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19 Special Operations Squadron (AFSOC)

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 19 Bombardment Squadron (Medium) on 22 Dec 1939. Activated on 1 Feb 1940. Redesignated: 19 Bombardment Squadron, Heavy, on 3 Feb 1944; 19 Bombardment Squadron, Very Heavy, on 30 Apr 1946; 19 Bombardment Squadron, Medium, on 28 Jul 1948. Discontinued, and inactivated, on 15 Mar 1963. Consolidated (19 Sep 1985) with the 19 Air Commando Squadron, Troop Carrier, which was constituted, and activated, on 14 Sep 1964. Organized on 8 Oct 1964. Redesignated: 19 Air Commando Squadron, Tactical Airlift, on 1 Aug 1967; 19 Special Operations Squadron on 1 Aug 1968; 19 Tactical Airlift Squadron on 1 Jan 1970. Inactivated on 10 Jun 1971. Redesignated: 19 Tactical Intelligence Squadron on 19 Sep 1985; 19 Special Operations Squadron on 1 Apr 1996. Activated on 24 May 1996.
 
Assignments. 22 Bombardment Group, 1 Feb 1940 (attached to 22 Bombardment Wing, 10 Feb 1951-15 Jun 1952); 22 Bombardment Wing, 16 Jun 1952-15 Mar 1963. Pacific Air Forces, 14 Sep 1964; 315 Troop Carrier Group, Assault (later, 315 Air Commando Group, Troop Carrier), 8 Oct 1964; 315 Air Commando Wing, Troop Carrier (later, 315 Air Commando Wing; 315 Special Operations Wing; 315 Tactical Airlift Wing) 8 Mar 1966-10 Jun 1971. 16 Operations (later, 1 Special Operations) Group, 24 May 1996-. 

Stations. Patterson Field, OH, 1 Feb 1940; Langley Field, VA, 16 Nov 1940; Muroc Field, CA, 9 Dec 1941-28 Jan 1942; Brisbane, Australia, 25 Feb 1942 (air echelon at Hickam Field, HI, 15 Feb-c. 22 Mar 1942); Ipswich, Australia, 2 Mar 1942; Townsville, Australia, 29 Mar 1942; Woodstock, Australia, 4 Jul 1942; Iron Range, Australia, 15 Sep 1942; Woodstock, Australia, 4 Feb 1943; Dobodura, New Guinea, 11 Jul 1943; Nadzab, New Guinea, c. 24 Jan 1944; Owi, Schouten Islands, 22 Jul 1944; Anguar, Palau Islands, 2 Dec 1944; Guinan, Samar, [Philippine Islands], 15 Jan 1945; Clark Field, Luzon, 15 Mar 1945; Okinawa, 14 Aug 1945; Ft William McKinley, Luzon, 23 Nov 1945; Kadena AB, Okinawa, 15 May 1946-13 May 1948; Smoky Hill AFB, KS, 18 May 1948 (deployed at Lakenheath RAF Station, England, 16 Nov 1948-12 Feb 1949); March AFB, CA, 10 May 1949-15 Mar 1963 (deployed at Marham RAF Station, England, 26 Nov 1949-17 Feb 1950; Kadena AB, Okinawa, c. 9 Jul-30 Oct 1950; Lakenheath RAF Station, England, 5 Sep-3 Dec 1951; Upper Heyford RAF Station, England, 12 Dec 1953-5 Mar 1954; Andersen AFB, Guam, 2 Apr-2 Jul 1957). Tan Son Nhut AB, South Vietnam, 8 Oct 1964-10 Jun 1971. Eglin Air Force Auxiliary Field #9 (Hurlburt Field), FL, 24 May 1996-. 

