The 38th began in October 1951 to develop and prepare policies and procedures pertaining to bombardment, air and ground training, operations, flying safety, and security. It also monitored and coordinated the manning, training, equipping and operational readiness of assigned units for the primary purpose of conducting strategic air warfare on a global scale. Its subordinate units participated in numerous training missions, which included simulated radar bombing and polar grid navigation, plus the Strategic Air Command bombing and navigation competition. During the 1950s, the division participated in and supported exercises such as Operation War Dance, Grey Warrior and Dark Night, and flew numerous air refueling sorties.
Background of name
Lineage and honors
Established as 38 Air Division, and organized, on 10 October 1951.
Discontinued on 16 June 1952.
Activated on 16 June 1952.
Inactivated on 1 November 1959.
This unit earned the following organizational service streamers
This unit earned the following organizational campaign streamers
Armed forces expeditionary streamers
This unit earned the following unit decorations
On a shield azure (Brittany blue), a semee of stars argent (white, outlined stone blue), over all an American bald eagle, volant recursant descendant, in pale, wings overture, all proper (head and tail white, body feathers shades of brown, beak and eyeball yellow, outlined stone blue). (Approved 16 August 1956)
Second Air Force, 10 October 1951–16 June 1952.
Second Air Force, 16 June 1952;
Eighth Air Force, 1 January 1959–1 November 1959.
Hunter Air Force Base (currently, Hunter Army Airfield), Georgia, 10 October 1951–16 June 1952.
Hunter Air Force Base, Georgia, 16 June 1952–1 November 1959.
Aircraft / Missiles / Space vehicles
KB-29 Superfortress, 1951–1952;
B-50 Superfortress, 1951–1952.
KB-29 Superfortress, 1952–1953;
B-50 Superfortress, 1952–1953;
KC-97 Stratotanker, 1953–1959;
B-47 Stratojet, 1954–1959.