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60th Fighter Squadron [60th FS]

The 60th Fighter Squadron is one of two combat flying squadrons in the 33d Fighter Wing Operations Group, 33d Fighter Wing.

Activated in 1940 at Mitchel Field, NY as the 60th Pursuit Squadron, the unit was attached to the 33d Pursuit Group on January 15, 1941.

The squadron deployed, during the course of World War II, 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 1971, 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, 1950-1955; F-94, 1955-1959; F-101, 1959-1971). The squadron was inactivated on 30 April 1971.

Redesignated as the 60th Tactical Fighter Squadron on 18 May 1971, it was reactivated on 1 September 1971, but was not operational, until 15 June 1979, when it prodided F-15 training of PACAF crews. From 17 April 1980 to 1 July 1981, the squadron was again not operational.

The squadron supported combat operations in Panama, from December 1989-January 1990 and in Southwest Asia, from 26 August 1990-12 April 1991.

The 60th was redesignated as the 60th Fighter Squadron on 1 November 1991.

In December of 1991, as a result of the service-wide reorganization, the 60th Fighter Squadron, nicknamed the "Fighting Crows," became aligned under Air Combat Command. As of mid-2000, the 60th Fighter Squadron has been assigned to Aerospace Expeditionary Force 4 and continues to support various theater Commander-in-Chiefs by providing air superiority by all who call upon its service.

The mission of the 60th 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 plans and executes an annual flying hour program of over 5,700 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 over 320 active-duty and civilian personnel and 27 F-15C/D aircraft assigned. The "Fighting Crows" maintain and manage $950 million in assets and have an annual budget of $14 million.

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