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732d Air Expeditionary Group

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Active  1940–1945; 2004–2010
Part of  Air Combat Command
Country  United States
732d Air Expeditionary Group
Branch  United States Air Force
Type  Air Expeditionary Group
Engagements  European Theater of Operations Global War on Terrorism

The 732d Air Expeditionary Group is an inactive provisional United States Air Force unit. It was last active at Joint Base Balad, where it provided support for airmen supporting units of other services in Iraq.

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The group was first activated as the 32d Air Base Group in 1940. As the 32d Service Group, it provided support for Ninth Air Force Units in the European Theater of Operations until it was inactivated shortly after VE Day.

World War II

The group was first activated in 1940 at March Field, California as the 32d Air Base Group with an air base squadron and two materiel squadrons assigned. In June 1942, along with other air base groups, its air base squadron was reassigned and it was converted into the 32d Service Group, a support unit designed to provide support for two combat groups. After training in the United States, It moved to England, where it served with IX Air Force Service Command until it was disbanded in June 1945, when the Army Air Forces replaced its service groups with air service groups consisting entirely of Air Corps personnel and designed to support a single combat group.

War in Iraq

The 732d Air Expeditionary Group provided oversight and advocacy for roughly 1,100 Air Force personnel spread across four squadrons who were tactically assigned to U.S. Army and Marine units throughout Iraq. Originally the 732 Expeditionary Mission Support Group, the 732 AEG was re-designated an air expeditionary group in December 2006 to reflect its theater-wide responsibilities. Operating from Balad Air Base at its inception, the six squadrons of the 732 AEG provided direct Joint and Coalition combat and combat support to and/or in lieu of US Army, Marine Corps and Iraqi Army and Police Forces at over 60 locations, including downtown Baghdad; Camp Speicher; Al Asad Air Base; Camp Anaconda (Balad Air Base); Camp Bucca; Camp Caldwell (Kirkush); Tallil Air Base; Mosul Air Base; Camp Rustamiyah; Baghdad International Airport; Green Zone; Kirkuk Air Base; Camp Hadithah; and Taji Air Base. Colonel Larry Jackson served as the first AEG commander at the height of the 2006 to 2007 military surge when the 732 AEG had over 1800 Airmen assigned, including security forces, Red Horse and civil engineers, lawyers, truck drivers, interrogators, military working dog teams, intelligence specialists, explosive ordnance disposal specialist, logisticians, and airfield managers. The 732 AEG provided operational oversight for Airmen who were tactically assigned to U.S. Army and Marine units. Redesignated 732d Air Expeditionary Group in December 2006 with Colonel Lawrence M. Jackson II as the first 732 AEG commander. The group was inactivated in November 2010 and the 467th Air Expeditionary Group was activated in its place.

Lineage

  • Constituted as the 32d Air Base Group (Reinforced) on 20 November 1940
  • Activated on 15 January 1941 Redesignated 32d Air Base Group on 6 November 1941 Redesignated 32d Service Group on 13 June 1942
  • Disbanded on 11 June 1945
  • Reconstituted, redesignated 732d Expeditionary Mission Support Group and converted to provisional status on 14 January 2004. Allotted to Air Combat Command to activate or inactivate as needed.
  • Assignments

  • GHQ Air Force (later, Air Force Combat Command), 15 January 1941
  • 4th Air Force Service Command (later, 4th Air Base Command), 1 October 1941
  • Western Theater of Operations, Air Service Command, 30 December 1941
  • Mobile Air Service Area Command, c. January 1943
  • Warner Robins Air Service Area Command, 1943
  • Eighth Air Force (later United States Strategic Air Forces In Europe), 28 January 1944
  • IX Air Force Service Command, 4 February 1944 – 11 June 1945
  • 332d Air Expeditionary Wing, 2 March 2004 – 12 November 2010
  • Stations

  • March Field, California, 15 January 1941
  • Dale Mabry Field, Florida, 31 December 1942
  • Venice Army Air Field, Florida, 9 October 1943 – 27 December 1943
  • RAF Zeals (Station 450), England, 31 January 1944
  • RAF Kingsnorth (Station 418), England, 11 March 1944
  • Brucheville Airfield (A-16), France, 8 July 1944
  • Le Mans Airfield (A-35), France, 29 August 1944
  • Athis Airfield (A-76), France, 30 September 1944
  • Juvincourt Airfield (A-68), France, 6 October 1944
  • Le Culot Airfield (A-89), France, 27 October 1944
  • Detachment A
  • Detachment B
  • Detachment C
  • Joint Base Balad, Iraq 14 January 2004 – 12 November 2010
  • Honors

  • Service Streamers: World War II American Theater
  • Campaign Streamers.
  • World War II:
  • Normandy 1944
  • Northern France 1944
  • Rhineland 1944–1945
  • Central Europe 1945
  • Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None
  • Decorations. Meritorious Unit Citation: England, France, Belgium, 18 January – 30 November 1944.
  • References

    732d Air Expeditionary Group Wikipedia


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