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554th Electronic Systems Wing

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Country  United States
Garrison/HQ  Hanscom Air Force Base
554th Electronic Systems Wing
Active  1943-1945; 1980-1991; 2004-2010
Branch  United States Air Force
Part of  Air Force Materiel Command Electronic Systems Center
Decorations  Air Force Outstanding Unit Award

The 554th Electronic Systems Wing (554 ELSW) is an inactive wing of the United States Air Force. It was last stationed at Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, where it was inactivated in 2010.

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World War II

The wing was first activated in Northern Ireland under VII Air Force Composite Command as the 3d Combat Crew Replacement Center Group. It used Martin B-26 Marauders and Douglas A-20 Havocs to provide combat and theater indoctrination for Eighth Air Force combat crews from November 1943 until September 1944, when the need for dedicated Army Air Forces training units in the United Kingdom was reduced.

The group's resources were used to man and equip provisional air disarmament units participating in Operation Lusty. These units moved to France in February 1945 and advanced with Allied ground forces, seizing, securing, inventorying, and disposing of captured Luftwaffe equipment and materiel through October 1945. The group inactivated the following month.It was disbanded in the fall of 1948.

Support for Nellis Air Force Base and the Continental Range

The group was reconstituted as the 554th Operations Support Wing in 1980. It provided base support functions for Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada and its associated ranges from 1980 to 1991. The wing developed, operated, and maintained all range facilities and threat simulators and provided combat support functions at Indian Springs Air Force Auxiliary Field.

Systems Management

The 554th Electronic Systems Wing was consolidated in 2006 with the Operations Support Systems Wing, which had been established in 2004 at Hanscom AFB, Massachusetts. The wing was inactivated in June 2010.

Assignments

  • VIII Air Force Composite Command, 21 November 1943
  • Air Disarmament Command (Provisional), ca. 23 September 1944
  • VIII Air Force Composite Command, 10 October 1944 (attached to Air Disarmament Command (Provisional) until 31 January 1945)
  • IX Air Force Service Command, 1 February 1945
  • 1587th Quartermaster Battalion, Mobile (Aviation), 16 October 1945
  • Detachment B, 9th Base Air Depot Area, 12 November 1945 - 22 November 1945
  • USAF Tactical Fighter Weapons Center (later USAF Fighter Weapons Center), 1 March 1980 - 1 November 1991
  • Electronic Systems Center, 17 December 2004 - 30 June 2010
  • Components

    Groups

  • 554th Combat Support Group, 1 March 1980 - 1 November 1991
  • 554th Electronic Systems Group, 17 April 2006 - 30 June 2010
  • USAF Hospital, Nellis (later 554th Medical Group), 1 March 1980 - 1 November 1991
  • 554th Range Group, 1 March 1980 - 1 November 1991
  • 554th Security Police Group, 1 March 1980 - 1 November 1991
  • 754th Electronic Systems Group, 17 April 2006 - 30 June 2010
  • 2069th Communications Group (later 554th Communications Group, 554th Communications Squadron), 1 September 1990 - 1 November 1991
  • Operational Squadrons

  • 3d Replacement and Training Squadron (later 3d Replacement and Training Squadron, CCRC Group (Bombardment)), 21 November 1943 - 22 November 1945 (not operational after 10 October 1945)
  • 4460th Helicopter Squadron, 1 June 1985 - 31 December 1987
  • Systems Squadrons

  • Engineering and Integration Systems Squadron (later 643d Electronic Systems Squadron) 17 December 2004 - 30 June 2010
  • Support Squadrons

  • 554th Combat Support Squadron, 1 March 1986 - 31 December 1987
  • 554th Supply Squadron, 1 March 1980 - 1 November 1991
  • 554th Transportation Squadron, 1 March 1980 - 1 November 1991
  • Aircraft

  • Douglas A-20 Havoc, 1944
  • Martin B-26 Marauder, 1943-1944
  • Fairchild AT-23, 1944
  • Bell UH-1N Huey, 1985-1986
  • References

    554th Electronic Systems Wing Wikipedia


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