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349 Operations Group (AFRC)

Lineage. Established as 349 Troop Carrier Group on 23 Oct 1943. Activated on 1 Nov 1943. Inactivated on 7 Sep 1946. Redesignated as 349 Troop Carrier Group, Medium on 10 May 1949. Activated in the Reserve on 27 Jun 1949. Ordered to active service on 1 Apr 1951. Inactivated on 2 Apr 1951. Redesignated as 349 Fighter-Bomber Group on 26 May 1952. Activated in the Reserve on 13 Jun 1952. Redesignated as 349 Troop Carrier Group, Medium on 1 Sep 1957. Inactivated on 14 Apr 1959. Redesignated as: 349 Military Airlift Group on 31 Jul 1985; 349 Operations Group on 1 Aug 1992. Activated in the Reserve on 1 Aug 1992.
 
Assignments. 61 Troop Carrier Wing, 1 Nov 1943; 60 Troop Carrier Wing, 11 Mar 1944; I Troop Carrier Command, Nov 1944; IX Troop Carrier Command, Apr 1945; 52 Troop Carrier Wing, 30 Apr 1945; 50 Troop Carrier Wing, 20 May 1945; 52 Troop Carrier Wing, 31 Jan 1946; Third Air Force, 27 Aug-7 Sep 1946. 349 Troop Carrier Wing, 27 Jun 1949-2 Apr 1951. 349 Fighter-Bomber (later, 349 Troop Carrier) Wing, 13 Jun 1952-14 Apr 1959. 349 Airlift (later, 349 Air Mobility) Wing, 1 Aug 1992-.
 
Operational Components. Squadrons. 23 Troop Carrier: 1 Dec 1944-7 Sep 1946. 70 Air Refueling: 1 Sep 1994-. 79 Air Refueling: 1 Apr 1995-. 97 Troop Carrier: 25 Mar 1958-14 Apr 1959. 301 Airlift: 1 Aug 1992-. 311 Fighter-Bomber: 1 Nov 1943-1 Dec 1944; 27 Jun 1949-2 Apr 1951. 312 Troop Carrier (later, 312 Fighter-Bomber; 312 Troop Carrier; 312 Airlift): 1 Nov 1943-7 Sep 1946; 27 Jun 1949-2 Apr 1951; 13 Jun 1952-14 Apr 1959; 1 Aug 1992-. 313 Troop Carrier (later, 313 Fighter-Bomber): 1 Nov 1943-7 Sep 1946; 27 Jun 1949-2 Apr 1951; 13 Jun 1952-14 Apr 1959. 314 Troop Carrier: (later, 314 Fighter-Bomber) 1 Nov 1943-31 Jul 1946; 27 Jun 1949-2 Apr 1951; 13 Jun 1952-14 Apr 1959. 328 Troop Carrier: 16 Nov 1957-25 Mar 1958. 708 Airlift: 1 Aug 1992-30 Sep 1996. 710 Airlift: 1 Aug 1992-1 Jan 1998.
 
Stations. Sedalia AAFld, MO, 1 Nov 1943; Alliance AAB, NE, 20 Jan 1944; Pope Fld, NC, 11 Mar 1944; Baer Fld, IN, 4-15 Mar 1945; Barkstone Heath, England, 3 Apr 1945; Roye-Amy Afld, France, Apr-13 Jul 1945; Bergstrom Fld, TX, Sep 1945-7 Sep 1946. Hamilton AFB, CA, 27 Jun 1949-2 Apr 1951. Hamilton AFB, CA, 13 Jun 1952-14 Apr 1959. Travis AFB, CA, 1 Aug 1992-.
Commanders. Maj Elmer F. Estrumse, 1 Nov 1943; Col Leonard J. Barrow Jr., 26 Nov 1943; Lt Col Benjamin M. Tarver Jr., 29 Aug-7 Sep 1946. Col Frederick Knorre Jr., 27 Jun 1949-2 Apr 1951. Col Bruce H. Berryman, by Dec 1958-14 Apr 1959. Col William D. Peden, 1 Aug 1992; Col Charles K. Hammond Jr., 15 May 1994; Col Thomas M. Gisler Jr., 1 Aug 1995; Col Timothy J. Wrighton, 1 Sep 1996; Col Ronald A. Rutland, 26 Sep 1999; Lt Col Lonnie R. Williams, 27 Sep 2001; Col William F. Ames, 5 Jan 2003; Col Kenneth D. Lewis, 15 May 2005; Col Albert V. Lupenski, Jul 2008-.
 
Aircraft. C-53, 1943-1944; C-47, 1943-1946; L-3, 1943-1944; C-46, 1944-1946; CG-4, 1944-1946; CG-13, 1944-1945; L-5, 1944; B-17, 1944; B-24, 1944; L-4, 1945; C-109, 1945. C-46, 1949-1951; T-6, 1949-1950; T-7, 1949-1951; T-11, 1949-1951. C-46, 1952-1958; T-6, 1952-1954; T-28, 1953-1956; T-33, 1953-1957; F-51, 1953-1954; F-80, 1953-1956; C-45, 1954-1956; C-47, 1955-1956; F-84, 1956-1957; C-119, 1958-1959. C-141, 1992-1998; C-5, 1992-; KC-10, 1994-; C-17, 2005-.

Operations. Trained at various bases for troop carrier operations, participating in maneuvers and practicing paratroop drops, glider towing, and flying training, until moving to Europe in Mar 1945. In western Europe, transported vehicles, gasoline, and supplies. At the end of World War II in Europe, evacuated patients and allied former prisoners of war. Returned to America in Jul and Aug 1945. In 1946, trained Chinese crews to operate C-46 aircraft. Between Jun 1949 and Apr 1951, trained reservists in troop carrier operations. Between Jun 1952 and Sep 1957, trained for fighter-bomber operations, but returned to troop carrier training from Sep 1957 to Apr 1959. Activated in 1992 to manage strategic airlift squadrons, and in 1994 also acquired air refueling squadrons. Since then the group has taken part in joint training exercises, channel and special assignment airlift missions, and humanitarian and contingency operations worldwide.
Service Streamers. World War II: American Theater and European-African-Middle Eastern Theater.
 
Campaign Streamers. None.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.

Decorations. Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Combat "V" Device: 1 Aug 2002-15 Aug 2003. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: [1 Aug] 1992-30 Jun 1994; 1 Jul 1994-15 Aug 1995; 1 Jul 1996-30 Jun 1998; 1 Aug 2000-31 Jul 2002; 16 Aug 2003-17 Aug 2004; 18 Aug 2004-17 Aug 2005; 18 Aug 2005-17 Aug 2006; 18 Aug 2006-17 Aug 2007; 18 Aug 2007-17 Aug 2008; 18 Aug 2008-17 Aug 2009.
 
Lineage, Assignments, Components, Stations, and Honors through Dec 2010.

Commanders, Aircraft, and Operations through Jul 2008.

Supersedes statement prepared on 15 Aug 2000.

Emblem. Group will use the wing emblem with the group designation in the scroll.
 
Prepared by Patsy Robertson.
 
Reviewed by Daniel Haulman.