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446th Missile Squadron

The 446th Missile Squadron was one of three operational missile squadrons assigned to the 321st Missile Wing at Grand Forks Air Force Base. A complete warfighting unit comprised of operations, security forces, and support personnel, it controlled 50 launch facilities and five missile alert facilities.

Constituted 446th Bombardment Squadron (Medium) on 19 Jun 1942. Activated on 26 Jun 1942. Redesignated 446th Bombardment Squadron, Medium, on 6 Mar 1944. Inactivated on 12 Sep 1945. Redesignated 446th Bombardment Squadron, Light, on 5 Mar 1947. Activated in the Reserve on 30 Mar 1947. Inactivated on 27 Jun 1949. Redesignated 446th Bombardment Squadron, Medium, on 25 Nov 1953. Activated on 15 Dec 1953. Discontinued, and inactivated, on 25 Oct 1961. Redesignated 446th Strategic Missile Squadron and activated, on 19 Apr 1965. Organized on 1 Jul 1965. Redesignated 446th Missile Squadron on 1 Sep 1991.

Combat in MTO and ETO, 15 Mar 1943-25 Apr 1945. Not operational, 1 Jul 1965-c. 29 Mar 1966. Missile operations, Apr 1966-. Minuteman II, 1966-1972; Minuteman III, 1972-.

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