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11th Wing becomes the host wing at JBA
Published: 2010/10/12
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11th Wing Commander Holiday Greeting
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Published: 2014/04/25
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Published: 2010/12/03
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Raptor Aircraft March 11th 2017
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March 11th X-wing Tournament Round 4 of 4
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Coming Home Together - TACP Airmen one-hundred four mile ruck March | MiliSource
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Published: 2010/11/16
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After Dark, Live at the Modern Wing, Friday, Dec 11th
After Dark, Live at the Modern Wing, Friday, Dec 11th
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11th Floor Pioneer Wing Performance - Part 1
11th Floor Pioneer Wing Performance - Part 1
Published: 2011/12/18
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The 11TH Bombardment Group visits Joint Base Andrews
The 11TH Bombardment Group visits Joint Base Andrews
Published: 2012/06/07
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Grey Geese Remembered: The History of the 11th Bomb Group
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11th Bomb Group (H) Association Reunion 70th Anniversary of Japanese attack on Oahu
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Beau Wing | 11th Birthday 2013
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Ceremonial Brass "The Today Show" 2012
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Honor Guard Team Demonstrate Proper Flag Folding Techniques
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11th Crow Wing Lake Ice Oval - Akeley, Minnesota - Ice racing action!
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Published: 2014/08/30
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(BBOY WING THOU!) Bboy Commentary to Top Moments 11th Jeonju Bboy Grand Prix 2017
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Published: 2011/12/19
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Texas/Louisiana Wing Modified Shootout July 11th
Published: 2009/07/01
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Andrews Aces Golf Course Maintenance | MiliSource
Andrews Aces Golf Course Maintenance | MiliSource
Published: 2013/08/04
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Published: 2012/05/19
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11th Wing
11th Wing.png
11th Wing emblem
Active 1940–present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Combat support
Garrison/HQ Joint Base Andrews
Nickname(s) Grey Geese (World War II)
The Chief's Own (1995-Present)
Motto(s) Progresso Sine Timore Aut Praejudicio Latin Progress without Fear or Prejudice[1]
Decorations Distinguished Unit Citation
Navy Presidential Unit Citation
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
Organizational Excellence Award
Commanders
Current
commander
Colonel E. John Teichert[2]

The 11th Wing (11 WG) is a United States Air Force unit assigned to the Air Force District of Washington. It is stationed at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland where it is the host unit.

The 11th Wing is one of the largest wings in the Air Force. It is known as “The Chief’s Own,” an honorific originally intended to reflect that the Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force personally created the organization.

The 11th Wing traces its roots back to the 11th Observation Group which was established on 1 October 1933, but not activated. The group was redesignated as the 11 Bombardment Group (Medium) on 1 January 1938, although not activated until 1 February 1940. Later that year it became a heavy bombardment unit. The group fought in combat in the Pacific Theater of Operations with Boeing B-17 Flying Fortresses and Consolidated B-24 Liberators. The 11th Bombardment Group earned a Navy Presidential Unit Citation for its actions in the South Pacific from 31 July to 30 November 1942. It participated in the Central Pacific; Air Offensive, Japan; Guadalcanal; Northern Solomons; Eastern Mandates; Western Pacific; Ryukyus and the China Offensive before its inactivation in 1948.

In 1978 the group was reactivated as the 11th Strategic Group, managing forward deployed Strategic Air Command (SAC) aircraft at RAF Fairford, England until 1990.

The 11th Bombardment Wing served with Strategic Air Command (SAC) during the Cold War, flying Convair B-36 Peacemakers, Boeing B-52 Stratofortresses Boeing KC-97 Stratotankers and Boeing KC-135 Stratotankers. It also had SM-65 Atlas missiles assigned during the early 1960s. In 1968 the wing became the 11th Air Refueling Wing, retaining only its tankers until it was inactivated in 1969. In 1982 the wing was consolidated with the 11th Strategic Group.

The consolidated unit has served in its current mission since 1994, first as the 11th Support Wing and then as the 11th Wing

The commander of the 11th Wing is Colonel E. John Teichert. Its Command Chief Master Sergeant is Chief Master Sergeant Nathaniel M. Perry, Jr..

Overview[edit]

"The Chief's Own" provides base operating and logistic support in the National Capital Region. It also provides United States Air Force ceremonial, music, protocol and funeral support for the region surrounding Andrews AFB.

Subordinate units[3][edit]

The 11th Wing currently comprises the following units:

  • 11th Comptroller Squadron
  • 11th Mission Support Group
  • 11th Operations Group
  • 811th Operations Group
  • 11th Security Forces Group
11th Security Forces Support Squadron

The 11th Wing operates out of several locations around the National Capital Region, including Arlington National Cemetery, Bolling Air Force Base, and The Pentagon.

History[edit]

World War II[edit]

B-17Fs of the 26th BS, 11th BG, over the South Pacific, 1942.

The 11th Wing was first constituted as the 11th Observation Group 1 October 1933, and redesignated as the 11 Bombardment Group (Medium) on 1 January 1938, but was not activated until 1 February 1940. In November, it became a heavy bombardment group, acquiring its first 21 B-17 Flying Fortresss in May 1941. Nine were sent to the Philippines in September 1941 and many of the remainder were destroyed in the attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941.

