1st

Special Operations Wing

in

Vietnam 

 




History of the 1st Special Operations Wing in the Vietnam War.

Lineage

Reestablished on 18 Apr 1962.  Activated, and organized, on 27 Apr 1962.  Redesignated as:  1 Air Commando Wing on 1 Jun 1963; 1 Special Operations Wing on 8 Jul 1968; 834 Tactical Composite Wing on 1 Jul 1974

Assignments

USAF Special Air Warfare Center (later, USAF Special Operations Force), 27 Apr 1962; Tactical Air Command, 1 Jul 1974; Ninth Air Force, 1 Jul 1976

Operational Components

  Groups

  549 Tactical Air Support Training:  15 Dec 1975-1 Jan 1977. 

930 Tactical Airlift (later, 930 Air Commando; 930 Special Operations):  1 Jun 1968-18 Jun 1969.


Squadrons 

5 Fighter, Commando (later, 605 Air Commando):  1 Sep 1944-3 Nov 1945; 15 Nov 1963-1 Jul 1964 (detached 15 Nov 1963-1 Jul 1964). 

6 Fighter, Commando (later, 6 Air Commando; 6 Special Operations Training):  30 Sep 1944-3 Nov 1945; 27 Apr 1962-29 Feb 1968; 31 Jul 1973-1 Jan 1974. 

8 Special Operations:  1 Mar 1974-22 Sep 1992. 

16 Special Operations:  12 Dec 1975-22 Sep 1992. 

18 Special Operations:  25 Jan-15 Jul 1969. 

20 Special Operations:  1 Jan 1976-22 Sep 1992. 

25 Special Operations (later, 25 Special Operations Squadron [Reconnaissance Support]: 31 Aug 1970-30 Sep 1974. 

71 Tactical Airlift (later, 71 Air Commando; 71 Special Operations):  1 Jun-16 Dec 1968. 

310 Attack:  15 May-15 Jul 1969. 

311 Attack:  15 May-15 Jul 1969. 

317 Air Commando (later, 317 Special Operations):  1 Jul 1964-15 Jul 1969; 15 Apr 1970-30 Apr 1974. 

318 Special Operations:  15 Nov 1971-1 Jun 1974. 

319 Troop Carrier, Commando (later, 319 Air Commando; 319 Special Operations):  1 Sep 1944-2 Sep 1945; 27 Apr 1962-15 Jul 1969; 30 Jul 1969-15 Jan 1972. 

360 Tactical Electronic Warfare:  1-31 Jul 1973. 

415 Special Operations Training:  19 Jul 1971-30 Jun 1975. 

424 Special Operations (later, 424 Tactical Air Support) Training:  1 Jul 1970-1 Jan 1972. 

547 Special Operations (later, 547 Tactical Air Support) Training:  15 Oct 1969-30 Apr 1975. 

549 Tactical Air Support Training:  15 Oct 1969-15 Dec 1975.  602 Fighter, Commando:  1 May 1963-1 Oct 1964. 

603 Fighter, Commando (later, 603 Air Commando; 603 Special Operations; 603 Special Operations Training):  1 Jul 1963-15 May 1971; 1 Jul 1973-1 Jul 1974. 

604 Fighter, Commando:  1 Jul 1963-8 Nov 1964. 

775 Troop Carrier:  15 Apr-1 Jul 1964. 

4406 Combat Crew Training:  1 Oct 1968-15 Jul 1969. 

4407 Combat Crew Training:  15 Jul 1969-30 Apr 1973. 

4408 Combat Crew Training:  15 Jul-22 Sep 1969. 

4409 Combat Crew Training:  15 Jul-15 Oct 1969. 

4410 Combat Crew Training: 27 Apr 1962-1 Dec 1965; 15 Jul-15 Oct 1969. 

4412 Combat Crew Training:  25 Oct 1967-15 Jul 1969. 

4413 Combat Crew Training:  1 Mar 1968-15 Jul 1969. 

4473 Combat Crew Training:  8 Aug 1969-1 Jul 1970. 

4532 Combat Crew Training:  25 Oct 1967-15 Jul 1969. 

Flight. 7 Special Operations:  1 Jul 1969-31 May 1972.



Stations

  Eglin Air Force Auxiliary Field No. 9 (Hurlburt Field), FL, 27 Apr 1962;

England AFB, LA, 15 Jan 1966;

Eglin Air Force Auxiliary Field No. 9 (Hurlburt Field), FL, 15 Jul 1969-.



Commanders

 Lt Col Miles M. Doyle, 27 Apr 1962; Col Chester A. Jack, 29 Apr 1962; Col Gerald R. Dix, 19 Mar 1963; Col Harry C. Aderholt, 28 Mar 1964; Col Gordon F. Bradburn, 10 Jul 1964; Col Hugh G. Fly Jr., 1 Dec 1965; Col Alpheus W. Blizzard Jr., 3 Apr 1967; Col Albert S. Pouloit, 9 Sep 1967; Col Leonard Volet, 14 Feb 1969; Col Robert W. Gates, 15 Jul 1969; Col Michael C. Horgan, 31 Oct 1970; Col James H. Montrose, 1 Apr 1973; Brig Gen William J. Holton, 11 Jan 1974; Col Edward Levell Jr., 1 Jul 1976; Col Richard H. Dunwoody, 29 Jul 1977

Aircraft

  C-46, 1962-1964; C/TC/VC-47, 1962-1970, 1973-1975; B/RB-26, 1962-1966; T/AT-28, 1962-1973; L-28 (later, U-10), 1962-1973; C/UC-123, 1963-1973; A-1, 1963-1966, 1969-1972; YAT-28, 1964-1965; YAT-37, 1964; O-1, 1964-1967, 1969-1971; AC-47, 1965, 1967-1969; U-3, 1966-1967; U-6, 1966-1967; UH-1, 1966, 1969-1974, 1976-1985; 1997-2012; A/RA-26, 1966-1969; A-37, 1967-1969, 1969-1971, 1973-1974; EC/HC-47, 1967-1969, 1973; AC-123, 1967; C/MC-130, 1968-; AC-130, 1968, 1971-; EC-130, 1969; C/AC-119, 1968-1969, 1971-1972; O-2, 1969-1976; OV-10, 1969-1976; YQU-22 (drone), 1969-1970; QU-22 (drone), 1970-1971; CH-3, 1973-1974, 1976-1980. 

In addition to the primary aircraft listed above, also flew T-29, 1969-1973; VT-29, 1969-1975; T-33, 1969-1975; T-39, 1969-1975; C-131, 1970-1973; and VC-131, 1973-1975.

Operations

  Replaced the 4400 Combat Crew Training Group in Apr 1962 and assumed air commando operations and training responsibility.  Trained USAF and South Vietnamese Air Force aircrews in the United States and South Vietnam in unconventional warfare, counterinsurgency, psychological warfare, and civic actions throughout the Southeast Asian conflict.  Between 11 Jan and 30 Jun 1974, the USAF Special Operations Force and 1 Special Operations Wing merged their operations, and on 1 Jul 1974, the wing assumed responsibility for operating the USAF Air Ground Operations School, which trained personnel in concepts, doctrine, tactics, and procedures of joint and combined operations until 1 Feb 1978, and the USAF Special Operations School, which trained selected American and allied personnel in special operations, until Mar 1983. 


Decorations

Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 

Jul 1963-Jun 1965; 1 Jul 1969-15 Apr 1971; 1 Jan 1976-31 Mar 1977

 

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