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961 Airborne Air Control Squadron (PACAF)

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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 61 Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 20 Nov 1940. Activated on 15 Jan 1941. Inactivated on 1 Apr 1944. Redesignated 61 Bombardment Squadron, Very Heavy, and activated, on 1 Apr 1944. Inactivated on 27 Dec 1945. Consolidated (19 Sep 1985) with the 961 Airborne Early Warning and Control Squadron, which was constituted on 11 Oct 1954. Activated on 18 Dec 1954. Inactivated on 31 Dec 1969. Redesignated 961 Airborne Warning and Control Support Squadron on 31 Dec 1979. Activated on 1 Oct 1979. Redesignated: 961 Airborne Warning and Control Squadron on 1 Jan 1982; 961 Airborne Air Control Squadron on 1 Aug 1994. 

Assignments. 39 Bombardment Group, 15 Jan 1941-1 April 1944. 39 Bombardment Group, 1 Apr 1944-27 Dec 1945. 551 Airborne Early Warning and Control Wing, 18 Dec 1954-31 Dec 1969. 552 Airborne Warning and Control Wing (later, 552 Airborne Warning and Control Division), 1 Oct 1979; 28 Air Division, 1 Apr 1985; 313 Air Division (attached to Fifth Air Force for operational control) 1 Oct 1990; 18 Operations Group, 1 Oct 1991-. 

Stations. Ft Douglas, UT, 15 Jan 1941; Felts Field, WA, 2 Jun 1941; Geiger Field, WA, 2 Jul 1941; Davis-Monthan Field, AZ, 2 Feb 1942-1 Apr 1944. Smoky Hill AAFld, KS, 1 Apr 1944; Dalhart AAFld, TX, 27 May 1944; Smoky Hill AAFld, KS, 17 Jul 1944-8 Jan 1945; North Field, Guam, 18 Feb-16 Nov 1945; Camp Anza, CA, 15-27 Dec 1945. Otis AFB, MA, 18 Dec 1954-31 Dec 1969. Kadena AB, Japan, 1 Oct 1979-. 

Commanders. 1 Lt John A. Way, 15 Jan 1941-unkn. Unkn, 1 Apr-1 May 1944; 1 Lt Joe Glickman, 1 May 1944; Maj Thomas L. McKissack, 19 Jun 1944; Maj Gordon R. Willis, c. Aug 1944; Capt James S. Howard, c. Sep 1944; Maj William J. Crumm, c. Oct 1944-unkn. Unkn, 18 Dec 1954-c. 31 Dec 1955; Lt Col Robert E. Harrington, c. Jan 1956; Lt Col Alfred W. Barrett Jr., by 31 Dec 1957; Lt Col Ted H. Ostendorf, 24 Apr 1958; Maj Robert A. Bostick, 27 Aug 1958; Lt Col Clarence E. Franks, 7 Oct 1958; Lt Col Robert C. Kerr, 1 Feb 1960; Lt Col Henry M. O'Connor, 12 Dec 1961; Maj Burkhead M. Herndon , by 30 Dec 1962; Lt Col Frank P. Klotz Jr., 25 Aug 1963; Maj Edward J. Hennegan, 1 Jul 1964; Lt Col Robert V. Mitchell Sr., 30 Jul 1964; Lt Col Jack January Jr., by 30 Sep 1966-unkn; unkn, 1 Oct 1967-31 Dec 1969. Lt Col Howard T. Cariveau, 1 Jan 1980; Col Walter E. Kowalik, 14 Apr 1982-unkn; Col Bruce J. Gold, 24 Jan 1983; Col Richard A. Riegel, 25 Jun 1985; Col Stig Egede-Nissen, 17 Jul 1987; Col Michael A. Gould, 27 Jul 1989; Lt Col Mark F. Benda, 31 Jul 1991; Lt Col Christopher J. Budinski, 23 Jun 1993; Lt Col Joseph M. Marchino, 16 Jun 1995; Lt Col Guy J. Wills III, 30 Jun 1997; Lt Col Derrick A. Hoxie III, 10 Jun 1999; Lt Col Mark E. Ware, 6 Jul 2001; Lt Col Keith A. Swenson, 13 Feb 2003; Lt Col Robert L. Guerrero, 7 Jan 2005-

Aircraft. B-17, 1941-1942; B-24, 1942-1944. B-29, 1944-1945. C-121, 1955-1969. E-3, 1979-. 

Operations. Operational and later replacement training unit, 1942-1944. Combat in Western Pacific, c. 6 Apr-14 Aug 1945. Radar surveillance along eastern coast of US, 18 Dec 1954-31 Dec 1969. Coverage of salvage operations of downed Korean Airliner, Flight 007, 1-10 Sep 1983. Airborne command and control for Commander-in-Chief, United States Pacific Command and supported US forces counter air interdiction, close air support, rescue, reconnaissance, airlift operations, and special operations, 1980-. 

Service Streamers. World War II American Theater. 

Campaign Streamers. World War II: Air Offensive, Japan; Western Pacific. 

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None. 

Decorations. Distinguished Unit Citations: Japan, 10 May 1945; Tokyo and Yokohama, Japan, 23-29 May 1945. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 1 Jul 1957-31 Oct 1958; [1 Oct 1979]-30 Jun 1980; 1 Jul 1982-30 Jun 1984; 1-10 Sep 1983; 1 Sep 1995-31 Aug 1997; 1 Oct 1998-30 Sep 2000; 1 Oct 2000-30 Sep 2002; 1 Oct 2002-30 Sep 2004. 

Lineage, Assignments, Stations, and Honors through 18 Oct 2007. 

Commanders, Aircraft, and Operations through 31 Dec 2006. 

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

Emblem. Approved on 2 Mar 1981; modified on 7 Nov 1995. 

Prepared by Patsy Robertson. 

Reviewed by Daniel Haulman.