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711 Special Operations Squadron (AFRC)

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 711 Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 6 Apr 1943.   Activated on 1 May 1943.  Redesignated as 711 Bombardment Squadron, Heavy on 20 Aug 1943.  Inactivated on 7 Nov 1945.  Redesignated as 711 Bombardment Squadron, Light on 10 May 1949.  Activated in the Reserve on 27 Jun 1949.  Ordered to active service on 17 Mar 1951.  Inactivated on 21 Mar 1951.  Redesignated as 711 Fighter-Bomber Squadron on 12 Apr 1955.  Activated in the Reserve on 18 May 1955.  Inactivated on 16 Nov 1957.  Redesignated as 711 Tactical Airlift Squadron on 17 Jun 1971.  Activated in the Reserve on 30 Jul 1971.  Redesignated as 711 Special Operations Squadron on 1 Jul 1975.


Assignments.  447 Bombardment Group, 1 May 1943-7 Nov 1945.  448 Bombardment Group, 27 Jun 1949-21 Mar 1951.  448 Fighter-Bomber Group, 18 May 1955-16 Nov 1957.  919 Tactical Airlift (later, 919 Special Operations) Group, 30 Jul 1971; 919 Operations Group, 1 Aug 1992-.


Stations.   Ephrata AAB, WA, 1 May 1943; Rapid City AAB, SD, 13 Jun 1943; Harvard AAFld, NE, 1 Aug-11 Nov 1943; Rattlesden, England, 1 Dec 1943-c. 3 Aug 1945; Drew Field, FL, 18 Aug-7 Nov 1945.  Long Beach Muni Aprt, CA, 27 Jun 1949-21 Mar 1951.  Dallas NAS, TX, 18 May 1955-16 Nov 1957.  Eglin AF Aux Field #3 (Duke Field), FL, 30 Jun 1971-.


Commanders.   None (not manned), 1-25 May 1943; Lt Col Edward J. McRay Jr., 26 May 1943; Maj Donald S. Harris, 16 Mar 1945; Lt Col Robert D. Grandmontagne, 1 May 1945-unkn.   Lt Col Thayer, c. Jun 1949-c. Jan 1950; Maj Jacques, c. Apr 1950-unkn.  Maj Joseph L. Cromer, c. Jun 1955-unkn.  Lt Col Roy E. Ayers Jr., by Dec 1971; Lt Col William R. Day, by Jun 1976; Lt Col Neils R. Poulsen, by Sep 1979; Col Gary L. Patterson, 1 Dec 1980; Lt Col Lee T. Weiland Jr., 18 Jun 1982; Col Jerry R. Rankin, 4 Sep 1982; unkn, Jan-Jun 1986; Lt Col William W. Tyre Jr., 1 Jul 1986; Col Ronald E. Edinger, 1 Dec 1990; Col Charles T. Curry, 11 Jul 1992; Col Gregory L. Hanson, 5 Dec 1994; Lt Col Michael N. Wilson, 7 Feb 1998; Lt Col Richard S. Haddad, 4 Nov 2002; Lt Col Jon Weeks, Sep 2005; Lt Col Thomas Miller, Feb 2008; Lt Col Anthony O. Lawrence, 3 May 2008-.


Aircraft.  B-17, 1943-1945.  T-7, 1949-1951; T-11, 1949-1951.  Unkn, 1955-1957.  C-130, 1971-; AC-130, 1975-1995; MC-130E, 1995-.


Operations.  Combat in European Theater of Operations (ETO), 24 Dec 1943-21 Apr 1945.  Reserve training, 1949-1951 and 1955-1957.  Performed airlift of personnel and cargo, as well as airdropping U.S. Army paratroops during exercises and training, 1971-1974.  In late 1974 began training for special operations missions using AC-130 gunships.  Participated in numerous exercises and supported USAF as well as sister service, joint, and international training.  Provided missile range support, 1979-1989, and NASA space shuttle support, 1981-1988.  Flew pre-strike reconnaissance, fire support, escort, and airbase defense sorties during U.S. invasion of Panama, 8 Dec 1989-7 Jan 1990.  Combat in Southwest Asia, 9 Feb-Mar 1991.  Primary mission changed in late 1995 to providing long-range clandestine delivery of special operations forces and equipment.  Periodically deployed personnel and aircraft to support special operations contingency operations worldwide, as well as numerous humanitarian missions.  Beginning 1 Oct 1997, provided flight portion of MC-130E Combat Talon I training for both AFSOC and AFRC.  Beginning in Sep 2001, personnel and resources often deployed in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.  Supported Operation Willing Spirit in South America, 2008. 


Service Streamers. None.


Campaign Streamers. World War II: Air Offensive, Europe; Normandy; Northern France; Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe; Air Combat, EAME Theater.  Southwest Asia: Liberation and Defense of Kuwait.*  Kosovo: Air Campaign.   Afghanistan: Consolidation II.  Iraq: Iraqi Transition; Iraqi National Resolution; Iraqi Sovereignty; Iraqi New Dawn.


Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers.  Panama 1989-1990.


Decorations.  Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Combat “V” Device: 1 Feb 2001-31 Jan 2003.  Gallant Unit Citation: 6 Oct 2001-1 Jul 2003.   Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 30 Jul 1971-31 Mar 1973; 1 Jul 1975-31 Jan 1977; 1 Oct 1983-1 Jun 1985; 1 Jun 1987-31 May 1989; 8 Dec 1989-7 Jan 1990; 1 Jun 1990-31 May 1992; 1 Jun 1992-31 May 1994; 1 Jun 1994-31 May 1996; 1 Jun 1996-31 May 1998; 1 Jun 1998-31 May 2000; 1 Feb-30 Sep 2003; 1 Oct 2003-31 Dec 2004; 1 Jan-31 Dec 2005; 1 Jan-31 Dec 2006; 1 Jan-[30 Apr] 2007; 1 Oct 2008-30 Jul 2010.


Lineage, Assignments, Stations, and Honors through 11 Aug 2016.


Commanders, Aircraft, and Operations through Dec 2009.


Supersedes statement prepared on 8 May 2013.


Emblem.  Approved c. 1977; newest rendition approved on 19 Nov 2001.


Prepared by TSgt David Dollman.

 

*711 SOS was also awarded credit for the SWA campaign Defense of Saudi Arabia.  However, 919 SOW histories clearly indicate that the 711 SOS did not deploy until after that campaign had ended.