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65 Air Base Group (USAFE)

65 Air Base Group

65 Air Base Group

Lineage.  Established as 65 Troop Carrier Wing, Medium, on 26 May 1952.  Activated in the Reserve on 14 Jun 1952.  Inactivated on 1 Apr 1953.  Redesignated as 65 Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, Medium, on 1 Apr 1953.  Consolidated (1 Jan 1992) with the 1605 Military Airlift Support Wing, which was established, and activated, on 1 Jan 1982. Redesignated as: 65 Support Wing on 27 Jan 1992; 65 Air Base Wing on 1 Oct 1993; 65 Air Base Group on 14 Aug 2015.

Assignments.  First Air Force, 14 Jun 1952-1 Apr 1953.  Twenty-First Air Force, 1 Jan 1982; Eighth Air Force, 1 Oct 1993; Third Air Force, 1 Oct 2002; United States Air Forces in Europe, 1 Nov 2005; Air Command Europe, 18 Nov 2005; Third Air Force (Air Forces Europe), 1 Dec 2006; 86 Airlift Wing, 14 Aug 2015-. 

Operational Components.  Group.   65 Troop Carrier, 14 Jun 1952-1 Apr 1953.  Squadron.  1605 Military Airlift (later, 65 Airlift) Support: 1 Jan 1982-1 Oct 1993.


Stations.   Mitchel AFB, NY, 14 Jun 1952-1 Apr 1953.  Lajes Field, Azores, 1 Jan 1982-.


Commanders.  Col Charles K. Nelson Jr., 14 Jun 1952; Col Howard C. Stelling, 31 Jul 1952-1 Apr 1953. 


Aircraft.  C-46, 1952-1953.


Operations.  Reserve training toward proficiency with troop carrier aircraft, 1952-1953. Never fully manned or equipped.   


Service Streamers.  None. 


Campaign Streamers.  None.


Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers.  None.


Decorations.   Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 1 Jun 1988-31 May 1990; 15 Jan 1991-15 Jan 1993; 16 Jan 1993-31 Mar 1994; 1 Apr 1994-1 May 1995; 1 Jun 1997-31 May 1999; 1 Jun 1999-31 May 2001; 1 Jun 2001-31 May 2003; 1 Oct 2008-30 Sep 2010; 1 Oct 2010-30 Sep 2012.  


Bestowed Honors.  Authorized to display honors earned by the 65 Observation (later, 65 Reconnaissance) Group prior to 14 Jun 1952.  Service

Streamers.  None.  Campaign Streamers. World War II: Antisubmarine, American Theater.  Decorations. None.


Lineage, Assignments, Components, Stations, and Honors through 21 Mar 2016.


Commanders, Aircraft, and Operations through 1 Apr 1953.    


Supersedes statement prepared on 29 Sep 2015. 


Emblem.  Approved on 15 Jun 2007.


Prepared by Daniel Haulman.