308th Armament Systems Wing

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308th Armament Systems Wing
308th Armament Systems Wing - standown.jpg
Dr. Bruce Simpson, Air Armament Center Deputy for Acquisition, helps Randy Brown, 308 Armament Systems Directorate director, roll up the guidon for the former 308th wing July 30 2010 at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.
Active 1951-1961, 1962-1987, 2006-2010
Country  United States
Branch  United States Air Force
Role Armament Test and Evaluation
Garrison/HQ Eglin AFB, Florida
Engagements World War II
Cold War
Decorations Presidential Unit Citation ribbon.svg DUC
Outstanding Unit ribbon.svg AFOUA
Insignia
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"308th Bombardment Wing" redirects here. For the 308th Bombardment Wing of World War II, see 308th Bombardment Wing (World War II).

The 308th Armament Systems Wing (308 ARSW) is an inactive United States Air Force unit. It was last assigned to the Air Armament Center, stationed at Eglin AFB, Florida. It was inactivated on 30 July 2010.

History[edit]

For additional lineage and history, see 308th Armament Systems Group

Strategic Bombardment[edit]

In 1951, the 308th was activated as a bombardment unit at Forbes Air Force Base, Kansas, and initially equipped with B-29s. Those aircraft were then replaced with new B-47E Stratojet swept-wing medium jet bombers in 1954, capable of flying at high subsonic speeds and primarily designed for penetrating the airspace of the Soviet Union. Also received KC-97 tankers. Over the next eight years, tie 308th conducted strategic bombardment training and air refueling to meet SAC's global commitments.

Deployed to bases in North Africa three times, twice in detachment form and once as a unit Sidi Slimane Air Base Morocco, August 21 – October 26, 1956). From November 1956 to March 1957, the wing tested the SAC alert plan by maintaining one-third of its bomber and tanker force on continuous alert.

The wing was broken up in mid July 1959, for unclear reasons. Part of the unit went to the 2nd Bomb Wing at Hunter AFB, Georgia. The bulk of the wing moved to Plattsburgh AFB, New York on July 15, 1959, where its aircraft were placed under the control of the 380th Bomb Wing. The wing was not operational as one formation from July 1959 to June 1961.

Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles[edit]

The Wing was redesignated and activated on November 20, 1961 as the 308th Strategic Missile Wing. In early 1962 the Air Force established 18 Titan II launch sites at SAC's Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas. The 308th was reactivated, being organized on April 1, 1962. The wing became fully operational with eighteen sites in December 1963. It gained control over its first missile complex in August 1962 and became fully operational with 18 sites in December 1963. In October 1981, US President Ronald Reagan announced that all Titan II sites would be deactivated by October 1, 1987, as part of a strategic modernization program. The wing completed deactivation on August 18, 1987.

308th Armament Systems Wing[edit]

On 23 November 2004 the Air to Ground Munitions Systems Wing was established at Eglin AFB, FL. It was tasked to design, develop, field and maintain a family of air-to-ground munitions that enhanced United States armed forces strike capabilities. The wing was activated on 27 January 2005. On 3 May 2006 the AGMS Wing was consolidated with the 308th Wing, and the resulting formation was redesignated the 308 Armament Systems Wing on 15 May 2006.

The wing was activated in 2004 to design, develop, field and maintain a family of air-to-ground munitions that enhance warfighter strike capabilities.

The mission of the 308th Armament Systems Wing was to enhance worldwide Air Force combat capability, effectiveness, aircrew survivability, and readiness through joint development, procurement, deployment and sustainment. This mission is executed by air combat test and training systems, expeditionary support equipment, munitions handling equipment and armament subsystems, Explosive Ordnance Disposal support equipment, and realistic Electronic Warfare threat simulators.

The 308 ARSW designed, develops, produces, fields, and sustains a family of air-to-ground and air-to-air munitions, enhancing warfighter capabilities (both U.S. and allies) in defeating a spectrum of enemy targets.

The 308 ARSW is a critical component of the Air Armament Center, which covers the complete weapon-system life-cycle from concept through development, acquisition, experimental testing, procurement, operational testing and final employment in combat.

The wing consists of over 400 highly qualified personnel trained in the development, test, acquisition, fielding, and operational support of systems such as the Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM), Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM), Small Diameter Bomb (SDB), Sensor Fuzed Weapon (SFW), Wind Corrected Munitions Dispenser (WCMD) and a host of other specialized programs.

The wing was inactivated on 30 June 2010 and became a directorate to comply with Air Force 2008-2010 Strategic Plan and the CSAF's directive to implement guidelines for new personnel strength standards for units across the Air Force.

Lineage[edit]

308th Bomb Wing emblem
308th Strategic Missile Wing emblem
  • Established as 308th Bombardment Wing, Medium, on 4 October 1951
Activated on 10 October 1951
Inactivated 25 June 1961
  • Re-designated 308th Strategic Missile Wing (ICBM-Titan), and activated, on 29 November 1961
Organized on 1 April 1962
Inactivated 18 August 1987
  • Established as Air to Ground Munitions Systems Wing on 23 November 2004
Activated on 27 January 2005
Consolidated with 308th Strategic Missile Wing (ICBM-Titan) on 15 May 2006
Consolidated unit designated: 308th Armament Systems Wing
Inactivated on 30 June 2010

Assignments[edit]

Attached to 21st Air Division, 10 October 1951-17 April 1952
Attached to 5th Air Division, 21 August-c. 26 October 1956

Components[edit]

Groups

  • 308th Bombardment Group: 10 October 1951-16 June 1952 (not operational)
  • 308th, 328th, 408th, 708th, 728th Armament Systems Groups (present)

Squadrons

Stations[edit]

308th SMW Titan II Missile Sites
  • Forbes AFB, Kansas, October 10, 1951 – April 17, 1952
  • Hunter AFB, Georgia, April 17, 1952 – July 15, 1959
  • Plattsburgh AFB, New York, July 15, 1959 – June 25, 1961
  • Eglin AFB, Florida, 27 January 2005–30 June 2010

Aircraft and Missiles[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Ravenstein, Charles A. (1984). Air Force Combat Wings Lineage and Honors Histories 1947–1977. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-912799-12-9.

Further reading

  • Schlosser, Eric (2013). Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Incident, and the Illusion of Nuclear Safety. New York, NY: The Penguin Press. ISBN 978-1-59420-227-8. 

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