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407th Air Expeditionary Group
The 407TH AIR EXPEDITIONARY GROUP (407 AEG) is a provisional United States Air Force unit assigned to the United States Air Forces Central Command 332d Air Expeditionary Wing . It was stationed at Ali Air Base , Iraq until the closure of the base on 16 December 2011. It was activated as part of the 332d Air Expeditionary Wing due to Military intervention against ISIL at Ahmed Al Jaber Air Base . The 407 AEG provided air operations support for coalition air dominance, battlespace control, and security to advance the stabilization of southern Iraq. It provides coalition tactical airlift support with aerial port operations. The 407 AEG was the first Air Force unit to stand up combat operations within Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom . The group traces its history back to the World War II
World War II
407TH BOMBARDMENT GROUP (DIVE) which was established 23 March 1943, at Drew Field , Florida. The air echelon was attached to Eleventh Air Force
Eleventh Air Force
in Amchitka
Amchitka
, Alaska, from 19 July to 15 August 1943, where it performed combat operations against the Japanese in the Aleutian Islands
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United States Air Force
U.S. Department of Defense * Dept. of the Air Force HEADQUARTERS The Pentagon Arlington County, Virginia , U.S. MOTTO(S) _"Aim High ... Fly-Fight-Win"_ COLORS Ultramarine Blue and Golden Yellow MARCH The U.S. Air Force _ Play (help ·info ) ENGAGEMENTS See list_ * Korean War Puerto Rican Nationalist Party revolts of the 1950s Vietnam War Communist insurgency in Thailand Korean DMZ Conflict Shaba II Iranian hostage rescue Invasion of Grenada Bombing of Libya Invasion of Panama Gulf War Iraqi no-fly zones Operation Deliberate Force 1999 NATO bombing of Yugoslavia Operation Enduring Freedom * Afghanistan (2001–14) * Philippines * Horn of Africa * Trans Sahara * Caribbean and Central America Iraq War War in North-West Pakistan Pakistan-United States skirmishes Operation Odyssey Dawn Military intervention against ISIL War in Afghanistan (2015–present) WEBSITE af.mil COMMANDERS COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF President Donald Trump SECRETARY OF DEFENSE James Mattis SECRETARY OF THE AIR FORCE Heather Wilson CHIEF OF STAFF Gen David L. Goldfein VICE CHIEF OF STAFF Gen Stephen W
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332d Air Expeditionary Wing
The 332D AIR EXPEDITIONARY WING (332 AEW) is a Provisional Wing of Air Combat Command
Air Combat Command
, currently active. It was last inactivated on 8 May 2012, and most recently reactivated on 19 May 2015. The Wing's 332d Expeditionary Operations Group (332 EOG), is the direct descendant organization of the World War II
World War II
332D FIGHTER GROUP, the Tuskegee Airmen
Tuskegee Airmen
. The title Tuskegee Airmen
Tuskegee Airmen
refers to all who trained in the groundbreaking Army Air Forces
Army Air Forces
African-American pilot training program at Moton Field and Tuskegee Army Airfield
Tuskegee Army Airfield
, Alabama between 1941 and 1945. It includes pilots, navigators, bombardiers, maintenance and support staff, instructors and all the personnel who kept the planes in the air. CONTENTS * 1 Overview * 2 Units * 3 History * 3.1 Air Expeditionary Wing * 3.2 Lineage * 3.3 Assignments * 3.4 Components * 3.5 Stations * 3.6 Aircraft * 3.7 Decorations * 4 See also * 5 References * 6 External links OVERVIEWThe 332 AEW conducted a number of missions. The F-16 aircraft were responsible for maintaining air supremacy in the skies over Iraq. Additionally, the A-10 and F-16 aircraft performed close air support missions as required
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Ahmed Al Jaber Air Base
AHMED AL JABER AIR BASE (IATA : XIJ, ICAO : OKAJ) is a Kuwait
Kuwait
Air Force base that is home to 3 Kuwait Air Force F/A-18 C/D squadrons: 9 Squadron 25 Squadron, and 61 Squadron. The base also has an area designated for operations by the U.S. Air Force and its allies. CONTENTS * 1 History * 2 Current use * 3 See also * 4 References * 5 External links HISTORYSitting 75 miles south of the Iraqi border, the base has supported active duty United States Air National Guard
Air National Guard
