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Anyone who has ever looked into the glazed eyes of a soldier dying on the battlefield will think hard before starting a war.

-- Otto Von Bismarck

12th Airborne Command and Control Squadron

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Lineage

2 Antisubmarine Squadron (Heavy) (constituted 523 Bombardment Squadron [Heavy] on 13 Oct 1942; activated on 18 Oct 1942; redesignated 2 Antisubmarine Squadron [Heavy] on 23 Nov 1942; disbanded on 29 Jan 1944; reconstituted on 19 Sep 1985) and the 327 Ferrying Squadron (constituted on 12 May 1944; activated on 31 May 1944; inactivated on 5 Oct 1945; disbanded on 8 Oct 1948; reconstituted on 19 Sep 1985) consolidated (19 Sep 1985) with the 12 Special Operations Squadron (constituted 12 Air Commando Squadron [Defoliation], and activated, on 26 Aug 1966; organized on 15 Oct 1966; redesignated 12 Special Operations Squadron on 1 Aug 1968; inactivated on 30 Sep 1970). Redesignated 12 Airborne Command and Control Squadron on 19 Sep 1985. Activated on 29 Jan 1996.>

Assignments

378 Bombardment Group, 18 Oct 1942; 25 Antisubmarine Wing, 14 Dec 1942 (attached to: VIII Bomber Command, c. 2-15 Jan 1942; 1 Antisubmarine Group [Provisional], 15 Jan-1 Mar 1943; 2037 Antisubmarine Wing [Provisional], 1 Mar-21 Jun 1943); 480 Antisubmarine Group, 21 Jun 1943-29 Jan 1944. Mediterranean Air Transport Service, 31 May 1944; XII Air Force Service Command, c. 15 Sep-5 Oct 1945. Pacific Air Forces, 26 Aug 1966; 315 Air Commando (later, 315 Special Operations; 315 Tactical Airlift) Wing, 15 Oct 1966-30 Sep 1970. 93 Operations Group, 29 Jan 1996-.

Stations

Langley Field, VA, 18 Oct-26 Dec 1942; St Eval, England, 2 Jan 1943; Craw Field, Port Lyautey, French Morocco, c. 11 Mar-25 Nov 1943 (air echelon operated from Agadir, French Morocco, Jul 1943); Clovis AAFld, NM, c. 4-29 Jan 1944. Capodichino AB, Naples, Italy, 31 May 1944-5 Oct 1945. Tan Son Nhut AB, South Vietnam, 15 Oct 1966; Bien Hoa AB, South Vietnam, 1 Dec 1966; Phan Rang AB, South Vietnam, 10 Jul-30 Sep 1970. Robins AFB, GA, 29 Jan 1996-.

Commanders


Aircraft

B-17, 1942; B-18, 1942; B-34, 1942; B-24, 1942-1944. P-40, 1944; C-47, 1944-1945; C-46, 1945. C-123, 1966-1970. E-8, 1996-.

Operations

Antisubmarine patrols around England (Jan to Mar 1943) and French Morocco (Mar-Nov 1943); flew cargo, passengers, and mail to destinations within Italy and to Sardinia, Corsica, north Africa, and southern France, Jun 1944-Sep 1945. Sprayed defoliant herbicides and pesticides in Vietnam, 1966-1970, in addition to flying special missions, such as dropping leaflets or flares. Activated in Jan 1996 to fly E-8 aircraft for air control and target attack radar system.

Service Streamers

None.

Campaign Streamers

World War II: Rome-Arno; Po Valley; Air Offensive, Europe; Rhineland; Antisubmarine, EAME Theater; Air Combat, EAME Theater. Vietnam: Vietnam Air Offensive; Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase II; Vietnam Air/Ground; Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase III; Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase IV; Tet 69/ Counteroffensive; Vietnam Summer-Fall, 1969; Vietnam Winter-Spring, 1969-1970; Sanctuary Counteroffensive; Southwest Monsoon.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers

None.

Decorations

Distinguished Unit Citation: European Theater of Operations and North Africa, [16 Jan]-28 Oct 1943. Presidential Unit Citations (Southeast Asia): [15 Oct] 1966-30 Jun 1967; 21 Jan-12 May 1968; 15 May 1968-15 Apr 1969; 1 Apr-30 Jun 1970. Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Combat "V" Device: 15 Oct 1966-30 Apr 1967. Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm: 15 Oct 1966-31 Jul 1970.

Emblem

Approved on 12 Apr 2000

Lineage, Assignments, Components, Stations, and Honors through 7 May 1997

Commanders, Aircraft, and Operations through Jan 1996.

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