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Fifteenth Air Force (ACC)

Fifteenth Air Force

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Lineage.  Established as Fifteenth Air Force on 30 Oct 1943.  Activated on 1 Nov 1943.  Inactivated on 15 Sep 1945.  Activated on 31 Mar 1946.  Redesignated as 15 Expeditionary Mobility Task Force on 1 Oct 2003. Inactivated on 20 Mar 2012.  Redesignated as Fifteenth Air Force on 30 Mar 2012.  Activated on 20 Aug 2020.

Assignments.  North African Theater of Operations, 1 Nov 1943; Army Air Forces, Mediterranean Theater of Operations, 26 Apr 1944-15 Sep 1945.  Strategic Air Command, 31 Mar 1946; Air Mobility Command, 1 Jun 1992; Eighteenth Air Force, 1 Oct 2003-20 Mar 2012.  Air Combat Command, 20 Aug 2020- .

Major Components.  Command:  II Air Service Area (later, XV Air Force Service): 4 Dec 1943-9 Sep 1945.

Divisions1 Strategic Aerospace (later, Strategic Missile Center): 1 Sep 1988-1 Sep 1991.  3 Air: 31 Jan 1982-1 Apr 1992.  4 Strategic Missile (later, 4 Air): 31 Mar 1970-23 Aug 1988.  12 Air (later, 12 Strategic Aerospace; 12 Strategic Missile; 12 Air): 10 Feb 1951-16 Jun 1952; 16 Jun 1952-1 Jul 1989.  13 Air (later, 13 Strategic Missile): 1 Jul 1959-1 Jul 1963; 1 Jul 1965-2 Jul 1966.  14 Air (later, 14 Strategic Aerospace; 14 Air): 10 Feb 1951-16 Jun 1952; 16 Jun 1952-1 Sep 1991.  17 Strategic Aerospace: 31 Mar 1970-30 Jun 1971.  18 Air (later, 18 Strategic Aerospace): 1 Jul 1959-2 Jul 1968.  21 Air: 16 Jul-16 Oct 1952; 16 Oct 1952-1 Jul 1955.  22 Air (later, 22 Strategic Aerospace): 9 Sep 1960-1 Jul 1965.  40 Air: 7 Jul 1989-14 Jun 1991.  43 Air (later, 43 Strategic Aerospace; 43 Air): 1 Apr 1955-31 Mar 1970; 1 Jul 1971-27 Feb 1987.  57 Air: 16 Apr 1951-16 Jun 1952; 16 Jun 1952-4 Sep 1956; 22 Jan 1975-14 Jun 1991.  802 Air: 28 May 1952-1 Jul 1955; 1 Jan 1959-20 Jun 1960.  810 Air (later, 810 Strategic Aerospace): 1 Apr 1955-1 Jul 1963; 2 Jul 1966-30 Jun 1971.  813 Air (later, 813 Strategic Aerospace): 15 Jul 1959-2 Jul 1966.  818 Air: 11 Oct 1954-1 Jul 1955.  819 Air (later, 819 Strategic Aerospace): 1 Feb 1956-1 Jul 1965.  821 Air (later, 821 Strategic Aerospace): 1 Jan 1959-30 Jun 1971.  Wings1 Fighter Wing, 20 Aug 2020-.  4 Fighter Wing, 20 Aug 2020-.  20 Fighter Wing, 20 Aug 2020-.  23 Wing, 20 Aug 2020-.  93 Air Ground Operations Wing, 20 Aug 2020-.  169 Fighter Wing (Regular Air Force), 1 Oct 2020-.      325 Fighter Wing, 20 Aug 2020-.  355 Wing, 20 Aug 2020-.  366 Fighter Wing, 20 Aug 2020-.  388 Fighter Wing, 20 Aug 2020-.  432 Wing, 20 Aug 2020-.  461 Air Control Wing, 20 Aug 2020-.  552 Air Control Wing, 20 Aug 2020-.  633 Air Base Wing, 20 Aug 2020-.  

Stations.  Tunis, Tunisia, 1 Nov 1943; Bari, Italy, 1 Dec 1943-15 Sep 1945.  Colorado Springs, CO, 31 Mar 1946; March AFB, CA, 7 Nov 1949; Travis AFB, CA, 1 Jul 1993-30 Mar 2012.  Shaw AFB, SC, 20 Aug 2020- .

