This is a list of Groups in the United States Air Force that do not belong to a host wing.
The last level of independent operation is the group level. When an organization is not part of the primary mission of the base it will be made an independent group. They may report to a wing or they may be completely independent (the 317th Airlift Group at Dyess Air Force Base). They may also be organized as an expeditionary unit, independent but too small to warrant a wing designation. The organization of the independent group is usually similar to the operations group, but with a few squadrons or flight from the support side added to make the organization more self-sufficient, but not large enough to become a wing.
|1st Air Support Operations Group||Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington||PACAF|
|1st Weather Group (WXG)||Offutt AFB, Nebraska||AFWA|
|2d Weather Group||Offutt AFB, Nebraska||AFWA|
|3d Air Support Operations Group||Fort Hood, Texas||ACC|
|3d Combat Communications Group (CCG)||Tinker AFB, Oklahoma||AFSPC|
|4th Air Support Operations Group||Campbell Barracks, Germany||USAFE|
|5th Combat Communications Group||Robins AFB, Georgia||AFSPC|
|18th Air Support Operations Group||Pope Field, North Carolina||ACC|
|23d Fighter Group||Moody AFB, Georgia||ACC||A-10|
|26th Network Operations Group||Joint Base San Antonio, Texas||AFSPC|
|38th Cyberspace Engineering Group||Tinker AFB, Oklahoma||AFSPC|
|43d Air Mobility Operations Group||Pope Field, North Carolina||AMC|
|44th Fighter Group||Holloman AFB, New Mexico||AFRC||F-22|
|53d Electronic Warfare Group||Eglin AFB, Florida||ACC|
|53d Test and Evaluation Group||Nellis AFB, Nevada||ACC|
|53d Test Management Group||Eglin AFB, Florida||ACC|
|53d Weapons Evaluation Group||Tyndall AFB, Florida||ACC||QF-4|
|54th Fighter Group||Holloman AFB, New Mexico||AETC||F-16|
|55th Electronic Combat Group||Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona||ACC||EC-130|
|61st Air Base Group||Los Angeles AFB, California||AFSPC|
|64th Air Expeditionary Group||Eskan Village, Saudi Arabia||USAFCENT|
|65th Air Base Group||Lajes Field, Azores||USAFE|
|66th Air Base Group||Hanscom AFB, Massachusetts||AFMC|
|69th Reconnaissance Group||Grand Forks AFB, North Dakota||ACC|
|162d Combat Communications Group||North Highlands ANGS, California||AFSPC/ANG|
|170th Group||Offutt AFB, Nebraska||ACC/ANG|
|214th Reconnaissance Group||Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona||ACC/ANG|
|226th Combat Communications Group||Abston ANGS, Alabama||AFSPC/ANG|
|251st Cyberspace Engineering Installation Group||Springfield ANGB, Ohio||AFSPC/ANG|
|253d Cyberspace Engineering Installation Group||Otis ANGB, Massachusetts||AFSPC/ANG|
|254th Combat Communications Group||Hensley Field, Texas||AFSPC/ANG|
|306th Flying Training Group||USAF Academy, Colorado||AETC|
|308th Armament Systems Group||Inactive||AFMC|
|317th Airlift Group||Dyess AFB, Texas||AMC||C-130|
|318th Information Operations Group||Joint Base San Antonio, Texas||AFSPC|
|328th Armament Systems Group||Inactive||AFMC|
|336th Training Group||Fairchild AFB, Washington||AETC||UH-1|
|340th Flying Training Group||Joint Base San Antonio, Texas||AFRC||T-1A T-6 T-37 T-38|
|347th Rescue Group||Moody AFB, Georgia||ACC||HC-130 HH-60|
|353d Special Operations Group||Kadena AB, Japan||AFSOC||MC-130 MH-53|
|360th Recruiting Group||Defense Distribution Center Susquehanna||AETC|
|363d Training Group||Al Dhafra AB, United Arab Emirates||USAFCENT|
|367th Recruiting Group||Robins AFB, Georgia||AETC|
