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756 Air Refueling Squadron (AFRC)

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. Constituted as 756 Bombardment Squadron, Heavy, on 19 May 1943. Activated on 1 Jul 1943. Inactivated on 28 Aug 1945. Redesignated as 756 Bombardment Squadron, Very Heavy on 11 Mar 1947. Activated in the Reserve on 19 Apr 1947. Redesignated as 756 Bombardment Squadron, Medium on 26 Jun 1949. Ordered to Active Service on 1 May 1951. Inactivated on 16 May 1951. Redesignated as 756 Troop Carrier Squadron, Medium on 6 May 1954. Activated in the Reserve on 1 Jun 1954. Redesignated as: 756 Military Airlift Squadron on 1 Oct 1966; 756 Tactical Airlift Squadron on 29 Jun 1971; 756 Military Airlift Squadron on 1 Jul 1986; 756 Airlift Squadron on 1 Feb 1992; 756 Air Refueling Squadron on 1 Oct 2003.
 
Assignments. 459 Bombardment Group, 1 Jul 1943-28 Aug 1945. 459 Bombardment Group, 19 Apr 1947; Tenth Air Force, 26 Jun 1949; Fifteenth Air Force, 21 Jul 1949; Second Air Force, 1 Apr 1950-16 May 1951. First Air Force, 1 Jun 1954; 459 Troop Carrier Group, 26 Jan 1955; 459 Troop Carrier Wing, 14 Apr 1959; 909 Troop Carrier (later, 909 Military Airlift; 909 Tactical Airlift) Group, 17 Jan 1963; 459 Tactical Airlift (later, 459 Military Airlift; 459 Airlift) Wing, 1 Sep 1975; 459 Operations Group, 1 Aug 1992-.

Stations. Alamogordo AAFld, NM, 1 Jul 1943; Kearns, UT, 2 Sep 1943; Davis-Monthan Field, AZ, 22 Sep 1943; Westover Field, MA, 1 Nov 1943-2 Jan 1944; Giulia Airfield, Italy, 12 Feb 1944-c. 2 Aug 1945; Sioux Falls AAFld, SD, c. 14-28 Aug 1945. Long Beach AAFld, CA, 19 Apr 1947; Smoky Hill AFB, KS, 27 Jun 1949; Barksdale AFB, LA, 10 Oct 1949-16 May 1951. Andrews AFB, MD, 1 Jun 1954-.
 
Commanders. Maj Daulton B. Lee, Jul 1943; Lt Col Harrison R. Christy Jr., by Mar 1944; Unkn, Apr-28 Aug 1945. Unkn, 19 Apr 1947-16 May 1951. Unkn, 1 Jun-23 Jul 1954; Maj George A. Amsler (acting), 24 Jul 1954; Lt Col Gordon W. Becker, Sep 1954; Lt Col Bruce G. Sundlun, 25 Nov 1957; Lt Col Frank J. Parrish, by Jan 1962; Col James H. Lawrence, by Oct 1963; Lt Col Frank J. Parrish, by Oct 1965; Lt Col Elmer E. Wachter, by Dec 1969; Lt Col Richard R. Drake, by Sep 1971; Lt Col Robert Roig, by Sep 1972; Lt Col Richard C. McMahon, by Dec 1975; Col Jere J. Danaher, Jun 1977; Col John R. O'Rosky, 12 Sep 1978; Lt Col Horace M. Davis, 26 Nov 1980; Lt Col David R. Harrington, 1 Jun 1982; Lt Col Bernard A. Borandi, 17 Feb 1984; Lt Col David C. Gilliom, by Dec 1986; Lt Col Charles W. Beattie, 1 Aug 1989; Lt Col Daniel L. Boesz, unkn; Lt Col Louis C. Cusimano, 29 Jan 1993; Lt Col Frederick K. Lange, 8 Sep 1995; Lt Col John M. Allen, 4 Oct 1997; Col Michael T. Branham, 4 Aug 2001; Lt Col Robert N. Maddox, 26 Oct 2003-.
 
Aircraft. B-24, 1943-1945. Unkn, 1947-1951. C-46, 1954-1957; C-119, 1957-1966; C-124, 1966-1971; C-130, 1971-1986; C-141, 1986-2003; KC-135, 2003-.
 
Operations. Combat in the Mediterranean and European Theaters of Operations (MTO and ETO), 2 Mar 1944-26 Apr 1945. Trained for troop carrier and airlift operations beginning in Jun 1954. In 1966 began flying airlift missions worldwide, including airlift support of contingency operations in Grenada (1983) and Panama (1989). Also flew numerous humanitarian airlift missions. Transitioned to an air refueling mission in 2003.
 
Service Streamers. None.
 
Campaign Streamers. World War II: Air Offensive, Europe; Rome-Arno; Normandy; Northern France; Southern France; North Apennines; Rhineland; Central Europe; Po Valley; Air Combat, EAME Theater.
 
Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. Panama, 1989-1990.
 
Decorations. Distinguished Unit Citation: Bad Voslau, Austria, 23 Apr 1944. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 1 Apr 1971-31 Mar 1973; 1 Nov 1978-31 Oct 1980; 1 Jan 1982-31 Dec 1983; 1 Jan 1984-31 Dec 1985; 1 Oct 1991-30 Sep 1993; 1 Oct 1993-30 Sep 1995; 1 May 2002-30 Apr 2004; 1 Jan 2005-31 Dec 2006. Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm: 1 Oct 1966-28 Jun 1971.
 
Lineage, Assignments, Stations, and Honors through Mar 2011.

Commanders, Aircraft, and Operations through Dec 2003.

Supersedes statement prepared on 15 Jan 2002.

Emblem. Approved in 1984; updated in Apr 2006.
 
Prepared by Patsy Robertson.
 
Reviewed by Daniel Haulman.