15th Operations Group

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15th Operations Group
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Boeing C-17A[1] Globemaster III of the 535th Airlift Squadron
Active 1992–present
Country  United States
Branch  United States Air Force
Type Composite group
Role Airlift and Fighter
Part of 15th Wing
Garrison/HQ Hickam Air Force Base
Decorations Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
15th Operations Group emblem(approved 15 March 1963 for the 15h Wing based on an emblem approved 5 October 1942)[2][3][4] 15thog-emblem.jpg
Tail Code HH

The 15th Operations Group (15 OG) is the flying component of the 15th Wing, assigned to the United States Air Force Thirteenth Air Force. The group is stationed at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii.

The 15 OG is responsible for managing operational matters at Hickam Air Force Base and Bellows Air Force Station, Hawaii and Wake Island Airfield.


The 15th Operations Group has five operational squadrons assigned flying C-17, KC-135, F-22, C-40B, and C-37A aircraft along with an operational support squadron supporting the Commander, US Pacific Command and the Commander, Pacific Air Forces.


The 15th Operations Group (Tail Code: HH) consists of the following squadrons:


65th Airlift Squadron Special Air Mission aircraft

On 1 April 1992 the 15th Operations Group was activated when the USAF objective wing organization was implemented for the 15th Air Base Wing implementing the USAF objective wing organization.[4] Upon activation, the 15th OG assumed responsibility from the 15th Air Base Wing for managing operational matters at Hickam AFB and Bellows AFS, Hawaii; and Wake Island Airfield. The group also provided command and control for the defense of the Hawaiian Islands and directed tactical control of Hawaii Air National Guard alert F-15 aircraft.[4] It was assigned the flying squadrons previously assigned to the wing.

TACP of the 25th Air Support Operations Squadron

Its 25th Air Support Operations Squadron provided combat ready tactical air control parties ready to advise on the employment of air assets in training and combat and to deploy worldwide with each brigade and battalion of the U.S. Army's 25th Infantry Division and other designated ground components.[4] Beginning in 1992, the group had one airlift squadron assigned and equipped with specially configured C-135 aircraft, which provided transportation for the Commander, US Pacific Command, Commander, Pacific Air Forces, and other high-ranking civilian, military, and foreign dignitaries.[4]

Added C-37 aircraft in 2002 and C-40 aircraft in 2003; retired C-135 aircraft in 2003. Assigned second airlift squadron in 2005.[4]

The 15th Operations Group is integrated with the 154th Operations Group of the Hawaii Air National Guard in the "total force" concept. Three of its four flying squadrons have associate units of the Guard integrated with them:

19th Fighter Squadron Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptor[5]
96th Air Refueling Squadron Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker[6]

In 2010, the group added and aircraft to its inventory, when the 19th Fighter Squadron and 96th Air Refueling Squadron were activated.


  • Constituted as 15 Operations Group on 1 April 1992
Activated on 13 April 1992[4]




  • Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, 13 April 1992 – present[4]

Aircraft assigned

  • Boeing C-135 Stratofreighter, 1992–2003
  • Boeing C-37 Clipper, 2002–present
  • C-40, 2003–present
  • McDonnell Douglas C-17 Globemaster III, 2005–present
  • Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker, 1992–2003
  • Lockheed-Martin F-22 Raptor, 2010–present[4]

See also


  1. Serial 05-5150 of Lot XVII
  2. Robertson, Patsy (December 2, 2010). "Factsheet 15 Wing (PACAF)". Air Force Historical Research Agency. Archived from the original on April 22, 2014. Retrieved May 14, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. The 15th Operations Group uses the wing emblem with the group name on the scroll
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 Robertson, Patsy (April 3, 2014). "Factsheet 15 Operations Group (PACAF)". Air Force Historical Research Agency. Retrieved November 18, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. LRIP Lot 3 Block 20 03-4051
  6. KC-135R-BN serial number 61-0290
  7. Factsheet, 15th Reconnaissance Squadron (accessed 2 Apr 2012)
  8. Factsheet, 19th Fighter Squadron (accessed 2 Apr 2012)
  9. Factsheet, 65th Airlift Squadron (accessed 2 Apr 2012)
  10. Factsheet, 535th Airlift Squadron (accessed 2 Apr 2012)

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

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