The 11th Bombardment Group was assigned to the Seventh Air Force in February 1942 and trained with the B-18 Bolo. Its aircraft flew patrols and search missions off Hawaii after the Japanese attack.

The group, now fully equipped with new B-17s, moved to the Pekoa Airfield, Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides in July 1942 and became part of Thirteenth Air Force. From July to November 1942 it struck airfields, supply dumps, ships, docks, troop positions, and other objectives in the South Pacific, and received a Distinguished Unit Citation for those operations. It continued to attack Japanese airfields, installations, and shipping in the Solomon Islands, until late in March 1943.

The group returned to Hawaii where it was again assigned to Seventh Air Force and trained with B-24 Liberators. Combat operations resumed in November 1943 with the participation in the Allied offensive through the Gilberts, Marshalls, and Marianas, while operating from Funafuti, Tarawa, and Kwajalein. In October 1944 the Group moved to Guam and attacked shipping and airfields in the Volcano and Bonin Islands. In July 1945 the 11th BG moved to Okinawa to take part in the final phases of the air offensive against Japan, bombing railways, airfields, and harbor facilities on Kyushu and striking airfields in China.

After the war, the unit flew reconnaissance and surveillance missions over China. Its aircraft also ferried liberated prisoners of war from Okinawa to Luzon. The Group remained in the theater as part of Far East Air Forces but had no personnel assigned after mid-December 1945 when the group was transferred to the Philippines.

The group was redesignated 11th Bombardment Group, Very Heavy in April 1946 and transferred to Guam in May 1946, remanned, and equipped with the B-29 Superfortress. Training and operations were terminated in October 1946 and the group inactivated on 20 October 1948.

Strategic Air Command[edit]

11th Bombardment Wing Convair B-36J-5-CF Peacemaker 52-2225 showing "Six turnin', four burnin", 1955
1956 SAC Fairchild Trophy Winner, "Best Bomb Wing in SAC", 11th Bombardment Wing crew in front of Convair B-36J

On 1 December 1948 the 11th Bomb Group was reactivated at Carswell Air Force Base. Texas and assigned to Eighth Air Force, but attached to the 7th Bombardment Wing.[4] Carswell shared flight line facilities with the Convair Aircraft Company. The 7th was the first wing to receive the Convair B-36 Peacemaker.[5] 11th Bomb Group B-36s appeared in the movie "Strategic Air Command" with James Stewart who was also attached to the unit in the 1950s as a reserve commander. The 7th wing's personnel began training the new 11th group people in the new B-36 and the 11th soon began receiving them.

On 16 February 1951 the 11th Bombardment Wing was activated and the group was assigned to it, although all group resources were transferred to the wing until the group was inactivated in June 1952. In December 1951, six wing B-36s flew nonstop from Carswell to Sidi Slimane Air Base, Morocco in the first flight of B-36 aircraft to Africa.[6]

By September 1952, the B-36s assigned to the 11th Wing and its companion at Carswell, the 7th Bombardment Wing, comprised two thirds of SAC's intercontinental bomber force.[7]

On 1 September 1952, what was then thought to be a tornado rolled across the Carswell flight line, with winds over 90 miles per hour recorded at the control tower. By the time it had passed "the flight line was a tangle of airplanes, equipment and pieces of buildings."[7] None of the 82 bombers on the base escaped damage, and SAC declared the entire 19th Air Division non-operational. Maintenance personnel of the 11th Wing went on an 84 hour weekly work schedule and began work to restore the least damaged aircraft to operational status. More heavily damaged aircraft were worked on by personnel from the San Antonio Air Materiel Area, where the depot for the B-36 was located. The planes that had been most heavily damaged were towed across the field to the Convair plant where they had been manufactured. Within a month, 51 of the base's Peacemakers had been returned to service and the wing was again declared operational. By May 1953, all but two of the planes had been returned to service.[note 1]

The wing deployed to Nouasseur Air Base, French Morocco from 4 May until 2 July 1955. The Wing won the SAC Bombing Competition and the Fairchild Trophy in 1954, 1956 and 1960. 7–11 must have been considered a lucky combination, because the two wings continued to share Carswell Air Force base until 13 December 1957, when the 11th moved to Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma and began receiving B-52 Stratofortresses. The wing added air refueling to its mission in December 1957. Its 96th Air Refueling Squadron flew KC-97 Stratotankers during 1957 and 1958. The Wing gained the 1100th Wing Detachment, (HQ USAF) in 1957 at Bolling AFB Washington DC the same year.

The Wing gained the 577th Strategic Missile Squadron on 1 June 1961 and on 1 April 1962 its new Atlas missiles became fully operational. To reflect that its mission included both aircraft and missiles, the wing was redesigned the 11th Strategic Aerospace Wing. The wing phased out its Atlas missiles in January 1965.

