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5th Flying Training Squadron

5th Flying Training Squadron

5th Flying Training Squadron


VISION: Serve as the benchmark for integrated associate operations in AFRC as an unrivaled wingman.

Lineage. Constituted 5 Pursuit Squadron (Interceptor) on 20 Nov 1940. Activated on 15 Jan 1941. Redesignated 5 Fighter Squadron on 15 May 1942. Inactivated on 7 Nov 1945. Activated on 9 Nov 1946. Redesignated: 5 Fighter Squadron, All Weather on 10 May 1948; 5 Fighter-All Weather Squadron on 20 Jan 1950; 5 Fighter-Interceptor Squadron on 1 May 1951. Inactivated on 1 Jul 1988. Redesignated 5 Flying Training Squadron on 1 Jan 1990. Activated on 16 Feb 1990. Inactivated on 15 Dec 1991. Redesignated 5 Flying Training Flight, and activated in the Reserve, on 1 Apr 1997. Redesignated 5 Flying Training Squadron on 1 Apr 1998.

Assignments. 52 Pursuit (later, 52 Fighter) Group, 15 Jan 1941-7 Nov 1945. 52 Fighter (later, 52 Fighter-All Weather; 52 Fighter-Interceptor) Group, 9 Nov 1946; 4709 Defense Wing, 6 Feb 1952; 568 Air Defense Group, 16 Feb 1953; 4709 Defense (later, 4709 Air Defense) Wing, 8 Jul 1954; 52 Fighter Group, 18 Aug 1955; 32 Fighter Group, 1 Feb 1960; 32 Fighter Wing, 1 Feb 1961; Minot Air Defense Sector, 1 Jul 1962; Great Falls Air Defense Sector, 25 Jun 1963; 28 Air Division, 1 Apr 1966; 24 Air Division, 19 Nov 1969; 25 Air Division, 1 Jun 1983; Northwest Air Defense Sector, 1 Dec 1987-1 Jul 1988. 71 Flying Training Wing, 16 Feb 1990-15 Dec 1991. 610 Regional Support Group, 1 Apr 1997; 340 Flying Training Group, 1 Apr 1998-.

Stations. Selfridge Field, MI, 15 Jan 1941; Floyd Bennett Aprt, NY, 17 Dec 1941; Selfridge Field, MI, 14 Jan 1942; Florence, SC, 18 Feb 1942; Wilmington NC, 27 Apr 1942; Grenier Field, NH, 12 Jun-19 Jul 1942; Northern Ireland, 19 Aug 1942; Goxhill, England, 26 Aug-27 Oct 1942; (air echelon arrived at Tafaraoui, Algeria, on 8 Nov 1942); La Senia, Algeria, 12 Nov 1942; Orleansville, Algeria, 1 Jan 1943; Telergma, Algeria, 19 Jan 1943; Youks-les-Bains, Algeria, 8 Mar 1943; Le Sers, Tunisia, 12 Apr 1943; La Sebala, Tunisia, 20 May 1943; Bo Rizzo, Sicily, 1 Aug 1943; Corsica, 1 Dec 1943; Madna Airfield, Italy, 14 May 1944; Piagiolino Airfield, Italy, c. 24 Apr 1945; Lesina, Italy, c. 10 Jul-Aug 1945; Drew Field, FL, 25 Aug-7 Nov 1945. Schweinfurt, Germany, 9 Nov 1946; Bad Kissingen, Germany, 5 May-25 Jun 1947; Mitchel Field, NY, 25 Jun 1947; McGuire AFB, NJ, 4 Oct 1949; Suffolk County AFB, NY, 18 Aug 1955; Minot AFB, ND, 1 Feb 1960-1 Jul 1988. Vance AFB, OK, 16 Feb 1990-15 Dec 1991. Vance AFB, OK, 1 Apr 1997-.

