330th Combat Training Squadron

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330th Combat Training Squadron
Students train to become Battle Management Operations Specialist at the TOC-F at Robins AFB
Active1942–1963; 1988–1994; 2002–present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
RoleTraining for Battle Management Command and Control (BMC2)
Part ofAir Combat Command
Garrison/HQRobins Air Force Base
Motto(s)CTS Trains the Best!
EngagementsEuropean Theater of Operations
Mediterranean Theater of Operations[1]
DecorationsDistinguished Unit Citation
1943 and 1943
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
1959, 1963, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1993, 2006, 2007, 2014, 2018, 2020, and 2021
Meritorious Service Award
2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2019
Air and Space Outstanding Unit Award
330th Combat Training Squadron emblem (approved 12 May 1989)[1]
330th Bombardment Squadron emblem (SAC era)
330th Bombardment Squadron emblem (World War II)[2]

The 330th Combat Training Squadron is a United States Air Force unit assigned to the 461st Air Control Wing based at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia.

Commanders of the 330th Combat Training Squadron[edit]

The commander of the 330th Combat Training Squadron is an Air Force position generally held by a lieutenant colonel. The 330 CTS is responsible for organizing, equipping, and ensuring the combat capability of all student Airman for the Tactical Operations Center-Fixed (TOC-F), in a competitive and challenging training environment.

Commander From Through
1 Col Kenneth A. Cool March, 1942 June, 1943
2 Maj Ramsey D. Potts June, 1943 August, 1943
3 Capt John R. Roache August, 1943 Unknown
4 Maj Clarence R. Porter Unknown 16 March 1944
5 Lt Col James C. Beam 16 March 1944 1 May 1944
6 Maj Harley D. Sather 1 May 1944 26 May 1944
7 Maj J.J. Smith 26 May 1944 31 May 1944
8 Maj George O. McCafferty 31 May 1944 1 June 1944
9 Maj Henry K. Segars Jr. 1 June 1944 18 September 1944
10 Maj Arthur Williamson 18 September 1944 6 October 1944
11 Lt Col Arther P. Hurr 6 October 1944 24 March 1945
12 Maj Robert J.D. Johnson 24 March 1945 August, 1945
13 Capt Albert J. Loeffler August, 1945 September, 1945
14 Maj William H. Moore September, 1945 Unknown
15 Lt Col Robert H. Stuart June, 1948 Unknown
16 Col William W. Wisman Unknown 22 October 1951
17 Lt Col Robert K. Simeral 22 October 1951 January, 1954
18 Lt Col Joseph J. Semanek January, 1954 8 October 1954
19 Lt Col Bryan M. Shotts 8 October 1954 2 April 1958
20 Lt Col Jack O'Reagan 2 April 1958 May, 1959
21 Lt Col Robert J. Jones May, 1959 July, 1960
22 Lt Col Fancis J. O'Sullivan July, 1960 September, 1961
23 Lt Col Frank A. Sheehan September, 1961 June, 1963
24 Lt Col Rowan M. Perkins June, 1963 July, 1963
25 Lt Col Rex E. Zepp July, 1963 September, 1963
26 Lt Col Billy F. Richey 24 August 1988 16 March 1990
27 Lt Col Jeffery J. Parker 16 March 1990 1 November 1990
28 Lt Col Danny M. Rouse 1 November 1990 28 February 1992
29 Lt Col William F. Kuerz II 28 February 1992 Unknown
30 Lt Col Steve Barrett 1 March 2002 5 March 2004
31 Lt Col John Hansen 5 March 2004 19 December 2005
32 Lt Col Patrick W. Taylor 19 December 2005 19 December 2007
33 Lt Col Derrick Dykes 19 December 2007 9 August 2009
34 Lt Col Mark Burnette 9 August 2009 22 April 2011
35 Lt Col Michael A. Reschke 22 April 2011 5 April 2013
36 Lt Col William B. Jackson 5 April 2013 6 April 2015
37 Lt Col Brandon C. Durant 6 April 2015 21 April 2017
38 Lt Col Kendra Li 21 April 2017 12 April 2019
39 Lt Col Sean P. Cullen 12 April 2019 23 April 2021
40 Lt Col Michael J. Gutierrez 23 April 2021 20 April 2023
41 Lt Col Kyle E. Stramblad 20 April 2023 Present


World War II[edit]

Established in early 1942 initially as a Consolidated B-24 Liberator reconnaissance squadron, flying antisubmarine patrols. Later trained under Third Air Force in Florida. Completed training in late 1942; deploying to European Theater of Operations as one of the initial heavy bomber squadrons assigned to VIII Bomber Command in England, September 1942.