|369th Recruiting Group||Lackland AFB, Texas||AETC|
|372d Recruiting Group||Hill AFB, Utah||AETC|
|381st Training Group||Vandenberg AFB, California||AETC||Minuteman III|
|387th Air Expeditionary Group||Kuwait City IAP, Kuwait||USAFCENT|
|404th Air Expeditionary Group||Ramstein AB, Germany||USAFE||C-130|
|407th Air Expeditionary Group||Iraq||USAFCENT|
|408th Armament Systems Group||Inactive||AFMC|
|409th Air Expeditionary Group||Ramstein AB, Germany||USAFE||C-130|
|413th Flight Test Group||Robins AFB, Georgia||AFRC|
|414th Fighter Group||Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina||AFRC|
|420th Air Base Group||RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire, England||USAFE|
|422d Air Base Group||RAF Croughton, Northamptonshire, England||USAFE|
|423d Air Base Group||RAF Alconbury, Cambridgeshire, England||USAFE|
|438th Air Expeditionary Advisory Group||Shindand Air Base, Afghanistan||USAFCENT|
|447th Air Expeditionary Group||Baghdad International Airport, Iraq||USAFCENT|
|449th Air Expeditionary Group||Camp Lemonier, Djibouti||USAFE|
|463d Airlift Group||Inactive||AMC|
|466th Air Expeditionary Group||Afghanistan||AFCENT|
|476th Fighter Group||Moody AFB, Georgia||AFRC||A-10|
|477th Fighter Group||Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska||AFRC||F-22|
|495th Fighter Group||Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina||AFRC||F-16 A-10|
|504th Expeditionary Air Support Operations Group||Bagram AB, Afghanistan||USAFCENT|
|506th Air Expeditionary Group||Inactive||USAFCENT|
|513th Air Control Group||Tinker AFB, Oklahoma||AFRC||E-3|
|526th ICBM Systems Group||Inactive||AFMC|
|563d Rescue Group||Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona||ACC||HH-60/HC-130|
|582d Helicopter Group||F.E. Warren AFB, Wyoming||AFGSC||UH-1|
|595th Space Group||Schriever AFB, Colorado||AFSPC|
|605th Air Operations Group||Inactive||PACAF|
|607th Air Support Operations Group||Osan AB, Korea||PACAF|
|611th Air Support Group||Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska||PACAF|
|615th Air Mobility Operations Group||Travis AFB, California||AMC|
|621st Air Mobility Operations Group||Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey||AMC|
|688th Cyberspace Operations Group||Scott AFB, Illinois||AFSPC|
|690th Network Support Group||Joint Base San Antonio, Texas||AFSPC|
|708th Armament Systems Group||Inactive||AFMC|
|715th Air Mobility Operations Group||Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii||AMC|
|720th Special Tactics Group||Hurlburt Field, Florida||AFSOC|
|721st Air Mobility Operations Group||Ramstein AB, Germany||AMC|
|728th Armament Systems Group||Inactive||AFMC|
|738th Air Expeditionary Advisory Group||Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan||USAFCENT|
|752d Special Operations Group||RAF Mildenhall, UK||AFSOC||MC-130 MH-53|
|808th Armament Systems Group||Inactive||AFMC|
|820th Base Defense Group||Moody AFB, Georgia||ACC|
|821st Air Base Group ||Thule AB, Greenland||AFSPC|
|838th Air Expeditionary Advisory Group||Shindand AB, Afghanistan||USAFCENT|
|844th Communications Group||Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, DC||AFDW|
|917th Fighter Group||Barksdale AFB, Louisiana||AFRC|
|924th Fighter Group||Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona||AFRC|
|926th Group||Nellis AFB, Nevada||AFRC|
|931st Air Refueling Group||McConnell AFB, Kansas||AFRC||KC-135|
|943d Rescue Group||Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona||AFRC||HH-60|
|960th Cyberspace Operations Group||Lackland AFB, Texas||AFRC/AFSPC|
