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58th Fighter Squadron [58th FS]

The 58th Fighter Squadron is one of two combat flying squadrons in the 33d Fighter Wing Operations Group, 33d Fighter Wing.

The 58th Fighter Squadron's long and distinguished history dates back to the aerial battles of World War II. Activated as the 58th Pursuit Squadron (part of the 33d Pursuit Group) stationed at Mitchel Field, NY, the squadron provided aerial defense of the United States.

The squadron later deployed, during the course of the war, to various locations starting in november 1942, ranging from French Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Sicily, Italy, India, China and Burma. Following its reactivation on 20 August 1946, the squadron was stationed in Germany until mid-1947, as part of US occupation forces in Germany.

From 1947 to 1960, the squadron provided air defense of the United States, flying a variety of aircraft (P(later F)-51, 1946-1949; F-84, 1948-1950; F-86, 1950-1952; F-94, 1952-1955; F-89, 1955-1960). The squadron was discontinued, and inactivated, on 25 December 1960.

Redesignated as the 58th Tactical Fighter Squadron on 16 March 1970, the squadron was reactivated on 1 September 1970 at Eglin AFB, FL, flying the F-4. The squadron deployed at Udorn RTAFB, Thailand, 29 April-18 October 1972 and 1 June-14 September 1973, taking part in Southeast Asia combat operations.

The squadron took part in operations in Panama, from December 1989 to January 1990. During Operation Desert Storm, the 58th Fighter Squadron accomplished the most sorties and hours flown of any F-15 unit in theater, and the most air-to-air kills and double kills of any coalition unit involved.

The squadron was redesignated as the 58th Fighter Squadron on 1 November 1991.

In December of 1991, as a result of the service-wide reorganization, the 58th FS, nicknamed the "Gorillas" became aligned under Air Combat Command, as part of the 33rd Fighter Wing. As of mid-2000, the 58th FS was assigned to Aerospace Expeditionary Force 2 and continues to support various theater Commander-in-Chiefs by providing air superiority by all who call upon its service.

The mission of the 58th Fighter Squadron is to prepare and maintain a 24 Primary Assigned Aircraft (PAA) combat-coded F-15C squadron for worldwide deployment and air combat operations. The squadron originally transitionned to the F-15 aircraft in 1979. The squadron plans and executes an annual flying hour program of 5,200 sorties to train and maintain the combat readiness of 32 pilots and 300 maintenance personnel for operational taskings in the world's most sophisticated air superiority aircraft.

The squadron has more than 320 active-duty and civilian personnel and 27 F-15C/D aircraft assigned. The "Gorillas" maintain and manage $950 million in assets and has an annual budget of $11.5 million.

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