390th Electronic Combat Squadron
|390th Electronic Combat Squadron|
EA-18G Growler at NAS Whidbey Island
|Active||1943–1946; 1953–1959; 1962–1982; 1982–present|
|Branch||United States Air Force|
|Part of||Air Combat Command |
Twelfth Air Force
366th Fighter Wing
366th Operations Group
|Garrison/HQ||Naval Air Station Whidbey Island|
|Nickname(s)||Wild Boars, Blue Boar (Vietnam)|
|Decorations||Distinguished Unit Citation |
Presidential Unit Citation
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Combat "V" device
Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm
|390th Electronic Combat Squadron emblem (modified 18 November 1993)|
|390th Fighter-Bomber Squadron emblem (approved 6 October 1955)|
The 390th Electronic Combat Squadron is a United States Air Force unit. It is assigned to the 366th Fighter Wing at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho and stationed at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station.
The 390th was constituted on 24 May 1943 as the 390th Fighter Squadron and assigned to the 366 Fighter Group. On 17 December 1943 the unit was moved to Membury England and began combat operations in the European Theater. Since this time the unit has flown over ten different aircraft including the F-51, F-86, F-4, F-111 and the F-15. In the late 90's the USAF retired its aging fleet of EF-111's leaving the Air Force without a dedicated EA platform. While the Air Forces EA platform may have disappeared the need for electronic attack has not. Due to this fact, in 1995, the Office if the Secretary of Defense arranged an agreement with the Navy embedding USAF electronic warfare airmen in Navy EA-6B and now EA-18G squadrons. Currently, The 390th provides logistical expertise and personnel to operate the EA-18G Growler in support of the Joint Airborne Electronic Attack Program.
390 ECS’s mission is to man and deploy the Expeditionary EA-18G Growler squadrons in accordance with the Joint Airborne Electronic Attack program.
World War II
The squadron conducted replacement training from, 1 July 1974 – c. 18 August 1976. It trained EF-111 Raven aircrews in electronic countermeasures from, 15 December 1982 – 4 August 1992. The 390th again saw combat when it jammed radar sites during the invasion of Panama in December 1989, and the Gulf War from, 17 January 1991 – 6 March 1991. The 390 FS also deployed aircraft and aircrews to Turkey and Saudi Arabia from, 10 January–c. 11 September 1992.
It was redesignated the 390th Electronic Combat Squadron again on 27 Sep 2010. The squadron was located at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington and flew EA-6B Prowlers alongside VAQ-129. The last flight of the unit in the Prowler took place on 9 July 2014 as the squadron transitioned to the EA-18G Growler.
- Constituted as the 390th Fighter Squadron (Single Engine) on 24 May 1943
- Activated on 1 June 1943
- Redesignated 390th Fighter Squadron, Single Engine on 20 August 1943
- Inactivated on 20 August 1945
- Redesignated 390th Fighter-Bomber Squadron on 15 November 1952
- Activated 1 January 1953
- Redesignated 390th Tactical Fighter Squadron on 1 July 1958
- Inactivated on 1 April 1959
- Activated on 30 April 1962 (not organized)
- Organized on 8 May 1962
- Inactivated on 1 October 1982
- Redesignated 390th Electronic Combat Squadron on 10 December 1982
- Activated on 15 December 1982
- Redesignated 390th Fighter Squadron on 11 September 1992
- Redesignated 390th Electronic Combat Squadron on 27 September 2010
- P-47 Thunderbolt (1943–1946)
- P-51 Mustang (1953)
- F-86 Sabre (1953–1955)
- F-84 Thunderjet (1954–1958, 1962–1965)
- F-100 Super Sabre (1957–1959)
- F-4 Phantom II (1965–1972)
- F-111F model then F-111A model Aardvark (1972–1982)
- EF-111A Raven (1982–1992)
- F-15C/D (1992–2010)
- EA-6B Prowler (2010-2014)
- EA-18G Growler (2014-)
- Haulman, Daniel L. (April 17, 2017). "Factsheet 390 Electronic Combat Squadron (ACC)". Air Force Historical Research Agency. Retrieved July 20, 2017.
- Lott, A1C Malissa (2014-08-11). "EA-18G officially the combat aircraft flown by 390th ECS". Air Combat Command Public Affairs. Retrieved August 14, 2014.