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505TH COMMAND AND CONTROL WING HISTORY|
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The 505th Command and Control Wing started in the Army Air Corps just after World War II. At that time, the 505 CCW was known as the 505th Aircraft Control and Warning Group and was activated in 1947 with assignment to the Fourth Air Force and later the 25th Air Division (Defense). The 505 ACWG was based at McChord Air Force Base and Silver Lake in Everett, Wash. The 505 ACWG was inactivated in 1952 after the Korean War.
The unit was resurrected under a new name for the Vietnam War in 1965 - the 505th Tactical Control Group. During this period, the 505 TCG belonged to the 2nd Air Division and then the Seventh Air Force; it was based at Tan Son Nhut Airfield, Vietnam.
In 1973, after the war, the 505 TCG was again inactivated. But during that time, the unit had earned 13 campaign streamers ranging from the Vietnam Defensive in 1965 to the Vietnam Ceasefire in 1973, including the Tet 69 Counteroffensive.
In 1980, the unit was again brought back to life under Tactical Air Command and was called the 4442nd Tactical Control Group. The unit was later consolidated in 1991 with the 505 TCG and given a new name, the 505th Air Control Group. The 505 ACG lasted until 1993 when it was redesignated as the 505th Command and Control Evaluation Group.
Since 1980, the organization has been located at Eglin Air Force Base Auxiliary Field Number 9, better known as Hurlburt Field, Fla.
While the unit has been in the same place, its mission has constantly evolved and the name has changed to match the mission. Over the years units have been started, added, and assigned to different parent organizations.
Since 1991, the group has fallen under Tactical Air Command, which is now known as Air Combat Command, the U.S. Air Force Air Warfare Center (later the 53rd Wing) at Eglin, the Air Force Command and Control and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Center, Langley AFB, Va., and currently the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center, Nellis AFB, Nev.
In September 1998, the unit became the Air Force Command and Control Training and Innovation Center. Seven months later, the unit was organized into a group and was therefore renamed the Air Force Command and Control Training and Innovation Group. The AFC2TIG was an operations group that re-engineered command and control for our Expeditionary Air Force. It educated, trained, and revolutionized the Air Force's command and control people, processes and systems.
Most recently, in March 2004, the unit was redesignated the 505th Command and Control Wing. The wing is responsible for directing the U.S. Air Force's operational air and space command and control center of excellence, and building the predominant air and space command and control capability for the joint and coalition warfighter. The wing is made up of two groups totaling 24 units and numerous detachments at more than 14 geographic locations.
1947-1952 505th Aircraft Control and Warning Group
1965-1973 505th Tactical Control Group
1980-1991 4442nd Tactical Control Group
1991-1993 505th Air Control Group
1993-1998 505th Command and Control Evaluation Group
1998-1999 Air Force Command and Control Training and Innovation Center
1999-2004 Air Force Command and Control Training and Innovation Group
2004-present 505th Command and Control Wing
Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards:
With V Device: Sep 1, 1965 - Jan 28, 1973
Without V Device: Jul 1, 1981 - Jul 30, 1983
Jul 1, 1984 - Jun 30, 1988
Jan 1, 1990 - Jun 30, 1995
Jun 1, 1996 - May 31, 1998
Jun 1, 2003 - May 31, 2005
Jun 1, 2004 - May 31, 2006
Jun 1, 2006 - May 31, 2007
Jun 1, 2008 - May 31, 2009
Jun 1, 2010 - May 31, 2012
Vietnam Campaign Streamers:
Vietnam Defensive 1965-1966
Vietnam Air 1966
Vietnam Air Offensive 1966--1967
Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase II 1967--1968
Vietnam Air/Ground 1968
Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase III 1968
Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase IV 1968-1969
Tet 69/Counteroffensive 1969
Vietnam Summer/Fall 1969
Vietnam Winter/Spring 1969--1970
Sanctuary Counteroffensive 1970
Southwest Monsoon 1970
COMMANDO HUNT V 1970-1971
COMMANDO HUNT VI 1971
COMMANDO HUNT VII 1971-1972
Vietnam Ceasefire 1972-1973
(current as of March 2013)