325th Fighter Wing

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325th Fighter Wing
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An F-22 Raptor and two F-15 Eagles from Tyndall Air Force Base refuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker of the Mississippi Air National Guard over eastern Florida, 22 September 2008.
Active 1948-1952; 1956-1968; 1981-present
Country  United States
Branch United States Air Force
Part of Air Combat Command
Garrison/HQ Tyndall Air Force Base
Motto Locare et Liquidare Latin Locate and Liquidate
Decorations Distinguished Unit Citation
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
Commanders
Current
commander
Colonel Derek C. France[1]
Notable
commanders
Richard Myers
Insignia
325th Fighter Wing emblem (approved 5 March 1957)[2] 325th Fighter Wing.png


The 325th Fighter Wing (325 FW) is a wing of the United States Air Force based out of Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida.

Mission[edit]

The 325th Fighter Wing’s primary mission is to provide air dominance training for F-22 Raptor pilots and maintenance personnel and air battle managers to support the combat Air Force.

Currently, training for F-22 pilots is performed in the 43d Fighter Squadron. The 325th Air Control Squadron trains air battle managers for assignment to combat Air Force units. Additionally, wing personnel manage the southeastern air combat maneuvering instrumentation range and provide mission-ready F-22 air dominance forces in support of the Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD)/1st Air Force (1 AF) contingency plans. The 325th Fighter Wing is currently commanded by Colonel Derek C. France, who assumed command 24 July 2014.

Other specialties trained under the 325th Fighter Wing include F-22 intelligence officer training, F-22 crew chief training and officer and enlisted air traffic controller training.

The 325th Fighter Wing is host to more than 30 tenant organizations located at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. The wing comprises the 325th Operations Group, 325th Maintenance Group, 325th Mission Support Group and 325th Medical Group.

From 1983 until 2010, training for F-15 pilots was performed at Tyndall by the now inactive 1st, 2d, and 95th Fighter Squadrons. During this period, the 325th FW also hosted training for F-15 Maintenance personnel, and Intelligence Officers assigned to F-15 units. The 1st Fighter Squadron was inactivated in 2006. The 2d and 95th FS's were also inactivated in May and September 2010, respectively. However, with the return to Air Combat Command, the 325th FW will gain a combat-coded F-22 squadron.[3]

The 95th Fighter Squadron was reactivated on October 11th 2013 to begin preparing as a F-22 Raptor combat squadron.

Units[edit]

History[edit]

A row of U.S. Air Force North American QF-100 Super Sabre target drones on the flight line Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida (USA), on 25 April 1990. The first five aircraft are single-seat QF-100Ds (s/n 55-3784, 56-3365, 56-3112, 55-3741, and 56-3093) and a double-seat QF-100F (s/n 56-3865)

The 325th Fighter Wing was established on 10 May 1948 and activated on 9 June 1948. It conducted air defense of the U.S. west coast, 1948–1952 and 1956–1968. Beginning in spring 1949, the 325th conducted the All Weather Combat Crew Training School. During 1950, the wing also controlled a troop carrier squadron and from May 1950 to June 1951, provided training for elements of a troop carrier wing. On 6 February 1952 the Wing was inactivated and replaced by the 4704th Air Defense Wing, which assumed most of its operational role, while the 567th Air Base Group assumed its host base functions.

An Air Defense Command program to reactivate historic units named "Project Arrow" resulted in the reactivation of the 325th Fighter Group (Air Defense) on 18 August 1955. The 325th group assumed the mission, personnel and equipment of the 567th Air Defense Group. The 325th served as the "host" unit at McChord Air Force Base until October 1956. From February–July 1968, the wing operated an air defense detachment at Osan Air Base, South Korea. The 325th was again inactivated in late 1968. The 325th Fighter Wing was activated on 18 October 1956 and was assigned the 325th group as a subordinate unit controlling its operational squadrons.

On 22 October 1962, before President Kennedy told the nation that missiles were in place in Cuba, the wing dispersed a portion of its force, equipped with nuclear tipped missiles to Paine Air Force Base at the start of the Cuban Missile Crisis.[4] These planes returned to McChord after the crisis.

