4080th 

STRATEGIC RECONNAISSANCE WING

History

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4028th SRS   4025th SRS
.The Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards
The 4080th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing distinguished itself by exceptionally meritorious service from

1st August 1957 to 1st September 1959.

During this period, the 4080th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing completed a series of extremely hazardous operations to determine the atmospheric distribution of particulate and gaseous material from the detonation of nuclear weapons which resulted in the collection of important data  fro scientific research. In addition, the 4080th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing implemented a series of Flying Safety policies and procedures which reduced the accident rate to an unprecedented aero while accumulating more than 12,000 hours of Strategic Reconnaissance operations on a global scale. The initiative , resourcefulness and selfless devotion to duty displayed by members of the 4080th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing reflect great credit upon themselves and of the United States Air Force.

 
The 4080th Strategic Wing and component Units shown are awarded the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award for exceptionally meritorious achievement or service in support of military operations
2nd September 1959 - 24th November 1962
HQ 4080th SW, 4028th SRWS, 4080th FMS, 4080th OMS, 4080th A&EMS,4080th CDS
 
The 4080th Strategic Wing  SAC is awarded the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award for exceptionally meritorious achievement or service in support of military operations
11th February 1964 - 30th April 1965
4028th SRWS, 4080th FMS, 4080th OMS & 4080th A&EMS.
 
The Air Force Outstanding Unit Award is awarded to the 4080th Strategic Wing (SAC) for exceptionally meritorious service in support of military operations against an opposing armed force from
1st May 1965- 25th June 1966
4080th A&EMS, 4080th FMS, 4080th OMS, 4025th RS, 4028th SRWS, 803rd MG, 803rd CS, Det 2 , 9th WS( MAC).

 

The 4080th SRW (Light)  began on 1st April  1956 at Turner AFB. Georgia  It was activated simultaneously with the deactivation of the 508th Strategic Fighter Wing. Personnel from the 31st and 508th Strategic Fighter Squadrons being deactivated and combined with the 4025th SRS which arrived from Lockbourne AFB Ohio.  The new 4080th SRW (Light) was comprised of   3 units, 4025th SRS (Light),  4028th SRS  and the 4029th SRS* (Light) The  support units were the 4080th PMS, 4080th FMS, Headquarters Squadron Section and the 4080th A&ES.

* Never assigned personnel or aircraft.- Later reactivated (Aug 1981) as the 4029th S.R.T.S. to train U-2 pilots

The 4080th SRW then moved to Laughlin AFB on the 1st April 1957 

By June of this year the 4028th and the 4029th were re-designated Strategic Reconnaissance Weather Squadron ( SRWS)  and delivery of the  Lockheed U-2 aircraft started in June 1957 to the 4028th SRS. At this time all other U-2 flying was at this time was being performed by the C.I.A  and the 4080th SRW became the first USAF unit to fly the U-2.          

 

In 1957 both the  4025th and the 4028th were involved with the High Altitude Sampling Program  ( HASP) that was designed to sample the radioactive debris in the upper atmosphere following the detonation of Russian, Chinese and French Nuclear weapons. Unofficially this program was called "Crowflight", and missions were initially flown from Ramey AFB Puerto Rico (Det 3), and Plattsburgh AFM New York State (Det 4) .

Designated the 4080th Strategic Wing on 15th June 1960 

   
 
     
  4025th SRS  
   

 

 
4028th SRS

OPERATION CROWFLIGHT

4028th SRS

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4028th SRS

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 UNITS
 
4080th SRW 1st April 1956. Turner AFB GA.

 

Periodic Maintenance Squadron,
Field Maintenance Squadron, 
 Headquarters Squadron Section, 
Armament & Electronics Squadron.
 4025th SRS (L), 4028th SRS, 4029th  SRS
 
 
4080th SW  1st April 1957. Laughlin AFB TX
 
Periodic Maintenance Squadron ,
Field Maintenance Squadron, 
Headquarters Squadron Section,
Armament & Electronic Squadron,
4025th SRS  4028th SRS
 
 
 
4080th SRW History Continued - Off to War
 

 

THE COMMANDERS
   
Col Gerald W . Johnson Col Julius H .Baughn
1 May 1956 - 1 Apr 1957 10 Jun 1965 - 12 Feb 1966
   
Col Hubert Zemke Col William D. Kyle Jr
1 Apr 1957 - 12 Nov 1957 12 Feb 1966 - 15 Aug 1966
   
Brig Gen Austin J . Russell Col Marion C. Mixson
12 Nov 1957 - 17 Dec 1958 15 Aug 1966 - 1 Aug 1970
   
Col Andrew J . Bratton Col Raymond L. Haupt
17 Dec 1958 - 28 July 1960 1 Aug 1970 - 29 June 1972
   
Col William W .Wilcox Col Donald S. White
28 July 1960 - 3 July 1961 29 June 1972 - 7 May 1974
   
Col John A. Des Portes Col Charles B. Stratton
3 July 1961 - 10 Jun 1965 7 May 1974- 
   
   

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