13th Reconnaissance Squadron
|13th Reconnaissance Squadron
13th Reconnaissance Squadron RQ-9 Reaper
|Active||1942–1945; 1947–1949; 1952–1953; 1987–2000; 2005–present|
|Branch||United States Air Force|
|Type||Reconnaissance and Surveillance|
|Part of||Air Force Reserve Command|
|Garrison/HQ||Beale Air Force Base|
|Engagements||European Theater of Operations|
|Decorations||Distinguished Unit Citation
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
French Croix de Guerre with Palm
|13th Reconnaissance Squadron emblem (rendition approved 21 December 2011)|
|13th Airlift Squadron emblem (approved 5 June 1995)|
|Patch with 13th Military Airlift Squadron emblem (approved 13 October 1988)|
|Patch with 13th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron emblem (approved 6 March 1944)|
World War II
The 13th flew combat in the European Theater of Operations from 28 March 1943 – 26 April 1945.
In 1952, it converted to a troop carrier mission and provided intra-theater airlift for high-ranking USAFE military and civilian officials and small mission-essential equipment from, 1987–1993. In 1987, it was renamed the 13th Military Airlift Squadron.
The squadron moved without personnel and equipment to McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey, on 1 October 1993 and absorbed personnel and equipment of the 30th Airlift Squadron and was renamed the 13th Airlift Squadron. Equipped with C-141, the squadron took on a new worldwide airlift mission until its inactivation in 2000.
Since 2005 the 13th has operated and maintained deployable, long-endurance RQ-4 Global Hawk aircraft and ground control elements to fulfill training and operational requirements generated by the Joint Chiefs of Staff in support of unified commanders and the Secretary of Defense. It currently trains all RQ-4B pilots and sensor operators.
- Constituted as the 13th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron on 9 June 1943
- Activated on 20 June 1942
- Redesignated 13th Photographic Squadron (Light) on 6 February 1943
- Redesignated 13th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron on 13 November 1943
- Inactivated on 1 December 1945
- Redesignated 13th Reconnaissance Squadron, Photographic on 11 March 1947
- Activated in the reserve on 6 July 1947
- Inactivated on 27 June 1949
- Redesignated 13th Troop Carrier Squadron, Medium on 26 May 1952
- Activated in the reserve on 14 June 1952
- Inactivated on 1 April 1953
- Redesignated 13th Military Airlift Squadron on 14 July 1987
- Activated on 1 October 1987
- Redesignated 13 Airlift Squadron on 1 April 1992
- Inactivated on 31 March 2000
- Redesignated 13th Reconnaissance Squadron on 10 February 2005
- Activated in the reserve on 12 March 2005
- 3d Photographic Group (later 3d Photographic Reconnaissance and Mapping Group), 20 June 1942 (attached to 1st Bombardment Wing from 2 December 1942, 8th Air Force from 16 February 1943)
- 7th Photographic Reconnaissance and Mapping Group, 7 July 1943
- Unknown 21 November 1945 – 1 December 1945[note 1]
- 65th Reconnaissance Group, 6 July 1947 – 27 June 1949
- 65th Troop Carrier Group, 14 June 1952 – 1 April 1953
- 374th Tactical Airlift Wing, 1 October 1987
- 316th Airlift Support Group, 1 April 1992
- 18th Operations Group, 1 June 1992
- 438th Operations Group, 1 October 1993
- 305th Operations Group, 1 October 1994 – 31 March 2000
- 610th Regional Support Group, 12 March 2005
- 940th Operations Group, 1 July 2009
- 726th Operations Group, 10 Feb 2016 – present
- Probably New York Port of Embarkation on arrival at Camp Kilmer.
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