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741 Missile Squadron (AFGSC)

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 741 Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 14 May 1943. Activated on 1 Jun 1943. Redesignated as 741 Bombardment Squadron, Heavy, on 6 Mar 1944. Inactivated on 9 Sep 1945. Redesignated as 741 Bombardment Squadron, Very Heavy, on 27 May 1947. Activated in the Reserve on 26 Jun 1947. Inactivated on 27 Jun 1949. Redesignated as 741 Fighter-Day Squadron on 7 May 1956. Activated on 25 Jul 1956. Inactivated on 1 Jul 1957. Redesignated as 741 Strategic Missile Squadron (ICBM-Minuteman), and activated, on 28 Jun 1962. Organized on 1 Dec 1962. Redesignated as 741 Missile Squadron on 1 Sep 1991.

Assignments. 455 Bombardment Group, 1 Jun 1943-9 Sep 1945. 455 Bombardment Group, 26 Jun 1947-27 Jun 1949. 455 Fighter-Day Group, 25 Jul 1956-1 Jul 1957. Strategic Air Command, 28 Jun 1962; 455 Strategic Missile Wing (ICBM-Minuteman), 1 Dec 1962; 91 Strategic Missile Wing, 25 Jun 1968; 4091 Operations Group, 1 Jul 1988; 91 Strategic Missile Wing, 14 Feb 1991; 91 Operations Group, 1 Sep 1991; 91 Missile Group, 1 Jul 1994; 91 Operations Group, 1 Feb 1996-.

Stations. Alamogordo AAFld, NM, 1 Jun 1943; Kearns, UT, 9 Sep 1943; Langley Field, VA, 5 Oct-13 Dec 1943; San Giovanni, Italy, 15 Jan 1944-9 Sep 1945. Hensley Field, TX, 26 Jun 1947-27 Jun 1949. Myrtle Beach AFB, SC, 25 Jul 1956-1 Jul 1957. Minot AFB, ND, 1 Dec 1962-.

Commanders. Maj Horace W. Lanford Jr., 1 Jun 1943; Maj Jack D. Reeder, 21 Jul 1944; Maj Horace W. Lanford Jr., 26 Jul 1944-unkn; Maj Russel J. Welsh, unkn-unkn; Lt Col Francis C. Doring, unkn-2 Jun 1945; Capt Gordon R. Anderson, 2 Jun 1945-unkn. Unkn, 1947-1949. Unkn, 25 Jul 1956-18 Feb 1957; Capt Joseph C. Lowry Jr., 18 Feb 1957; Maj Jack H. Bond, 9 Apr-1 Jul 1957. Lt Col Roger W. Stinchcomb Jr., 1 Dec 1962; Col Frederick J. Feller, 13 Aug 1963; Lt Col Roger W. Stinchcomb Jr., 18 May 1964; Col Elton J. Jennings, 2 Mar 1965; Lt Col J. C. Eigenmann, 7 Sep 1965; Lt Col Lewis C. L. Browne, Jul 1967; Lt Col Robert L. Harrison, Sep 1968; Lt Col Marion B. Hitt, May 1969; Lt Col John A. Thurman, Oct 1969; Col Mario E. Peyrot, May 1970; Maj Joel S. Gill, 28 Dec 1971; Lt Col Byron M. Gillory, 13 Dec 1972; Lt Col James Gilchrist Jr., 1 Jul 1973; Col Richard E. Sheffield, 1 May 1974; Maj Rolland D. Ellis, 5 May 1975; Col John W. Blanton, 1 Aug 1975; Lt Col James B. Spence, 26 Feb 1976; Lt Col Reece A. Kain Jr., 15 Apr 1977; Lt Col Robert J. Hesler, 1 Sep 1978; Lt Col Frank J. Hamby, 17 Aug 1979; Lt Col Andrew S. Knight, 1 Oct 1981; Lt Col William J. Grant, 19 Mar 1984; Lt Col William W. Perkins, 22 Mar 1985; Lt Col Russell J. Anarde, 26 Jun 1986; Lt Col Ronald D. Nyberg, 30 Jun 1988; Lt Col James T. Reeves, 21 Nov 1989; Lt Col William J. Beck Jr., 1 Sep 1991; Lt Col Roger W. Burg, 28 Jun 1993; Lt Col William J. Kalaskie, 9 Dec 1994; Lt Col Wayne E. P. Hudson, 7 Aug 1996; Lt Col Douglas E. Kelley, 8 Jul 1998; Lt Col Henry Mitnaul, 28 Aug 1998; Maj Eric J. Batway, 2 Jun 2000; Lt Col Linda R. Cole, 20 Jul 2000; Lt Col John S. Riordan, 31 May 2002-.
 
Aircraft/Missiles. B-24, 1943-1945. B-29, 1947-1949. Minuteman I, 1963-1971; Minuteman III, 1968-.

Operations. Combat in Mediterranean Theater of Operations (MTO) and European Theater of Operations (ETO) during World War II, 12 Feb 1944-25 Apr 1945. Not operational, 1956-1957. Missile alert operations, 1963-1991. Maintained missiles for possible alert or use, 1991-.

Service Streamers. None.
 
Campaign Streamers. World War II: Air Offensive, Europe; Naples-Foggia; Anzio; Rome-Arno; Normandy; Northern France; Southern France; North Apennines; Rhineland; Central Europe; Po Valley; Air Combat, EAME Theater.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.

Decorations. Distinguished Unit Citations: Steyr, Austria, 2 Apr 1944; Austria, 26 Jun 1944. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 1 Jul 1972-30 Jun 1973; 1 Jul 1976-30 Jun 1978; 1 Jul 1978-30 Jun 1980; 1 Jul 1989-14 Feb 1991; 1 Sep 1993-31 Aug 1995; 1 Sep 1995-31 Aug 1997; 1 Oct 1998-30 Sep 2000; 1 Oct 2000-1 Oct 2001; 1 Jan-31 Dec 2002.

Lineage, Assignments, Stations, and Honors through May 2010.

Commanders, Aircraft, and Operations through Jun 2004.

Supersedes published information contained in: Judy G. Endicott (ed.), USAF Active Flying, Space, and Missile Squadrons as of 1 October 1995 (Washington: USGPO, 1999).

Emblem. Approved on 29 Sep 1964; revised on 9 Mar 1995.

Prepared by Patsy Robertson.
 
Reviewed by Daniel Haulman.