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United States Air Force Band of the West (AETC)

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 Air Force Band, Moffett Field, California, on 24 Sep 1941.  Activated on 1 Oct 1941.  Redesignated as: 39 Army Air Forces Band on 10 Aug 1942; 539 Army Band on 21 Dec 1943; 539 Army Air Forces Band on 26 Feb 1944; 539 Air Force Band on 26 Sep 1947.  Inactivated on 8 Aug 1955. Activated on 8 Jul 1959.  Redesignated as: Air Training Command Band on 1 Oct 1991; Air Education and Training Command Band on 1 Jul 1993; Air Education and Training Command Band of the West on 1 Oct 1994; United States Air Force Band of the West on 1 May 1997. 

Assignments. West Coast Air Corps Training Center (later, West Coast Army Air Forces Flying Training Center; Army Air Forces Western Flying Command), 1 Oct 1941; Army Air Forces Training Command, 14 May 1946; Indoctrination Division, Air Training Command, 1 Jan 1948; 3700 Air Base Group, 28 Oct 1949-8 Aug 1955.  3700 Air Base Group, 8 Jul 1959; Lackland Military Training Center, 1 Jul 1968; 3700 Air Base Group, 1 Jul 1971; Air Force Military Training Center, 1 Nov 1988; 3300 Training Support Group, 15 Dec 1991; Lackland Training Center, 15 Jul 1992; 37 Training Wing, 1 Jul 1993; 502 Air Base Wing, 31 Jan 2010-. 

Stations. Moffett Field, CA, 1 Oct 1941; Santa Ana Army Air Base, CA, 25 Mar 1942; Enid Army Air Field, OK, 15 Aug 1946; AAF Military Training Center (later, Lackland AFB), TX, 19 Mar 1947-8 Aug 1955.  Lackland AFB (later, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland), TX, c. 8 Jul 1959-.

Service Streamers. World War II American Theater.

Campaign Streamers. None.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.

Decorations. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 1 Dec 1965-30 Nov 1967; 1 Jan 1972-1 Jan 1973; 1 Jan 1981-31 Dec 1982; 1 Jan 1987-31 Dec 1988; 1 Jan 1989-31 Dec 1990; 1 Jul 1997-30 Jun 1998; 1 Jul 2003-30 Jun 2004; 1 Jul 2005-30 Jun 2007.  Air Force Organizational Excellence Awards: 1 Jul 1993-30 Jun 1995; 1 Jul 1995-30 Jun 1997; 1 Jul 2001-30 Jun 2003; 1 Jul 2007-30 Jun 2009.  

Lineage, Assignments, Stations, and Honors through 16 Apr 2015.

Emblem. Approved on 21 May 1990.   

Prepared by Daniel L. Haulman 

Reviewed by Carl E. Bailey