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An air-to-air front view of an RC-135 Stratolifter aircraft from the 306th Strategic Wing during a refueling mission over the North Sea DF-ST-89-03604.jpg
Deployed RC-135 refueling over the North Sea
Active 1942-1943; 1954-1958; 1959-1975: 1978-1994
Country  United States
Branch  United States Air Force
Role Reconnaissance
Decorations Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
Insignia
922d Air Refueling Squadron Patch[1] 922d Air Refueling Squadron - SAC - Emblem.png

The 922d Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron is a provisional United States Air Force unit, assigned to Air Combat Command to activate or inactivate as needed. It was last assigned to the 474th Air Expeditionary Group at San Isidro Air Base, Dominican Republic in 2010.

The squadron was first activated during World War II as the 22d Air Corps Ferrying Squadron at Morrison Field, Florida in 1942. In October 1943 the squadron and its parent group were disbanded and replaced as the Air Transport Command unit at Morrison by Station 11, Caribbean Wing, Air Transport Command.

The squadron was reconstituted in 1954 as the 22d Air Transport Squadron, Medium. a Douglas C-54 unit at Charleston AFB, South Carolina. The squadron was inactivated in 1958.

The 922d Air Refueling Squadron operated Boeing KC-135 Stratotankers at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio from 1963 to 1975, when its parent, the 17th Bombardment Wing moved to Beale Air Force Base, California.

The squadron was reactivated three years later to control deployed Strategic Air Command (SAC) tanker and reconnaissance aircraft operating in the Mediterranean. While stationed in Greece, the 922d and 22d squadrons were consolidated into a single squadron. When SAC inactivated in 1992, the squadron became a reconnaissance unit, operating RC-135s from RAF Mildenhall until 1954.

The 922d was converted to provisional status as the 922d Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron and assigned to Air Combat Command to activate or inactivate as needed. In 2010 it was activated as part Operation Unified Response. the military response to the earthquake in Haiti.

History[edit | edit source]

The squadron was first activated during World War II as the 22d Air Corps Ferrying Squadron at Morrison Field, Florida in 1942. In October 1943 the squadron and its parent group were disbanded and replaced as the Air Transport Command unit at Morrison by Station 11, Caribbean Wing, Air Transport Command.

The squadron was reactivated at Charleston AFB, South Carolina as the 22d Air Transport Squadron with the responsibility of transporting personnel, materiel, mail and other strategic cargo. Shortages of personnel and equipment delayed the group from reaching operational status upon activation.[2] The squadron operated Douglas C-54 Skymaster aircraft until inactivating in 1958.

The 922d Air Refueling Squadron was activated on 1 September 1959 by Strategic Air Command at Wright-Patterson AFB and assigned to the 4043d Strategic Wing as its refueling component. It operated KC-135 Stratotankers and provided air refueling support to the B-52 Stratofortress strategic bombers of its parent wing and other USAF units as directed. The squadron maintained aircraft on alert to support the Emergency War Order. It transferred to 17th Bombardment Wing in 1963 when SAC replaced its Major Command controlled (MAJCON) wing wing with the 17th Bombardment Wing an Air Force controlled (AFCON) organization with a distinguished World War II history.[3]

The squadron deployed aircraft and aircrews to the Western Pacific support combat operations of deployed SAC units and tactical aircraft over Indochina during the Vietnam War from 1965 to 1975. In June 1975, its aircraft were taken off alert and the squadron phased down, with its aircraft transferred elsewhere by 7 July.[3] The squadron inactivated in September as SAC shut down its operations at Wright-Patterson.

Three years later the squadron was reactivated as the 922d Strategic Squadron. The squadron provided air refueling support for United States Air Forces Europe (USAFE) squadrons deploying for weapons training at Incirlik AB, Turkey. It supported USAFE and NATO exercises.[4] After a period of heightened tensions and anti-American activity in Greece, the Greek government notified the United States that American bases in Greece would be closed by 1990.[5] With this closure, the squadron moved to RAF Mildenhall.[6] When SAC inactivated in 1992, the squadron became a reconnaissance unit, operating RC-135s from RAF Mildenhall until 1954.

