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22d Tactical Air Support Training Squadron
Emblem of the 22d Tactical Air Support Training Squadron
Active 1941-1991
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Role Tactical Air Support Training

The 22d Tactical Air Support Training Squadron is an inactive United States Air Force unit. Its last assignment was with the 602d Tactical Air Control Wing, based at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona. It was inactivated on 30 September 1991.





  • Constituted 46th Bombardment Squadron (Medium) on 20 Nov 1940
Activated on 15 Jan 1941
Redesignated: 22d Antisubmarine Squadron (Heavy) on 3 Mar 1943
Disbanded on 11 Nov 1943
  • Reconstituted, and consolidated (19 Sep 1985), with the 22d Tactical Air Support Squadron(Light)
  • Constituted, and activated, on 26 Apr 1965
Organized on 8 May 1965
Inactivated on 22 Sep 1988
  • Redesignated 22d Tactical Air Support Training Squadron on 1 Oct 1988
Activated on 14 Oct 1988.
Inactivated on 30 Sep 1991


Emblem of the 22d Antisubmarine Squadron (1942)
Air echelon attached to: Army Air Forces Antisubmarine Command on 13 Oct 1942
Further attached to 2d Bombardment Group, 13-29 Oct 1942
Air echelon attached to: 25th Antisubmarine Wing 20 Nov 1942-8 Mar 1943
18th Replacement Wing (ground echelon), 24 Sep-30 Oct 1943
  • Pacific Air Forces, 26 Apr 1965
  • 2d Air Division, 8 May 1965
  • 505th Tactical Control Group, 8 Nov 1965
  • 504th Tactical Air Support Group, 8 Dec 1966
  • 5th Tactical Control Group, 15 May 1971
  • 6486th Air Base Wing, 30 Sep 1971
  • 15th Air Base Wing, 1 Nov 1971
  • 326th Air Division, 4 Apr 1980-22 Sep 1988
  • 602d Tactical Air Control Wing, 14 Oct 1988-30 Sep 1991


Ground Echelon remained at Bluethenthal Field until Sep 1943, then moved to Salt Lake City AAB, Utah, where it was inactivated on 30 Oct 1943


Operational History

Squadron participated in antisubmarine patrols in the American Theater, Jan 1942-Aug 1943, and in European Theater, Sep-Nov 1943. Antisubmarine patrol flights were conducted in the squadron's assigned areas, producing a situation map that was continuously updated with enemy and friendly forces, convoys, and other pertinent information. The antisubmarine patrols also produced an enemy dispersion chart showing the disposition of all known enemy submarines in the entire Atlantic area. The ground echelon disbanded on 30 Oct 1943, and the air echelon disbanded on 11 Nov 1943.

The 22d Tactical Air Support Squadron (Light) organized at Binh Thuy Air Base, South Vietnam, on 8 May 1965. It provided aircrews in Vietnam to direct air strikes for tactical aircraft operating within the Tactical Air Control System (TACS). Visual reconnaissance, convoy escort, and other missions were conducted as directed by the Tactical Air Commander, and aircraft and maintenance were provided in support of these operations within IV Corps, Republic of Vietnam, as directed by Seventh Air Force. The squadron provided aircraft and personnel in support of the Theater Indoctrination School, and field and transient maintenance support of USAF aircraft at Binh Thuy Air Base. The 22nd operated the Cessna 0-1 aircraft, 1965-1971; and the Cessna 0-2 aircraft, 1967-1971. Personnel and other resources of the 22d were absorbed by the 19th Tactical Air Support Squadron on 15 Jan 1971, and the 22d was unmanned and non-operational until it transferred W/O/P/E to Wheeler AFB, Hawaii, on 15 May 1971.

At Wheeler the 22d, using the Cessna 0-2, organized, trained, and equipped assigned personnel to provide the Air Force Component Commander with a joint force, capable of operating and maintaining a tactical air support subsystem for ground forces requiring close air support, tactical air reconnaissance, and tactical airlift. The squadron also provided Direct Air Support Center and Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) personnel and equipment to support US Army units in Hawaii. During 1982, the 22d participated in a number of exercises and prepared plans for conversion to the OV-10. Converted to the OV-10 aircraft, Aug-Oct 1983. Supported U.S. Army on the ground with TACPs creating a network which provided the Army with immediate air support and, in the air, with OV-10 forward air control support. Participated in numerous exercises with US and allied army ground units throughout the Far East.


PD-icon.svg This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

  • Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0892010924.

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