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504th Expeditionary Air Support Operations Group

504th Expeditionary Air Support Operations Group
Active 1966–1972, 2009–present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Role Forward Air Control and Air Support Operations
Part of United States Air Forces Central
Garrison/HQ Kabul International Airport
Decorations PUC
RVGC w/ Palm MUA
Commanders
Current
commander
Col. Keith Teister

The 504th Expeditionary Air Support Operations Group is an active United States Air Force unit. It was first activated in 1966 for service during the Vietnam War, and was reactivated in 2009 for service in Afghanistan.

In Vietnam the group provided combat ready aircraft and crews in support of air and ground operations in Southeast Asia (SEA); conducted visual reconnaissance and convoy escort; trained Air Liaison Officers (ALO) and Forward Air Controllers (FAC), 1966–1972. On reactivation in 2009 it began to provide air support, air liaison, and weather support for ground operations, 30 Mar 2009 to present.

From 2009 in Afghanistan the three squadrons of the group performed separate roles:[1]

History[2]

Lineage

  • Established as 504th Tactical Air Support Group, and activated on 5 Dec 1966.
Organized on 8 Dec 1966.
Inactivated on 15 Mar 1972.
  • Redesignated as 504th Expeditionary Air Support Operations Group, and converted to provisional status, on 12 Feb 2009.
Activated 30 Mar 2009.
19 EWXS in Afghanistan in 2011

Assignments

Operational Components in Vietnam

Stations

Aircraft

  • O-1, 1967–1971
  • O-2, 1967–1972
  • OV-10, 1968–1972.

Campaign Streamers

  • Vietnam: Vietnam Air Offensive; Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase II; Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase III; Vietnam Air/Ground; Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase IV; TET 69/Counteroffensive; Vietnam Summer/Fall 1969; Vietnam Winter/Spring; Sanctuary Counteroffensive; Southwest Monsoon; Commando Hunt V; Commando Hunt VI; Commando Hunt VII.

Decorations

Presidential Unit Citations: 1 Aug 1968 – 31 Aug 1969; 1 Jan – 31 Dec 1970; 30 Jan – 31 Dec 1971. Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Crosses with Palm: 8 Dec 1966 – 15 Mar 1972; 8 Feb – 31 Mar 1971; 1 Apr 1971 – 9 Mar 1972.

References

  1. ^ Air Force Times, New air support operations group in Afghanistan', 3 April 2009
  2. ^ http://www.afhra.af.mil/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=14003

External links

  • [1]
  • 455 AEW's Bagram Airfield Official Site
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