The squadron was assigned to Air Combat Command as a provisional unit to activate or inactivate as needed. In 2010, it was activated in the Dominican Republic for Operation Unified Response, responding to the earthquakes in Haiti on the western half of Hispaniola.[7]

Lineage[edit | edit source]

22d Air Transport Squadron

  • Constituted on 18 February 1942 as the 22d Air Corps Ferrying Squadron
Activated on 3 April 1942
Redesignated 22d Transport Squadron on 29 March 1943
Disbanded on 13 October 1943
  • Reconstituted on 1 March 1954 and redesignated 22d Air Transport Squadron, Medium
Activated on 8 March 1954[8]
Inactivated on 18 March 1958[8]
Consolidated with the 922d Strategic Squadron on 19 September 1985 as the 922d Strategic Squadron[9]

922d Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron

  • Constituted as the 922d Air Refueling Squadron, Heavy on 18 August 1959
Activated on 1 December 1959
Inactivated on 30 September 1975
  • Redesignated 922d Strategic Squadron
Activated on 1 July 1978
Consolidated with the 22d Air Transport Squadron on 19 September 1985[9]
Redesignated 922d Reconnaissance Squadron on 31 March 1992
Inactivated on 30 June 1994.
  • Converted to provisional status and redesignated 922d Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron
Activated for Operation Unified Response on 2 February 2010[7]
Inactivated on 20 June 2010[7]

Assignments[edit | edit source]

474th Air Expeditionary Group: 2 February 2010 - 20 June 2010[7]

Stations[edit | edit source]

Aircraft[edit | edit source]

Awards and Campaigns[edit | edit source]

Award streamer Award Dates Notes
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award Streamer.jpg Air Force Outstanding Unit Award 1 June 1962 - 1 April 1963 922d Air Refueling Squadron[11]
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award Streamer.jpg Air Force Outstanding Unit Award 1 July 1969 - 30 June 1970 922d Air Refueling Squadron[12]
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award Streamer.jpg Air Force Outstanding Unit Award 1 July 1971 - 30 June 1973 922d Air Refueling Squadron[12]
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award Streamer.jpg Air Force Outstanding Unit Award 1 July 1985 - 30 June 1987 922d Strategic Squadron[13]
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award Streamer.jpg Air Force Outstanding Unit Award 1 July 1990 - 28 February 1991 922d Strategic Squadron[13]
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award Streamer.jpg Air Force Outstanding Unit Award 1 March 1991 - 31 March 1992 922d Strategic Squadron[13]
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award Streamer.jpg Air Force Outstanding Unit Award 1 July 1992 - 30 June 1994 922d Reconnaissance Squadron[13]
  • Saunders Perpetual Trophy, SAC Combat Competition for best combined score in refueling and navigation: 1965
Campaign Streamer Campaign Dates Notes
World War II - American Campaign Streamer (Plain).png American Theater 3 April 1942 - 13 October 1943 22d Transport Squadron

References[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. This emblem was replaced on 23 Oct 1980.
  2. Abstract, Initial History 1608th Air Transport Group (retrieved Aug 12, 2013)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Ravenstein, Charles A. (1984). Air Force Combat Wings, Lineage & Honors Histories 1947-1977. Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. pp. 32–33. ISBN 0-912799-12-9. http://www.airforcehistory.hq.af.mil/Publications/fulltext/combat_wings.pdf. 
  4. Abstract, History 306th Strategic Wing, Jul-Sep 1985 (retrieved Aug 12, 2013)
  5. Abstract, History 922d Strategic Squadron July-Dec 1988 (retrieved Aug 12, 2013)
  6. Abstract, History 306th Strategic Wing CY 1990, Vol. I (retrieved Aug 12, 2013
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 Air Force Organizational Status Change Reports, February and June 2010, Research Division, Air Force Historical Research Agency
  8. 8.0 8.1 See Mueller, Robert (1989). Air Force Bases, Vol. I, Active Air Force Bases Within the United States of America on 17 September 1982. Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. pp. 87–90. ISBN 0-912799-53-6. http://www.afhso.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-100921-026.pdf. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 Department of the Air Force/MPM Letter 662q, 19 Sep 85, Subject: Reconstitution, Redesignation, and Consolidation of Selected Air Force Tactical Squadrons
  10. 10.0 10.1 History 1608th Air Transport Group, Jul-Dec 1954 (retrieved Aug 12, 2013)
  11. AF Pamphlet 900-2, Unit Decorations, Awards and Campaign Participation Credits Department of the Air Force, Washington, DC, 15 Jun 1971, p. 480
  12. 12.0 12.1 AF Pamphlet 900-2, Unit Decorations, Awards and Campaign Participation Credits, Vol II Department of the Air Force, Washington, DC, 30 Sep 1976 , p. 95
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 Air Force Recognition Programs (search performed Aug 13, 2013)

Bibliography[edit | edit source]

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