|311th Air Base Group||Brooks City-Base||AFMC||? – 2011|
|368th Expeditionary Air Support Operations Group||Iraq||AFCENT||Inactivated 18 Dec 2011|
|370th Air Expeditionary Advisory Group||New Al Muthana AB, Iraq||USAFCENT||200? – 2011|
|467th Air Expeditionary Group||Iraq||USAFCENT||Inactivated 18 Dec 2011|
|586th Air Expeditionary Group||Iraq||USAFCENT||2005–2010|
|732d Air Expeditionary Group||Iraq||USAFCENT||Replaced by 467 AEG|
|755th Air Expeditionary Group||Afghanistan||USAFCENT||Replaced by 466 AEG|
|800th Air Base Group||Whiteman AFB, MO||SAC||Redesignated 1960 as 800th Combat Support Group|
|801st Air Base Group||Lockbourne AFB, OH||SAC||Redesignated 1960 as 801st Combat Support Group|
|802nd Air Base Group||Schilling AFB, KS||SAC||Redesignated 1960 as 802nd Combat Support Group|
|803rd Air Base Group||Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ||SAC||Redesignated 1960 as 803rd Combat Support Group|
|804th Air Base Group||Hunter AFB, GA||SAC||Redesignated 1960 as 804th Combat Support Group|
|805th Air Base Group||Barksdale AFB, LA||SAC||Redesignated 1960 as 805th Combat Support Group|
|806th Air Base Group||Lake Charles AFB, LA||SAC||Redesignated 1960 as 806th Combat Support Group|
|807th Air Base Group||March AFB, CA||SAC||Redesignated 1960 as 807th Combat Support Group|
|808th Air Base Group||March AFB, CA||SAC||Redesignated 1960 as 808th Combat Support Group|
|809th Air Base Group||Francis E. Warren Air Force Base, WY||SAC|
|810th Air Base Group||Biggs AFB, TX||SAC||Redesignated 1960 as 810th Combat Support Group|
|811th Air Base Group||Bergstrom AFB, TX||SAC||Redesignated 1960 as 811th Combat Support Group|
|812th Air Base Group||Walker AFB, NM||SAC||Redesignated 1960 as 812th Combat Support Group|
|813th Air Base Group||Pinecastle AFB, FL||SAC|
|814th Air Base Group||Fairchild AFB, WA||SAC||Relocated: 1955|
|814th Air Base Group||Westover AFB, MA||SAC||Redesignated 1960|
|815th Air Base Group||Forbes AFB, KS||SAC||Redesignated 1960 as 815th Combat Support Group|
|816th Air Base Group||Altus AFB, OK||SAC||Redesignated 1960 as 816th Combat Support Group|
|817th Air Base Group||Pease AFB, NH||SAC||Redesignated 1960 as 817th Combat Support Group|
|818th Air Base Group||Lincoln AFB, NE||SAC||Redesignated 1960 as 818th Combat Support Group|
|819th Air Base Group||Dyess AFB, TX||SAC||Redesignated 1960 as 819th Combat Support Group|
|820th Air Base Group||Plattsburgh AFB, NY||SAC||Redesignated 1960 as 820th Combat Support Group|
|821st Air Base Group||Ellsworth AFB, SD||SAC||Redesignated 1960 as 821st Combat Support Group|
|822nd Air Base Group||Turner AFB, GA||SAC||Redesignated 1960 as 822nd Combat Support Group|
|823rd Air Base Group||Homestead AFB, FL||SAC||Redesignated 1960 as 823rd Combat Support Group|
|824th Air Base Group||Carswell AFB, TX||SAC||Redesignated 1960 as 824th Combat Support Group|
|825th Air Base Group||Little Rock AFB, AR||SAC||Redesignated 1960 as 825th Combat Support Group|
|862nd Air Base Group||Minot AFB, ND||SAC||Redesignated 1960 as 862nd Combat Support Group|
|866th Combat Support Group||McConnell AFB, KS||SAC|
|918th Armament Systems Group||Eglin AFB||AFMC|
|2049th Communications Group||McClellan AFB||AFCC|
|3906rd Air Base Group||Sidi Slimane Air Base, French Morocco||SAC||Redesignated 1960 as 3906th Combat Support Group|
|3909rd Air Base Group||RAF Greenham Common, UK||SAC||Redesignated 1960 as 3909th Combat Support Group|
|3910th Air Base Group||RAF Lakenheath / RAF Mildenhall, UK||SAC||Redesignated 1960 as 3910th Combat Support Group|
