 1 Jul 1943-28 Aug 1945.

Stations.   Wendover Field, UT, 1 Jul 1943; Gowen Field, ID, 29 Jul 1943; Kearns AAB, UT, 11 Sep 1943; Wendover Field, UT, 30 Sep 1943; Hammer Field, CA, 30 Oct 1943-Jan 1944; Torretto Airfield, Italy, c. 20 Feb 1944-Jul 1945; Sioux Falls AAFld, SD, 22 Jul-28 Aug 1945.  Hill AFB, UT, 23 Dec 1953; Blytheville AFB, AR, 8 Feb 1956-8 Jan 1958.  Robins AFB, GA, 1 Oct 2011-.

Commanders.   Unkn, 1 Jul-11 Aug 1943; Lt Col William G. Carter, 12 Aug 1943; Col Frederic E. Glantzberg, 25 Oct 1943; Col Philip R. Hawes, 22 Sep 1944; Col Brooks A. Lawhon, 20 Dec 1944; Col Craven C. Rogers, 16 Apr 1945-unkn.   Maj Gordon Baker, 11 Dec 1953; Lt Col Donald F. Blake, 4 Feb 1954; Lt Col Robert F. Price, 20 Feb 1954; Col Maxwell W. Roman, 14 Jul 1954; Lt Col John A. McVey, 1 Jul 1955; Lt Col William F. Furman, c. 1 Aug 1955; Col Robert W. Paulson, 1 Jul 1956; Lt Col Lawrence M. McNally, 10 Jun 1957; Maj William K. Bush, 12 Jun 1957; Col John D. Bridges, 20 Jun 1957; Maj Charles F. Wolfe, 21 Jun 1957; Col John D. Bridges, 29 Jun 1957; Lt Col Charles Cook, 16 Sep 1957; Col John D. Bridges, 25 Sep 1957-8 Jan 1958.

Aircraft.  B-24, 1943-1945.  B-26, 1953-1955; B-57, 1955-1958.  E-8, 2011-.

Operations.  Combat in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations (MTO) and the European Theater of Operations (ETO), Apr 1944-Apr 1945.  Received two Distinguished Unit Citations (DUCs): on 13 Apr 1944 for attacking an aircraft components factory in Budapest, Hungary; and on 15 Jul 1944 for attacking oil facilities at Ploesti, Rumania.  Dropped supplies to prisoner of war (POW) camps in Austria, May 1945.  Conducted combat training in B-26s before converting to B-57s, 1953-1958.  Since Oct 2011, flew JSTARS aircraft that could surveil moving ground targets to support tactical military operations. 

Service Streamers.  Global War on Terrorism-Service (GWOT-S).

Campaign Streamers. World War II:  Air Combat, EAME Theater; Air Offensive, Europe; Rome-Arno; Normandy; Northern France; Southern France; North Apennines; Rhineland; Central Europe; Po Valley.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers.  None.

Decorations.  Distinguished Unit Citations:  Budapest, Hungary, 13 Apr 1944; Ploesti, Rumania, 15 Jul 1944.  Meritorious Unit Awards: [1 Oct 2011]-31 Mar 2012; 1 Apr 2012-31 May 2013; 1 Jun 2014-31 May 2015; 1 Jun 2015-31 May 2016; 1 Jun 2016-31 May 2017.  Air Force Outstanding Unit Award: 1 Jun 2013-31 May 2014.

Lineage, Assignments, Components, Stations, Aircraft, Operations, and Honors through 13 Jun 2019.

Commanders through 8 Jan 1958.

Supersedes statement prepared 4 Nov 2011

Emblem.  Approved 29 Mar 2012.

Prepared by James M. Musser.

Reviewed by Daniel Haulman.