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587th Tactical Missile Group

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Active  1958-1962
Country  United States
587th Tactical Missile Group
Branch  United States Air Force

The 587th Tactical Missile Group is an inactive United States Air Force unit. It was last assigned to the 38th Tactical Missile Wing and stationed at Sembach Air Base, West Germany. It was inactivated on 25 September 1962.



Controlled Mace and Matador tactical cruise missiles in West Germany at dispersed locations.


  • Established as 585th Tactical Missile Group and activated on 15 Sept 1956
  • Inactivated on 25 September 1962


  • 701st Tactical Missile Wing, 15 September 1956
  • 38th Tactical Missile Wing, 18 June 1958 – September 25, 1962
  • Components

  • 11th Tactical Missile Squadron, 15 September 1956 – 18 June 1958
  • 822d Tactical Missile Squadron, 18 June 1958 – 25 September 1962
  • 823d Tactical Missile Squadron, 10–25 September 1962
  • 887th Tactical Missile Squadron, 10–25 September 1962
  • Stations

  • Sembach Air Base, West Germany, 15 September 1956 – 25 September 1962
  • Matador/Mace dispersed missile locations

  • Site I "Chargirl" - 2.6 miles (4.2 km) SSW of Sembach AB (822d TMS) 49°28′16″N 007°50′56″E
  • Closed 1966. Redeveloped into a training facility of the local Kaiserslautern soccer club. The launch pads have been completely overbuilt with soccer fields
  • Site II "Invent" - 3.0 miles (4.8 km) SSE of Sembach AB (823d TMS) 49°28′06″N 007°53′53″E
  • Closed 1966, Abandoned state, buildings in various states of deterioration, missile shelters removed, concrete pads remain.
  • Site III "Hacksaw" - 12.5 miles (20.1 km) ENE of Sembach AB (887th TMS) 49°33′27″N 008°08′05″E
  • 1975 - 1978 The site was set up and used by Det B, 502nd Army Security Agency (ASA) Bn for the Guardrail I, II, and IIa Integrated Processing Facility (IPF) site. The unit was redesignated as the 330th Electronic Warfare Aviation Company (Forward) (330th EW Avn Co (FWD)), and resubordinated to the 2nd Military Intelligence Battalion (Aerial Exploitation) in 1978. 1979 - 1985 The site was upgraded to the Guardrail V (GRV) IPF, and in the fall of 1985 the unit moved to Echterdingen Army Airfield (Stuttgart International Airport). The site was subsequently used by various and sundry communications units on deployment before being closed and turned over to German government.


  • Matador TM-61C 11th/822d TMS
  • Mace TM-76A 823d/887th TMS
  • MSB-57/875 TMG (remote controlled missile training drone)
  • References

    587th Tactical Missile Group Wikipedia

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