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The 64th Air Expeditionary Group (64 AEG) is a provisional United States Air Force unit assigned to the Air Combat Command. As a provisional unit, it may be activated or inactivated at any time.

The group is presently a subordinate component of the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing, located at Eskan Village in Saudi Arabiamarker, a compound about 20 km southeast of Riyadh.

Established prior to World War II, its predecessor unit, the 64th Transport (later Troop Carrier) Group engaged in combat operations, first with the Eighth Air Force and primarily with Twelfth Air Force during the war.

Overview

The group is made up of about 300 security forces, support Airmen, and civilians. Their mission is to stand guard all day, every day, providing integrated defense, emergency response, and combat support for the base, which houses military and host-nation tenant agencies. Most days the Airmen are fighting the war on terrorism in temperatures of more than 100 degrees.

History

The 64 AEG is a provisional unit and is authorized to use the emblem of the inactive 64th Flying Training Wing with expeditionary added to the scroll. However the unit's lineage is derived from the 64th Operations Group.

Lineage

Group
  • Constituted as 64th Transport Group on November 20, 1940
Activated on December 4, 1940
Inactivated July 31, 1945
  • Activated on May 19, 1947.
: Not manned during 1947–1948
Inactivated on September 10, 1948
  • Redesignated: 64th Troop Carrier Group and activated 14 Jul 1952
Inactivated on July 21, 1954
  • Redesignated: 64th Operations Group and activated 15 May 1991
Inactivated on 30 Sep 1997
  • Redesignated as 64th Air Expeditionary Group and converted to provisional status, 1 Sep 2005


Wing
  • Established as 64th Troop Carrier Wing, Medium, on July 3, 1952
Activated on October 24, 1960
Organized on February 8, 1961
Discontinued, and inactivated, on January 1, 1963
  • Redesignated 64th Troop Carrier Wing, and activated, on March 7, 1966
Organized on July 1, 1966
Redesignated 64th Tactical Airlift Wing on May 1, 1967
Inactivated on May 31, 1971
  • Redesignated 64th Flying Training Wing on April 14, 1972
Activated on October 1, 1972
Inactivated on September 30, 1997


Assignments

Attached to: VIII Air Support Command, August–November 1942
  • XII Troop Carrier Command , November 1942
Most of group detached to Tenth Air Force April–June 1944
Group attached to 63d Troop Carrier Wing, Heavy, October 15, 1953 – March 1, 1954




Stations





Components

Groups
  • 64th Troop Carrier (later, 64th Operations): July 14, 1952 – July 21, 1954 ; May 15, 1991 – September 30, 1997
Detached October 15, 1953 – February 15, 1954)


Squadrons
  • 4th Liaison: attached July 22, 1952 – January 23, 1953
  • 7th Liaison: attached October 20, 1952 – January 9, 1953
  • 16th Transport: 1940–1945, 1947–1948
  • 17th Transport (later Troop Carrier): 1940–1945; 1947–1948; 1952–1954; February 8, 1961 – January 1, 1963
  • 18th Transport (later Troop Carrier): January 8, 1962 – January 1, 1963
  • 33d Flying Training: May 11, 1990 – December 15, 1991
  • 35th Transport (later Flying Training): 1940–1945; 1947–1948; October 1, 1972 – December 15, 1991
  • 41st Flying Training: January 10, 1990 – May 15, 1991
  • 52d Flying Training: May 11, 1990 – December 15, 1991
  • 54th Transport (later Flying Training): 1942; October 1, 1972 – December 15, 1991
  • 61st Troop Carrier (later Tactical Airlift): July 1, 1966 – May 31, 1971
Detached May 5 – August 14, 1967; March 28 – June 29, 1968; May 28 – July 7, 1970, 12 October – December 19, 1970
  • 62d Troop Carrier (later Tactical Airlift): July 1, 1966 – May 31, 1971
Detached December 13, 1967 – c. March 28, 1968; July 1 – October 2, 1968; November 5, 1969 – January 17, 1970; July 2 – August 31, 1970; April 2 – May 31, 1971
  • 64th Expeditionary Security Forces 2005–TBD
  • 64th Expeditionary Support 2005–TBD


Aircraft



Operational History

World War II

Constituted as 64th Transport Group on November 20, 1940. Activated on December 4, 1940. Used C-47’s for training and flying transport missions in the US.

