354th Fighter Squadron

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354th Fighter Squadron
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354th Fighter Squadron Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II 78-0670.jpg
An A-10 Thunderbolt from the 354th Fighter Squadron[1]
Active 1942–1946; 1952–1958; 1962–1982; 1991–Present
Country  United States
Branch  United States Air Force
Type Fighter training
Part of 355th Operations Group
Garrison/HQ Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona
Nickname Bulldogs
Engagements European Theater of Operations
Vietnam War
Decorations Distinguished Unit Citation
Presidential Unit Citation
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Combat "V" Device
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm
Insignia
354th Fighter Squadron emblem (Approved 16 August 1994)[2] 354th Fighter Squadron.jpg
Original 354th Fighter Squadron emblem (Approved 19 November 1943)[3] 354th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron - Emblem.png

The 354th Fighter Squadron (354 FS) is part of the 355th Fighter Wing at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona. It operates A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft conducting close air support missions.

The squadron conducts Close Air Support, Air Interdiction, Forward Air Control – Airborne, and Combat Search and Rescue for theater commanders worldwide.[4]

History[edit]

The 354th flew combat missions in the European Theater of Operations from, 14 September 1943–25 April 1945and in Southeast Asia from, 13 March–12 June 1965, 28 November 1965–7 October 1970, and c. 14 January–3 July 1973.[2]

It conducted combat crew training from, 1971–1982 and forward air control training since 1991.[2] In February 2015, the squadron was deployed to Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. Twelve A-10s and approximately 300 airmen were deployed. The unit will train alongside NATO allies and deploy to locations in Eastern European NATO nations to further enhance interoperability.[5] The A-10s were the first of several theater security package deployments to Europe, U.S. Air Force officials said, adding that rotations generally will last six months, depending on mission and United States European Command requirements.[6]

Lineage[edit]

  • Constituted as the 354th Fighter Squadron and activated, on 12 November 1942
Redesignated 354th Fighter Squadron, Single Engine on 21 August 1944
Inactivated on 20 November 1946
  • Redesignated 354th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron on 11 September 1952
Activated on 1 November 1952
Inactivated on 8 January 1958
  • Redesignated 354th Tactical Fighter Squadron and activated on 13 April 1962 (not organized)
Organized on 25 April 1962
Redesignated 354th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron on 1 April 1979
Inactivated on 30 April 1982
  • Redesignated 354th Fighter Squadron and activated on 1 November 1991.[2]

Assignments[edit]

Stations[edit]

Aircraft[edit]

Awards and campaigns[edit]

