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41 Electronic Combat Squadron

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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. Organized as Company A, 4th Balloon Squadron on 13 Nov 1917. Redesignated: 9th Balloon Company on 25 Jul 1918; 9th Airship Company on 30 Aug 1921; 9th Airship Squadron on 26 Oct 1933; 1st Observation Squadron on 1 Jun 1937; 1st Observation Squadron (Medium) on 13 Jan 1942; 1st Observation Squadron on 4 Jul 1942; 1st Reconnaissance Squadron (Special) on 25 Jun 1943; 41st Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron on 25 Nov 1944; 41st Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron on 24 Jan 1946. Inactivated on 17 Jun 1946. Redesignated 41st Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Night-Photographic, on 14 Jan 1954. Activated on 18 Mar 1954. Inactivated on 18 May 1959. Redesignated 41st Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Photo-Jet, and activated, on 30 Jun 1965. Organized on 1 Oct 1965. Redesignated: 41st Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron on 8 Oct 1966; 41st Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron on 15 Mar 1967. Inactivated on 31 Oct 1969. Redesignated 41st Electronic Combat Squadron on 17 Jun 1980. Activated on 1 Jul 1980.

Assignments. Unkn, 13 Nov 1917-5 Aug 1918; Balloon Wing, IV Army Corps, 5 Aug 1918; Balloon Wing, III Army Corps, 21 Sep 1918; Balloon Group, III Army Corps, 8 Oct 1918; 2d Balloon Group, First Army, c. 20 Nov-Dec 1918; unkn, Dec 1918-May 1919; Army Balloon School, Ft Omaha, NE, May 1919; Sixth Corps Area, Oct 1921; 1st (later, 21st) Airship Group, 19 Jul 1922; Sixth Corps Area, 1 Jun 1937; Seventh Corps Area (attached to Cavalry School), 15 Jun 1937; Cavalry School, c. 1939; Second Army, 3 Oct 1940 (two flights attached to Cavalry School to c. Apr 1941; third flight remained assigned to Cavalry School throughout period); II Air Support Command, 1 Sep 1941 (flight attached to Cavalry School to c. Dec 1941); 72d Observation (later, 72d Reconnaissance) Group, 26 Sep 1941 (attached to 6th Bombardment Group, 10 Apr-c. Jun 1942); Sixth Air Force, 1 Nov 1943; II Tactical Air Division, 24 May 1944; III Tactical Air Division, 24 Jun 1944; III Tactical Air Command, 1 Oct 1944; III Tactical Air Division, 4 Dec 1944; 7th Fighter Wing, 18 Apr 1945; AAF, Pacific Ocean Area (attached to XXI Bomber Command), 13 Jun 1945; United States Army Forces, Middle Pacific (attached to Twentieth Air Force), 16 Jul 1945; 315th Bombardment Wing, 18 Sep 1945; VII Fighter Command (later, 20th Fighter Wing), 4 Jan-17 Jun 1946. 432d Tactical Reconnaissance Group, 18 Mar 1954; 363d Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, 8 Feb 1958-18 May 1959. Tactical Air Command, 30 Jun 1965; 363d Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, 1 Oct 1965; Thirteenth Air Force, 20 Oct 1965; 460th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, 18 Feb 1966; 432d Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, 18 Sep 1966; 355th Tactical Fighter Wing, 15 Aug 1967-31 Oct 1969. 552d Airborne Warning and Control Wing (later, 552d Airborne Warning and Control Division), 1 Jul 1980; 28th Air Division, 1 Apr 1985 (attached to Air Division Provisional, 15, 5 Dec 1990-17 Apr 1991); 355th Operations Group, 1 May 1992-.