On 15 March 1963 two Soviet bombers overflew Alaska and Alaskan Air Command F-102s were unable to intercept them.[5] The response to this intrusion was to deploy ten F-106s from the wing to Alaska in what was called Operation White Shoes.[6] However, maintaining these aircraft for an extended period of time put a strain on the wing's combat readiness back at McChord, and eventually a detachment of maintenance personnel was established to maintain the planes in Alaska. The wing got relief from this commitment while it was upgrading its F-106s from the 1st Fighter Wing, which relieved it from March to June 1964. Operation White Shoes terminated in 1965 and the unit's planes returned home.[7]

The wing was reactivated at Tyndall Air Force Base in 1981. It provided Air Defense Weapons Center operational and technical advice on air defense and tactics from, 1981–1983. It also provided test and evaluation new air defense equipment, including use of the PQM-102 and QF-100, former operational aircraft modified to function as manned/unmanned drones. In October 1983, the wing assumed a new mission of conducting qualification training of tactical aircrews. Beginning in 1983 it deployed T-33 and later, F-15 aircraft to USAF, Air National Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy air units to provide electronic countermeasures and dissimilar air combat training and to increase aircrew combat proficiency. The wing performed alert duties from, 1988–1990, intercepting unidentified aircraft and assisting the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in anti-smuggling efforts. It became host unit at Tyndall Air Force Base in September 1991.

Modern era[edit]

The 325th has conducted the Air Force's basic course and transition training for the F-22 since 2003.

Lineage[edit]

  • Established as the 325th Fighter Wing, All Weather on 10 May 1948
Activated on 9 June 1948
Redesignated 325th Fighter-All Weather Wing on 20 January 1950
Redesignated 325th Fighter-Interceptor Wing on 1 May 1951
Inactivated on 6 February 1952
  • Redesignated 325th Fighter Wing (Air Defense) on 14 September 1956
Activated on 18 October 1956
Discontinued and inactivated on 1 July 1968
  • Redesignated 325th Fighter Weapons Wing on 17 June 1981
Activated on 1 July 1981
Redesignated 325th Tactical Training Wing on 15 October 1983
Redesignated 325th Fighter Wing on 1 October 1991.

Assignments[edit]

Attached to Western Air Defense Force, 10 November 1949 – 31 July 1950

Components[edit]

Wings

Groups

Squadrons

School

  • USAF Interceptor Weapons: 1 July 1981 – 15 October 1983.

Stations[edit]

Aircraft assigned[edit]

References[edit]

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

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Home of Air Dominance welcomes new commander Tyndall AFB, 18 November 2012
  2. ^ Ravenstein, Charles A. (1984). Air Force Combat Wings, Lineage & Honors Histories 1947-1977. Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. pp. 176–177. ISBN 0-912799-12-9. 
  3. ^ 325th FW reassigned to ACC in ceremony Tyndall AFB, 1 November 2012
  4. ^ McMullen, Richard F. (1964) “The Fighter Interceptor Force 1962-1964” ADC Historical Study No. 27, Air Defense Command, Ent Air Force Base, CO (Confidential, declassified 22 Mar 2000), pp. 10-12
  5. ^ McMullen, p. 27
  6. ^ McMullen, pp. 28-29
  7. ^ McMullen, pp. 32-34

Bibliography[edit]

  • Green, Herschel H. Herky! The Memoirs of a Checkertail Ace. Atglen, Pennsylvania: Schiffer Publishing, 2000. ISBN 0-7643-0073-3
  • McMullen, Richard F. (1964) “The Fighter Interceptor Force 1962-1964” ADC Historical Study No. 27, Air Defense Command, Ent Air Force Base, CO (Confidential, declassified 22 Mar 2000)
  • Ravenstein, Charles A. (1984). Air Force Combat Wings, Lineage & Honors Histories 1947-1977. Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-912799-12-9. 
  • Rogers, Brian. United States Air Force Unit Designations since 1978. Hinkley, England: Midland Publications, 2005. ISBN 1-85780-197-0

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