and Air Force Reserve Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II and General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter units, along with support individuals, rotated in and out. At Al Jaber AB, the 332 ELS Commander and 10 personnel were on one-year tours; all others (1190 personnel) rotated every 90 to 120 days. On 1 December 1998, the 4406th Operations Group (Provisional) at Al Jaber Air Base inactivated and the 332nd Air Expeditionary Group activated. According to USA Today on 22 October 2003 the US Ambassador to Kuwait, Richard Jones, announced that the United States was reducing its presence at Al Jaber with the intent of fully reducing its forces at that location. USAF assets remaining in Kuwait
Kuwait
are primarily stationed at Ali Al Salem Air Base . The U.S. side of the base was re-opened during 2014 sometime before October
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Carroll W. McColpin
MAJOR GENERAL CARROLL W. MCCOLPIN (1914–2003) was a United States Air Force officer who served during World War II
World War II
, and during the Cold War . Prior to the United States
United States
entry into World War II, in November 1940, he volunteered for duty with the Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force
and was commissioned a pilot officer (second lieutenant) in the RAF before transferring to the United States
United States
Army Air Forces in the grade of major, at London, England , in September 1942. His decorations include the Legion of Merit, Air Medal with six Oak Leaf Clusters and the British Distinguished Flying Cross. McColpin was credited with 12 kills, 5 probable, and 12 damaged while with the Eagle Squadrons. In both services he could have claimed a minimum of ten more Luftwaffe aircraft of mixed types destroyed on the ground by attacking German airfields in France and Germany. McColpin scored another 8 confirmed kills while in the Army Air Force. CONTENTS * 1 Early years * 2 RAF Service * 3 USAAF Service * 4 USAF Service * 5 External links * 6 References EARLY YEARSCarroll Warren McColpin was born in Buffalo, New York in 1914 and was raised and educated in Los Angeles, California . He participated in civilian flying activities in Los Angeles, and in 1936 obtained his pilot's certificate
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United States Air Forces Central Command
UNITED STATES AIR FORCES CENTRAL COMMAND (USAFCENT/AFCENT) is a Named Air Force of the United States
United States
Air Force headquartered at Shaw Air Force Base , South Carolina. It is the Air Force Service Component of United States
United States
Central Command (USCENTCOM), a joint Department of Defense combatant command responsible for U.S. security interests in 27 nations that stretch from the Horn of Africa through the Persian Gulf region, into Central Asia. Activated as 9th Air Force on 8 April 1942, the command fought in World War II
World War II
both in the Western Desert Campaign in Egypt
Egypt
and Libya and as the tactical fighter component of the United States
United States
Strategic Air Forces in Europe (USSTAF), engaging enemy forces in France, the Low Countries and in Nazi Germany. During the Cold War
Cold War
, it was one of two Numbered Air Forces of Tactical Air Command . Co-designated as United States
United States
Central Command Air Forces (CENTAF) on 1 January 1983, on 2009 as part of a complicated transfer of lineage, the lineage and history of the Ninth Air Force
Ninth Air Force
was bestowed on USAFCENT, and a new Ninth Air Force, which technically had no previous history, was activated
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Ali Air Base
IMAM ALI AIR BASE (ICAO : ORTL) is a military airbase located near Nasiriyah , Iraq
Iraq
. It is also known as TALLIL AIR BASE. Until December 2011, the base was used by United States
United States
Armed Forces. It is generally known as CAMP ADDER by the U.S. Army ; the name "Ali Air Base" is used chiefly by the U.S. Air Force ; the installation, however, is still commonly referred to as "Tallil". The base occupies 30 square kilometers and is protected by 22 kilometers of security perimeter. The ancient Babylonian city of Ur , known as the birthplace of Abraham
Abraham