|3911th Air Base Group||RAF West Dryton, UK||SAC||Redesignated 1960 as 3911th Combat Support Group|
|3914th Air Base Group||RAF Chelveston, UK||SAC||Redesignated 1960 as 3914th Combat Support Group|
|3917th Air Base Group||RAF Manston, UK||SAC||Redesignated 1960 as 3917th Combat Support Group|
|3918th Air Base Group||RAF Upper Heyford, UK||SAC||Redesignated 1960 as 3918th Combat Support Group and in 1964 as the 3918th Strategic Wing|
|3919th Air Base Group||RAF Fairford, UK||SAC||Redesignated 1960 as 3919th Combat Support Group|
|3920th Air Base Group||RAF Brize Norton, UK||SAC||Redesignated 1960 as 3920th Combat Support Group and in 1964 as the 3920th Strategic Wing|
|3922nd Combat Support Group||Nouasseur Air Base, French Morocco||SAC|
|3926th Combat Support Group||Ben Guerir Air Base, French Morocco||SAC|
|3928rd Air Base Group||RAF Sturgate, UK||SAC||Redesignated 1960 as 3928th Combat Support Group|
|3936th Combat Support Group||Boulhaut Air Base, French Morocco||SAC|
|3960th Air Base Group||Andersen AFB, Guam||SAC||Redesignated 1960 as 3960th Combat Support Group and in 1964 as the 3960th Strategic Wing|
|3970th Combat Support Group||Torrejon AB, Spain||SAC||Redesignated in 1964 as the 3970th Strategic Wing|
|3973rd Air Base Group||Moron AB, Spain||SAC||Redesignated 1960 as 3973rd Combat Support Group and in 1964 as the 3973rd Strategic Wing|
|3974th Combat Support Group||Zaragoza AB, Spain||SAC|
|4082nd Air Base Group||CFB Goose Bay, Canada||SAC||Redesignated 1960 as 4082nd Combat Support Group and in 1964 as the 4082nd Strategic Wing|
|4083rd Air Base Group||Thule AB, Greenland||SAC||Redesignated 1960 as 4083rd Air Base Wing and later as the 4083rd Strategic Wing|
|4084th Air Base Group||Sondrestrom Air Base, Greenland||SAC|
|4157th Combat Support Group||Eielson AFB, Alaska||SAC||Redesignated 1964 as the 4157th Strategic Wing|
|4158th Air Base Group||Elmendorf Field, Alaska||SAC||Redesignated 1960 as 4158th Combat Support Group and in 1964 as the 4158th Strategic Wing|
|4402d Tactical Training Group||Shaw AFB||TAC||Aircraft|
|4450th Tactical Group||Tonopah Test Range Airport / Nellis AFB||TAC|
|6029th Support Group||Chitose Air Base||December 8-31, 1957|
|6594th Test Group||Hickam AFB||AFSC|
|6937th Communications Group||Peshawar Air Station, Pakistan|
|7020th Air Base Group||Ramstein AB||USAFE|
|7030th Air Base Group||Ramstein AB||USAFE|
|7375th Combat Support Group||RAF Sculthorpe, UK||Command|
|7499th Support Group||Wiesbaden, Germany||USAFE|
|7560th Air Base Group||RAF Alconbury||USAFE|
|7575th Operations Group||Wiesbaden AB / Rhein-Main AB, Germany||USAFE|
The 14th Operations Group is the flying component of the 14th Flying Training Wing, assigned to the United States Air Force's Air Education and Training Command. The group is stationed at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi.
The group was first activated in 1941 as the 14th Pursuit Group at Hamilton Field, California. For a short time following the Attack on Pearl Harbor it flew patrols along the Pacific coast. It moved to the United Kingdom as the 14th Fighter Group in the summer of 1942 and was the first fighter unit to ferry its own aircraft across the Atlantic. After combat training with the Royal Air Force, the group moved to the Mediterranean Theater of Operations following Operation Torch, the North Africa invasion. It continued in combat until V-E Day, earning a Distinguished Unit Citation for defending bombers attacking a target in Austria in 1944. It was inactivated in Italy in September 1945.