Commanders. 1 Lt Herman E. Hurst, 1 Feb 1940; Capt Kingston K. Tibbets, 16 Nov 1940; Maj David P. Iaubach, 19 Mar 1941; Maj Millard L. Raskin, 10 Nov 1941; 1 Lt Joe K. Varner, 11 Dec 1941; Maj Elliott H. Reed, 25 Mar 1942; Capt Walter Greer, 14 May 1943; Maj Leonard T. Nicholson, 28 Dec 1943; Maj Jessee G. Homen, 18 Jul 1944; Maj William G. Walker Jr., 26 Feb 1945; Capt Olin D. Mason, 29 Jun-31 Oct 1945; None (unmanned), Nov 1945-May 1946; Capt Earl L. Hehn, 1 Jun 1946; Lt Col Donald G. McPherson, 3 Sep 1947; Lt Col Lloyd D. Chapman, 24 Jul 1948; Lt Col Louis J. Lamm, 24 Jan 1951; Maj David C. Jones, Mar 1952; Lt Col William L. Welch, Oct 1952; Lt Col Jay O. Gray, c. 22 May 1954; Lt Col Burl W. McLaughlin, Apr 1955; Lt Col Kenneth G. McGrew, Jul 1956; Lt Col Claude C. McCuthcheon, 15 Jul 1957; Lt Col John E. Murphy, Jul 1960; Maj James A. McCune, Aug 1961; Lt Col Arnold Sipes, Nov 1961; Lt Col Robert G. Graham, Jan 1962-15 Mar 1963. Maj Clyde B. Williams, Oct 1964 (acting); Lt Col John D. Pace, 26 Jan 1965; Lt Col Noel B. Reddrick, 18 Jan 1966; Lt Col Charles E. Porter Jr., 7 Aug 1966; Lt Col Merle D. Turner, 24 May 1967; Lt Col Edwin A. Seitz, 5 Sep 1967; Lt Col Donald O. Robb, 1 Jul 1968; Lt Col Donald F. DeCamp, 9 Oct 1968; Lt Col Eugene K. Reese, 6 Dec 1968; Lt Col Durward Brandon, 15 May 1969; Lt Col Leonard L. Brion, 15 Jul 1969; Lt Col Harvey H. Hogue, 13 Jan 1970; Lt Col William J. Gipson, 15 Jun 1970; Lt Col Charles J. Zemple, 4 Dec 1970-15 May 1971; None (unmanned), 16 May-10 Jun 1971. Lt Col John D. Jogerst, 24 May 1996; Lt Col Timothy A. Shaffer, 20 Jun 1997; Lt Col Timothy D. Arrington, 31 Jul 1998; Lt Col Michael A. Keltz, 1 Jul 1999; Lt Col Gary W. Holland, 30 Jun 2000; Lt Col Kenneth C. Coons Jr., 9 Jul 2001; Lt Col Michael T. Plehn, 8 Jul 2002; Lt Col Michael Duperier, 30 Jun 2004-. 

Aircraft. B-18, 1940-1941; B-26, 1941-1944; B-24, 1944-1945; B-29, 1946-1953; B-47, 1953-1963. C-123, 1964-1971. AC/MC-130, 1996-. 

Operations. Flew antisubmarine patrols over Pacific Ocean, Dec 1941-Mar 1942. Combat in southwestern and western Pacific, 6 Apr 1942-9 Jan 1943 and 27 Jul 1943-3 Aug 1945. Bombardment training missions in Asia, Europe, and the United States, 1946-1963. Combat in Korea, 13 Jul-19 Oct 1950. Combat missions in Vietnam, Mar 1965-30 Apr 1971. Earned Navy PUC for supporting U.S. Marines defending Khe Sanh, Jan-Mar 1968. Conducted initial mission qualification, instructor upgrades, and continuation refresher courses, 1996-. 

Service Streamers. None. 

Campaign Streamers. World War II: Antisubmarine, American Theater; East Indies; Papua; Bismarck Archipelago; New Guinea; Leyte; Luzon; Southern Philippines; China Defensive; China Offensive; Western Pacific; Air Offensive, Japan; Air Combat, Asiatic-Pacific Theater. Korea: UN Defensive; UN Offensive. Vietnam: Vietnam Advisory; Vietnam Defensive; Vietnam Air; Vietnam Air Offensive; Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase II; Vietnam Air/Ground; Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase III; Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase IV; Tet 69/Counteroffensive; Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969; Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970; Sanctuary Counteroffensive; Southwest Monsoon; Commando Hunt V. 

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None. 

Decorations. Distinguished Unit Citations: Papua, 23 Jul 1942-[9] Jan 1943; New Guinea, 5 Nov 1943. Presidential Unit Citations (Vietnam): 21 Jan-12 May 1968; 1 Apr-30 Jun 1970. Navy Presidential Unit Citation: Khe Sanh, Vietnam, 20 Jan-31 Mar 1968. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards with Combat "V" Device: [1 Mar]-30 Apr 1965; 30 Jun-9 Jul 1965; 15 Oct 1966-30 Apr 1967; 10 Jun-31 Dec 1967; 15 Jul 1968-30 Jun 1969; 1 Jan-[1 May] 1971; 1 Jun 1997-31 May 1999; 1 Jul 2003-30 Jun 2005. Gallant Unit Citation: 6 Oct 2001-30 May 2003. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 1 Jun 1995-31 May 1997; 1 Jul 1999-30 Jun 2001; 1 Jul 2001-30 Jun 2003; 1 Sep 2004-31 Aug 2006. Philippine Presidential Unit Citation (WWII). Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation: 10 Jul-24 Oct 1950. Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm: 1 Apr 1966-[1 May] 1971. 

Lineage, Assignments, Stations, and Honors through 24 Aug 2007. 

Commanders, Aircraft, and Operations through 31 Dec 2004. 

Supersedes statement prepared on 16 May 1997. 

Emblem. Approved on 23 Aug 1996. 

Prepared by Patsy Robertson. 

Reviewed by Daniel Haulman.