Award streamer Award Dates Notes
Streamer PUC Army.PNG Distinguished Unit Citation 5 April 1944 354th Fighter Squadron, Germany[3]
Streamer PUC Army.PNG Presidential Unit Citation 5 May 1965-17 June 1965 354th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Southeast Asia[2]
Streamer PUC Army.PNG Presidential Unit Citation 1 January 1966-10 October 1966 354th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Southeast Asia[2]
Streamer PUC Army.PNG Presidential Unit Citation 11-12 August 1967 and 24-28 October 1967 354th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Southeast Asia[2]
Streamer PUC Army.PNG Presidential Unit Citation 10 October 1972-30 April 1973 354th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Southeast Asia[2]
AFOUA with Valor.jpg Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Combat "V" Device 12 October 1966-11 April 1967 354th Tactical Fighter Squadron[2]
AFOUA with Valor.jpg Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Combat "V" Device 12 April 1967-11 April 1968 354th Tactical Fighter Squadron[2]
AFOUA with Valor.jpg Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Combat "V" Device 1 July 1969-15 October 1970 354th Tactical Fighter Squadron[2]
AFOUA with Valor.jpg Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Combat "V" Device 1 June 1999-31 August 1999 354th Fighter Squadron[2]
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award Streamer.jpg Air Force Outstanding Unit Award 1 July 1956-30 June 1957 354th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron[2]
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award Streamer.jpg Air Force Outstanding Unit Award 1 Jul 1971-11 Jan 1973 354th Tactical Fighter Squadron[2]
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award Streamer.jpg Air Force Outstanding Unit Award 1 October 1976-31 May 1978 354th Tactical Fighter Squadron[2]
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award Streamer.jpg Air Force Outstanding Unit Award [1 November 1991]-30 April 1992 354th Tactical Fighter Squadron[2]
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award Streamer.jpg Air Force Outstanding Unit Award 1 June 1995-31 May 1997 354th Fighter Squadron[2]
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award Streamer.jpg Air Force Outstanding Unit Award 1 June 1998-31 May 2000 354th Fighter Squadron[2]
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award Streamer.jpg Air Force Outstanding Unit Award 1 June 2002-31 May 2004 354th Fighter Squadron[2]
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award Streamer.jpg Air Force Outstanding Unit Award 1 June 2004-31 May 2006 354th Fighter Squadron[2]
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award Streamer.jpg Air Force Outstanding Unit Award 1 June 2007-31 May 2009 354th Fighter Squadron[2]
VGCP Streamer.jpg Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm 1 April 1966-28 Januaary 1973 354th Fighter Squadron[2]
Campaign Streamer Campaign Dates Notes
Streamer EAMEC.PNG Air Offensive, Europe 6 July 1943-5 June 1944 354th Fighter Squadron<[3]
Streamer EAMEC.PNG Normandy 6 June 1944-24 July 1944 354th Fighter Squadron[3]
Streamer EAMEC.PNG Northern France 25 July 1944-14 September 1944 354th Fighter Squadron[3]
Streamer EAMEC.PNG Rhineland 15 September 1944-21 March 1945 354th Fighter Squadron[3]
Streamer EAMEC.PNG Ardennes-Alsace 16 December 1944-25 January 1945 354th Fighter Squadron[3]
Streamer EAMEC.PNG Central Europe 22 March 1944-21 May 1945 354th Fighter Squadron[3]
Streamer EAMEC.PNG Air Combat, EAME Theater 6 July 1943-11 May 1945 354th Fighter Squadron[3]
Streamer VS.PNG Vietnam Defensive 6 March 1965-30 January 1966 354th Tactical Fighter Squadron[2]
Streamer VS.PNG Vietnam Air 31 January 1966-28 June 1966 354th Tactical Fighter Squadron[2]
Streamer VS.PNG Vietnam Air Offensive 29 June 1966-8 March 1967 354th Tactical Fighter Squadron[2]
Streamer VS.PNG Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase II 9 March 1967-31 March 1968 354th Tactical Fighter Squadron[2]
Streamer VS.PNG Vietnam Air/Ground 22 January 1968-7 July 1968 354th Tactical Fighter Squadron[2]
Streamer VS.PNG Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase III 1 April 1968-31 October 1968 354th Tactical Fighter Squadron[2]
Streamer VS.PNG Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase IV 1 November 1968-22 February 1969 354th Tactical Fighter Squadron[2]
Streamer VS.PNG Tet 1969/Counteroffensive 23 February 1969-8 June 1969 354th Tactical Fighter Squadron[2]
Streamer VS.PNG Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969 9 June 1969-31 October 1969 354th Tactical Fighter Squadron[2]
Streamer VS.PNG Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970 3 November 1969-30 April 1970 354th Tactical Fighter Squadron[2]
Streamer VS.PNG Sanctuary Counteroffensive 1 May 1970-15 April 1970 354th Tactical Fighter Squadron[2]
Streamer VS.PNG Southwest Monsoon [7] 354th Tactical Fighter Squadron[2]
Streamer VS.PNG Vietnam Ceasefire Campaign 14 January 1973-28 January 1973 354th Tactical Fighter Squadron[2]
Streamer SAS.PNG Southwest Asia Cease-Fire 12 April 1991-30 November 1995 354th Fighter Squadron[2]
Streamer NOS E.JPG World War II Army of Occupation (Germany) 9 May 1945-1 August 1946 354th Fighter Squadron

See also[edit]


References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Taken during a strafing run at Barry M. Goldwater Air Force Range near Wellton, AZ, 5 May 2014
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am Robertson, Patsy (December 2, 2011). "Factsheet 354 Fighter Squadron (ACC)". Air Force Historical Research Agency. Retrieved March 24, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Maurer, Combat Squadrons, 439-440
  4. ^ "Factsheet 355th Operations Group". 355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs. May 22, 2012. Retrieved March 22, 2015. 
  5. ^ Kitterman, A1C Luke (February 18, 2015). "Theater security package begins rotation in Europe". 52nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs. Retrieved February 20, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Aircraft Deploy to Europe to Boost Interoperability With Allies". DoD News. February 11, 2015. Retrieved February 20, 2015. 
  7. ^ The squadron received credit for participating in this campaign, which began on 1 July 1970, although it had departed the theater on 15 April 1970.

Bibliography[edit]

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