6th SPECIAL OPERATIONS SQUADRON – OPERATIONAL AVIATION DETACHMENT – 691

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6th SPECIAL OPERATIONS SQUADRON

Lineage. Constituted as 6 Fighter Squadron, Commando, on 22 Sep 1944. Activated on 30 Sep 1944. Inactivated on 3 Nov 1945. Disbanded on 8 Oct 1948. Reconstituted, and activated, on 18 Apr 1962. Organized on 27 Apr 1962. Redesignated as: 6 Air Commando Squadron, Fighter, on 15 Jun 1966; 6 Special Operations Squadron on 15 Jul 1968. Inactivated on 15 Nov 1969.  Activated on 8 Jan 1970.  Redesignated as 6 Special Operations Training Squadron on 31 Aug 1972.  Inactivated on 15 Sep 1974. Redesignated as 6 Special Operations Flight on 25 Mar 1994.   Activated on 1 Apr 1994. Redesignated as 6 Special Operations Squadron on 1 Oct 1994.

Assignments. 1 Air Commando Group, 30 Sep 1944–3 Nov 1945 (attached to First Provisional Fighter Group, 7 Feb–c. 8 May 1945; 2 Air Commando Group, 23 May–20 Jun 1945).  Tactical Air Command, 18 Apr 1962; 1 Air Commando Group (later, 1 Air Commando Wing), 27 Apr 1962; 14 Air Commando Wing, 29 Feb 1968; 633 Special Operations Wing, 15 Jul 1968–15 Nov 1969.   4410 Combat Crew Training Wing (later, 4410 Special Operations Training Group), 8 Jan 1970; 1 Special Operations Wing, 31 Jul 1973; 23 Tactical Fighter Wing, 1 Jan–15 Sep 1974.  16 Operations (later, 1 Special Operations) Group, 1 Apr 1994; Air Force Special Operations Training Center, 1 Oct 2012; Air Force Special Operations Air Warfare Center, 11 Feb 2013-.

Stations. Asansol, India, 30 Sep 1944 (detachments operated from Cox’s Bazar, India, 15–21 Oct 1944, 2–8 Nov 1944; and 11–18 Jan 1945, and from Fenny, India, 1–24 Dec 1944); Hay, India, 7 Feb 1945; Asansol, India, 9 May 1945; Kalaikunda, India, 23 May 1945; Asansol, India, 22 Jun–6 Oct 1945; Camp Kilmer, NJ, 1–3 Nov 1945.  Eglin Air Force Auxiliary Airfield No. 9 (Hurlburt Field), FL, 27 Apr 1962; England AFB, LA, 15 Jan 1966–17 Feb 1968; Pleiku AB, South Vietnam, 29 Feb 1968–15 Nov 1969 (detachment operated from Da Nang AB, South Vietnam, 1 Apr 1968–1 Sep 1969). England AFB, LA, 8 Jan 1970–15 Sep 1974.  Hurlburt Fld, FL, 1 Apr 1994–.

Aircraft.   P–47, 1944–1945; P–51, 1945.  B/RB–26 and L–28 (later, U–10), 1962–1963; T–28, 1962–1967; A–1, 1963, 1966; 1967–1969.  A–37, 1970–1974.  None assigned, 1994-1995; UH-1N, 1996-; CASA-212, 1998-.

Operations. Combat in CBI, 17 Oct 1944–8 May 1945. Combat in Southeast Asia, 1 Mar 1968–15 Nov 1969. Replacement training for US and allied pilots in A–37 aircraft, Jan 1970–Sep 1974. Served as combat advisory unit to combatant commander during crises. Assess, train, advise, and assist foreign aviation forces in airpower employment, sustainment, and force integration in three interrelated mission areas: foreign internal defense (FID), unconventional warfare (UW), and coalition support (CS), 1994-. The squadron executes its mission through theater-oriented Operational Aviation Detachments “A” and “B.” (OAD-A/B). The OAD-A functions as the tactical training/advisory team. The OAD-B provides C3, logistics, administrative, and medical support to multiple OAD-A teams deployed in the field.

Service Streamers. None.

Campaign Streamers. World War II:  India-Burma; Central Burma. Vietnam: Vietnam Air Offensive Phase II; Vietnam Air Offensive Phase III; Vietnam Air/Ground; Vietnam Air Offensive Phase IV; TET 69/Counteroffensive; Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969; Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970.  Afghanistan:  Liberation of Afghanistan 2001.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. Global War on Terrorism.

Decorations. Presidential Unit Citation: Vietnam, 1 Jun–15 Nov 1969. Gallant Unit Citation: 6 Oct 2001-30 May 2003.   Meritorious Unit Awards:  1 Jul 2007-14 Jan 2009; 1 Oct 2009-30 Sep 2011; 1 Oct 2011-30 Sep 2013.  Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards with the Combat “V” Device: 1 Feb–20 Jun 1968; 15 Jul 1968–31 May 1969; 1 Jun 1997-31 May 1999; 1 Jul 2003-30 Jun 2005; 1 Sep 2006-30 Jun 2007.  Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: Jul 1963–Jun 1965; 15 Sep 1970–31 Dec 1971; 16 Apr 1992-15 Apr 1994; 1 Jun 1995-31 May 1997; 1 Jul 1999-30 Jun 2001; 1 Jul 2001-30 Jun 2003; 1 Sep 2004-31 Aug 2006.  Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm: 1 Jan 1968–15 Nov 1969.

Emblem.   Approved on 5 Sep 1997.

 

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