, is located within the security perimeter for Ali Base, and its ancient ziggurat is visible from nearly every area of the base. CONTENTS * 1 History * 2 Conditions * 3 Airfield * 4 Airlines and destinations * 4.1 Passenger * 5 Operation Night Harvest * 6 See also * 7 References * 8 External links HISTORYTalil Air Base was an Iraqi Air Force
Iraqi Air Force
base. The airbase was bombed in Operation Kaman 99 on the second day of the Iran- Iraq
Iraq
war , just after the Iraqi invasion of Iran. The air base served as the home of a unit of Soviet-built MiG fighter aircraft as well as several Mi-24D (Hind-D)
Mi-24D (Hind-D)
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Military Intervention Against ISIL
LEFT: F-22 Raptor refueling before a strike in Syria. RIGHT: Peshmerga special forces gathered near Syria. MIDDLE: An American F/A-18C Hornet aboard USS _George H.W
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Operation Iraqi Freedom
INVASION PHASE (2003) United States
United States
United Kingdom
United Kingdom
Australia
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Drew Field
DREW FIELD was a World War II
World War II
United States Army Air Forces base. It was the headquarters of Third Air Force and was primarily used for advanced combat training of fighter and bomber units prior to their deployment to combat theaters overseas. It was inactivated during the summer of 1946, and returned to the city of Tampa for civil use as Drew Field
Drew Field
Municipal Airport, which became Tampa International Airport
Tampa International Airport
in 1950. CONTENTS* 1 History * 1.1 Origins * 1.2 Training Mission * 1.3 Closure * 1.3.1 Tampa International Airport
Tampa International Airport
/ sports facilities * 2 Major units assigned * 2.1 Training Units * 2.2 Other units * 2.3 Army Service Forces
Army Service Forces
* 3 See also * 4 References * 5 External links HISTORYORIGINS Drew Field
Drew Field
Municipal Airport opened in 1928 on land previously owned by land developer, John H. Drew. With the prospect of war, the U.S. Government leased the field for use as a sub post to MacDill Field . With the completion of MacDill, Drew became a separate base and headquarters for the Third Air Force , III Fighter Command . Lt. Henry M. Sallery, Engineer Corps, was ordered from MacDill Field, Dec
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Eleventh Air Force
517th Airlift Squadron Boeing C-17A Lot XI Globemaster III 99-0168, 3d Wing, Elmendorf AFB F-16 Aggressors, 354th Fighter Wing, Elelson AFB, Alaska ACTIVE 15 January 1942 – present COUNTRY United States BRANCH United States Air Force TYPE Numbered Air Force ROLE Provide combat-ready air forces for U.S. Pacific Command and Alaskan Command , along with serving as the air component for Alaskan Command and the Alaskan NORAD Region PART OF Pacific Air Forces United States Northern Command Alaskan Command Alaskan NORAD Region GARRISON/HQ Joint Base Elmendorf–Richardson , Anchorage, Alaska ENGAGEMENTS World War II: Aleutian Islands Campaign (1942-1943) DECORATIONS Air Force Organizational Excellence Award Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (2×) COMMANDERS Current commander Lieutenant General Kenneth S. Wilsbach INSIGNIA EMBLEM OF THE ELEVENTH AIR FORCE Map all coordinates using OSM Map all coordinates using Google Export all coordinates as KML Export all coordinates as GPX Map all microformatted coordinates Place data as RDFThe ELEVENTH AIR FORCE (11 AF) is a Numbered Air Force of the United States Air Force Pacific Air Forces (PACAF)
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Amchitka
AMCHITKA (/æmˈtʃɪtkə/ ; Aleut : Amchixtax̂ ) is a volcanic, tectonically unstable island in the Rat Islands group of the Aleutian Islands in southwest Alaska
Alaska
. It is part of the Alaska
Alaska
Maritime National Wildlife Refuge . The island is about 68 kilometers (42 mi) long, and from 3 to 6 km (1.9 to 3.7 mi) wide. The area has a maritime climate , with many storms, and mostly overcast skies. Amchitka
Amchitka
was populated for more than 2,500 years by the Aleut people, but has had no permanent population since 1832. The island has been part of the United States since the Alaska
Alaska
Purchase of 1867. During World War II
World War II
, it was used as an airfield by US forces in the Aleutian Islands Campaign . Amchitka
Amchitka
