64th Air Expeditionary Group

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64th Air Expeditionary Group
64th Air Expeditionary Group.png
64th Air Expeditionary Group emblem
Active 3 July 1952 – 30 September 1997
23 September 2005 – present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Role Force Protection and Support
Garrison/HQ Eskan Village, Saudi Arabia
Motto Hardest Target in the Kingdom
Engagements
World War II Victory Medal ribbon.svg European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign ribbon.svg
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign ribbon.svg Vietnam Service Ribbon.svg Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary ribbon.svg
  • World War II
European-Mediterranean Campaign (1942–1945)
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign (1944)
  • Vietnam Service (1966–1967)
  • Global War on Terrorism (2005-TBD)
Campaigns (TBD)
Decorations
Presidential Unit Citation ribbon.svg Air Force Meritorious Unit ribbon.svg Outstanding Unit ribbon.svg
  • Distinguished Unit Citation
CBI Theater, 7 April – 15 June 1944
  • Meritorious Unit Award
1 June 2005 – 31 May 2006
1 June 2006 – 31 May 2007
1 June 2007 – 31 May 2008
1 June 2008 – 31 May 2009
1 June 2009 – 31 May 2010
  • Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with "V" Device
1 July 1966 – 30 June 1967
  • Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards
1 June 1969 – 31 May 1971
30 April 1981 – 29 April 1983
1 April 1984 – 31 March 1986
1 April 1988 – 31 March 1990
1 July 1992 – 30 June 1993
1 October 1995 – 30 September 1997
64 AEG group photo, Nov 2010

The 64th Air Expeditionary Group (64 AEG) is a United States Air Force unit subordinate to the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing,[1] and located at Eskan Village, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.[2][3][4]

Established prior to World War II, its predecessor unit, the 64th Transport (later Troop Carrier) Group engaged in combat operations, first with the Eighth Air Force and primarily with Twelfth Air Force during the war.

Overview[edit]

The group is made up of about 300 security forces, support Airmen, and civilians in two squadrons: the 64th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron (64 ESFS) and the 64th Expeditionary Support Squadron (64 ESS). Their mission is to stand guard all day, every day, providing integrated defense, emergency response, and combat support for the base, which houses military and host-nation tenant agencies. Most days the Airmen are fighting the Global War on Terrorism in extreme temperatures of more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit.[5]

History[edit]

The 64 AEG is a provisional unit and is authorized to use the emblem of the inactive 64th Flying Training Wing with expeditionary added to the scroll. However the unit's lineage is derived from the 64th Operations Group.

World War II[edit]

Constituted as 64th Transport Group on 20 November 1940. Activated on 4 December 1940. Used C-47’s for training and flying transport missions in the US.

Redesignated 64th Troop Carrier Group in July 1942. Moved to England in August 1942 and received additional training. Assigned to Twelfth Air Force. Moved to the Mediterranean theater, November–December 1942. Flew first mission on 11 November, landing paratroops at Maison Blanche. Dropped paratroops to capture airfields during the battle for Tunisia. Released paratroops near Gela and Catania when the Allies invaded Sicily in July 1943. Dropped paratroops near Avellino during the invasion of Italy in September 1943 to destroy a bridge on the enemy’s supply line to Salerno. Participated in the assault on southern France in August 1944 by releasing gliders and paratroops in the battle zone. Supported the partisans in northern Italy early in 1945 by dropping paratroops, supplies, and propaganda leaflets behind enemy lines.

When not engaged in airborne combat operations, the group continually transported men and supplies to the front lines and evacuated wounded personnel.

Most of the group was on detached service in the CBI theater, April–June 1944, while a skeleton force remained in Sicily. With its squadrons operating from separate bases in India, the 64th group aided the Allied offensive in Burma, being awarded a Distinguished Unit Citation for flying unarmed over rugged enemy territory to carry food, clothing, medical supplies, guns, ammunition, and mules to the combat zone and to evacuate wounded personnel.

