314th Air Refueling Squadron

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314th Air Refueling Squadron
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314th Air Refueling Squadron Patch
Active 1 November 1943 - 31 July 1946
27 June 1949 - 2 April 1951
13 June 1952 - 2009
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Aerial refueling
Part of Air Force Reserve Command
4th Air Force
940th Air Refueling Wing
940th Operations Group
Garrison/HQ Beale Air Force Base
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Decorations Outstanding Unit ribbon.svg AFOUA
Vietnam gallantry cross unit award-3d.svg RVGC w/ Palm

The 314th Air Refueling Squadron is an inactive United States Air Force unit. Its last assignment was with the 940th Air Refueling Wing, based at Beale Air Force Base, California. It was inactivated on 1 July 2009.

Mission

It operated the KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft conducting aerial refueling missions.

History

Activated in late 1943 as a C-47 Skytrain troop carrier squadron, trained under I Troop Carrier Command in the United States. Was not deployed until the spring of 1945 to England, being assigned to the IX Troop Carrier Command, Ninth Air Force. Was not used in combat operations, however did transport supplies and equipment to the front-line ground forces primarily into Germany and evacuated casualties to rear areas. Returned to the United States in September 1945 and was a transport squadron for Continental Air Forces until its inactivation in September 1946.

It trained in the Reserve for troop carrier missions from, 1949–1951, for fighter-bomber missions from, 1952–1957, and resumed its current role as an airlift squadron in 1957 until 1976.

The squadron has performed air refueling missions worldwide since 1977 and maintained an alert responsibility for Strategic Air Command until the command's inactivation in September 1991. It deployed aircraft and personnel to Saudi Arabia and European locations in support of the Gulf War and later contingency operations in Somalia and the Balkans.[1]

Operations and Decorations

  • Combat Operations. Deployed aircraft and personnel to Saudi Arabia and European locations in support of the Gulf War and later contingency operations in Somalia and the Balkans.
  • Campaigns. Southwest Asia: Defense of Saudi Arabia; Liberation and Defense of Kuwait.
  • Decorations. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 23 Dec 1964-23 Jan 1965; 1 Jan 1979-31 Dec 1980; 1 Mar 1982-29 Feb 1984; 31 Jul 1989-30 Sep 1990; 1 Oct 1995-30 Sep 1997; 1 Oct 1997-30 Sep 1999. Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm: 1 Apr 1966-31 Mar 1972.

Lineage

  • Constituted 314th Troop Carrier Squadron on 23 Oct 1943
Activated on 1 Nov 1943
Inactivated on 31 Jul 1946
  • Re-designated: 314th Troop Carrier Squadron, Medium on 10 May 1949
Activated in the Reserve on 27 Jun 1949
Ordered to Active Service on 1 Apr 1951
Inactivated on 2 Apr 1951
  • Re-designated: 314th Fighter-Bomber Squadron on 26 May 1952
Activated in the Reserve on 13 Jun 1952
Re-designated: 314th Troop Carrier Squadron, Medium on 1 Sep 1957
Ordered to Active Service on 28 Oct 1962
Relieved from Active Duty on 28 Nov 1962
Re-designated: 314th Troop Carrier Squadron, Heavy on 1 Apr 1965
Re-designated: 314th Air Transport Squadron, Heavy on 1 Dec 1965
Re-designated: 314th Military Airlift Squadron on 1 Jan 1966
Re-designated: 314th Tactical Airlift Squadron on 1 Apr 1972
Re-designated: 314th Air Refueling Squadron, Heavy on 1 Jan 1977
Re-designated: 314th Air Refueling Squadron on 1 Feb 1992.
Inactivated on 1 Jul 2009

Assignments

Stations

Aircraft

References

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

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