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96 Operations Group (AFMC)

96 Operations Group

96 Operations Group

 

Lineage.  Established as 96 Operations Group on 29 Aug 1991.  Activated on 1 Sep 1991.  Inactivated on 1 Oct 1993.  Activated on 1 Oct 2012.

Assignments.  96 Wing, 1 Sep 1991-1 Oct 1993.  96 Test Wing, 1 Oct 2012-.

Operational Components.  Squadrons.  40 Flight Test: 1 Oct 2012-.  337 Bomb: 1 Sep 1991-1 Oct 1993.  338 Combat Crew Training: 1 Sep 1991-1 Oct 1993.  413 Flight Test: 1 Oct 2012-.  417 Flight Test: 24 Apr 2019-.  917 Air Refueling: 1 Sep 1991-1 Oct 1993. 

Stations.  Dyess AFB, TX, 1 Sep 1991-1 Oct 1993.  Eglin AFB, FL, 1 Oct 2012-.

Commanders.  Col Ralph Pasini, 1 Sep 1991; Col Thomas A. O’Riordan, 16 Jun 1992-30 Sep 1993.  Col Donald A. Thompson, 1 Oct 2012-.

Aircraft.  B-1, 1991-1993; KC-135, 1991-1993.  A-10, 2012-; F-15, 2012-; F-16, 2012-; CV-22, 2012-; UH-1N, 2012-.

Operations.  Organized and trained a force capable of immediate, sustained, long-range offensive bombardment, and air-to-air refueling, 1991-1993.  President George H. Bush ordered all alert aircraft and systems off alert status, 28 Sep 1991.  96 Operations Group aircraft became first B-1B in Air Force fleet to reach 2,000 flying hours, 18 Feb 1992.  Conducted developmental testing and evaluation of conventional munitions, command and control systems, F-15 and A-10 avionics, and navigation and guidance systems, 2012-.

Service Streamers.  None. 

Campaign Streamers.  None.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers.  None.

Decorations.  Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: [1 Sep 1991]-29 May 1992; 1 Jan 2014-31 Dec 2015; 1 Jan 2017-31 Dec 2018.

Lineage, Assignments, Stations, and Honors through 1 Jul 2021.

Commanders, Aircraft, and Operations through 8 Mar 2013.

Supersedes statement prepared on 7 Jan 2015.

Emblem.  Approved on 20 Feb 2013.

Prepared by Margaret Ream.