Commanders. 1st Lt T. Alan Bennett, 1941; Capt John C. Erickson, 1941; 1st Lt T. Alan Bennett, 1941; 1st Lt Ward W. Harker, by Dec) 1941; 1st Lt James F. Whisenand, 1942; Capt Thomas A. Holdiman, 1942; Maj George C. Deaton, 10 May 1942; Maj William J. Payne, 2 May 1943; Maj Everett K. Jenkins, 25 Nov 1943; Maj Edwin W. Fuller, 4 May 1944; Lt Col Ralph J. Watson, 25 Aug 1944; Lt Col Hadley R. Eliker, 4 Mar-unkn 1945. Maj John M. Konosky, 9 Nov 1946; Lt Col William C. Bryson, 3 Feb 1948; Maj John M. Konosky, 17 Feb 1949-unkn; Lt Col George D. Mobbs, by May 1951); Lt Col Thomas D. Robertson, 5 Mar 1952; Lt Col Robert M. Myers, 26 Aug 1952; Lt Col Joseph G. Hohnson Jr., by Jul 1954-unkn; Lt Col Edward C. Heckman Jr., by Mar 1958; Maj Gordon H. Scott, 1 May 1960; Lt Col Roland J. DuFresne, 17 Aug 1960; Lt Col Jacksel M. Broughton, by Sep 1962; Lt Col Richard E. Chandler, 11 Jun 1964; Lt Col Hubert L. Williams, Jul 1964; Lt Col John H. Fowler Jr., 18 Nov 1965; Maj Frederick H. England, by Sep 1966; Lt Col Garland W. Eagle, 11 Nov 1966; Lt Col Vander L. Smith, 19 Jul 1968; Lt Col Donald J. Parsons, by Jun) 1970; Lt Col Joseph L. Phinney, 12 Mar 1971; Lt Col Jack H. Sandstrom, 19 Jan 1973; Lt Col Dennis M. Harper, Jun 1975; Lt Col Thurman D. Cothran, Jun 1977; Lt Col James E. Waddle, 7 Aug 1978; Lt Col Dallas R. Hanna, by Dec 1979; Lt Col Daniel L. Wodstrchill, by Dec 1980; Lt Col Richard L. Maki, 8 Jul 1982; Lt Col Richard E. Coe, 29 Jun 1984; Lt Col Thomas W. Dobson Jr, 6 Jun 1986-c. Feb 1988; unkn, Feb-1 Jul 1988. Lt Col Ruel M. Dunn, 16 Feb 1990; Lt Col Terry E. Pursell, 13 Jul 1990-15 Dec 1991. Lt Col Gregory A. Phillips, 1 Apr 1997- 1 Nov 1999. Lt Col R. David Johnson, 1 Nov 1999 – 18 May 2000. Lt Col Ronald L. Welsh, 18 May 2000 – 13 Sept 2003. Lt Col Robert Willismson, 13 Sept 2003 – 25 June 2004. Lt Col David Clark, 25 June 2004 – 24 June 2005. Lt Col Gerald Kirchner 24 June 2005 – 24 Aug 2006. Lt Col Daniel C. Crawford, 24 Aug 2006 – 24 Jan 2008. Lt Col Kevin Kallsen, 24 Jan 2008 – 12 Sept 2008. Lt Col Paul K. Tom, 12 Sept 2008- 9 Jul 2010. Lt Col Dwain F. Kuehl, 9 Jul 2010 – 9 Feb 2012. Lt Col Kevin J. Bullard 10 Feb 2012 – 15 Apr 2013. Lt Col Philip Marshall, 16 Apr 2013 – 2 Jun 2014. Lt Col Douglas A. Stouffer, 3 Jun 2014 – 13 Mar 2016, Lt Col Curt Castillo 13 March 2016 -

Aircraft. P-40, 1941-1942; P-39, 1942; Spitfire, 1942-1944; P-51, 1944-1945. P-61, 1947-1948; F-82, 1948-1950; F-94, 1950-1953; F-86, 1953-1956; F-102, 1957-1960; F-106, 1960-1985; F-15, 1984-1988. T-37, 1990-1991; T-38; 1990-1991. Unkn, 1997; T-37, 1998-2007; T-38, 1998-; T-1, 1998-. T-6, 2006-.

Operations. Combat in ETO and MTO, Aug 1942-30 Apr 1945; participated in the invasion of north Africa on 8 Nov 1942 and liberation of Sicily and Italy. Served in Germany as an all-weather fighter squadron, 1946-1947 and as an air defense unit, 1947-1988. Trained pilots and pilot instructors, Feb 1990-Dec 1991 and since 1997.

Service Streamers. None.

Campaign Streamers. World War II: Algeria-French Morocco; Tunisia; Sicily; Naples-Foggia; Rome-Arno; Southern France; North Apennines; Po Valley; Air Offensive, Europe; Normandy; Northern France; Rhineland; Central Europe; Air Combat, EAME Theater.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.

Decorations. Distinguished Unit Citations: Germany, 9 Jun 1944; Rumania, 31 Aug 1944. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 1 Jan 1960-31 Dec 1962; 1 Jan 1978-30 Jun 1979; 1 Apr 1986-31 Mar 1988; [16 Feb 1990]-31 Mar 1991; 1 Apr 1990-14 Dec 1991. Air Force Outstanding Unit Award: 1 Oct 2012 – 30 Sept 14.

Lineage, Assignments, Stations, and Honors through 31 Oct 16.  

Commanders, Aircraft, and Operations through 31 Oct 2016

Supersedes statement prepared on 30 Sept 1998