64th Air Expeditionary Group

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64th Air Expeditionary Group
64AEG 1010.JPG
64th group photo, November 2010
Active 1940-1945, 1947-1948, 1952-1954, 1991-1997. 2001-present as needed
Country  United States
Branch  United States Air Force
Role Force protection and support
Garrison/HQ Eskan Village, Saudi Arabia
Motto Hardest Target in the Kingdom
Engagements European Theater of Operations, Mediterranean Theater of Operations Global War on Terrorism (2005-TBD)
Decorations

Distinguished Unit Citation 7 April – 15 June 1944

1 June 2005 – 31 May 2006
1 June 2006 – 31 May 2007
1 June 2007 – 31 May 2008
1 June 2008 – 31 May 2009
1 June 2009 – 31 May 2010
1 July 1992 – 30 June 1993
1 October 1995 – 30 September 1997
Insignia
64th Air Expeditionary Wing emblem[1] 64th Air Expeditionary Group.png
(approved 16 June 1942)[2] Group emblem not available

The 64th Air Expeditionary Group is a United States Air Force unit subordinate to the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing,[3] stationed at Eskan Village, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.[4][5][6]

The group was first activated prior to World War II as the 64th Transport Group During World War II the group (military aviation unit) engaged in combat operations, primarily with Twelfth Air Force during the war, earning a Distinguished Unit Citation.

It was reported that in May 2014 the 64th Group was inactivated.[7]

Overview[edit]

The group is made up of about 300 security forces, support airmen, and civilians in two squadrons: the 64th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron and the 64th Expeditionary Support Squadron. Their mission is to stand guard, providing integrated defense, emergency response, and combat support for the base, which houses military and host-nation tenant agencies. Most days the Airmen are fighting the Global War on Terrorism in extreme temperatures of more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit.[8]

History[edit]

The 64th Air Expeditionary Group is a provisional unit and uses the emblem of the inactive 64th Flying Training Wing.

World War II[edit]

Constituted as the 64th Transport Group on 20 November 1940. Activated on 4 December 1940. Used C-47’s for training and flying transport missions in the US.

Redesignated 64th Troop Carrier Group in July 1942. Moved to England in August 1942 and received additional training. Became part of Twelfth Air Force. Moved to the Mediterranean theater, November–December 1942. Flew first mission on 11 November, landing paratroops at Maison Blanche Airport. Dropped paratroops to capture airfields during the battle for Tunisia. Released paratroops near Gela and Catania when the Allies invaded Sicily in July 1943. Dropped paratroops near Avellino during the invasion of Italy in September 1943 to destroy a bridge on the enemy’s supply line to Salerno. Participated in the assault on southern France in August 1944 by releasing gliders and paratroops in the battle zone. Supported the partisans in northern Italy early in 1945 by dropping paratroops, supplies, and propaganda leaflets behind enemy lines.

When not engaged in airborne combat operations, the group continually transported men and supplies to the front lines and evacuated wounded personnel.

Most of the group was on detached service in the CBI theater, April–June 1944, while a skeleton force remained in Sicily. With its squadrons operating from separate bases in India, the 64th group aided the Allied offensive in Burma, being awarded a Distinguished Unit Citation for flying unarmed over rugged enemy territory to carry food, clothing, medical supplies, guns, ammunition, and mules to the combat zone and to evacuate wounded personnel.

Moved to Trinidad in June 1945. Assigned to Air Transport Command. Inactivated on 31 July 1945.

Activated in the United States on 19 May 1947. Not manned during 1947–1948. Inactivated on 10 September 1948.

Cold War[edit]

The 64th performed airlift and airdrop/airlanding of troops and cargo, routinely and during frequent maneuvers, 1952–1953. It began phasing down for inactivation in mid-October 1953, at which time tactical operations passed to 63d Troop Carrier Wing. In February 1954, however, the wing began building up again in preparation for an overseas movement, but was inactivated instead.

Flying training[edit]

From the implementation of the Objective Wing organization until 1997, the group served as the flying arm of the 64th Flying Training Wing.

Expeditionary operations[edit]

The 64 AEG/AEW operated out of Camp Snoopy at Doha International Airport, Qatar from 1996 until 2004.[dubious ]

In 2005, the group was activated for defense of personnel and assets in Southwest Asia. It provides force protection and support services for the installation.

Lineage[edit]

Group

  • Constituted as the 64th Transport Group on 20 November 1940
Activated on 4 December 1940
  • Redesignated: 64th Troop Carrier Group on 1 July 1942
Inactivated 31 July 1945
  • Activated on 19 May 1947
Inactivated on 10 September 1948
  • Redesignated: 64th Troop Carrier Group, Medium on 3 July 1952
Activated on 14 July 1952
Inactivated on 21 July 1954
  • Redesignated 64th Military Airlift Group on 31 July 1985
  • Redesignated: 64th Operations Group on 1 May 1991
Activated on 15 May 1991
Inactivated on 30 September 1997
  • Redesignated as 64th Air Expeditionary Group, converted to provisional status and assigned to Air Combat Command to activate or inactivate as needed on 4 December 2001 [2]
Activated on 1 December 2001
Inactivated unknown

Assignments[edit]

Stations[edit]

Components[edit]

Squadrons

  • 16th Transport Squadron (later 16th Troop Carrier Squadron): 4 December 1940– 31 July 1945, 19 May 1947 – 10 September 1948
  • 17th Transport Squadron (later 17th Troop Carrier Squadron): 4 December 1940– 31 July 1945, 19 May 1947 – 10 September 1948, 14 July 1952 – 21 July 1954
  • 33d Flying Training Squadron: 15 December 1991 - 1 October 1992
  • 35th Transport Squadron (later 35th Troop Carrier Squadron, 35th Flying Training Squadron): 4 December 1940– 31 July 1945, 19 May 1947 – 10 September 1948, 15 December 1991 - 31 July 1996
  • 52d Flying Training Squadron: 15 December 1991 - 1 April 1997
  • 54th Transport Squadron (later 54th Flying Training) Squadron]]: 1 June - 11 June 1942; 15 December 1991 - 1 April 1997
  • 64th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron 23 September 2005 – present
  • 64th Expeditionary Support Squadron 23 September 2005 – present
  • T-1A Flying Training Squadron, Provisional, attached 15 December 1991 - 1 October 1992[2]

Aircraft[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Approved for the 64th Flying Training Wing
  2. ^ a b c d e Robertson, Patsy (October 23, 2008). "Factsheet 64 Air Expeditionary Group (ACC)". Air Force Historical Research Agency. Retrieved November 16, 2015. 
  3. ^ "379th Air Expeditionary Wing Units". Retrieved Jan 10, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Eskan Village Air Base". Retrieved Jan 8, 2013. 
  5. ^ "64th AEG welcomes new commander". Retrieved Jan 8, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Desert Eagle, The Newsletter of Eskan Village, Joint Command, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia" (PDF). Retrieved Jan 8, 2013. 
  7. ^ http://www.afcent.af.mil/Units/379thAirExpeditionaryWing/News/Display/tabid/298/Article/501563/64th-air-expeditionary-group-deactivated.aspx
  8. ^ U.S. Air Force News Service

Bibliography[edit]

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

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