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302d Operations Group

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Country  United States
Notable commanders  Joseph J. Nazzaro
Role  Airlift
302d Operations Group
Active  1942–1944; 1949–1951; 1952–1959; 1992–present
Branch  United States Air Force
Decorations  Air Force Outstanding Unit Award

The 302d Operations Group is the operational flying component of the 302d Airlift Wing of the United States Air Force Reserve. It is stationed at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.

Contents

The group was activated during World War II as the 302d Bombardment Group, a Consolidated B-24 Liberator replacement training unit (RTU). It was originally a Second Air Force unit, it was reassigned to First Air Force in 1943. The group was inactivated in 1944 when the Army Air Forces reorganized its training units to make more efficient use of its manpower.

The group was redesignated the 302d Troop Carrier Group and activated in the Air Force Reserve in 1949. The group was called to active duty in June 1951 and its personnel used as fillers for other units before the 302d was inactivated a week later.

The group was again activated in the reserves in 1952 and trained as an airlift unit until it was inactivated in 1958 when Continental Air Command converted its operational wings to the dual deputy system in which squadrons reported ddirectly to wing headquarters.

The group was activated again when Air Force Reserve Command reorganized under the Combat Wing reorganization.

Mission

The 302 OG consists of one C-130 Hercules squadron, the 731st Airlift Squadron, which has the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System mission. The group's personnel take part in tactical airlift training exercises and contingency and humanitarian airlift operations, both at home and abroad.

History

The group was activated during World War II as the 302d Bombardment Group, a Consolidated B-24 Liberator replacement training unit (RTU). It was originally a Second Air Force unit, it was reassigned to First Air Force in 1943. The group was inactivated in 1944 when the Army Air Forces reorganized its training units to make more efficient use of its manpower.

The group was redesignated the 302d Troop Carrier Group and activated in the Air Force Reserve in 1949. The group was called to active duty in June 1951 and its personnel used as fillers for other units before the 302d was inactivated a week later.

The group was again activated in the reserves in 1952 and trained as an airlift unit until it was inactivated in 1958 when Continental Air Command converted its operational wings to the dual deputy system in which squadrons reported ddirectly to wing headquarters.

The group was activated again in 1992 when Air Force Reserve Command reorganized under the Combat Wing reorganization.

Lineage

  • Constituted as the 302 Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 January 1942
  • Activated on 1 June 1942 Inactivated on 10 April 1944
  • Redesignated 302 Troop Carrier Group, Medium on 16 May 1949
  • Activated in the reserve on 27 June 1949
  • Redesignated 302 Troop Carrier Group, Heavy on 28 January 1950
  • Ordered to active service on 1 June 1951 Inactivated on 8 June 1951
  • Redesignated 302 Troop Carrier Group, Medium on 26 May 1952
  • Activated in the reserve on 14 June 1952 Inactivated on 14 April 1959
  • Redesignated 302 Tactical Airlift Group on 31 July 1985 (Remained inactive)
  • Redesignated: 302 Operations Group on 1 August 1992 and activated in the reserve
  • Assignments

  • Second Air Force, 1 June 1942
  • 16 Bombardment (later, 16 Bombardment Operational) Training Wing, 1 April 1943
  • 46 Bombardment Operational Training Wing, 1 September 1943
  • First Air Force, 17 December 1943 – 10 April 1944
  • 302d Troop Carrier Wing, 27 June 1949 – 8 June 1951; 14 June 1952 – 14 April 1959
  • 302d Airlift Wing, 1 August 1992 – present
  • Components

  • 7th Space Operations Squadron: 1 May 1993 – 1 September 1997
  • 302d Operations Support Squadron (later 302d Operations Support Flight, 302d Operations Support Squadron): 1 August 1992 – present
  • 302d Airlift Control Flight, 1 August 1992 - c. 1997
  • 355th Bombardment (later Troop Carrier) Squadron: 1 June 1942 – 10 April 1944; 27 June 1949 – 8 June 1951; 14 June 1952 – 14 April 1959
  • 356th Bombardment (later Troop Carrier) Squadron: 1 June 1942 – 10 April 1944; 27 June 1949 – 28 January 1950; 14 June 1952 – 14 April 1959
  • 357th Bombardment (later Troop Carrier) Squadron: 1 June 1942 – 10 April 1944; 14 June 1952 – 16 November 1957
  • 420th Bombardment Squadron: 1 June 1942 – 10 April 1944
  • 731st Airlift Squadron: 1 August 1992 – present
  • References

    302d Operations Group Wikipedia


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