was selected by the United States Atomic Energy Commission to be the site for underground detonations of nuclear weapons . Three such tests were carried out: Long Shot, an 80-kiloton (330 TJ ) blast in 1965; Milrow, a 1-megaton (4.2 PJ) blast in 1969; and Cannikin in 1971 – at 5 Mt (21 PJ), the largest underground test ever conducted by the United States. The tests were highly controversial, with environmental groups fearing that the Cannikin explosion, in particular, would cause severe earthquakes and tsunamis . Amchitka
Amchitka
is no longer used for nuclear testing
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Aleutian Islands
The ALEUTIAN ISLANDS (/əˈluːʃən/ ; possibly from Chukchi _aliat_, "island ") are a chain of 14 large volcanic islands and 55 smaller ones belonging to both the United States and Russia . They form part of the Aleutian Arc in the Northern Pacific Ocean , occupying an area of 6,821 sq mi (17,666 km2) and extending about 1,200 mi (1,900 km) westward from the Alaska Peninsula toward the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia , and mark a dividing line between the Bering Sea to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the south. Crossing longitude 180° , at which point east and west longitude end, the archipelago contains both the westernmost part of the United States by longitude (Amatignak Island ) and the easternmost by longitude (Semisopochnoi Island ). The westernmost U.S. island in real terms, however, is Attu Island , west of which runs the International Date Line . While nearly all the archipelago is part of Alaska and is usually considered as being in the "Alaskan Bush ", at the extreme western end, the small, geologically related Commander Islands belong to Russia . The islands, with their 57 volcanoes, are in the northern part of the Pacific Ring of Fire
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361st Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron
The 361ST EXPEDITIONARY RECONNAISSANCE SQUADRON is an inactive United States Air Force unit. Its last was assigned to the 451st Air Expeditionary Group , stationed at Kandahar Airfield
Kandahar Airfield
, Afghanistan. It was inactivated on 1 September 2014. CONTENTS* 1 History * 1.1 World War II * 1.2 Vietnam War * 1.3 Global War on Terror
Global War on Terror
* 2 Lineage * 2.1 Assignments * 2.2 Stations * 2.3 Aircraft * 3 See also * 4 References * 4.1 Bibliography * 5 External links HISTORYWORLD WAR IIThe squadron was first activated at McCook Army Air Field , Nebraska, in November 1943 as the 861ST BOMBARDMENT SQUADRON, one of the original squadrons of the 493d Bombardment Group
493d Bombardment Group
. At McCook, the squadron began training with the Consolidated B-24 Liberator . On 1 January 1944 the 861st, less its air echelon, was transferred on paper to the European Theater of Operations . In England, new ground personnel were assigned. In mid-April they moved to the squadron's permanent station at RAF Debach
RAF Debach
, where they were joined by the air echelon, which had completed its training, in May
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A-24 Banshee
The DOUGLAS SBD DAUNTLESS was a World War II
World War II
American naval scout plane and dive bomber that was manufactured by Douglas Aircraft
Douglas Aircraft
from 1940 through 1944. The SBD ("Scout Bomber Douglas") was the United States Navy 's main carrier -borne scout plane and dive bomber from mid-1940 through mid-1944. The SBD was also flown by the United States Marine Corps , both from land air bases and aircraft carriers. The SBD is best remembered as the bomber that delivered the fatal blows to the Japanese carriers at the Battle of Midway
Battle of Midway
in June 1942. The type earned its nickname "Slow But Deadly" (with the SBD initials) during this period. During its combat service, the SBD was an excellent naval scout plane and dive bomber. It possessed long range, good handling characteristics, maneuverability, potent bomb load, great diving characteristics, good defensive armament and ruggedness. One land-based variant of the SBD — in omitting the arrestor hook — was purpose-built for the U.S. Army Air Forces
U.S. Army Air Forces
, as the A-24 BANSHEE. CONTENTS * 1 Design and development * 2 Operational history * 2.1 U.S
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