The 14th was again activated at Dow Field, Maine in 1946 as part of Air Defense Command (ADC). It became the first Army Air Forces combat unit to equip with the Republic P-84 Thunderjet. The group was inactivated in 1949 when reductions in the Department of Defense budget required a reduction of groups in the United States Air Force (USAF) to 48.
In the summer of 1955 the group was activated at Ethan Allen Air Force Base, where it assumed the mission, personnel and equipment of the 517th Air Defense Group under ADC's Project Arrow, which was designed to replace post-war units with fighter organizations with distinguished combat records. It remained there until 1960, when it was inactivated.
The group was again activated as the 14th Operations Group at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi in December 1991 and assumed its current mission of training pilots for the USAF.323d Expeditionary Operations Group
The 323d Expeditionary Operations Group is a provisional United States Air Force unit assigned to the United States Air Forces in Europe. As a provisional unit, it may be activated or inactivated at any time.
During World War II, the group's predecessor unit, the 323d Bombardment Group was a Martin B-26 Marauder bombardment group assigned to the Eighth and later Ninth Air Force. The group served in the European Theater of Operations, earning a Distinguished Unit Citation for its actions interdicting German reinforcements during the Battle of the Bulge. After VE Day, the group returned to the United States where it was inactivated. From 1947 to 1951 the group was active in the Air Force Reserves. It was called to active duty for the Korean War, but was inactivated after its personnel were used to bring other units up to full strength.
The group was again active during the 1950s as the 323d Fighter-Bomber Group, flying North American F-86 Sabres and North American F-100 Super Sabres at Bunker Hill Air Force Base, Indiana. It remained inactive until 1991, when it became the 323d Operations Group at Mather Air Force Base, California, where it trained navigators until it was inactivated in 1993.338th Bombardment Group
The 338th Bombardment Group is a disbanded United States Air Force unit. It was last active with Continental Air Command at O'Hare International Airport, Illinois on 27 June 1949. It was first activated during World War II as the 338th Fighter Group and served primarily as a training unit until it was disbanded in 1944. The group was reconstituted in the reserves in 1947, but was inactivated when military spending was reduced in 1949.361st Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group
The United States Air Force's 361st Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Group is an intelligence unit located at Hurlburt Field, Florida. It provides intelligence support to Air Force Special Operations Command.
The group was first activated during World War II as the 11th Photographic Group when the 1st Photographic Charting Group was expanded into two groups in 1943. Although its headquarters remained in the United States, squadrons and detachments of the group served in most combat theaters. It was disbanded in 1944, when its elements and other reconnaissance units were consolidated under the 311th Photographic Wing.409th Air Expeditionary Group
The 409th Air Expeditionary Group is a provisional United States Air Force unit assigned to United States Air Forces Europe (USAFE), which may activate or inactivate the group as needed at any time.
The group was first activated in June 1943 during World War II as the 409th Bombardment Group. After moving to Europe, it served in combat with Ninth Air Force, flying Douglas A-20 Havoc, and later Douglas A-26 Invader light bombers Europe from the spring of 1944 through V-E Day. The group returned to the United States in the summer of 1945 and was inactivated in November 1945.
The 409th was reactivated in 2001 as an air expeditionary unit under USAFE in 2001 at Camp Sarafovo, Bulgaria as a support and air refueling unit in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom using six McDonnell Douglas KC-10 Extender aircraft deployed from McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey to help keep coalition aircraft fueled and flying on their air routes through Bulgaria and on to the theater of war. The group has subsequently been activated to support several humanitarian operations.
Air Force (magazine) notes in its 2012/13 annual survey of units that the group operated Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft from unspecified locations in the United States Air Forces Africa area of responsibility.438th Air Expeditionary Group
The United States Air Force's 438th Air Expeditionary Advisory Group is a provisional unit assigned to United States Air Forces Central to activate or inactivate as needed. It was last active in Al Anbar province, Iraq to provide close-air support to coalition forces in the region with Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft. It was composed of deployed aircraft, equipment and personnel from Air Force units around the world.