The wing also flew KC-135 jet tankers. The 918th and 921st Air Refueling Squadrons were assigned to the wing from October to December 1960. The central location of Altus AFB led to the expansion of the wing's refueling capability. On 25 June 1965 the 11th Air Refueling Squadron was assigned to the wing. In 1968, the wing began phasing out its B-52s. This was completed by mid year. On 2 July 1968, the wing was redesignated the 11th Air Refueling Wing. The wing's new designation was short lived, for it was inactivated on 25 March 1969.

On 15 November 1978 the 11th Bombardment Group was reactivated as the 11th Strategic Group at RAF Fairford, England. It was not manned until the following February and did not start receiving aircraft until September 1978. It soon began air refueling support for all USAF operations, deployments and redeployments, as well as participating in NATO exercises.

Operations staff and maintenance personnel were permanently assigned, but aircraft, aircrews and crew chiefs were assigned on a temporary duty basis to the 11th Strategic Group for the European Tanker Task Force on a rotational basis. Aircraft and crews operated out of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Keflavik, Iceland; Zaragosa, Spain; Lajes Field, Azores; Sigonella NAS, Italy; and Hellenikon, Greece. In 1982, the wing and group were consolidated into a single unit, retaining the 11th Strategic Group designation. The group was inactivated on 7 August 1990.

Modern era[edit]

The 11th existed once again on paper as the 11th Support Wing on 2 June 1994 and fully activated on 15 July 1994 as a Direct Reporting Unit (DRU) to the Vice Chief of Staff at Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, DC. The 11th Wing's new mission consisted of serving as the single manager for all Air Force activities supporting Headquarters Air Force and other Air Force units in the National Capital Region and at geographically separated units worldwide. Just after a decade after its redesignation as the 11th Wing on 1 March 1995, the wing's worldwide support mission shifted to the Air Force District of Washington (AFDW) on 1 January 2005. The 11th Wing, through its recently activated 811th Force Support Squadron, continues to support AFDW's mission with its administrative management over approximately 40,000 Air Force military and civilian members in 250 locations.[8]

As a mark of its service rather than a function, the 11th Wing's motto changed, with the approval of General Ronald Fogleman, to "The Chief's Own" on February 6, 1996. Within hours of the 11 September attacks, Headquarters Air Force relocated to Bolling AFB without any break in operations.[8] In 2010, the 11th Wing relocated to Joint Base Andrews Maryland, where it took on the roles as host unit for the installation and the parent organization of the 1st Helicopter Squadron.[9][10]

Lineage[edit]

11th Wing

  • Constituted as the 11th Observation Group on 1 October 1933
Redesignated 11th Bombardment Group (Medium) on 1 January 1938
Activated on 1 February 1940
Redesignated 11th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 1 December 1940
Redesignated 11th Bombardment Group, Heavy on 3 August 1944
Redesignated 11th Bombardment Group, Very Heavy on 30 April 1946
Inactivated on 20 October 1948
  • Redesignated 11th Bombardment Group, Heavy and activated, on 1 December 1948
Inactivated on 16 June 1952
  • Redesignated 11th Strategic Group on 25 October 1978
Activated on 15 November 1978
  • Consolidated with the 11th Bombardment Wing on 31 March 1982
Inactivated on 7 August 1990
  • Redesignated 11th Support Wing on 2 June 1994
Activated on 15 July 1994
Redesignated 11th Wing on 1 March 1995[4]

11th Air Refueling Wing

  • Constituted as the 11th Bombardment Wing, Heavy on 18 November 1948.
Activated on 16 February 1951
Redesignated 11th Strategic Aerospace Wing on 1 April 1962
Redesignated 11th Air Refueling Wing on 2 July 1968
Inactivated on 25 March 1969
  • Consolidated with the 11th Strategic Group on 31 March 1982 as the 11th Strategic Group[4]

Assignments[edit]

Components[edit]

Consolidated Unit

Squadrons
34th Strategic Squadron: 1 October 1986 – 7 August 1990
42d Strategic Squadron: 1 January 1989 – 7 August 1990.

Aircraft and Missiles[edit]

Stations[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ One plane was written off, another was bailed to Convair to be used for experiments with nuclear power. McGowan, p. 65.
Citations
  1. ^ This motto was replaced by the nickname in July 1995. Robertson, Patsy (2011-04-25). "Factsheet 11 Wing (USAF)". Air Force Historical Research Agency. Archived from the original on 21 February 2013. Retrieved June 3, 2013. 
  2. ^ [1]Official command biography, courtesy of 11th Wing Public Affairs Office. Retrieved June 12, 2017.
  3. ^ AIR FORCE INSTRUCTION 38-101: AIR FORCE ORGANIZATION United States Air Force Archived 13 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h Robertson, Factsheet, 11 Wing
  5. ^ Knaack, p. 21
  6. ^ Knaack, p. 32
  7. ^ a b McGowan, Sam (October 2016). "The Carswell B-36 Disaster" (PDF). Air Force Magazine. Retrieved April 5, 2017. 
  8. ^ a b Factsheet: Andrews Air Force Base History United States Air Force
  9. ^ Mission, movement, manning – installation members stand at ready for 11 WG merger United States Air Force
  10. ^ Slideshow: 11th Wing becomes the host wing at JBA United States Air Force

Bibliography[edit]

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