1st Airborne Command and Control Squadron

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1st Airborne Command and Control Squadron
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1st Airborne Command and Control Squadron E-4 in flight
Active 25 September 1917 - 15 July 1922
17 May 1929 - 6 February 1942
15 April 1942 - 1 April 1944
1 July 1969 - Present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Airborne Command and Control
Part of Air Force Global Strike Command
8th Air Force
595th Command and Control Group
Garrison/HQ Offutt Air Force Base
Decorations Outstanding Unit ribbon.svg AFOUA
1st Airborne Command and Control Squadron emblem 1st Command & Control Squadron.svg

The 1st Airborne Command and Control Squadron (1 ACCS) is part of the 595th Command and Control Group at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. It operates the E-4 aircraft conducting airborne command and control missions.

The squadron is one of the oldest in the United States Air Force, its origins dating to 25 September 1917, being organized at Fort Omaha, Nebraska. It served overseas in France as part of the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I. The squadron saw combat during World War II, and became part of the Strategic Air Command (SAC) during the Cold War.


The squadron was first established as an observation unit on front lines with French Eighth Army and American I Corps from, 19 April–17 October 1918 and served with III Corps as part of occupation forces from, November 1918–April 1919.[1]

It ferried aircraft from factories in the Western Procurement District to overseas departure points from, April 1942–March 1944. Since 1969 it has provided aircraft for National Emergency Airborne Command Post in support of Presidential requirements.[1] On October 6, 2016, the unit was reorganized under the newly activated 595th Command and Control Group under the control of Air Force Global Strike Command.


  • Organized as Company A, 2 Balloon Squadron on 25 Sep 1917
Re-designated as 1 Balloon Company on 19 Jun 1918
Inactivated on 25 Jul 1922
  • Re-designated 1 Airship Company on 24 Mar 1923
Consolidated (31 Jul 1929) with 1 Balloon Company
Constituted on 18 Oct 1927
Activated, on 17 May 1929
Re-designated 1 Balloon Squadron on 1 Oct 1933
Disbanded on 6 Feb 1942[2]
  • Reconstituted and consolidated (19 Sep 1985) with: 1 Ferrying Squadron
Constituted as 1 Air Corps Ferrying Squadron on 18 Feb 1942
Activated on 15 Apr 1942
Re-designated 1 Ferrying Squadron on 12 May 1943
Disbanded on 1 Apr 1944
  • Consolidated (19 Sep 1985) with the 1 Airborne Command Control Squadron
Constituted on 9 May 1969
Activated on 1 Jul 1969[2]
Reorganized under AFGSC on 6 October 2016



Aircraft and Balloons[edit]


 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

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