The unit was first activated during World War II as the 438th Troop Carrier Group, a Douglas C-47 Skytrain unit. It saw combat in the European Theater of Operations as part of IX Troop Carrier Command. The group earned a Distinguished Unit Citation for its actions on D-Day during Operation Overlord. After VE Day, the group returned to the United States and was inactivated in December 1945.
The group was again activated in the Air Force Reserves in 1949. It was called to active duty for the Korean War, but its personnel were used as fillers for other units and the group was inactivated. During the mid 1950s, the group was again active in the Reserve as the 438th Fighter-Bomber Group. It remained inactive until 1991, when it became the 438th Operations Group at McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey when the 438th Airlift Wing was reorganized under the Objective Wing model. It was inactivated with the wing in 1994.464th Troop Carrier Group
The 464th Troop Carrier Group was a theater airlift unit of the United States Air Force during the Cold War. It served in the United States under Tactical Air Command between 1953 and 1957. The group operated Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar and Fairchild C-123 Provider aircraft as the flying element of the 464th Troop Carrier Wing until being inactivated when the wing was reorganized.
The group was first organized in 1943 in the United States Army Air Forces as the 464th Bombardment Group. During World War II. the group served in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations with Consolidated B-24 Liberator heavy bombers. It was awarded the Distinguished Unit Citations for attacks on marshaling yards near Vienna, Austria in July 1944 and on an oil refinery near Pardubice, Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic) in August 1944. After V-E Day, the group moved to the Caribbean, where it was assigned to Air Transport Command and participated in the return of military personnel to the United States until it was inactivated in July 1945.476th Fighter Group
The 476th Fighter Group is an Air Reserve Component (ARC) of the United States Air Force. It is part of the Tenth Air Force of Air Force Reserve Command, stationed at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. If mobilized, the Wing is gained by the Air Combat Command.
The group was active twice during World War II for brief periods, the first time in China as part of Fourteenth Air Force and the second time in the United States as a training unit.
In the late 1950s the group was activated to open Glasgow Air Force Base, Montana, but the role of Glasgow shifted to the support of Strategic Air Command (SAC)'s nuclear strike force and the group was inactivated in April 1960 and its assets transferred to SAC.
The group was most recently activated as a reserve associate unit in 2009.489th Bomb Group
The 489th Bomb Group is a unit of the United States Air Force. Its is assigned to the 307th Bomb Wing, and is stationed at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. The group is a reserve associate unit of the 7th Bomb Wing at Dyess.
During World War II, the 489th Bombardment Group was a Consolidated B-24 Liberator unit. After training in the United States, it moved to England as an element of Eighth Air Force, stationed at RAF Halesworth, England. Lieutenant Colonel Leon Vance of the group was awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery and actions on the day before D-Day over Wimereux, France. It was the only Medal of Honor awarded to a B-24 crewman for a mission flown from England. The group returned to the United States in November 1944 and converted to a Boeing B-29 Superfortress group, but the war ended before the group could deploy to the Pacific.
In October 2015, the group was reactivated in the Air Force Reserve.502d Air Operations Group
The 502d Air Operations Group in an inactive United States Air Force unit. It was last active in October 2006 at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, where it had served as the umbrella for intelligence and operational support units under Pacific Air Forces
The unit was first activated as the 502nd Tactical Control Group in December 1945. In 1950 it was rushed to Korea where it fought in the Korean War, earning two Presidential Unit Citations for its actions during the war. It continued to serve under Far East Air Forces after the war until it was inactivated in October 1957.50th Operations Group
The 50th Operations Group is a component of the 50th Space Wing, assigned to the United States Air Force Space Command. The group is stationed at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado.
The group was activated in January 1941 as the 50th Pursuit Group and began training under Third Air Force. In May 1942 it was reassigned to the Army Air Forces School of Applied Tactics, where it was a training and test unit as the 50th Fighter Group (Special). The group moved to the European Theater of Operations in the Spring 1944 expansion of Ninth Air Force in England in preparation for Operation Overlord. It few its first combat mission on 1 May 1944. The group moved to France in late June and continued in combat until V-E Day. During combat operations over Western Europe, the unit received two Distinguished Unit Citations. It returned to the United States, where it was inactivated on 7 November 1945.