Moved to Trinidad in June 1945. Assigned to Air Transport Command. Inactivated on 31 July 1945

Activated in the US on 19 May 1947. Not manned during 1947–1948. Inactivated on 10 September 1948.

Cold War[edit]

The 64th performed airlift and airdrop/airlanding of troops and cargo, routinely and during frequent maneuvers, 1952–1953. It began phasing down for inactivation in mid-October 1953, at which time tactical operations passed to 63d Troop Carrier Wing. In February 1954, however, the wing began building up again in preparation for an overseas movement, but was inactivated instead.

The 64th was activated at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas in February 1961 with a troop carrier/airlift mission, plus resupply of Distant Early Warning Line sites on the Greenland ice cap. The wing was again inactivated on 1 January 1963.

It was reactivated and replaced Troop Carrier Wing Provisional, 4413th, in July 1966 at Sewart Air Force Base, Tennessee. The wing provided global airlift and aeromedical evacuations, July 1966 – May 1971. It also provided C–130 combat crew training for other C–130 units from, 1 July 1966 – 6 March 1970, with this being the wing’s primary activity from 9 August 1968 to 6 March 1970. It was replaced at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, in May 1971 by 314th Tactical Airlift Wing.

The 64th was renamed the 64th Flying Training Wing and replaced the 3500th Pilot Training Wing in October 1972, assuming the mission of undergraduate pilot training and operation and maintenance of Reese Air Force Base, Texas. It also supported Strategic Air Command's (SAC) Accelerated Co-Pilot Enrichment Program through operating locations at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota; Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota; and Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota from 1976 until 1991.

Modern era[edit]

The 64th began specialized undergraduate pilot training in July 1992, using T–1A Jayhawk to prepare students for airlift tanker/transport training and T-38 Talon aircraft for students in fighter/bomber track. Air Education and Training Command (AETC) inactivated the 64th Flying Training Wing on 30 September 1997 with the closure of Reese Air Force Base pursuant to BRAC action.

The 64 AEG/AEW operated out of Camp Snoopy at Doha International Airport, Qatar from 1996 until 2004 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doha_International_Air_Base).

In 2005, the group was activated for defense of personnel and assets in Southwest Asia. It provides force protection and support services for the installation.

Lineage[edit]

Group

  • Constituted as 64th Transport Group on 20 November 1940
Activated on 4 December 1940
Inactivated 31 July 1945
  • Activated on 19 May 1947.
Not manned during 1947–1948
Inactivated on 10 September 1948
  • Redesignated: 64th Troop Carrier Group and activated 14 July 1952
Inactivated on 21 July 1954
  • Redesignated: 64th Operations Group and activated 15 May 1991
Inactivated on 30 September 1997
  • Redesignated as 64th Air Expeditionary Group and converted to provisional status, 1 September 2005

Wing

  • Established as 64th Troop Carrier Wing, Medium, on 3 July 1952
Activated on 24 October 1960
Organized on 8 February 1961
Discontinued, and inactivated, on 1 January 1963
  • Redesignated 64th Troop Carrier Wing, and activated, on 7 March 1966
Organized on 1 July 1966
Redesignated 64th Tactical Airlift Wing on 1 May 1967
Inactivated on 31 May 1971
  • Redesignated 64th Flying Training Wing on 14 April 1972
Activated on 1 October 1972
Inactivated on 30 September 1997

Assignments[edit]

Stations[edit]

Components[edit]

Groups

  • 64th Troop Carrier (later, 64th Operations) Group: 14 July 1952 – 21 July 1954 ; 15 May 1991 – 30 September 1997
Detached 15 October 1953 – 15 February 1954

Squadrons

Detached 5 May – 14 August 1967; 28 March – 29 June 1968; 28 May – 7 July 1970, 12 October – 19 December 1970
Detached 13 December 1967 – c. 28 March 1968; 1 July – 2 October 1968; 5 November 1969 – 17 January 1970; 2 July – 31 August 1970; 2 April – 31 May 1971
  • 64th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron 23 September 2005 – present
  • 64th Expeditionary Support Squadron 23 September 2005 – present

Aircraft[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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

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