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451st Air Expeditionary Group - Desert

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451st Air Expeditionary Group  
Lineage: Constituted as 451st Bombardment Group (Heavy) on April 6, 1943. Activated on May 1, 1943, Inactivated on September 26, 1945; Established as the 451st Strategic Missile Wing (ICBM-Titan)l April 26, 1961, Activated on April 26, 1961, Discontinued and inactivated June 25, 1965; Redesignated 451st Air Expeditionary Group 2002 (exact date uncertain), Activated 2002 (exact date uncertain); Redesignated 451st Air Expeditionary Wing 2 Jul 2009
Assignments: Fourth Air Force, May 1, 1943; Third Air Force, June 3, 1943; Second Air Force, July 18 - November 1943; Fifteenth Air Force; 47th Bombardment Wing, December 11, 1943 - April 6, 1944; 49th Bombardment Wing, April 6, 1944 - June 19, 1945
Continental Air Forces:
First Air Force, June 19 - September 16, 1945.
Strategic Air Command
13th Air Division, July 1, 1961 - June 25, 1965
Air Combat Command
455th Air Expeditionary Wing, ?? ??? 2002 - July 2, 2009
Ninth Air Force, July 2, 2009- Present
451st Expeditionary Operations Group
30th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron
42nd Expeditionary Attack Squadron - MQ-9 
55th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron
62nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron – MQ-1B
73rd Expeditionary Air Control Squadron
305th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron HH-60G
354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron
451st Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron
451st Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Flight
772nd Expeditionary Airlift Squadron – C-130J
451st Expeditionary Maintenance Group
451st Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
451st Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron
451st Expeditionary Mission Support Group
451st Expeditionary Communications Squadron
451st Expeditionary Civil Engineering Squadron
451st Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron
451st Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron
451st Expeditionary Force Support Flight
Tenant Units
755th Air Expeditionary Squadron
755th Explosive Ordanance Disposal
8th Expeditionary Air Mobility Squadron
Stations: Davis-Monthan Field, Arizona, May 1, 1943 - June 5, 1943; Dyersburg Army Air Base, Tennessee, June 3, 1943;
Wendover Field, Utah c. July 18, 1943; Fairmont AAFld, Nebraska September 9 - November 16, 1943; Gioia del Colle Airfield, Italy c. January 10, 1944; San Pancrazio Airfield, Italy c. March 5, 1944; Castelltuccio Airfield, Italy c. April 6, 1944 - June 1945; Dow Field, Maine c. June 19 - September 16, 1945; Lowry AFB, Colorado April 26, 1961 - June 25, 1965; Kandahar/Qandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, 2002-Present Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan
A-10C Thunderbolt II; C-130J Hercules; EA-6B Prowler; EC-130 Compass Call; HH-60G Pave Hawk; MQ-1 Predator UAV;
MQ-9 Reaper UAV
World War II
Constituted as 451st Bombardment Group (Heavy) on April 6, 1943. Activated on May 1, 1943. Prepared for combat with B-24s. Moved to the Mediterranean theater, November 1943 - January 1944, with the air echelon training in Algeria for several weeks before joining the remainder of the group in Italy.
Operated with Fifteenth Air Force, January 1944 - May 1945, functioning primarily as a strategic bombardment organization. Attacked such targets as oil refineries, marshalling yards, aircraft factories, bridges, and airfields in Italy, France, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Austria, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Albania, and Greece.
Received a Distinguished Unit Citation for each of three missions: to an aircraft factory at Regensburg on February 25, 1944, to oil refineries and marshalling yards at Ploesti on April 5, 1944, and to an airdrome at Vienna on August 23, 1944; although encountering large numbers of enemy fighters and severe antiaircraft fire during each of these missions, the group fought its way through the opposition, destroyed many interceptors, and inflicted serious damage on the assigned targets.
At times the group also flew support and interdictory missions. Helped to prepare the way for and participated in the invasion of Southern France in August 1944. Transported supplies to troops in Italy during September 1944. Supported the final advances of Allied armies in northern Italy in April 1945.
Returned to the US in June 1945. Inactivated on September 26, 1945.
Cold War
Established as the 451st Strategic Missile Wing (ICBM-Titan) and activated on April 26, 1961. Organized on July 1, 1961 at Lowry AFB, Colorado.
The 451st replaced the 703d Strategic Missile Wing in July 1961 with two Titan I missile squadrons (724th, 725th MS). The first wing missile complex was accepted on April 18, 1962. All wing missiles went off alert status on March 26, 1965 and the wing phased down for inactivation.
Discontinued and inactivated June 25, 1965.
Global War on Terrorism
The 451st Air Expeditionary Group was activated in 2002 as part of the Global War on Terrorism, conducting operations from Kandahar Airfield, Afghanitsan. The group was responsible for air control of the southern region of Afghanistan, launch and recovery operations for the MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper aircraft, the employment of combat search and rescue forces throughout the entire country, medical evacuation capability throughout Afghanistan with the HH-60 Pave Hawk and ground security and defense of the airfield. Included in the group are safety, logistics, communications, civil engineer.
Due to the growth in size and requirements of the USAF mission at Kandahar, the 451 AEG was enlarged to a wing-level organization, redesignated as the 451st Air Expeditionary Wing (451 AEW) and activated as such on 2 July 2009.

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