UNDERGRADUATE CYBERSPACE TRAINING CLASS 2015-13 – WE ARE CSOs

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OPERATION DRAGON COMEBACK

August 29, 2005 tested the resolve of the 81st Training Wing in as drastic a manner as imaginable. When Hurricane Katrina barrelled into the gulf coast as a category 4 storm, the eye was only approximately 30 miles off a head-on hit with Keesler Air Force Base. Because of the hurricane, all students and non-essential personnel of the 81st were evacuated to other Air Force bases, effectively shutting down the training wing. Operation Dragon Comeback, the monumental relief and recovery mission the Air Force initiated, saw over $950 million in damage just to the base, but some 8,500 volunteers from Keesler helped not only the air base but also the surrounding communities get back to some semblance of normalcy after this disaster. The title “Operation Dragon Comeback” was coined by Master Sergeant Terence J. Scott (Retired Firefighter from the 81st Civil Engineer Squadron).

It only took until September 16, 2005 for students to start coming back to Kessler to train for their Air Force careers. In less than a month, Keesler managed to clean up, pump out, dig through, and resuscitate the ailing training wing and bring it back to full mission readiness.

 

81st TRAINING WING (AETC)

Lineage. Established as 81 Fighter Wing on 15 Apr 1948. Activated on 1 May 1948. Redesignated as: 81 Fighter-Interceptor Wing on 20 Jan 1950; 81 Fighter-Bomber Wing on 1 Apr 1954; 81 Tactical Fighter Wing on 8 Jul 1958. Inactivated on 1 Jul 1993. Redesignated as 81 Training Wing, and activated, on 1 Jul 1993.

Assignments. 7 Air Division, 1 May 1948; Pacific Air Command, 3 Sep 1948; Twelfth Air Force, 21 May 1949 (attached to Western Air Defense Force, 10 Nov 1949-); Fourth Air Force, 1 Apr 1950 (remained attached to Western Air Defense Force to 1 Aug 1950); Western Air Defense Force, 1 Aug 1950 (attached to Third Air Force, 5-8 Sep 1951); Third Air Force, 9 Sep 1951 (attached to 49 Air Division, Operational [later, 49 Air Division (Operational)], 1 Mar 1954-1 Jul 1956); Seventeenth Air Force, 1 Jul 1961; Third Air Force, 1 Sep 1963-1 Jul 1993. Second Air Force, 1 Jul 1993-.

Operational Components. Group. 81 Fighter (later, 81 Fighter-Interceptor; 81 Fighter-Bomber): 1 May 1948-8 Feb 1955. Squadrons. 78 Fighter-Bomber (later, 78 Tactical Fighter): attached c. 22 Apr 1954-7 Feb 1955, assigned 8 Feb 1955-1 May 1992. 91 Fighter-Bomber (later, 91 Tactical Fighter): attached c. 22 Apr 1954-7 Feb 1955, assigned 8 Feb 1955-14 Aug 1992. 92 Fighter-Bomber (later, 92 Tactical Fighter): attached c. 22 Apr 1954-7 Feb 1955, assigned 8 Feb 1955-31 Mar 1993. 116 Fighter (later, 116 Fighter-Interceptor): attached 10 Feb-9 Aug 1951 (further attached to 81 Fighter-Interceptor Group). 509 Tactical Fighter: 1 Oct 1979-1 Jun 1988. 510 Tactical Fighter: 1 Oct 1978-1 Oct 1992. 511 Tactical Fighter: 1 Jan 1980-1 Sep 1988. 527 Aggressor: 14 Jul 1988-30 Sep 1990.

 

Stations. Wheeler AFB, Territory of Hawaii, 1 May 1948-21 May 1949; Camp Stoneman, CA, 27 May 1949; Kirtland AFB, NM, 5 Jun 1949; Moses Lake (later, Larson) AFB, WA, 2 May 1950-16 Aug 1951; Bentwaters RAF Station (later, RAF Bentwaters), England, 6 Sep 1951-1 Jul 1993. Keesler AFB, MS, 1 Jul 1993-.

Aircraft. P (later, F)-47, 1948-1949; F-80, 1949; F-86, 1949-1955; F-51, 1951; F-84, 1954-1959; F-101, 1958-1966; F-4, 1965-1979; A-10, 1978-1993; F-16, 1988-1990.

Operations. The 81 Fighter Wing conducted air defense of Hawaii, Dec 1948-May 1949, then became part of Western Air Defense Force’s air defense structure in Nov 1949. From 1951 to mid-1954, it worked with Royal Air Force Fighter Command to provide air defense in England. The wing changed in 1954 from fighter-interceptor to fighter-bomber operations, carrying both conventional and nuclear weapons. Charged with tactical operations in support of USAFE and NATO, with air defense as a secondary mission, 1954-1979 and 1988-1990. Also operated out of RAF Woodbridge, 1958-1993. The wing began conversion to A-10s in late 1978, as its mission changed to close air support and battlefield air interdiction in support of NATO ground forces. It conducted joint operations with US and British ground forces and participated in rotational deployments to specified wartime operating locations throughout Europe. It won the A-10 category of the 1987 USAF Gunsmoke Gunnery meet. It added the 527 Aggressor Squadron, flying F-16s in 1988, to provide the only Dissimilar Aircraft Combat Tactics training for USAFE and NATO pilots in Europe, from Jul 1988 to Sep 1990. The wing conducted escort missions with A-10s for Coalition airlift forces during relief efforts in Turkey and northern Iraq, 6 Apr 1991-8 Dec 1992. Began preparation for base closure in Dec 1992, ending flying operations on 1 Apr 1993. The 81 Training Wing replaced Keesler Training Center in Jul 1993, taking on the mission of specialized technical training in electronics, avionics, computers, operations, maintenance, weather, radar, precision measurement, network controllers, and personnel and information management for USAF, AF Reserve, Air National Guard, other DoD agencies, and foreign nations. Keesler AFB received severe damage from Hurricane Katrina on 29 Aug 2005. The wing’s relief and recovery mission, Operation Dragon Comeback, restored the base to full mission readiness within a month.

Service Streamers. None.

Campaign Streamers. None.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.

Decorations. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 28 Mar 1959-30 Jun 1961; 1 Jul 1961- 30 Jun 1963; 1 Jun 1966-31 May 1968; 1 Jul 1968-30 Jun 1970; 1 Jul 1976- 30 Jun 1978; 1 Jul 1979-30 Jun 1981; 1 Jul 1981-30 Jun 1983; 1 Jun 1989-31 May 1991; 1 Jun 1991-30 Jun 1993; 1 Jul 1999-30 Jun 2001; 1 Jun 2005-30 Jun 2006; 1 Jul 2007-30 Jun 2009.

Bestowed Honors. Authorized to display honors earned by the 81 Fighter Group prior to 1 May 1948. Service Streamers. None. Campaign Streamers. World War II: Algeria-French Morocco; Tunisia; Naples-Foggia; Anzio; Rome-Arno; Air Combat, EAME Theater; China Defensive; China Offensive. Decorations. None.

Emblem. Approved on 14 May 1956.

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