14th Fighter Squadron

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This article is about the 14th Fighter Squadron, formerly the 14th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron. For the 14th Fighter Squadron of World War II, see 14th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron.
14th Fighter Squadron
14th Fighter Squadron.jpg
14th Fighter Squadron Patch
Active 20 June 1942 – 27 December 1945
6 November 1947 – 27 June 1949
14 June 1952 – 1 April 1953
25 October 1966 – 30 June 1975
1 January 1987 – present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Fighter
Part of Pacific Air Forces
5th Air Force
35th Fighter Wing
35th Operations Group
Decorations Presidential Unit Citation ribbon.svg DUC
Presidential Unit Citation ribbon.svg PUC
Outstanding Unit ribbon.svg AFOUA w/V Device
Ruban de la croix de guerre 1939-1945.PNG FCdG w/ Palm
Vietnam gallantry cross unit award-3d.svg RVGC w/ Palm
F-16C block 50 #92-3892 from the 14th FS conducts a mission during a training exercise held at Eielson AFB on 24 July 2006.
USAF F-16C block 50 #90-0825 from 14 FS seen on the tarmac at MCAS Iwakuni, Japan on 13 March 2011

The 14th Fighter Squadron (14 FS) is part of the 35th Fighter Wing at Misawa Air Base, Japan. It operates the F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft conducting air superiority missions.

Mission[edit]

History[edit]

The 14th flew combat reconnaissance missions in the European Theater of Operations from, 12 August 1943–25 April 1945 and conducted damage assessment of Germany until 23 July 1945. It again flew combat missions in Southeast Asia from, 2 November 1967–August 1973 including documenting by aerial photography the communist takeover of Cambodia and the Republic of Vietnam in 1975.[1]

2013 Sequestration[edit]

Air Combat Command officials announced a stand down and reallocation of flying hours for the rest of the fiscal year 2013 due to mandatory budget cuts. The across-the board spending cuts, called sequestration, took effect 1 March when Congress failed to agree on a deficit-reduction plan.[2]

Squadrons either stood down on a rotating basis or kept combat ready or at a reduced readiness level called “basic mission capable” for part or all of the remaining months in fiscal 2013.[2] This affected the 14th Fighter Squadron with a reduction of its flying hours, placing it into a basic mission capable status from 5 April-30 September 2013.[2]

Operations[1][edit]

Lineage[1][edit]

  • 14th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron (1942–1943)
  • 14th Photographic Squadron (Light) (1943)
  • 14th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron (1943–1947)
  • 14th Reconnaissance Squadron, Photographic (1947–1952)
  • 14th Troop Carrier Squadron, Medium (1952–1966)
  • 14th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron (1966–1984)
  • 14th Tactical Fighter Squadron (1984–1991)
  • 14th Fighter Squadron (1991 – present)

Assignments[1][edit]

Bases stationed[1][edit]

Aircraft Operated[1][edit]

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