PVC made/mounted on velcro 4.5 inch-115mm
28th EXPEDITIONARY AIR REFUELING SQUADRON
Lineage. Constituted as the 28 Air Refueling Squadron, Heavy on 19 Apr 1960. Organized on 1 Oct 1960. Consolidated with the 28 Ferrying Squadron and 328 Ferrying Squadron on 19 Sep 1985. Redesignated 28 Air Refueling Squadron on 1 Sep 1991. Inactivated on 15 May 1994. Redesignated 28 Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron and converted to provisional status on 12 Jun 2002-.
Assignments. Domestic Wing, Air Transport Command: 10 Jul 1942; 6 Ferrying Group: September 1942-31 Mar 1944; Mediterranean Air Transport Service: c. 1 June 1944-c. Jun 1946; Strategic Air Command: 19 Apr 1960 (not organized); 28 Bombardment Wing: 1 Oct 1960. 28 Operations Group: 1 Sep 1991; 43 Operations Group: 1 Jun 1992-15 May 1994; Air Mobility Command to activate or inactivate as needed, 12 Jun 2002; 40 Air Expeditionary Wing: c. 2003; 379 Expeditionary Operations Group: c. 2018
Stations. Hamilton Field, CA, 10 July 1942; Long Beach AAF, CA, Sep 1942-31 Mar 1944; Unknown, c. 1 Jun 1944; Capodichino Airport, Aug 1944-c. Jun 1946. Ellsworth AFB, SD, 1 Oct 1960-15 May 1994; Diego Garcia Naval Station, British Indian Ocean Territories, c. 2003; Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, c. 2018-.
Aircraft. KC-135, 1960-1994, 2003, 2018-. EC-135, c. 1966-1970.
Operations. The squadron was formed from the personnel and equipment of the 928th Air Refueling Squadron, which was simultaneously inactivated, on 1 Oc 1960. The 28 supported the 28 Bombardment Wing providing refueling to its Boeing B-52 Stratofortress aircraft with Boeing KC-135 between 1960 and the retirement of the wing’s B-52’s in 1990. In 1962, organized as a Post-Attack Command and Control System (PACCS) squadron and equipped with Boeing EB-47. The 28th ARS assumed the communications relay mission of the B-47 units. By the mid-1960s, improved accuracy of Soviet ballistic missiles made underground Minuteman missile launch control centers more vulnerable, so the Airborne Launch Control System (ALCS) was created to provide a survivable launch capability. The ALCS was eventually installed aboard all PACCS aircraft assigned to the 28th. In Apr 1970, the squadron’s ALCS aircraft were transferred to the new 4 Airborne Command and Control Squadron and the 28th resumed the air refueling mission. Reactivated as a provisional KC-135 unit as part of the Global War on Terrorism in 2002 and participated in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Service Streamers. None.
Campaign Streamers. None.
Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.
Emblem. Approved on ??