965th Airborne Air Control Squadron [965th AACS]
The 965th Airborne Air Control Squadron is an operational unit of Air Combat Command's 552nd Air Control Wing, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla.
The 965th Airborne Early Warning and Control Squadron was activated on Februrary 16, 1943 as the 595th Bombardment Squadron and from its participation in World War II carries two campaign streamers. These streamers are for the India-Burma campaign and for the Central Burma campaign. On August 8, 1955 it was designated as a unit of the 552nd Airborne Early Warning and Control Wing, with headquarters at McClellan Air Force Base, Calif. The squadron, equipped with propeller-driven EC-121D Super Constellation aircraft, was a unit of the Aerospace Defense Command. It also flew TC-121 and C-121 aircraft.
The mission of the 965th Airborne Early Warning and Control Squadron included supporting Strategic Air Command and Military Airlift Command operations through airborne early warning and control and anti-submarine patrols.
From 1965 to 1971 the unit actively participated in the "Big Eye" (later "College Eye") task force in Southeast Asia. The squadron was inactivated June 30, 1971.
Redesignated the 965th Airborne Warning and Control Squadron, the unit was activated July 1, 1978, as the third E-3 operational squadron of the 552nd Airborne Warning and Control Wing. Flying the E-3 Sentry aircraft, the squadron stood ready to provide early warning and command and control anytime it was needed, anywhere in the world. However, the unit was placed in a "without personnel and equipment" status Sept. 1, 1979, to more effectively employ 552nd Airborne Warning and Control Wing resources.
The 965th AWACS was reestablished Jan. 1, 1984, due to increased commitments and taskings within the 552nd Airborne Warning and Control Division.
Crew members from the unit rotate periodically in support of National Command Authority taskings, as well as taking part in various composite force exercises throughout the world such as Red/Green Flag.
On July 1, 1994 the squadron name was changed from the 965th Airborne Warning And Control Squadron to its present designation.
The E-3 has become an instrument of national foreign policy because of its ability to go anywhere in the world on short notice without itself introducing weapons into the situation.
The 965th AACS provides responsive employment of E-3 Airborne Warning and Control aircraft for surveillance, warning and control in a variety of tactical, strategic and special mission applications.
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