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USAF 4th Fighter Squadron F-16 - MERICA Patch

 
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4th Fighter Squadron
Lineage. Constituted 4th Pursuit Squadron (Interceptor) on 20 Nov 1940. Activated on 15 Jan 1941. Redesignated: 4th Fighter Squadron on 15 May 1942; 4th Fighter Squadron, Single Engine, on 20 Aug 1943. Inactivated on 7 Nov 1945. Redesignated 4th Fighter Squadron (All Weather) on 19 Dec 1946. Activated on 20 Feb 1947. Redesignated: 4th Fighter Squadron, All Weather, on 10 Aug 1948; 4th Fighter-All Weather Squadron on 20 Jan 1950; 4th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron on 25 Apr 1951; 4th Tactical Fighter Squadron on 20 Jun 1965; 4th Fighter Squadron on 1 Nov 1991.
Assignments. 52d Pursuit (later, 52d Fighter) Group, 15 Jan 1941-7 Nov 1945. 347th Fighter Group, 20 Feb 1947 (attached to 51st Fighter [later, 51st Fighter-Interceptor] Group), 20 Feb 1947-); Twentieth Air Force, 24 Jun 1950 (remained attached to 51st Fighter-Interceptor Group to 24 Jun 1950; 6302d Air Base Group, 20 Sep 1950-24 Jun 1951; and 6351st Air Base Wing, 25 Jun 1951-unkn); Japan Air Defense Force, 10 Aug 1954 (attached to 39th Air Division, 10 Aug 1954-); Fifth Air Force, 1 Sep 1954 (remained attached to 39th Air Division); 39th Air Division, 1 Mar 1955; 33d Tactical Fighter Wing, 20 Jun 1965; 366th Tactical Fighter Wing, 12 Apr 1969; 432d Tactical Reconnaissance (later, 432d Tactical Fighter) Wing, 31 Oct 1972; 388th Tactical Fighter (later, 388th Fighter) Wing, 23 Dec 1975 (attached to 388th Tactical Fighter Wing (Deployed) [later, 388th Tactical Fighter Wing (Provisional)], 28 Aug 1990-27 Mar 1991); 388th Operations Group, 1 Dec 1991-.
Stations. Selfridge Field, MI, 15 Jan 1941; Langley Field, VA, 17 Dec 1941; Selfridge Field, MI, 14 Jan 1942; Florence, SC, 18 Feb 1942; Wilmington, NC, 27 Apr 1942; Grenier Field, NH, 12 Jun-19 Jul 1942; Northern Ireland, 19 Aug 1942; Goxhill, England, 25 Aug-29 Oct 1942 (air echelon arrived at Tafaraoui, Algeria, on 8 Nov 1942); La Senia, Algeria, 12 Nov 1942; Orleansville, Algeria, 1 Jan 1943; Telergma, Algeria, 19 Jan 1943; Youks-les-Bains, Algeria, 8 Mar 1943; Le Sers, Tunisia, 12 Apr 1943; La Sebala, Tunisia, 20 May 1943; Boccadifalco, Sicily, 1 Aug 1943; Corsica, 4 Dec 1943; Madna Airfield, Italy, c. 14 May 1944; Piagiolino Airfield, Italy, c. 24 Apr 1945; Lesina, Italy, c. 10 Jul-Aug 1945; Drew Field, FL, 25 Aug-7 Nov 1945. Yontan AB, Okinawa, 20 Feb 1947; Naha AB, Okinawa, 19 Aug 1948; Kadena AB, Okinawa, 16 Feb 1953; Naha AB, Okinawa, 25 Feb 1954; Misawa AB, Japan, 1 Aug 1954-15 Jun 1965; Eglin AFB, FL, 20 Jun 1965-9 Apr 1969; Da Nang AB, South Vietnam, 12 Apr 1969; Takhli RTAFB, Thailand, 27 Jun 1972; Udorn RTAFB, Thailand, 31 Oct 1972-23 Dec 1975; Hill AFB, UT, 23 Dec 1975- (deployed at Central AB, Al Minhad, United Arab Emirates, 28 Aug 1990-27 Mar 1991).
Aircraft. P-40, 1941-1942; P-39, 1942; Spitfire, 1942-1944; P-51, 1944-1945. F-61, 1947-1950; F-82, 1949-1952; F-94, 1951-1954; F-86, 1954-1960; F-102, 1960-1965; F-4, 1965-1967, 1967-1975, 1976-1980; F-16, 1980-.
Operations. Combat in ETO and MTO, Aug 1942-30 Apr 1945. Air defense of the Ryukyus during the Korean War. Trained Japanese Self-Defense Force, Korean and Thai Air Forces pilots, Aug 1954-Jun 1965. Combat in Southeast Asia, c. 3 Jun 1969-15 Aug 1973. One of the 4th's aircrews earned the last USAF aerial victory of the war by downing a MiG-21 on 8 Jan 1973. Combat air cover for the evacuations of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and Saigon, Vietnam, Apr 1975. Air cover during the recovery of the SS Mayaguez and its crew, May 1975. Combat in Southwest Asia, Jan-Feb 1991.
Service Streamers. Korean Theater.
Campaign Streamers. World War II: Air Offensive, Europe; Algeria-French Morocco; Tunisia; Sicily; Naples-Foggia; Rome-Arno; Normandy; Northern France; Southern France; North Apennines; Rhineland; Central Europe; Po Valley; Air Combat, EAME Theater. Vietnam: TET 69/Counteroffensive; Vietnam Summer-Fall, 1969; Vietnam Winter-Spring, 1970; Sanctuary Counteroffensive; Southwest Monsoon; Commando Hunt V; Commando Hunt VI; Commando Hunt VII; Vietnam Ceasefire. Southwest Asia: Defense of Saudi Arabia; Liberation and Defense of Kuwait.
Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.
Decorations. Distinguished Unit Citations: Germany, 9 Jun 1944; Rumania, 31 Aug 1944. Presidential Unit Citation: Southeast Asia, 1 Apr-26 Jun 1972. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards with Combat "V" Device: [12 Apr 1969]-31 Jul 1969; 1 Aug 1969-1 Aug 1970; 2 Aug 1970-31 Mar 1972; 18 Dec 1972-27 Jan 1973. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 1 Jul 1967-20 Jun 1968; 1 Jul 1968-9 Apr 1969. Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm: [12 Apr 1969]-28 Jan 1973.
Emblem. At the center of a Black disc, Fuujin, the Okinawan god of wind, Green, carrying a large Yellow sack, wearing a Red scarf draped about the neck and shoulders, all in front of a White thunder cloud outlined Gray with Yellow lightning flash issuing toward dexter base. Approved on 25 Feb 1949, and slightly modified in 1994.

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