Stations. Ft Omaha, NE, 13 Nov 1917; Camp Morrison, VA, 9 Feb-29 Jun 1918; Camp de Meucon, Morbihan, France, 17 Jul 1918; Raulecourt, France, 14 Aug 1918; Xivray et Marvoisin, France, 12 Sep 1918; St Benoit-en-Woevre, France, 14 Sep 1918; Lamarche-en-Woevre, France, 16 Sep 1918; Thierville, France, 22 Sep 1918; Cumieres, France, 9 Oct 1918; Consenvoye, France, 7 Nov 1918; Fromereville, France, 12 Nov 1918; Damvillers, France, 14 Nov 1918; Ville-sur-Cousances, France, 26 Nov 1918; Colombey-les-Belles, France, 4 Feb 1919; Bordeaux, France, 18 Feb-20 Apr 1919; Camp Stuart, VA, 4 May 1919; Camp Lee, VA, 8 May 1919; Ft Omaha, NE, 18 May 1919; Scott Field, IL, 28 Oct 1921; Marshall Field, KS, 15 Jun 1937-27 Dec 1941; Rio Hato, Panama, 14 Jan 1942; Howard Field, Canal Zone, 19 Jan 1942; David, Panama, 17 Apr 1942; Rio Hato, Panama, 10 May 1942; Howard Field, Canal Zone, 20 Jun 1942-7 May 1944; Pounds Field, TX, 24 May 1944; Muskogee AAFld, OK, 7 Dec 1944-4 Apr 1945; Kualoa Field, TH, 18 Apr-31 May 1945; Northwest Field, Guam, 13 Jun 1945 (detachment at Iwo Jima, 9 Aug-c. 15 Sep 1945); Isley Field, Saipan, 4 Jan 1946; Northwest Field, Guam, 15 Apr-17 Jun 1946. Shaw AFB, SC, 18 Mar 1954-18 May 1959. Shaw AFB, SC, 1 Oct 1965; Takhli RTAFB, Thailand, 20 Oct 1965-31 Oct 1969. Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ, 1 Jul 1980- (deployed at Bateen AB, UAE, 27 Aug 1990-17 Apr 1991).

Aircraft. Type R observation balloon, 1918-1919, 1919-1921; probably included RN-1 (Zodiac), type SST (Mullion), type AA (pony blimp), A-4, D-4, OA-1, AC-1, TA-1, TA-5, TC-1, TC-3, TC-5, TC-6, TC-10, TC-11, TC-14, TE-1, type TE-3, and TF-1 non-rigid airships, RS-9 semirigid airship, type R (later, C-3) and C-6 observation balloons, and A-6, A-7, and A-8 spherical balloons during period 1922-1937; included O-19, O-25, and apparently O-46, during period 1937-1939; in addition to O-47, 1938-1944, L-4 and B-18, 1942-1944, and P-39, 1943-1944, included YG-1, c. 1938-1940, YO-51, 1940-1941, YO-50, and apparently O-59, 1941, O-49, 1941-1943, and CG-4, 1943; A-20, 1944, primarily F-5, 1944-1946. RB-26, 1954-1956; RB-66, 1956-1959. RB-66, 1965; EB-66, 1965-1969. EC-130, 1982-.

Operations. Observation unit with French XVII and XXXII and American III and IV Army Corps, 16 Aug-11 Nov 1918. Air defense for Panama Canal, Jan 1942-May 1944, with occasional antisubmarine patrols over the Caribbean and Pacific, especially during May and Jun 1942; deployed to Western Pacific in Jun 1945, but never entered combat. Combat in Southeast Asia, c. Nov 1965-31 Oct 1969. Command, control, and communications countermeasures, 1982-. Electronic countermeasures in Southwest Asia, 27 Aug 1990-17 Apr 1991.

Service Streamers. World War II Asiatic-Pacific Theater.

Campaign Streamers. World War I: Lorraine; St Mihiel; Meuse-Argonne. World War II: Antisubmarine, American Theater. Vietnam: Vietnam Defensive; Vietnam Air; Vietnam Air Offensive; Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase II; Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase III; Vietnam Air/ Ground; Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase IV; TET 69/Counteroffensive; Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969. Southwest Asia: Defense of Saudi Arabia; Liberation and Defense of Kuwait.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.

Decorations. Presidential Unit Citations (Southeast Asia): 18 Feb-18 Sep 1966; 11-12 Aug and 24-28 Oct 1967; 12 Apr 1968-30 Apr 1969. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards with Combat "V" Device: 18 Sep 1966-15 Aug 1967; 16 Aug 1967-11 Apr 1968; 1 Jul-31 Oct 1969. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 1 Jul 1982-30 Jun 1984; 1 Apr 1985-31 Mar 1987; 1 Jan 1992-1 Jun 1993. Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm: 18 Feb 1966-31 Oct 1969.

Emblem. On a Medium Blue disc edged Black a Blue equilateral triangle charged with a Yellow demi-sun emitting thirteen rays, all within a Black band formed by three chain links highlighted White. Approved on 28 Oct 1981 (KE 74125) and modified in 1994; replaced emblem approved on 3 Jan 1933 (K 8141).