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355 Operations Group (ACC)

Lineage and Honors History

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355 Operations Group (ACC)

 

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

Assignments.  355 Wing (later, 355 Fighter Wing; 355 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 1992-21 Feb 2014.

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-60, 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, group A-10s and pilots deployed in support of combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.  Along with providing aircraft qualification training, it supports the war fighter through close air support (CAS), forward air control (FAC), and combat search and rescue (CSAR) missions.

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; 1 Jun 2015-31 May 2016.

Lineage, Assignments, Components, Stations, Aircraft, Operations, and Honors through 2 Aug 2019.

Commanders through 24 Aug 2011.

Supersedes statement prepared on 24 Aug 2011.

Emblem.  Group will use the wing emblem with the group designation in the scroll. No digitized group emblem on file. 

Prepared by James Musser.

Reviewed by Daniel Haulman.