442nd Fighter Wing [442nd FW]
The 442nd Fighter Wing was located at Whiteman AFB, near Knob Noster, MO. The unit was originally constituted as the 442nd Troop Carrier Group and activated 1 September, 1943 at Sedalia Army Air Field, which is now Whiteman AFB. After moves to Fairfax Field, Kansas City, KS and Richards-Gebaur AFB, MO, the 442nd was back at Whiteman AFB and is a strong and cost effective reserve component of the Air Combat Command. In its 2005 BRAC recommendations, however, DoD recommended to realign the 442nd to Nellis AFB.
Subordinate units include and 442nd Operations Group, 303rd Fighter Squadron, 303rd Operations Support Flight, 442nd Support Group, 442nd Mission Support Squadron, 442nd Military Personnel Flight, 442nd Communications Flight, 442nd Civil Engineer Squadron, 442nd Security Forces Squadron, 442nd Logistics Group, 442nd Maintenance Squadron, 442nd Logistics Support Squadron and 442nd Medical Group. The 442nd and 13 subordinate units have an authorized strength of 1,017 people with an annual payroll, operations, and maintenance budget of over $34 million.
On June 12, 1994, the 442nd Fighter Wing relocated to Whiteman AFB, MO. The 442nd was previously assigned to Richards-Gebaur AFB, MO, and transferred to Whiteman after the closure of that installation.
The 442nd deployed for two weeks to Nellis AFB, NV, for Exercise Air Warrior from March 4 to 21, 1999.
The 442nd deployed, along with the 926th FW from NAS JRB New Orleans, LA, six A-10s each and a total of 330 people to Eielson Air Force Base, AK, in August 1997, for training.
The 442nd, as well as the 926th FW deployed again to Eielson AFB, in August 1998, for Patriot Antares, an exercise designed to give A-10 pilots experience dropping live munitions on various targets. The month-long operation, which consisted of two separate two-week deployments, combined the efforts of the two Reserve units, smaller components of several other Reserve units and active-duty service members from the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman AFB.
The 442nd deployed three A-10s as well as personnel to Al Jaber, Kuwait, to provide anti-armor support for Operation Southern Watch. The deployment started in mid-September and ended in early November 1998.
Personnel from the 442nd FW deployed in November 1999 to Al Jaber Air Base, Kuwait, for two months, as part of Aerospace Expeditionary Force 1. They were tasked, along with personnel from the 926th Fighter Wing, with providing close air support and combat search and rescue cover over Southern Iraq. While deplyoed, the two units combined with personnel from the 355th Fighter Squadron, an active-duty unit from Eielson AFB, AK.
Personnel from the 442nd FW also deployed in early 2001 to Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, as part of the 303rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron. The 303rd EFS was at Incirlik in support of Operation Northern Watch.
Personnel and aircraft from the 442nd Fighter Wing deployed in early 2002 to Bagram Airbase, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
In its 2005 BRAC Recommendations, DoD recommended to realign NAS New Orleans ARS, LA. It would distribute the 926th Fighter Wing's A-10 aircraft to the 442d Fighter Wing (AFR), Whiteman AFB (nine aircraft), and the 917th Wing (AFR) at Barksdale AFB, LA (six aircraft). The 442 wing HQ element would realign to Nellis AFB, NV, and the wing Expeditionary Combat Support would realign to Buckley AFB, CO.
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