In June 1949 the group was activated as a reserve unit at Otis Air Force Base, Massachusetts, where it was a corollary unit of the active duty 33d Fighter Group. In 1950, it became the 50th Fighter-Interceptor Group. The group was called to active duty in connection with the Korean War in June 1950, but was inactivated a few days later and its personnel were transferred to other units.
The group, now designated the 50th Fighter-Bomber Group, was activated in January 1953, when it took over the mission, personnel and equipment of the 140th Fighter-Bomber Group, a Colorado Air National Guard unit that had been federalized for the Korean War. Once the group transitioned from North American F-51 Mustangs to North American F-86 Sabres, it deployed to Germany and Hahn Air Base. It moved to Toul-Rosières Air Base, France in 1956, and was inactivated there in late 1957.
Although the group was renamed the 50th Tactical Fighter Group in 1985, it remained inactive until December 1991, when, as the 50th Operations Group, it took over the personnel of the 1002d Operations Group, which was simultaneously inactivated. Since then, the group has managed a variety of surveillance and communications satellites for the Department of Defense.53d Test and Evaluation Group
The 53d Test and Evaluation Group is a group of the United States Air Force. It is a part of the 53d Wing, and is headquartered at Nellis AFB, Nevada.The Group was originally activated in 1942 as the 79th Pursuit Group (Interceptor), becoming the 79th Fighter Group (Single Engine) a few months later. Later that year it moved overseas to Egypt, where it was assigned to Ninth Air Force and participated in combat in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Italy until April 1945. After the end of World War II, it became part of the Army of Occupation until it was inactivated in 1947.
The group was activated again in 1955 as the 79th Fighter Group (Air Defense) as part of a program of Air Defense Command (ADC) to replace its air defense groups with fighter units with distinguished records in World War II. It provided air defense of the Great Lakes region until it was inactivated in 1960.
In 1988, Tactical Air Command activated the 4443d Test and Evaluation Group (TEG) as an operational test unit at Eglin AFB, an Air Force Systems Command (AFSC) base that was home to AFSC's Armament Center. In December 1991, as the USAF eliminated its Major Command controlled (MAJCON) four-digit units, the 79th was consolidated with the 4443d, and the combined unit was designated the 79th Test and Evaluation Group. In 1998, as a result of USAF policy that subordinate groups carry the same number as their parent wing, the 79th TEG was inactivated and replaced by the newly constituted 53d Test and Evaluation Group. In 1999, the unit moved from Eglin AFB to Nellis AFB, Less than two years later, USAF consolidated the 79th and 53d TEGs to provide one continuous history to its weapons test and evaluation group.
The unit consists of seven squadrons, two detachments, and a named flight. Its mission is to manage the flying activities of the 53d wing at Barksdale, Beale, Creech, Dyess, Edwards, Eglin, Nellis, and Whiteman Air Force bases.543d Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group
The United States Air Force's 543d Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group is an intelligence unit located at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas. It has been located there since 1997, when it was activated as the 543d Intelligence Group. It focuses on cryptologic operations and signals intelligence.
The group's earliest predecessor was established in June 1942 as the 3d Photographic Group. After training in the United States, the group deployed to the Mediterranean Theater of Operations, where it performed reconnaissance missions, primarily for Twelfth Air Force, earning a Distinguished Unit Citation for its support of Operation Dragoon. After the surrender of Germany, the group was inactivated in Italy in September 1945.
The second ancestor of the group is the 543d Tactical Support Group, a United States Air Force unit that fought in the Korean War under Fifth Air Force. The 543d was established in September 1950 to control tactical reconnaissance units operating in Korea. In February 1951, the group was inactivated and replaced by the 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing and its subordinate units transferred or replaced by units of the 67th Wing.563d Rescue Group
The 563d Rescue Group is a United States Air Force unit stationed at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona. The group also controls the rescue squadrons at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. It is assigned to the 355th Wing. The group directs flying operations dedicated to personnel recovery and is part of Air Combat Command. The group was activated under its current designation at Davis-Monthan in 2003 to command rescue units in the western United States.
