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77 Weapons Squadron (ACC)

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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 77 Bombardment Squadron (Medium) on 20 Nov 1940. Activated on 15 Jan 1941. Redesignated 77 Bombardment Squadron, Medium on 9 Oct 1944. Inactivated on 5 Nov 1945. Redesignated 77 Bombardment Squadron, Very Heavy on 15 Jul 1946. Activated on 4 Aug 1946. Redesignated: 77 Bombardment Squadron, Medium on 28 May 1948; 77 Bombardment Squadron, Heavy on 16 May 1949; 77 Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron, Photographic on 1 Apr 1950; 77 Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron, Heavy on 16 Jul 1950; 77 Bombardment Squadron, Heavy on 1 Oct 1955; 77 Bomb Squadron on 1 Sep 1991. Inactivated on 31 Mar 1995. Activated on 1 Apr 1997. Inactivated on 19 Sep 2002. Redesignated 77 Weapons Squadron on 24 Jan 2003. Activated on 3 Feb 2003-.

Assignments. 42 Bombardment Group, 15 Jan 1941; 28 Composite (later, 28 Bombardment) Group, 2 Jan 1942; Eleventh Air Force, 20 Oct-5 Nov 1945. 28 Bombardment (later, 28 Strategic Reconnaissance) Group, 4 Aug 1946 (attached to 28 Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, 10 Feb 1951-15 Jun 1952); 28 Strategic Reconnaissance (later, 28 Bombardment) Wing, 16 Jun 1952; 28 Operations Group, 1 Sep 1991-31 Mar 1995. 28 Operations Group, 1 Apr 1997-19 Sep 2002. USAF Weapons School, 3 Feb 2003-. 

Stations. Salt Lake City, UT, 15 Jan 1941; Boise, ID, 4 Jun-14 Dec 1941; Elmendorf Field, AK, 29 Dec 1941 (air echelon operated from Umnak beginning 30 May 1942); Adak, 3 Oct 1942 (air echelon operated from Adak beginning 12 Dec 1942, from Amchitka beginning 9 Mar 1943, and from Attu beginning 10 Jul 1943); Amchitka, 11 Sep 1943; Attu, AK, 11 Feb 1944-19 Oct 1945; Fort Lawton, WA, 29 Oct-5 Nov 1945. Grand Island AAFld, NE, 4 Aug-6 Oct 1946; Elmendorf Field, AK, 20 Oct 1946-24 Apr 1947; Rapid City AAFld (later, Rapid City AFB; Ellsworth AFB), SD, 17 Apr 1947 (air echelon), 3 May 1947 (ground echelon)-31 Mar 1995. Ellsworth AFB, SD, 1 Apr 1997-19 Sep 2002. Dyess AFB, TX, 3 Feb 2003-. 

