The 332D AIR EXPEDITIONARY WING (332 AEW) is a Provisional Wing of
Air Combat Command
332d Expeditionary Operations Group (332 EOG), is the
direct descendant organization of the
World War II
* 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
The 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. The C-130 unit provided required airlift within Iraq and to other US Central Command bases as necessary. The HH-60 Pave Hawks performed combat search and rescue missions. Finally, the MQ-1 Predators and MC-12W Liberty aircraft provided tactical surveillance and reconnaissance within Iraq. Additionally, the unit operated the Air Force Theater Hospital and served as the Contingency Aeromedical Staging Facility.
The 332d Air Expeditionary Wing's heritage is tied to the famous 332d
Fighter Group led by the
In a departure from traditional Air Force missions, the 732d Air Expeditionary Group (732 AEG), provided command oversight and advocacy for up to 1,800 Air Force personnel who were tactically assigned to U.S. Army and Marine units throughout Iraq. Operating from Balad Air Base at its inception, 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.
Joint Base Balad
* 332D EXPEDITIONARY MAINTENANCE GROUP
Provided combat-ready aircraft and munitions to the Air Component Commander in support of Coalition forces throughout Iraq. Was responsible for on- and off-aircraft maintenance and sortie generation in support of F-16 Fighting Falcons, C-130 Hercules, HH-60 Pave Hawks, MQ-1 Predators, and the MC-12 Liberty, as well as launch, recovery and servicing support for military and commercial transient aircraft
* 332D EXPEDITIONARY MEDICAL GROUP
Consisted of approximately 357 professional and support staff from all four armed services working alongside civilians and contractors that provided state-of-the-art medical care. The medical group was the only air-evacuation hospital in Iraq and provided a full-spectrum of medical services for Coalition and U.S. forces throughout the Iraqi theater of operations.
* 332D EXPEDITIONARY MISSION SUPPORT GROUP
Enabled sustained and protected combat capability for US Air Forces Central, 332d Air Expeditionary Wing, Joint Base Balad, and detachments. The 332 EMSG provided expeditionary communications, services, civil engineering, force protection, personnel accountability, and logistics-readiness operations in support of DoD's busiest single-runway operation. In addition, the 332 EMSG provided base-life support to the approximately 26,000 servicemembers and civilians on JBB.
* 332D EXPEDITIONARY OPERATIONS GROUP
See 332d Expeditionary Operations Group article. The emblem of the 532 ESFS.
* 332D EXPEDITIONARY SECURITY FORCES GROUP
The Security Forces Group was activated on 24 July 2008, at JBB, Iraq. Its activation marked the first time the Air Force deployed more than 900 people within a single unit to defend an air base in combat since the Vietnam War. The members of the 332d ESFG work side-by-side with soldiers of the U.S. and Iraqi armies to provide physical security in the area around JBB. The Group was made up of two squadrons; the 332d Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron provided base law enforcement and flight line security and the 532d Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron provided security at the three entry control points to the base as well as a quick reaction force for "outside-the-wire" missions. The group was initially led by Colonel Decknick who was the prior Group commander for the 820th Security Forces Group .
* 732 AIR EXPEDITIONARY GROUP
The 732 AEG, originally the 732 Expeditionary Mission Support Group, was re-designated an air expeditionary group in December 2006 to reflect its theater-wide responsibilities. Operating from Balad Air Base, 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; Camp Bucca; Camp Habbaniyah; 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 its first commander through 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 ordinance disposal specialist, logisticians, and airfield managers. The 732 AEG's motto was "Combat Airpower with a Hooah...Right Here, Right Now!"
Established in July 1947 under the United States Air Force's Wing /Base reorganization ( Hobson Plan ), with the 332d Fighter Group becoming the operational component of the wing, controlling its flying resources. the 332d Fighter Wing replaced the 447th Composite Group and 580th Air Service Group. The new wing participated in firepower demonstrations, gunnery training, and operational missions to maintain combat proficiency. The African-American segregated unit was inactivated in July 1949 as a result of Executive Order 9981 . EO 9981 abolished racial discrimination in the United States Armed Forces. The 332d's personnel and equipment were reassigned to other units.
AIR EXPEDITIONARY WING
In front of F-16C block 25 #84-1253 from the 179th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, Minnesota ANG, airmen pose for a 'family' photograph at Balad AB, on 20 March 2007.
In August 2002, the
Air Combat Command
At its peak strength, the 332d AEW consisted of over 8,000 personnel, including 1,800 Airmen of the 732 AEG, provided operational oversight for Airmen tactically assigned to U.S. Army and Marine units at over 60 forward operating locations throughout Iraq.
Employing A-10 Thunderbolt IIs, F-16 Fighting Falcons, HH-60 Pave
Hawk rescue helicopters and H
C-130 Hercules aircraft the 332d AEW
initially participated in
Operation Enduring Freedom
After the initiation of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) the 332d was moved to Tallil Air Base , Iraq. To better position airpower within the theater of operations, the 332d AEW was moved to Balad AB , Iraq, in February 2004. In June 2008, the base was officially renamed Joint Base Balad . The new name was indicative of the joint nature of operations by all branches of service at the base.
During the height of operations, the 332d AEW contained nine groups—including four geographically separated groups at Ali AB , Sather AB , Al Asad AB , and Kirkuk AB —as well as numerous detachments and operating locations scattered throughout Iraq. The wing had as many as two F-16 fighter squadrons, a Predator UAV squadron, a C-130 squadron, a combat search and rescue squadron (HH-60s), a MC-12 Liberty squadron, and a Control and Reporting Center.
During the drawdown of forces from Iraq, the 332d AEW provided intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, combat search and rescue, armed overwatch and close air support to one of the largest logistics movements since World War II.
In support of the re-posture of U.S. forces, the wing continued to
support U.S. Forces-Iraq after forward deploying to an undisclosed air
base in Southwest Asia in November 2011 so
Joint Base Balad
* Established as 332D FIGHTER WING on 28 July 1947
Organized on 15 Aug 1947 Discontinued on 28 Aug 1948
* Activated on 28 Aug 1948
Inactivated on 1 July 1949
* Redesignated as 332D AIR EXPEDITIONARY WING, 1 August 2002
Converted to provisional status and allocated to Air Combat Command to activate or inactivate any time after 1 August 2002 Activated on 12 August 2002 Inactivated on 8 May 2012 Activated on 19 May 2015
* Ninth Air Force , 15 Aug 1947-28 Aug 1948; 26 Aug 1948-1 Jul 1949
First Air Force
United States Central Command Air Forces
* 332d Fighter Group, (later Air Expeditionary Group) , 15 August
1947 – 28 August 1948; 26 August 1948 – 1 July 1949. 12 August
2002 – 8 May 2012
* 332d Expeditionary Maintenance Group
* 332d Expeditionary Mission Support Group
* 332d Expeditionary Medical Group
* 332d Expeditionary Security Forces Group
407th Air Expeditionary Group
* Lockbourne AAB (later, AFB) , Ohio, 15 Aug 1947-1 Jul 1949
Ahmad al-Jaber Air Base , Kuwait, 12 August 2002
Tallil Air Base , Iraq, March 2003
Balad Air Base
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
* United States Air Force portal * Military of the United States portal
This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.
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* Ravenstein, Charles A. Air Force Combat Wings: Lineage and Honors Histories, 1947–1977 (Washington: USGPO, 1984)
* 332 AEW Heritage Site