20th Fighter Wing History

20thFIGHTER WING STATISTICS

Wing Lineage

Designated 20th Fighter Wing 28 Jul 1947
Organized 15 Aug 1947
Redesignated 20th Fighter Bomber Wing 20 Jan 1950
Redesignated 20th Tactical Fighter Wing 8 July 1958
Redesignated 20th Fighter Wing 1 Oct 1991

Wing Components

Group. 20th Fighter (later, Fighter-Bomber; Operations) Assigned 15 Aug 1947 8 Feb 1955
Detached 26 Jul 1950 c. 17 Dec 1950
Detached 25 Apr 1951 10 Oct 1951
Assigned 31 Mar 1992 1 Jan 1994
Assigned 1 Jan 1994 Present
42nd Electronic Combat Assigned 1 Jul 1983 1 Jun 1985
Attached 2 Jun 1985 24 Jan 1991
Assigned 25 Jan 1991 1 Jul 1992
55th Fighter-Bomber (later, Tactical Fighter; Fighter): Attached 15 Nov 1952 7 Feb 1955
Assigned 8 Feb 1955 31 Mar 1992
77th Fighter-Bomber (later, Tactical Fighter; Fighter): Attached 15 Nov 1952 7 Feb 1955
Assigned 8 Feb 1955 31 Mar 1992
79th Fighter-Bomber (later, Tactical Fighter; Fighter): Attached 15 Nov 1952 7 Feb 1955
Assigned 8 Feb 1955 31 Mar 1992

Wing Station Listing

Base From To
Shaw Field, South Carolina 15 Aug 1947 19 Nov 1951
Langley AFB, Virginia 19 Nov 1951 22 May 1952
RAF Wethersfield, England 1 Jun 1952 30 Jun 1970
RAF Upper Heyford, England 30 Jun 1970 1 Jan 1994
Shaw AFB, South Carolina 1 Jan 1994 Present

Wing Assigned Aircraft

NORTH AMERICAN P-51 MUSTANG Aug 1947 Feb 1948
REPUBLIC F-84D THUNDERJET Feb 1948 Dec 1957
REPUBLIC F-84G THUNDERJET Dec 1951 Dec 1957
REPUBLIC F-84F THUNDERSTREAK Jun 1955 Dec 1957
NORTH AMERICAN F-100D/F SUPER SABRE Jun 1957 Jan 1971
GENERAL DYNAMICS F-111E AARDVARK Sep 1970 Oct 1993
GRUMMAN EF-111A RAVEN Feb 1985 Jul 1985
REPUBLIC A-10 THUNDERBOLT II Jan 1994 Jul 1996
LOCKHEED MARTIN F-16 FIGHTING FALCON Jan 1994 Present

Assignments

Ninth Air Force 15 Aug 1947
Fourteenth Air Force 1 Feb 1949
Tactical Air Command 1 Aug 1950
Ninth Air Force Attached to Tactical Air Division, Provisional, 25 Apr - 10 Oct 1951 22 Jan 1951
Attached Tactical Air Command 6-30 Nov 1951
Tactical Air Command Attached to 49 Air Division, Operational, 12 Feb 1952- 1 Dec 1951
United States Air Forces in Europe Remained attached to 49 Air Division, Operational 31 May 1952
Third Air Force Remained attached to 49 Air Division, Operational [later, 49 Air Division (Operational)], to 1 Jul 1956 5 Jun 1952
Seventeenth Air Force 1 Jul 1961
Third Air Force 1 Sep 1963
Ninth Air Force 1 Jan 1994

