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95th Fighter Squadron [95th FS]

The 95th FS was reactivated in Oct. 11, 2013 and since then it received 24 F-22's, making Tyndall the largest contingent of 5th generation aircraft in the world. "Mr. Bones" is pictured on the unit patch.

The 95th called Tyndall home for three decades with their mascot, Mr. Bones, a skeleton with a top hat and cane, adorning the unit patch. "I feel very fortunate to bring the 95th and Mr. Bones back home to Tyndall," said Lt. Col. Erick Gilbert, current 325th program integration chief and soon-to-be 95th Fighter Squadron commander.

Known as the "Boneheads," the squadron's history began in 1942. The squadron first saw service flying the original twin-tailed fighter, the P-38 Lightning. The 95th Fighter Squadron finished the war with more than 400 kills, including 199 aerial victories. During the post-war period, the 95th flew many aircraft in several different commands.

The present squadron was activated at Tyndall on August 15, 1974, as the 95th Interceptor Training Squadron, redesignated the 95th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron on April 1, 1974, and finally the 95th Fighter Squadron on November 1, 1991.

From September 1974 to December 2010, the squadron trained thousands of fighter/interceptor pilots and weapons controllers using the T-33 Shooting Star and F-15E Strike Eagle. The squadron was the last of the three F-15 squadrons to be inactivated at Tyndall due to its significant local history, but also due to its significant contributions during World War II resulting in 199 aerial victories, the destruction of more than 400 strategic targets and ultimately being awarded the Distinguished Unit Citation.

The 95th Fighter Squadron and Aircraft Maintenance Unit once again called Tyndall home as officials announced the new F-22 Raptor squadron activated 11 October 2013. "We are honored to have the 95th call Tyndall home again," said Col. David E. Graff, 325th Fighter Wing Commander. "It symbolizes so much to both our local community and military history."

The unit activated during a ceremony Oct. 11 to prepare for the transfer of 24 F-22s and more than 1,100 positions to the base. The squadron has started receiving an average of 50 to 60 personnel per month and will continue to do so for the next several months. Once reaching its initial operating capability, the squadron will be capable of deploying one of the most advanced aircraft in the world into a combat area of responsibility.

Aircraft for the new squadron started arriving in early 2014; however, opening the 95th FS for business early allows for the bed down of the influx of personnel and helps establish the critical road map to combat capability, said base leadership. The additional F-22s brought the total number of the 5th generation fighters to more than 50 at Tyndall. This is the largest contingent of F-22s at one location.

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