The group was first activated during World War II as the 3d Emergency Rescue Squadron at Keesler Field, Mississippi. After training on the Gulf Coast, the squadron moved to the Southwest Pacific Theater in the fall of 1944, and served in combat until the surrender of Japan, earning a Philippine Presidential Unit Citation. After the war, the squadron moved to Japan, where it became part of the occupation forces, and was located there when the Korean War began. It again served in combat, expanding to become the 3d Air Rescue Group in 1952, and earning two Distinguished Unit Citations and two Korean Presidential Unit Citations during the war. The group was inactivated in 1957, when Air Rescue Service eliminated its groups and assigned its squadrons directly to its regional rescue centers.
The group was organized again at Tan Son Nhut Airport in 1966 as the 3d Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Group, to command United States Air Force rescue units engaged in the War in Vietnam. It participated in every campaign after 1966, winning an additional four Presidential Unit Citations, an Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Combat "V" Device and two Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm during combat in Southeast Asia. When the United States withdrew from Vietnam, the group moved its headquarters to Thailand and, after participating in the evacuations of Phnom Penh and Saigon, was inactivated there in 1976.582d Helicopter Group
The 582d Helicopter Group was activated in January 2015 at F. E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming to provide a unified headquarters for the helicopter squadrons located on the intercontinental ballistic missile bases of Air Force Global Strike Command.
The group was first activated in 1943 as the 2d Emergency Rescue Squadron at Hamilton Field, and after training, moved to the South Pacific Theater, where it served until the end of World War II, earning two Distinguished Unit Citations and a Philippine Republic Presidential Unit Citation for combat search and rescue and special operations missions. Following the end of the war, the squadron served as part of the occupation forces at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa from 1947 until 1950.
In May 1950 the squadron, now designated the 2d Rescue Squadron moved to Clark Air Base in the Philippines. In 1952, the unit was expanded to group level as the 2d Air Rescue Group and its lettered flights became air rescue squadrons. The group provided rescue support for units of Thirteenth Air Force and the southwest Pacific until 1955, when it moved to Wheeler Air Force Base, where it became the headquarters for all rescue units in the Pacific. The group was inactivated at Wheeler in June 1958.
In 2015, the group was redesignated to its current name and activated at F. E. Warren, where it replaced a provisional unit that had been organized in 2014 to test the unification of helicopter units supporting missile wings under a single unit.84th Combat Sustainment Group
The 84th Combat Sustainment Group is an inactive United States Air Force (USAF) group last assigned to the 84th Combat Sustainment Wing at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, where it was inactivated in 2010. The group was formed in 1942 as the 84th Bombardment Group, one of the first dive bomber units in the United States Army Air Corps and tested the Vultee Vengeance, proving that aircraft unsuitable as a dive bomber. As an Operational Training Unit, it was the parent for several other bombardment groups, but from 1943 until it was disbanded in 1944, trained replacement aircrews as a Replacement Training Unit designated the 84th Fighter-Bomber Group.
The group was again active as a fighter group from 1949 to 1951 in the Air Force Reserves, with no equipment of its own, but using that of the Regular 52d Fighter-All Weather Group until it was called to active duty in 1951 and its personnel used to man other units.
In 1955, as part of an Air Defense Command program to revive fighter units that had served in World War II, the group became the 84th Fighter Group (Air Defense) and served as the USAF host at Geiger Field and served in an air defense role in the northwestern United States until inactivating in 1963.
The group changed missions again, becoming a logistics unit when activated in 2006 as part of a major reorganization of Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC). It was inactivated in 2010, when this reorganization was reversed, and AFMC returned to a more traditional organization.901st Tactical Airlift Group
The 901st Tactical Airlift Group is an inactive United States Air Force Reserve unit. It was last active with the 433d Airlift Wing, based at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, where it was inactivated on 1 April 1985.
The group was first activated at Hanscom Field in early 1963 as the 901st Troop Carrier Group.