Redesignated 64th Troop Carrier Group in July 1942. Moved to Englandmarker in August 1942 and received additional training. Assigned to Twelfth Air Force. Moved to the Mediterranean theater, November–December 1942. Flew first mission on November 11, landing paratroops at Maison Blanche. Dropped paratroops to capture airfields during the battle for Tunisiamarker. Released paratroops near Gela and Catania when the Allies invaded Sicily in July 1943. Dropped paratroops near Avellino during the invasion of Italymarker in September 1943 to destroy a bridge on the enemy’s supply line to Salernomarker. Participated in the assault on southern Francemarker in August 1944 by releasing gliders and paratroops in the battle zone. Supported the partisans in northern Italy early in 1945 by dropping paratroops, supplies, and propaganda leaflets behind enemy lines.

When not engaged in airborne combat operations, the group continually transported men and supplies to the front lines and evacuated wounded personnel.

Most of the group was on detached service in the CBI theater, April–June 1944, while a skeleton force remainedin Sicily. With its squadrons operating from separate bases in Indiamarker, the 64th group aided the Allied offensive in Burmamarker, being awarded a Distinguished Unit Citation for flying unarmed over rugged enemy territory to carry food, clothing, medical supplies, guns, ammunition, and mules to the combat zone and to evacuate wounded personnel.

Moved to Trinidadmarker in June 1945. Assigned to Air Transport Command. Inactivated on July 31, 1945

Actiuated in the US on May 19, 1947. Not manned during 1947–1948. Inactivated on September 10, 1948.

Cold War

The 64th performed airlift and airdrop/airlanding of troops and cargo, routinely and during frequent maneuvers, 1952–1953. It began phasing down for inactivation in mid-October 1953, at which time tactical operations passed to 63d Troop Carrier Wing. In February 1954, however, the wing began building up again in preparation for an overseas movement, but was inactivated instead.

The 64th was activated at Dyess Air Force Basemarker, Texas in February 1961 with a troop carrier/airlift mission, plus resupply of Distant Early Warning Line sites on the Greenlandmarker ice cap. The wing was again inactivated on January 1, 1963.

It was reactivated and replaced Troop Carrier Wing Provisional, 4413th, in July 1966 at Sewart Air Force Basemarker, Tennesseemarker. The wing provided global airlift and aeromedical evacuations, July 1966 – May 1971. It also provided C–130 combat crew training for other C–130 units from, July 1, 1966 – March 6, 1970, with this being the wing’s primary activity from August 9, 1968 to March 6, 1970. It was replaced at Little Rock Air Force Basemarker, Arkansasmarker, in May 1971 by 314th Tactical Airlift Wing. The 64th replaced 3500th Pilot Training Wing in October 1972 and assumed mission of undergraduate pilot training and operation and maintenance of Reese Air Force Basemarker, Texasmarker. It supported Accelerated Co-Pilot Enrichment Program through operating locations at Minot Air Force Basemarker, North Dakotamarker, Ellsworth Air Force Basemarker, South Dakotamarker, and Grand Forks Air Force Basemarker, North Dakota from, 1976–1991. The 64th began specialized undergraduate pilot training in July 1992, using T–1A to prepare students for airlift tanker/transport training and T–38 for students in fighter/ bomber track. The Wing seems to have disbanded with the closure of Reese Air Force Base in 1997.

Around 2005 the 64th Air Expeditionary Group seems to have replaced the 320th Air Expeditionary Group as the operating unit for Eskan Village near Riyadhmarker.

References



  • Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0892010924.
  • Ravenstein, Charles A. (1984). Air Force Combat Wings Lineage and Honors Histories 1947–1977. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0912799129.
  • Official factsheet
  • Photo gallery
  • Joe's USAF Blue Book (Deactivated Link)


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