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302d Operations Group
Emblem of the 302d Operations Group
Active 1942-1944; 1949-1951; 1952-1959; 1992-Present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
C-130 with Pikes Peak in the background
C-130 at Sather Air Base, Iraq

The 302d Operations Group (302 OG) is the operational flying component of the United States Air Force Reserve 302d Airlift Wing. It is stationed at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.

The 302 OG consists of one C-130 Hercules squadron -- the 731st Airlift Squadron, which has the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System mission. The group's personnel take part in tactical airlift training exercises and contingency and humanitarian airlift operations, both at home and abroad.

During World War II, the units predecessor unit, the 302d Bombardment Group was a B-24 Liberator replacement training unit (RTU). Its graduates were then assigned to combat units in overseas theaters worldwide as replacement personnel. Originally a Second Air Force unit, it was reassigned to First Air Force when Second AF began B-29 Superfortress training. Inactivated in 1944 when the need for B-24 aircrews was diminished.

Reactivated in the Air Force Reserve during the Cold War, the 302d Troop Carrier Group conducted airlift training with various transport aircraft. Ordered to active service in 1951 during the Korean War, its personnel and aircraft were reassigned to combat duty with Far East Air Force units.





  • Established as 302 Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942
Activated on 1 Jun 1942
Inactivated on 10 Apr 1944
  • Redesignated 302 Troop Carrier Group, Medium on 16 May 1949
Activated in the Reserve on 27 Jun 1949
Redesignated 302 Troop Carrier Group, Heavy on 28 Jan 1950
Ordered to active service on 1 Jun 1951
Inactivated on 8 Jun 1951
  • Redesignated 302 Troop Carrier Group, Medium on 26 May 1952
Activated in the Reserve on 14 Jun 1952
Inactivated on 14 Apr 1959
  • Redesignated: 302 Tactical Airlift Group on 31 Jul 1985 (Remained inactive)
  • Redesignated: 302 Operations Group on 1 Aug 1992
Activated in the Reserve on 1 Aug 1992.



  • 7 Space Operations Squadron: 1 May 1993-1 Sep 1997
  • 355 Troop Carrier Squadron: 1 Jun 1942-10 Apr 1944; 27 Jun 1949-8 Jun 1951; 14 Jun 1952-14 Apr 1959
  • 356 Troop Carrier Squadron: 1 Jun 1942-10 Apr 1944; 27 Jun 1949-28 Jan 1950; 14 Jun 1952-14 Apr 1959
  • 357 Troop Carrier Squadron: 1 Jun 1942-10 Apr 1944; 14 Jun 1952-16 Nov 1957
  • 420 Troop Carrier Squadron: 1 Jun 1942-10 Apr 1944
  • 731 Airlift Squadron: 1 Aug 1992-Present



  • B-18, 1942
  • C-78, 1942
  • B-24, 1942-1943, 1943-1944
  • C-82, 1949
  • C-54, 1949-1950
  • C-46, 1952-1957
  • C-119, 1956-1959
  • C-130, 1992-Present


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