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353 Combat Training Squadron (PACAF)

Lineage. Constituted as 353 Fighter Squadron on 12 Nov 1942. Activated on 15 Nov 1942. Redesignated as 353 Fighter Squadron, Single Engine on 20 Aug 1943. Inactivated on 31 Mar 1946. Redesignated as 353 Fighter-Day Squadron on 28 Sep 1956. Activated on 19 Nov 1956. Redesignated as: 353 Tactical Fighter Squadron on 1 Jul 1958; 353 Fighter Squadron on 1 Nov 1991. Inactivated on 15 Dec 1992. Activated on 20 Aug 1993. Redesignated as 353 Combat Training Squadron on 1 Aug 1994.

Assignments. 354 Fighter Group, 12 Nov 1942-31 Mar 1946. 354 Fighter-Day Group, 19 Nov 1956; 354 Fighter-Day (later, 354 Tactical Fighter) Wing, 25 Sep 1957; 401 Tactical Fighter Wing, 27 Apr 1966; 354 Tactical Fighter (later, 354 Fighter) Wing, 15 Jul 1971-15 Dec 1992 (attached to 354 Combat Support Group, 15 Aug-19 Dec 1990; Tactical Fighter Wing Provisional, 354, 20 Dec 1990-Mar 1991). 354 Operations Group, 20 Aug 1993; 611 Air Operations Group, 4 Sep 2003; 354 Operations Group, 27 Oct 2006-.
 
Stations. Hamilton Field, CA, 15 Nov 1942; Tonopah, NV, 19 Jan 1943; Santa Rosa AAFld, CA, 2 Mar 1943; Portland AAB, OR, 4 May-6 Oct 1943; Greenham Common, England, 4 Nov 1943; Boxted, England, 13 Nov 1943; Lashenden, England, 17 Apr 1944; Cricqueville, France, c. 17 Jun1944; Gael, France, c. 11 Aug 1944; Orconte, France, c. 16 Sep 1944 (operated from St Dizier, France, c. 14 Nov-3 Dec 1944); Rosieres en Haye, France, 3 Dec 1944; Ober Olm, Germany, 7 Apr 1945; Ansbach, Germany, 1 May 1945; Herzogenaurach, Germany, 15 May 1945-15 Feb 1946; Bolling Field, DC, 15 Feb-31 Mar 1946. Myrtle Beach AFB, SC, 19 Nov 1956-22 Apr 1966 (deployed at MacDill AFB, FL, 14 Jul-13 Aug 1965); Torrejon AB, Spain, 27 Apr 1966-15 Jul 1971; Myrtle Beach AFB, SC, 15 Jul 1971-15 Dec 1992 (deployed at Korat RTAFB, Thailand, 12 Oct 1972-21 Jan 1973 and 31 Mar-18 Oct 1973; King Fahd AB, Saudi Arabia, 18 Aug 1990-Mar 1991). Eielson AFB, AK, 20 Aug 1993-.
 
Commanders. Maj Owen M. Seaman, 26 Nov 1942; Capt Robert L. Priser, Dec 1943; Maj Jack T. Bradley, Jan 1944; Maj Don M. Beerbower, 30 Jun 1944; Capt Felix M. Rogers, 9 Aug 1944; Lt Col Glenn T. Eagleston, 26 Oct 1944; Maj James B. Dalglish, 31 May-Nov 1945; unkn, Nov 1945-31 Mar 1946. Maj Jack H. Bond, 19 Nov 1956; Lt Col John H. Brown Jr., 1 Mar 1957; Maj Walter C. Turnier, 14 Jul 1958; Lt Col Joseph R. Waters, 17 Oct 1960; Lt Col Frank M. Haynie, 9 Jul 1962; Col Billy G. Edens, 21 Dec 1964; Lt Col Richard G. Newell, 13 Nov 1965; Lt Col George W. Dooley Jr., 23 Feb 1966; Lt Col Joseph J. Hillmer, Feb 1970; Lt Col William Loyd Jr., by 1 Jul 1971; Lt Col Brown G. Howard III, 24 Apr 1972; Lt Col Wayne E. Davis, 14 Mar 1973; Col David M. Eknes, 27 Sep 1974; Lt Col Gary R. Tompkins, 5 Nov 1974; Lt Col James R. Rozinek, 9 Nov 1976; Lt Col Douglas W. Stockton, 11 Jul 1977; Lt Col Robert H. Lilac, 19 May 1978; Lt Col Eben D. Jones, by 9 Jul 1979; Lt Col Floyd J. Abney, 11 Feb 1981; Lt Col Thomas H. Plank, 11 Feb 1983; Lt Col Ralph P. Black, 11 Feb 1984; Lt Col Allan C. Ryals, 21 Feb 1986; Lt Col Charles M. Thrash, 29 Oct 1987; Lt Col Richard D. Schatzel, 2 Oct 1989; Lt Col Charles T. Fox, 26 Aug 1991-30 Sep 1992; unkn, 1 Oct-15 Dec 1992. Lt Col Brian H. Wilbur, 20 Aug 1993; Lt Col Thomas J. Koch, 29 Dec 1993-16 Aug 1995.
 
Aircraft. P-39, 1943; P-51, 1943-1944; 1945-1946; P-47, 1944-1945. F-100, 1957-1970; F-4, 1970-1971; A-7, 1971-1978; A-10, 1978-1992. None, 1994-.

Operations. Air defense in the United States, 1943; combat in the European Theater of Operations (ETO), 1 Dec 1943-8 Feb 1945. Combat in Southeast Asia, 10 Oct 1972-c. 21 Jan 1973. Combat in Southwest Asia, Jan-Feb 1991. Coordinated and operated Pacific Air Force's Cope Thunder exercises, 1994-.

Service Streamers. None.
 
Campaign Streamers. World War II: Air Offensive, Europe; Normandy; Northern France; Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe; Air Combat, EAME Theater. Vietnam: Vietnam Ceasefire. Southwest Asia: Defense of Saudi Arabia; Liberation and Defense of Kuwait; Ceasefire.
 
Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.

Decorations. Distinguished Unit Citations: ETO, [Dec] 1943-15 May 1945; France, 25 Aug 1944. Presidential Unit Citation: Southeast Asia, [12] Oct 1972-[21 Jan] 1973. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 1 Oct 1962-1 Dec 1963; 15 Jul 1971-31 May 1972; 1 May 1974-30 Apr 1976; 1 Jul 1978-31 May 1979; 1 Jun 1979-22 May 1981; 1 Jul 1985-30 Jun 1987; 1 May 1990-15 May 1992; [20]-31 Aug 1993; 11 Sep 2000-10 Sep 2002; 1 Oct 2003-30 Sep 2005. French Croix de Guerre with Palm: 1 Dec 1943-31 Dec 1944. Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm: 12 Oct 1972-28 Jan 1973.
 
Lineage, Assignments, Stations, and Honors through 14 Oct 2011.

Commanders, Aircraft, and Operations through Aug 1995.

Supersedes statement prepared on 31 Dec 1996.

Emblem. Approved on 27 Aug 1957. Squadron should update emblem to meet the standards of AFI 84-105, Chapter 3.

Prepared by Patsy Robertson.

Reviewed by Daniel Haulman.