22d Strategic Aerospace Division

22nd Strategic Aerospace Division (United States)

History

The 22nd Wing replaced an operational training unit at Hunter Field, Georgia on 5 December 1942 and began supervising and coordinating various aspects of dive bomber training for subordinate groups. It moved to Florida in February 1943 and continued training until 15 August 1943. Reestablished in July 1959 and later redesignated 22d Strategic Aerospace Division, it assured that assigned units were organized, manned, trained, and equipped to conduct aerial refueling operations and long-range strategic bombing using either nuclear weapons or conventional weapons. In addition, from 1962 to 1965 the division controlled Atlas ICBMs.

Background of name

Mission

Operations

Lineage and honors

Established as 22 Bombardment Training Wing on 28 November 1942. Activated on 5 December 1942. Disestablished on 15 August 1943.

Reestablished, and redesignated 22 Air Division, on 1 July 1959. Activated on 15 July 1959. Redesignated 22 Strategic Aerospace Division on 1 July 1962. Discontinued, and inactivated, on 1 July 1965.

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Decorations

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Awards

Emblem

Per bend light blue and azure four lightning flashes, two in bend issuant from dexter chief and sinister base, two issuant from sinister chief all or garnished gules, overall in dexter chief an aircraft fesswise argent in dexter flank a missile palewise of the like emitting a vapor trail to base of the fourth fimbriated of the fifth, in sinister base a globe arraswise of the last grid lined of the second with land areas vert above an arched olive branch of the last, all within a diminished bordure of the third. (Approved 6 June 1963)

Assignments

III Air Support Command, 5 December 1942; III Fighter Command, 6 August 194315 August 1943.

Second Air Force, 15 July 1959; Fifteenth Air Force, 9 September 19601 July 1965.

Components

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Stations

Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia, 5 December 1942; Drew Field (later, Tampa International Airport), Florida, 12 February 194315 August 1943.

Clinton County Air Force Base, Ohio, 15 July 1959; Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana, 9 September 1960; Schilling Air Force Base (later, Salina Municipal Airport), Kansas, 1 July 1962; Walker Air Force Base, New Mexico, 1 July 19631 July 1965.

Aircraft / Missiles / Space vehicles

A-24 Banshee, 1942–1943; A-25 Helldiver, 1942–1943.

KC-97 Stratotanker, 1959–1960, 1962–1963; Atlas (CGM-16), 1962–1965; B-47 Stratojet, 1962–1965; B-52 Stratofortress, 1963–1965; KC-135 Stratotanker, 1963–1965.

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