Commanders.  Maj Gen James H. Doolittle, 1 Nov 1943; Maj Gen Nathan F. Twining, 3 Jan 1944; Brig Gen James A. Mollison, 26 May 1945; Brig Gen William L. Lee, 3 Aug 1945; Col Elmer J. Rogers Jr., 1 Sep-15 Sep 1945.  Maj Gen Charles F. Born, 31 Mar 1946; Maj Gen Leon W. Johnson, 24 Apr 1947; Maj Gen Emmett O’Donnell Jr., 6 Oct 1948; Maj Gen Walter C. Sweeney Jr., 20 Apr 1953; Lt Gen Archie J. Old Jr., 22 Aug 1955; Lt Gen William K. Martin, 1 Sep 1965; Lt Gen Jack L. Catton, 1 Aug 1968; Lt Gen Paul K. Carlton, 1 Aug 1969; Lt Gen William F. Pitts, 27 Nov 1972; Lt Gen Bryan M. Shotts, 1 Aug 1975; Lt Gen James P. Mullins, 1 Nov 1978; Lt Gen John J. Murphy, 14 Jul 1981; Lt Gen James E. Light Jr., 1 Sep 1983; Lt Gen Richard A. Burpee, 26 Jan 1988; Lt Gen Robert D. Beckel, 5 Feb 1990; Lt Gen John E. Jackson Jr., 1 Jul 1992; Lt Gen Walter Kross, 7 Aug 1993; Maj Gen Marvin S. Ervin (temporary), 18 Jul 1994; Lt Gen Bruce L. Fister, 3 Aug 1994; Lt Gen Charles T. Robertson Jr., 9 Sep 1996; Lt Gen John B. Sams Jr, 24 Jul 1998; Lt Gen Walter S. Hogle Jr., 1 Nov 1999; Maj Gen John D. Becker, 3 Jul 2001; Brig Gen Richard E. Perraut Jr., 1 Oct 2003; Brig Gen Brooks L. Bash, 27 Oct 2004; Brig Gen Mark E. Stearns, 15 Sep 2006; Brig Gen Barbara J. Faulkenberry, 13 Nov 2008; Brig Gen Robert D. Thomas, 15 Jul 2010-20 Mar 2012.  Maj Gen Chad P. Franks, 20 Aug 2020-.

Operations.  In late 1943, Fifteenth Air Force was newly established in the Mediterranean theater as a strategic air force.  The new air force drew its operational units from existing air forces in the European and Mediterranean theaters and commenced combat operations the day after it was formed.  In the postwar years it became one of Strategic Air Command's primary numbered air forces.  Upon its transfer to Air Mobility Command in 1992, Fifteenth Air Force assumed responsibility for airlift and air refueling missions.  Beginning in 2003, served as an expeditionary task force conducting air mobility operations in support of worldwide contingencies, humanitarian operations, exercises and other missions.

Service Streamers.  None.

Campaign Streamers.  World War II: Naples-Foggia; Rome-Arno.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers.  None.

Decorations.  Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 1 Jul 1984-30 Jun 1986; 1 Jul 1989-30 Jun 1991; 1 Jul 1993-30 Jun 1995; 1 Jul 1995-30 Jun 1997; 1 Jul 1997-30 Jun 1999; 1 Jul 1999-30 Jun 2000; 1 Jul 2000-30 Jun 2001; 1 Jul 2001- 30 Jun 2003; 1 Oct 2004-30 Sep 2005; 1 Oct 2005-30 Sep 2006; 1 Oct 2006-30 Sep 2007; 1 Oct 2007-30 Sep 2008; 1 Oct 2008-30 Sep 2009; 1 Oct 2009-30 Sep 2010; 1 Oct 2010-30 Sep 2011.

Lineage, Assignments, Stations, Commanders, and Honors through 9 Nov 2020.

Operations through 25 Jul 2007.

Supersedes statement prepared on 21 Feb 2019.

Emblem.  Approved on 19 Feb 1944.

Prepared by Margaret E. Ream.