964th Airborne Air Control Squadron

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964th Airborne Air Control Squadron
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964th Airborne Air Control Squadron Patch
Active 15 July 1942 - 10 April 1944
3 September 1944 - 3 November 1945
8 March 1955 - 30 June 1974
1 July 1997 - present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Airborne Command and Control
Part of Air Combat Command
12th Air Force
552d Air Control Wing
552d Operations Group
Garrison/HQ Tinker Air Force Base
Decorations Outstanding Unit ribbon.svg AFOUA w/ V Device
Vietnam gallantry cross unit award-3d.svg RVGC w/ Palm

The 964th Airborne Air Control Squadron (964 AACS) is part of the 552d Air Control Wing at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. It operates the E-3 Sentry (AWACS) aircraft conducting airborne command and control missions.


Provide the Combat Air Force with airborne systems and personnel for surveillance, warning and control of strategic, tactical, and special mission forces.[1]


The squadron was an operational training unit for 25th Antisubmarine Wing from, November 1942–October 1943. It went on to train B-17 Flying Fortress replacement crews from, November 1943–April 1944 and conducted visual reconnaissance, medical evacuation, and light transport services for ground forces in Burma from, 19 December 1944–3 May 1945. The 964th flew long range surveillance missions in the late 1950s. It rotated aircrews to Southeast Asia from, c. 4 April 1965–17 May 1974. The 964th also flew combat support missions in Southwest Asia from, 17 January–6 March 1991.[2]


Emblem of the 18th Antisubmarine Squadron/4th Search Attack Squadron (1942-43)
  • Constituted 362d Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 28 January 1942
Activated on 15 July 1942
Redesignated: 18th Antisubmarine Squadron (Heavy) on 29 November 1942
Redesignated: 4th Sea Search Attack Squadron (Heavy) on 23 October 1943
Redesignated: 4th Search Attack Squadron (Heavy) on 22 November 1943
Disbanded on 10 April 1944
  • Reconstituted on 19 September 1985
  • Consolidated (19 September 1985) with the 164th Liaison Squadron (Commando)
Constituted on 9 August 1944
Activated on 3 September 1944
Inactivated on 3 November 1945
  • Consolidated (19 September 1985) with the 964th Airborne Warning and Control Squadron
Constituted 964th Airborne Early Warning and Control Squadron on 8 December 1954
Activated on 8 March 1955
Inactivated on 30 June 1974
Redesignated 964th Airborne Warning and Control Squadron on 7 February 1977
Activated on 1 July 1977
Redesignated 964th Airborne Air Control Squadron on 1 July 1994.


Attached to 1st Sea-Search Attack Unit, 30 September-22 October 1943


Aircraft Operated[2][edit]



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

  • Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.



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