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USAF 319th Air Refueling Wing Patch

 
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319th Air Refueling Wing (AMC)
Lineage. Established as 319 Bombardment Wing, Light, on 10 May 1949. Activated in the Reserve on 27 Jun 1949. Inactivated on 2 Sep 1949. Activated in the Reserve on 10 Oct 1949. Ordered to active service on 10 Mar 1951. Inactivated on 28 Mar 1951. Redesignated 319 Fighter-Bomber Wing on 12 Apr 1955. Activated in the Reserve on 18 May 1955. Inactivated on 16 Nov 1957. Redesignated 319 Bombardment Wing, Heavy, and activated, on 15 Nov 1962. Organized on 1 Feb 1963. Redesignated: 319 Wing on 1 Sep 1991; 319 Bomb Wing on 1 Jun 1992; 319 Air Refueling Wing on 1 Oct 1993.
Assignments. Ninth Air Force, 27 Jun-2 Sep 1949. Fourteenth Air Force, 10 Oct 1949- 28 Mar 1951. Fourteenth Air Force, 18 May 1955-16 Nov 1957. Strategic Air Command, 15 Nov 1962; 810 Strategic Aerospace Division, 1 Feb 1963; 4 Strategic Aerospace Division, 1 Sep 1964; 47 Air Division, 30 Jun 1971; 4 Strategic Missile (later, 4 Air) Division, 15 Jan 1973; 57 Air Division, 22 Jan 1975; 4 Air Division, 1 May 1982; 57 Air Division, 23 Jan 1987; 42 Air Division, 16 Jun 1988; Eighth Air Force, 9 Jul 1991; Twenty-First Air Force, 1 Oct 1993; Fifteenth Air Force, 1 Apr 1997; Eighteenth Air Force, 1 Oct 2003-.
Components. Groups. 319 Bombardment (later, 319 Fighter-Bomber; 319 Operations): 27 Jun-2 Sep 1949; 10 Oct 1949-22 Mar 1951; 18 May 1955-16 Nov 1957; 1 Sep 1991-.
Squadrons. 46 Bombardment: 1 Feb 1963-1 Sep 1991. 905 Air Refueling: 1 Feb 1963-1 Sep 1991.
Stations. Reading Muni Aprt, PA, 27 Jun-2 Sep 1949. Birmingham Muni Aprt, AL, 10 Oct 1949-28 Mar 1951. Memphis Muni Aprt, TN, 18 May 1955-16 Nov 1957. Grand Forks AFB, ND, 1 Feb 1963-.
Aircraft. T-6, 1949-1951; T-7, 1949-1951; T-11, 1949-1951; B-26, 1949-1951. T-33, 1955-1957; F-84, 1955-1957; F-86, 1957. B-52, 1963-1986; B-1, 1987-1993; KC-135, 1963-1992, 1993-.
Operations. The 319th replaced the 514th Troop Carrier Wing in Oct 1949 and performed Reserve training until ordered to active service in Mar 1951, when wing personnel were used to fill other USAF units. In May of 1955 it replaced the 8710th Pilot Training Wing, and again performed Reserve training and, from Jul 1956 through Aug 1957, maintained two F-84s on "runway alert" at Memphis Municipal Airport under operational control of 20th Air Division, Air Defense Command. It was replaced by the 445th Troop Carrier Wing in Nov 1957 and the 319th replaced the 4133d Strategic Wing in Feb 1963. During the following years, it conducted global bombardment training and air refueling operations to meet SAC commitments, earning the Omaha Trophy as the outstanding wing in SAC for 1978. It participated in a SAC program to test admission of females to the inflight refueling career field, Jan-Dec 1979. The wing converted from B-52 to B-1 bombers, 1986-1987 and flew training missions with conventional and nuclear configurations. Tanker crews assigned to the wing assisted in air refueling efforts during the invasion of Panama, Dec 1989. It deployed tankers to Oman, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia to provide air refueling and cargo missions in Southwest Asia, Aug 1990-Apr 1991. The wing briefly lost its refueling mission in Sep 1992, but in Oct 1993, having lost its bombardment squadron, regained the refueling mission. The 319th supported worldwide Tanker Task Forces, as well as, combat operations in Southwest Asia, Central Europe, and antidrug operations in Central America by providing air refueling for combat aircraft, 1993-present.
Service Streamers. None.
Campaign Streamers. None.
Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.
Decorations. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 1 Jul 1977-30 Jun 1979; 1 Oct 1993-30 Jun 1995; 1 Jul 1995-30 Jun 1997; 1 Jul 2000-30 Jun 2002; 1 Jul 2002-30 Jun 2004.
Bestowed Honors. Authorized to display honors earned by the 319 Operations Group prior to 27 Jun 1949. Service Streamers. None. Campaign Streamers. World War II: Algeria-French Morocco; Tunisia; Sicily; Naples-Foggia; Anzio; Rome-Arno; Southern France; North Apennines; Air Combat, EAME Theater; Air Offensive, Japan; Ryukyus; China Offensive. Decorations. Distinguished Unit Citations: Rome, Italy, 3 Mar 1944; Florence, Italy, 11 Mar 1944. French Croix de Guerre with Palm: Apr, May and Jun 1944.
Emblem. Approved on 6 Jan 1964.
 

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