Engaged in long-range strategic bombardment operations over Occupied Europe. Deployed to IX Bomber Command in Egypt in December 1942; operating from airfields in Libya and Tunisia. Raided enemy military and industrial targets in Italy and in the southern Balkans, including the Nazi-controlled oilfields at Ploiești, Romania, receiving a Distinguished Unit Citation for its gallantry in that raid. Also flew tactical bombing raids against Afrika Korps defensive positions in Tunisia; supporting British Eighth Army forces in their advance to Tunis, in September and October 1943.

Returned to England with disestablishment of IX Bomber Command in North Africa. From England, resumed long-range strategic bombardment raids on Occupied Europe and Nazi Germany, attacking enemy military and industrial targets as part of the United States' air offensive. The squadron was one of the most highly decorated units in the Eighth Air Force, continuing offensive attacks until the German capitulation in May 1945.

Returned to the United States in June 1945; being re-manned and re-equipped with Boeing B-29 Superfortress heavy bombers. Trained for deployment to the Central Pacific Area to carry out very long range strategic bombing raids over Japan. Japanese capitulation in August canceled plans for deployment, instead became Continental Air Command (later Strategic Air Command) B-29 squadron.

Cold War[edit]

During the Cold War, the squadron was equipped with new weapons systems as they became available, performing strategic bombardment training with the B-50 Superfortress, an advanced version of the B-29 in 1950. The B-50 gave the unit the capability to carry heavy loads of conventional weapons faster and farther as well as being designed for atomic bomb missions if necessary. By 1951, the emergence of the Soviet MiG-15 interceptor in the skies of North Korea signaled the end of the propeller-driven B-50 as a first-line strategic bomber. Received Boeing B-47 Stratojet jet bombers in 1954, and in 1955 began receiving early model of the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress. Inactivated in 1963 due to retirement of the B-52B and also budget restrictions.

Post Cold War[edit]

Reactivated in 1988 as the 330th Combat Flight Instructor Squadron. The squadron received aircraft from the inactivating 320th Bombardment Wing at Mather Air Force Base. In 1992 after the deactivation of SAC, the 330 FTS aligned under the 398th Operations Group at Castle Air Force Base, California and continued training KC-135 and B-52 crew members to become flight instructors. The squadron inactivated in 1994 after the end of the Cold War and the reduction of the B-52 fleet. Reactivated in 2002 at Robins Air Force Base as an advanced training unit for the E-8 Joint STARS aircraft. Transferred to the Georgia Air National Guard when the Guard became the primary operator of the JSTARS. Returned to the regular Air Force in 2011 as the 461st Air Control Wing assumed the JSTARS mission which ran successfully until February 2023. In April 2023, the 330th Combat Training Squadron began its present mission, training disciplined combat ready warriors to execute the Battle Management Control Squadron taskings.


  • Constituted as the 330th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 28 January 1942
Activated on 1 March 1942
Redesignated 330th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy on 20 August 1943
Redesignated 330th Bombardment Squadron, Very Heavy on 23 May 1945
Redesignated 330th Bombardment Squadron, Medium on 28 May 1948
Redesignated 330th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy on 1 February 1955
Inactivated on 15 September 1963
Redesignated as 330th Combat Flight Instructor Squadron on 5 August 1988
Activated on 24 August 1988.
Redesignated as 330th Flying Training Squadron on 1 June 1992
Inactivated on 20 January 1994
Redesignated as 330th Combat Training Squadron on 28 June 2002
Activated on 13 August 2002
Allotted to the National Guard Bureau on 1 October 2002
Relieved from allotment to the National Guard Bureau on 1 October 2011[1]



Aircraft/Weapons Systems[edit]

  • Consolidated B-24 Liberator, 1942–1945
  • Boeing B-29 Superfortress, 1945–1949
  • Boeing B-50 Superfortress, 1949–1954
  • Boeing B-47 Stratojet, 1954–1955
  • Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, 1955–1963, 1988–1992
  • Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker, 1988-1993
  • Boeing E-8 Joint STARS, 2002–2023
  • Tactical Operations Center-Fixed 2023–Present

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Robertson, Patsy (19 March 2017). "Factsheet 330 Combat Training Squadron (ACC)". Air Force Historical Research Agency. Retrieved 28 July 2017.
  2. ^ Watkins, p. 48
  3. ^ a b Station number in Anderson.


Public Domain This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

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