|302d Operations Group
Emblem of the 302d Operations Group
||1942–1944; 1949–1951; 1952–1959; 1992–present
||United States Air Force
C-130 at Sather Air Base, Iraq
The 302d Operations Group (302 OG) is the operational flying component of the United States Air Force Reserve 302d Airlift Wing. It is stationed at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.
The 302 OG consists of one C-130 Hercules squadron—the 731st Airlift Squadron, which has the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System mission. The group's personnel take part in tactical airlift training exercises and contingency and humanitarian airlift operations, both at home and abroad.
During World War II, the units predecessor unit, the 302d Bombardment Group was a B-24 Liberator replacement training unit (RTU). Its graduates were then assigned to combat units in overseas theaters worldwide as replacement personnel. Originally a Second Air Force unit, it was reassigned to First Air Force when Second AF began B-29 Superfortress training. Inactivated in 1944 when the need for B-24 aircrews was diminished.
Reactivated in the Air Force Reserve during the Cold War, the 302d Troop Carrier Group conducted airlift training with various transport aircraft. Ordered to active service in 1951 during the Korean War, its personnel and aircraft were reassigned to combat duty with Far East Air Force units.
- Established as 302 Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 January 1942
- Activated on 1 June 1942
- Inactivated on 10 April 1944
- Redesignated 302 Troop Carrier Group, Medium on 16 May 1949
- Activated in the Reserve on 27 June 1949
- Redesignated 302 Troop Carrier Group, Heavy on 28 January 1950
- Ordered to active service on 1 June 1951
- Inactivated on 8 June 1951
- Redesignated 302 Troop Carrier Group, Medium on 26 May 1952
- Activated in the Reserve on 14 June 1952
- Inactivated on 14 April 1959
- Redesignated: 302 Tactical Airlift Group on 31 July 1985 (Remained inactive)
- Redesignated: 302 Operations Group on 1 August 1992
- Activated in the Reserve on 1 August 1992.
- Geiger Field, Washington, 1 June 1942
- Davis-Monthan Field, Arizona, 1 June 1942
- Wendover Field, Utah, 30 July 1942
- Pueblo Army Air Base, Colorado, 30 September 1942
- Davis-Monthan Field, Arizona, 1 December 1942
- Clovis Army Airfield, New Mexico, 29 January 1943
- Langley Field, Virginia, 17 December 1943
- Chatham Army Airfield, Georgia, 9 March – 10 April 1944
- McChord AFB, Washington, 27 June 1949 – 8 June 1951
- Clinton County AFB, Ohio, 14 June 1952 – 14 April 1959
- Peterson AFB, Colorado, 1 August 1992–present
- B-18, 1942
- C-78, 1942
- B-24, 1942–1943, 1943–1944
- C-82, 1949
- C-54, 1949–1950
- C-46, 1952–1957
- C-119, 1956–1959
- C-130, 1992–present
This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.