Commanders. 1st Lt Elbert O. Meals, 15 Jan 1941; Maj Harry Wilson, 23 Jan 1941; Major Robert O. Cork, 1 Aug 1941; Maj Elbert O. Meals, 27 Feb 1942; Maj John G. Pickard, 27 Oct 1942; Maj Richard D. Salter, 7 Mar 1943; Maj James L. Hudelson, 12 Sep 1943; Maj Robert S. Hamby, 23 Jan 1944; Capt Edward A. Fenker, 31 Jan-Sep 1945; unkn, Oct-5 Nov 1945. Maj Gordon F. Goyt, 4 Aug 1946; Lt Col Kenneth S. Steele, 16 Dec 1946; Maj Marshall Nelson, 1 Jan 1949; Lt Col Solomon Cutcher, 17 Jan 1949; Lt Col Albert F. Fahy Jr., 25 Jul 1950; Lt Col Richard Taylor, 1 Jul 1951; Lt Col Clare H. Royce, 24 Jun 1952; Lt Col Frank L. Amend, Jan 1953; Lt Col Darold K. Barker, May 1954; Lt Col Lewis R. Riley, Feb 1955; Lt Col Charles E. Kammer, Nov 1955; Lt Col Donald E. Stout, 1 Mar 1959; Lt Col James S. Connell, 16 Aug 1960; Lt Col John R. Henton Jr., 26 Jul 1961; Lt Col William F. Cochran, 1 Jul 1962; Lt Col James E. Ferguson, Jan 1963; Lt Col Howard R. Catlin, c. Nov 1966; Lt Col Richard C. Blackburn, 15 Nov 1969; Lt Col Paul F. Marsh, 15 Jul 1971; Lt Col Leland A. Schmoker, 8 Jun 1972; Lt Col Joseph B. Hunt, 19 Jul 1973; Lt Col Ronald R. Kadera, 22 Apr 1974; Lt Col William F. Mohr, 15 Aug 1975; Lt Col Robert F. Durkin, 13 Apr 1976; Lt Col Richard H. Brodeur, 1 Jul 1977; Lt Col Robert L. Murphy, 13 Nov 1978; Lt Col William O. McCabe, 17 Apr 1980; Lt Col Kenneth J. Hacker, 3 Mar 1981; Lt Col Dennis P. McGuirk, 13 Jan 1983; Lt Col Larry Saunders, c. Jul 1984; Lt Col Terrance W. Bott, 1 Oct 1985; Maj Christopher P. Moore, 22 May 1986; Lt Col Terrance W. Bott, 1 Oct 1986; Lt Col Paul T. Shorock, 1 Feb 1988; Lt Col Anthony C. Beat, 30 Oct 1989; Lt Col James F. Long, 27 Nov 1991; Lt Col Wendell L. Griffin, 16 Sep 1992; Lt Col John S. Chilstrom, 3 Sep 1993-31 Mar 1995. Lt Col Robert B. Bush, 1 Apr 1997; Lt Col Steven P. Dickman, 24 Apr 1999-unkn. 

Aircraft. B-18, 1941, 1942-1943; PT-17, 1941; B-26, 1941-1943; B-25, 1942-1945. B-29, 1946-1950; B-36, 1949-1950; RB-29, 1950; RB-36, 1950-1957; B-52, 1957-1966, 1966-1968, 1968-1969, 1970-1986; B-1, 1987-1995. B-1, 1997-c. 2002. 

Operations. Trained for combat, Jan 1941-Feb 1942. Flew patrols in Alaska, Feb-Jun 1942. Combat in Aleutians and northern Pacific, Jun 1942-Jul 1945. Trained for strategic bombardment missions, 1946-1950, 1955-1995, and 1997-c.2002. Flew strategic reconnaissance training missions, 1950-1954. 

Service Streamers. None. 

Campaign Streamers. World War II: Aleutian Islands; Air Offensive, Japan; Air Combat, Asiatic-Pacific Theater. 

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None. 

Decorations. Distinguished Unit Citation: Kurile Islands, 1 Apr 1944-[17 Jul] 1945. Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Combat "V" Device: 19 Aug 1969-23 Mar 1970. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 1 Sep 1957-30 Jun 1958; 1 Jan-31 Dec 1966; 1 Jan-1 Mar 1968; 2 Mar-1 Jul 1968; 9 Jun-10 Jul 1972; 1 Jul 1976-30 Jun 1978; 1 Jul 1978-30 Jun 1980; 1 Jul 1981-30 Jun 1983; 1 Jul 1988-30 Jun 1990; 1 Sep 1991-1 Jul 1993; 1 Jun-30 Nov 1994; [29] Mar-10 Jun 1999. Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm: 19 Aug 1969-23 Mar 1970. 

Lineage, Assignments, Stations, and Honors through 14 May 2003. 

Commanders, Aircraft, and Operations through Dec 1999. 

Emblem. Approved on 17 Mar 1997. 

Supersedes statement prepared on 12 Jun 1998. 

Prepared by A. Timothy Warnock. 

Approved by Judy G. Endicott.