Wing Decorations

Campaign Streamers

Southwest Asia

Defense of Saudi Arabia

Liberation and Defense of Kuwait

AIR FORCE OUTSTANDING UNIT AWARDS

01 Jul 1956 30 Sep 1957
01 Mar 1963 31 Dec 1964
01 Jan 1965 31 Mar 1966
01 Jul 1968 31 Mar 1970
01 Sep 1970 30 Jun 1972
31 Mar 1973 30 Jun 1974
01 Jul 1977 30 Jun 1979
01 Jul 1981 30 Jun 1983
01 Jul 1987 30 Jun 1989
01 Jul 1990 30 Jun 1992
22 Jan 1991 12 Mar 1991
01 Oct 1992 30 Sep 1992
01 Jan 1994 31 Dec 1994
01 Jun 1997 31 May 1999
01 Jun 1999 31 May 2001
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Clockwise (all 55th): Group photo 1933 (USAF), Lt \u201cCactus\u201d Jack Yelton with P-38 1943 (USAF), Mud RAF Wethersfield (P. Bonce), Lt Preble checks out in the P-84 (W. Preble), Pilots taking part in \u201cFrantic\u201d mission to USSR 9/11/44 (USAF), P-36A Moffett Field, CA (20th FWA), Pilots back from West Coast Maneuvers 1937 (USAF). Center 20th FW F-100D over Alps (H. Loitwood, Jr.)

20th Wing Commanders

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Colonel Phineas K Morrill, Jr
15 Aug 1947 - 10 Oct 1951
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Colonel Reginald F C Vance
11 Oct 1951 - 21 Oct 1951
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Colonel John A Dunning
22 Oct 1951 - 5 Jun 1955
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Colonel Arthur J Sailsbury
6 Jun 1955 - 3 Apr 1957
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Colonel Ray F. Toliver
4 Apr 1957 - 20 Jun 1959
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Colonel Jay T Robbins
21 Jun 1959 - 25 Jun 1961
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Colonel Wendell J Kelly
26 Jun 1961 - 8 Jul 1961
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Colonel Royal N Baker
9 Jul 1961 - 8 Jun 1963
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Brig General John W Baer
9 Jun 1963 - 25 Jun 1965
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Colonel Ernest T Cragg
26 Jun 1965 - 9 Jul 1966
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Colonel Paul C Watson
10 Jul 1966 - 11 Aug 1966
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Colonel Edmund B Edwards
12 Aug 1966 - 10 Jul 1968
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Colonel Joseph A Hagerman
11 Jul 1968 - 31 Mar 1970
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Colonel Grant R Smith
1 Apr 1970 - 15 Jun 1971
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Brig General Richard M Baughn
15 Jun 1971 - 1 Feb 1973
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Brig General William C Norris
2 Feb 1973 - 11 Nov 1973
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Colonel James H Ahmann
12 Nov 1973 - 16 Aug 1974
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Colonel Kenneth D Burns
17 Aug 1974 - 22 Jun 1975
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Colonel Robert D Anderson
23 Jun 1975 - 8 Jun 1977
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Colonel Gerald D Larson
8 Jun 1977 - 29 Mar 1978
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Colonel Jerry W Tietge
30 Mar 1978 - 24 Feb 1980
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Colonel Merrill A McPeak
25 Feb 1980 - 26 May 1981
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Brig General Fred R Nelson
27 May 1981 - 16 Feb 1984
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Brig General Dale W Thompson Jr.
17 Feb 1984 - 30 Jun 1986
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Colonel Graham E Shirley
30 Jun 1986 - 8 Jul 1988
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Colonel Lee A Downer
8 Jul 1988 - 9 Feb 1990
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Colonel Lawrence E Stellmon
9 Feb 1990 - 20 Jul 1992
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Colonel Terry J Schwalier
20 Jul 1992 - 16 Jul 1993
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Colonel Randall M Schmidt
16 Jul 1993 - 1 Jan 1994
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Brig General John B Hall
1 Jan 1994 - 5 Aug 1994
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Brig General James D Latham
5 Aug 1994 - 30 Aug 1995
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Colonel John Rosa
30 Aug 1995 - Jul 1997
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Colonel Daniel P Leaf
Jul 1997 - Nov 1998
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Colonel Daniel J Darnell
Nov 1998 - Jan 2000
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Colonel Dana T Atkins
14 Jan 2000 - 22 Jun 2001
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Colonel William J Rew
22 Jun 2001 - 18 Feb 2003
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Colonel Sam Angelella
18 Feb 2003 - 24 Jun 2004
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Colonel Philp M Ruhlman
24 Jun 2004 - 25 Aug 2005
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Colonel James W Hyatt
26 Aug 2005 - 28 Feb 2007
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Colonel James N Post III
28 Feb 2007 - 29 Oct 2008
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Colonel Joseph T. Guastella, Jr.
29 Oct 2008 - ___________