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Note: History of the unit in SEA only is given.
1st Special Operations Squadron (constituted 1st Air Commando Squadron, Composite, and activated, on 17 Jun 1963; organized on 8 Jul 1963; redesignated: 1st Air Commando Squadron, Fighter, on 15 Aug 1967; 1st Special Operations Squadron on 1 Aug 1968).
Pacific Air Forces, 17 Jun 1963; 34th Tactical Group, 8 Jul 1963; 6251st Tactical Fighter Wing, 8 Jul 1965 (attached to 3d Tactical Fighter Wing, 21 Nov 19658 Mar 1966); 2d Air Division, 18 Feb 1966; 14th Air Commando Wing, 8 Mar 1966; 56th Air Commando (later, 56th Special Operations) Wing, 20 Dec 1967; 18th Tactical Fighter Wing, 15 Dec 1972; 18th Tactical Fighter Group, 1 May 1978.
Bien Hoa AB, South Vietnam, 8 Jul 1963; Pleiku AB, South Vietnam, 5 Jan 1966; Nakhon Phanom RTAFB, Thailand, 20 Dec 1967; Kadena AB, Japan, 15 Dec 1972 (segment of squadron operated from Nakhon Phanom RTAFB, 15 Dec 197228 Jan 1973).
B26, 19631964; T28, 19631964; U10, 19631966; C47, 19631966; RB26, 19631964; A1, 19641972; FC47, 19641965; AC47, 1965; C(later, MC)130, 1972.
Combat in Southeast Asia, 8 Jul 19637 Nov 1972 and 15 Dec 197228 Jan 1973. Trained Vietnamese Air Force pilots in counterinsurgency operations, Jul 1963Nov 1972.
Vietnam: Vietnam Advisory; Vietnam Defensive; Vietnam Air; Vietnam Air Offensive; Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase II; Vietnam Air Offensive,Phase III; Vietnam Air/Ground; Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase IV; TET 69/ Counteroffensive; Vietnam Summer-Fall, 1969; Vietnam Winter-Spring, 1970; Sanctuary Counteroffensive; Southwest Monsoon; Commando Hunt V; Commando Hunt VI; Commando Hunt VII; Vietnam Ceasefire.
Presidential Unit Citations (Southeast Asia): 1 Aug 196415 Apr 1965;
8 Mar 19667 Mar 1967; 1 Nov 19681 May 1969; 1 Oct 196930 Apr 1970; 1 Apr15 Dec 1972. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards with Combat "V" Device: 1 Dec 197030 Nov 1971; 1 Dec 197129 Feb 1972. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 1 May 196331 Jul 1964; 1 Apr 197431 Mar 1976 Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm: 1 Oct 196715 Dec 1972.
Det#2 1st Air Commando Squadron at Soc Trang
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