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84th FTS Gunslingers

 
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84th FLYING TRAINING SQUADRON (AETC)

Lineage. Constituted 84 Pursuit Squadron (Interceptor) on 13 Jan 1942. Activated on 9 Feb 1942. Redesignated: 84 Pursuit Squadron (Interceptor) (Twin Engine) on 22 Apr 1942; 84 Fighter Squadron (Twin Engine) on 15 May 1942; 84 Fighter Squadron on 1 Mar 1943; 84 Fighter Squadron, Single Engine, on 21 Aug 1944. Inactivated on 18 Oct 1945. Activated on 20 Aug 1946. Redesignated: 84 Fighter Squadron, Jet, on 24 Sep 1948; 84 Fighter-Interceptor Squadron on 20 Jan 1950; 84 Fighter Interceptor Training Squadron on 1 Jul 1981. Inactivated on 27 Feb 1987. Redesignated 84 Flying Training Squadron on 9 Feb 1990. Activated on 2 Apr 1990. Inactivated on 1 Oct 1992. Activated on 1 Oct 1998.
 
Assignments. 78 Pursuit (later, 78 Fighter) Group, 9 Feb 1942-18 Oct 1945. 78 Fighter (later, 78 Fighter-Interceptor) Group, 20 Aug 1946; 4702 Defense Wing, 6 Feb 1952; 28 Air Division, 7 Nov 1952; 566 Air Defense Group, 16 Feb 1953; 78 Fighter Group, 18 Aug 1955; 78 Fighter Wing (Air Defense), 1 Feb 1961; 1 Fighter Wing (Air Defense), 31 Dec 1969; 26 Air Division, 1 Oct 1970-27 Feb 1987. 47 Flying Training Wing, 2 Apr 1990; 47 Operations Group, 15 Dec 1991-1 Oct 1992. 47 Operations Group, 1 Oct 1998-.
 
Stations. Baer Field, IN, 9 Feb 1942; Muroc, CA, 30 Apr 1942; Oakland, CA, 11 May 1942; Hamilton Field, CA, 4-10 Nov 1942; Goxhill, England, 1 Dec 1942; Duxford, England, 1 Apr 1943-11 Oct 1945; Camp Kilmer, NJ, 16-18 Oct 1945. Straubing, Germany, 20 Aug 1946-25 Jun 1947; Mitchel Field, NY, 25 Jun 1947; Hamilton AFB, CA, 24 Nov 1948; Castle AFB, CA, 1 Sep 1973-27 Feb 1987. Laughlin AFB, TX, 2 Apr 1990-1 Oct 1992. Laughlin AFB, TX, 1 Oct 1998-.
 
Aircraft. P-38, 1942-1943; P-47, 1943-1944; P-51, 1944-1945. F-51, 1949-1951; F-84, 1949-1951; F-89, 1951-1952; F-86, 1952-1958; F-89, 1958-1959; F-101, 1959-1968; F-106, 1968-1981; T-33 (as primary aircraft), 1981-1987. T-37, 1990-1992. T-37, 1998-2003; T-6, 2002-.
 
Operations. The 84th trained in the United States, then moved to England by the end of 1942. Flew escort missions, engaged in counter-air activities, and attacked enemy airfields, trains, vehicles, barges, canal locks, and troops. Supported the Allied landings at Normandy in Jun 1944, contributed to the breakthrough at St Lo in Jul 1944, participated in the Battle of the Bulge in Dec 1944, and supported the airborne assault across the Rhine in Mar 1945. Inactivated on 18 Oct 1945. Activated in Germany on 20 Aug 1946, the 84th served as part of the occupation forces until it transferred to the United States in Jun 1947, where it eventually assumed an air defense mission. In 1981, the 84th began live electronic counter-countermeasures (ECCM) training. Participated in live flying exercises as targets for various air divisions and for the F-15s of the 49th TFW. Also flew target missions for the weapons controller training program until early 1987. Redesignated as a Flying Training Squadron in 1990, the 84th provided primary jet training in T-37 aircraft for USAF and foreign students, 1990-1992. Once again it provided primary jet training in the T-37 from 1998-2003 and added the T-6 in 2003 to present.
 
Service Streamers. None.
 
Campaign Streamers. World War II: Air Offensive, Europe; Normandy; Northern France; Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe; Air Combat, EAME Theater.
 
Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.
 
Decorations. Distinguished Unit Citations: Holland, 17-23 Sep 1944; Czechoslovakia, 16 Apr 1945. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 1 Jul 1968-30 Jun 1969; 1 Aug 1973-31 May 1975; 1 Jul 1981-30 Jun 1983; [2 Apr 1990]-15 Mar 1991; 1 Jul 1991-[1 Oct 1992]; [1 Oct 1998]-30 Jun 1999; 1 Sep 2003-30 Jun 2005; 1 Jul 2005-30 Jun 2007.
 
Emblem. Approved on 26 Aug 1942; slightly modified on 23 September 1998.

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