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Eglin Air Force Base getting 7th special forces group and 59 new aircrafts

February 9, 2009

 

Maj. Gen. David Eidsaune USAF AAC AAV/CC  announced that the Air Force has signed the Initial Record of Decision to bring the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to Eglin Air Force Base!

 The announcement allows the delivery of 59 aircraft between March 2010-2015. This decision will also allow for the construction of facilities for the JSF Initial Joint Training Site, which includes instructor pilots, operations and maintenance support personnel and provides an initial capability for one squadron each of F-35s for the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps.   The community will still see an increase of approximately 10,000 military and dependent personnel with the 7th Special Forces Group and the F-35 Training Center.  Military construction is expected to bring $700 million to the local area. 

The 7th Special Forces Group, an operational unit of the United States Army Special Forces, was activated on 20 May, 1960. It was reorganized from the 77th Special Forces Group, which was also stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Its purpose is to conduct guerrilla operations and train friendly governments’ armed forces in Central and South America. 7th Special Forces Group participated in Operation Urgent Fury in Grenada in 1983, as well as in Operation Just Cause in Panama in 1989. The 7th SFG has, like all the SFGs, been heavily deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan in the War on Terrorism.

 X-35 research plane and prototype for the F-35 JSF

 The 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) was first constituted as the 1st Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Special Service Force on July 9, 1942 at Camp William Harrison, Montana. This specialized Canadian-United States unit was organized and trained to conduct commando raids against Nazi Germany’s fledging nuclear weapons capability in the the Scandinavian region of occupied Europe. However, the unit was diverted to the campaign in the Aleutian Islands, where they were confronted by not only Japanese, but the brutal arctic climate.

Upon successful culmination of the Aleutian Campaign the Special Service Force was transferred to the European theater where they fought with distinction in both southern France and Italy, where they earned the nickname of “The Devil’s Brigade”. The Special Service Force was disbanded in France in 1945. It was reactivated on 25 September 1953 at Fort Bragg as the 77th Special Forces. In 2005, DoD recommended in its BRAC Recommendations that the 7th relocate to Eglin AFB, FL.

In 1960 the Group was recognized and designated as the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces. The Group colors carry six combat streamers from World War II and one from Panama. In addition, the 3rd Battalion is entitled to the Army Superior Unit Award Streamer, embroidered “LATIN AMERICA 1985-1986”.

This is expected to give a boost to the local community.

Eglin Air Force Base

November 1, 2008

308th Armament Systems WingThe mission of the 308th Armament Systems Wing is to equip warfighters with strike weapons to fight and win decisively. The wing designs, develops, produces, fields, and sustains a family of air-to-ground munitions, enhancing warfighter capabilities (both U.S. and allies) in defeating a spectrum of enemy targets.

 

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  • Eglin Air Force Base Units

    November 1, 2008

    919th Special Operations WingThe 919th Special Operations Wing, located about five miles south of Crestview and 20 miles from Eglin main at Duke Field, is the only special operations wing in the Air Force Reserve Command. In wartime or a contingency, the 919th SOW reports to Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field, Fla., its gaining major command.

     

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  • Eglin Air Force Base Units

    November 1, 2008

    6th Ranger Training BattalionAuxiliary Field Six is the site of Camp James E. Rudder and the home of the Army’s 6th Ranger Training Battalion. The 6th RTB conducts the final phase of the U.S. Army Ranger Course. The entire course is 61 days in length and is divided into three phases. Each phase is conducted at different geographical and environmental locations. Its mission at Eglin is to expose Ranger students to a fast-paced, 18 day field training exercise.

     

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  • Eglin Air Force Base Units

    November 1, 2008

    20th Space Control SquadronThe mission of the 20th Space Control Squadron is to detect, track, identify, and report near earth and deep space objects in earth’s orbit, and provide space object identification data in support of United States Strategic Command’s space control mission. The men and women of the 20th SPCS operate and maintain the AN/FPS-85 radar, the Air Force’s only phased-array radar dedicated to tracking earth-orbiting objects.

     

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    November 1, 2008

    The Joint Fires Integration and Interoperability Team (JFIIT) is a subordinate, functional command of U.S. Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM), tasked with improving the integration, interoperability, and effectiveness of Joint fires.
    USJFCOM established JFIIT in February 2005 to provide assistance to Joint force commanders and Service headquarters in planning, coordinating, and executing Joint fires at the tactical level. JFIIT’s 120-member team is made up of members from all four Services and Department of Defense (DoD) civilians with contractor support.

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    Eglin Air Force Base Units

    November 1, 2008

    Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center Detachment 2In the summer of 1977, the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center stood up Detachment 2 at Eglin to meet the growing demand to provide realistic operational testing for new and modified weapon systems. Since then, Detachment 2 has partnered with the warfighter and the developmental test community to provide the most thorough and rigorous operational test programs found anywhere in the world.

     

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    November 1, 2008

    46th Test WingThe 46th Test Wing is the test and evaluation center for Air Force air-delivered weapons, navigation and guidance systems, Command and Control (C2) systems, and Air Force Special Operations Command systems. The Eglin Gulf Test Range provides approximately 130,000 square miles of over water airspace.

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  • Eglin Air Force Base Units

    November 1, 2008

    33rd Fighter WingThe 33rd Fighter Wing “Nomads” is the largest associate unit at Eglin, as well as a premier air-to-air combat unit of Air Combat Command. With two F-15C squadrons and an air control squadron, the wing’s mission is to deploy worldwide and provide air superiority and air control. First established as the 33rd Pursuit Group, the wing’s contribution to tactical airpower during its 50-year history has been significant with participation in campaigns around the world, while flying various fighter aircraft.

    Eglin Air Force Base units

    November 1, 2008

    96th Air Base WingThe mission of the 96th Air Base Wing consists of supporting the Air Armament Center and associate units with traditional military services as well as all the services of a small city, to include civil engineering, personnel, logistics, communications, computer, medical, security, and all other host services. Critical to the success of Eglin’s mission, the 96th Air Base Wing provides a myriad of base operating support functions.

     

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