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740 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 740 Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 14 May 1943. Activated on 1 Jun 1943. Redesignated as 740 Bombardment Squadron, Heavy, on 6 Mar 1944. Inactivated on 9 Sep 1945. Redesignated as 740 Bombardment Squadron, Very Heavy, on 27 Dec 1946. Activated in the Reserve on 10 Jan 1947. Inactivated on 27 Jun 1949. Redesignated 740 Fighter-Day Squadron on 7 May 1956. Activated on 25 Jul 1956. Inactivated on 1 Jul 1957. Redesignated as 740 Strategic Missile Squadron (ICBM-Minuteman), and activated, on 28 Jun 1962. Organized on 1 Nov 1962. Redesignated as 740 Missile Squadron on 1 Sep 1991.

Assignments. 455 Bombardment Group, 1 Jun 1943-9 Sep 1945. Tenth Air Force, 10 Jan 1947; 455 Bombardment Group, 25 Mar 1947-27 Jun 1949. 455 Fighter-Day Group, 25 Jul 1956-1 Jul 1957. Strategic Air Command, 28 Jun 1962; 455 Strategic Missile Wing, 1 Nov 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; Bari, Italy, c. Jul-9 Sep 1945. Hensley Field, TX, 10 Jan 1947-27 Jun 1949. Myrtle Beach AFB, SC, 25 Jul 1956-1 Jul 1957. Minot AFB, ND, 1 Nov 1962-.

Commanders. Maj William E. Keefer, 1 Jun 1943; Lt Col Harp, 31 May 1944; Maj Francis C. Doring, Dec 1944; Capt Irving Betke, unkn; Maj Herbert A. Meyer Jr., unkn-unkn. Unkn, 1947-1949. Unkn, 25 Jul 1956-27 Feb 1957; Maj Jack H. Bond, 28 Feb-1 Jul 1957. Lt Col Joseph R. Klein, 1 Nov 1962; Col John A. Millin Jr., 24 Jun 1963; Col John F. Turnbull, 20 Jul 1966; Col Enoch E. Broyles, 28 Aug 1966; Lt Col William W. Short Jr., 12 Dec 1966; Lt Col Wallace E. Linn Jr., Apr 1968; Lt Col Glen L. Fornes, Nov 1969; Lt Col William P. Matson, Jul 1971; Lt Col Felix S. DeLorenzo, 1 Jun 1972; Lt Col Howard R. Tarleton, 2 Jul 1973; Lt Col Robert W. Riegel, 23 Jul 1974; Lt Col Reginald S. Goodwin Jr., 1 Aug 1975; Maj Larry G. Ellis, 1 Jul 1977; Maj Robert K. Thompson, 21 Mar 1979; Lt Col Marvin L. Odefey, 18 Jul 1979; Lt Col Thomas F. Koppe, 10 Nov 1981; Lt Col James C. Gast, 10 Nov 1983; Lt Col Howard R. Busch II, 3 Jan 1985; Lt Col Carl L. Critchlow, 27 Aug 1986; Lt Col Robert L. Demuth, 18 Aug 1987; Maj Lamberth W. Blalock Jr., 5 Nov 1987; Lt Col James R. Willis, 14 Aug 1989; Lt Col Jack E. Burns, 29 Jun 1991; Lt Col Patricia M. Fornes, 17 Jun 1993; Lt Col Darphaus L. Mitchell, 26 Jun 1994; Lt Col Dwight D. Rauhala, 9 Jul 1996; Lt Col Joseph T. Mertan Jr., 16 Jul 1998; Lt Col Gary W. Pond, 13 Aug 1998; Lt Col Peter N. Micale IV, 1 Aug 2000; Lt Col David J. Durgan, 20 Jul 2001; Lt Col Dana E. Struckman, 16 Apr 2003-.
 
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), 12 Feb 1944-25 Apr 1945. Not operational, 1956-1957. Missile alert operations, 1963-.

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 25 May 2010.

Commanders, Aircraft, and Operations through Jun 2004.

Supersedes statement prepared on 27 Jun 2008.

Emblem. Approved on 16 Jul 1964; revised by CSAF, 1995.
 
Prepared by Patsy Robertson.
 
Reviewed by Carl E. Bailey.