728th Air Control Squadron

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The 728th Air Control Squadron is an inactive United States Air Force unit. It was last assigned to the 552d Air Control Group, 552d Air Control Wing. It was inactivated on 17 May 2013.[1]

From 1997-2013, the unit was a Control and Reporting Center.


The squadron was activated by the Ninth Air Force commander on 2 September 1950 at Turner Air Force Base, Georgia. The unit, originally designated 728th Tactical Control Squadron was stationed at Pope Air Force Base, North Carolina on 2 November 1950 followed by a move to Donaldson Air Force Base, South Carolina on 16 January 1954. On 12 June 1956, the squadron was stationed at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina. In the early 1960s, as Army airborne units were training for deployment to Vietnam, Detachment 1 of the 728th TCS operated out of a field deployment on Fort Bragg and set up mobile communications systems for Army field exercises. This detachment moved from Fort Bragg to McCoy Air Force Base, Florida in 1965 and was involved in providing radio relay communications for the Inter-American Peace Force at San Isidro AB in the Dominican Republic. The detachment relocated to Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, South Carolina in 1967 as a detachment out of Shaw AFB. The 728th, in those days, was an element of the Air Force Tactical Air Command and supported the Composite Air Strike Force (CASF). The Detachment at Myrtle Beach AFB stood down in 1969 and personnel were sent to Tactical Control Squadrons at Cannon AFB, Eglin AFB, Bergstrom AFB and other bases. The 728th moved to Eglin Air Force Base Auxiliary Field #3 (Duke Field) on 15 August 1977 as a tenant unit. The squadron was finally relocated to Eglin Air Force Base proper on 5 June 1994 under the 33d Fighter Wing.

Awards and activities[edit]

Since the squadron's creation, the 728th has received six Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards; with one Valor device for Desert Storm and has participated in several major command, U.S. Readiness Command and Joint Chiefs of Staff directed exercises and deployments throughout the world. During Operations Desert Shield/Storm, the 728th fulfilled a vital role in the coalition effort while they were deployed to King Kalid Military City (KKMC), Saudi Arabia. The 728th also participated in Operation Deny Flight, the suppression of flight activities over Bosnia, while deployed to Mt Jacotenente, Italy. Additionally, the 728th is known for its significant contribution to the fight against illegal narcotics in Central and South America and for supporting an ongoing rotation to Kuwait as part of Operation Desert Calm. They also have been deployed six times to Iraq to support Operation Iraqi Freedom.

With the impending transition of the 33d Fighter Wing from an Air Combat Command unit operating the F-15 Eagle to an Air Education and Training Command unit operating the F-35 Lightning II, as well as a push to consolidate all stateside Control and Reporting Counters under one Wing, on 1 May 2008 the 728th Air Control Squadron was moved underneath the newly activated 552d Air Control Group at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma along with the 607th Air Control Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, the 726th Air Control Squadron at Mountain Home Air Force Base, and the 729th Air Control Squadron at Hill Air Force Base. The 552d Air Control Group's parent wing is the 552d Air Control Wing also at Tinker Air Force Base which also operates the majority of the USAF's fleet of E-3B/C Sentry AWACS aircraft. The resulting Wing consolidated all ACC tactical command and control and air Battle Management capabilities under one parent organization allowing for continuity amongst CRCs.

Currently, the 728th Air Control Squadron is part of the Twelfth Air Force, 552d Air Control Wing at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, and is always poised and ready to provide a Control and Reporting Center in support of tactical air operations throughout the world.

Past Commanders[edit]

Capt. David F. Pyle 2 Sep 1950
Maj. Carl H. Leo 18 Dec 1950
Maj. Joseph R McNamara ca. 1952
Maj. Frank S Puente Jul 1953
Maj. J. M. Patrick 1 Jul 1954
Maj. George C. Marvin 25 Jul 1955
Maj. Blythe E. Stevens 15 Aug 1955
Capt J. N. Landon ca. 1955
Maj. Edmond Jacobs 7 Nov 1955
Lt Col. Homer L. Marcy 25 May 1956
Maj. Harry Leas 8 Feb 1957
Lt Col. Harry E Novinger ca. 1957
Lt Col. Marshall F. Crispen 16 Dec 1959
Maj. Glen W. Richardson 24 Jun 1960
Maj. Frank Hathaway ca. 1961
Lt Col. William F. Gilland Unknown
Lt Col. Douglas P. Shinn Unknown
Maj. Frank R. Highsmith July 1963
Lt Col. Wilson M. Depriest Aug 1964
Col Walter J. Russell Jr., ca. 1967
Lt Col Don F. Fair, ca. 1968
Lt Col William N. Hopkins 15 Apr 1969
Lt Col Jimmy Hicks 9 Feb 1971
Lt Col Loren F. Driver 2 Jul 1971
Maj. Francis X. Arceneaux ca. 1973
Lt Col Jack L. Breid ca. 1974
Lt Col Arthur J. Gillett ca. 4th Qtr 1975
Lt Col James L. Johnson 25 Jul 1977
Maj. James Koza 16 Jul 1979
Lt Col Gerald E. Haba 29 Jul 1981
Lt Col Bobby R. Wright ca. Dec 1982
Lt Col Bobby W. Smart ca. Dec 1983
Lt Col Terry M. McKenzie 1 Jun 1984
Lt Col Terry F. Green 13 Jun 1986
Lt Col Lloyd W. McGrady 7 Nov 1989
Lt Col William L. Alford ca. Nov 1990
Lt Col Steven S. Savage 2 Nov 1992
Lt Col Mark E. Bontrager 9 Jan 1995
Lt Col Dale R. Wildey 2 Jun 1997
Lt Col Jon C. Wilson 7 May 1999
Lt Col Randal S. Nelson 12 Jun 2001
Lt Col Scot D. Shively 27 Aug 2003
Lt Col Frederick S. DeFranza 1 Sep 2005
Lt Col Douglas I. Hagen 20 Jun 2007
Lt Col Dominic Setka 16 Oct 2009
Lt Col Jon Rhone May 2011


  1. ^ Cuttita, Chrissy (20 May 2013). "Eglin honors, bids farewell to 728 ACS". Elgin Air Force Base News.