966th Airborne Air Control Squadron

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966th Airborne Air Control Squadron
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966th Airborne Air Control Squadron Patch
Active 15 July 1942 – 1 April 1944
3 September 1944 – 3 November 1945
18 December 1961 – 31 December 1969
1 July 1976 – present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Airborne Command and Control
Part of Air Combat Command
12th Air Force
552d Air Control Wing
552d Operations Group
Garrison/HQ Tinker Air Force Base
Decorations Outstanding Unit ribbon.svg AFOUA w/ V Device
Vietnam gallantry cross unit award-3d.svg RVGC w/ Palm

The 966th Airborne Air Control Squadron (966 AACS) is part of the 552d Air Control Wing at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. It operates the E-3 Sentry aircraft conducting airborne command and control missions.

Mission[edit]

Provide the Combat Air Force with airborne systems and personnel for surveillance, warning and control of strategic, tactical, and special mission forces.[1]

History[edit]

The squadron conducted replacement training from August 1942 – November 1943 and flew evacuation missions and light transport services for ground forces in Burma from 13 November 1944 – 10 May 1945. It provided airborne radar surveillance from 1962–1969 and rotated aircrews to Southeast Asia from c. 4 April 1965 – c. December 1969. The 966th has trained aircrews since 1977.[2]

Lineage[2][edit]

  • 466th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy)
    • Constituted on 9 July 1942
Activated on 15 July 1942
Inactivated on 1 April 1944
  • 166th Liaison Squadron (Commando)
    • Constituted on 9 August 1944
Activated on 3 September 1944
Inactivated on 3 November 1945
  • 966th Airborne Early Warning and Control Squadron
    • Constituted and Activated on 18 Dec 1961
Organized on 1 February 1962
Inactivated on 31 December 1969
Redesignated 966th Airborne Warning and Control Training Squadron on 5 May 1976
Activated on 1 July 1976
  • 466th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) consolidated with 166th Liaison Squadron (Commando) and 966th Airborne Warning and Control Training Squadron as 966th Airborne Warning and Control Training Squadron on 19 Sep 1985
    • Redesignated 966th Airborne Air Control Squadron on 1 Jul 1994

Assignments[2][edit]

Bases stationed[2][edit]

Aircraft operated[2][edit]

Operations[2][edit]

B-17 Flying Fortress B-24 Liberator L-5 Sentinel UC–64 Norseman
B-17 Flying Fortress
(1942)
B-24 Liberator
(1943–1944)
L-5 Sentinel
(1944–1945)
UC–64 Norseman
(1944–1945)
RC-121 EC-121 Warning Star WC-135 E-3 Sentry
RC-121
(1962–1963)
EC-121 Warning Star
(1963–1969)
WC-135
(1977–1979)
E-3 Sentry
(since 1977)

References[edit]

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