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407th Air Expeditionary Group
407th Air Expeditionary Group.png
407th Air Expeditionary Group emblem
Active 17 April 2003-Present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Air Expeditionary Group
Garrison/HQ Ali AB, Iraq
Colonel Mark Ware
Carroll W. McColpin

The 407th Air Expeditionary Group (407 AEG) is a provisional United States Air Force unit assigned to the United States Air Forces Central 332d Air Expeditionary Wing. It is stationed at Ali Air Base, Iraq. As a provisional unit, the 407 AEG may be inactivated or activated at any time by Air Combat Command.

The 407 AEG provides air operations support for coalition air dominance, battlespace control, and security to advance the stabilization of southern Iraq. It provides coalition tactical airlift support with aerial port operations. The 407 AEG was the first Air Force unit to stand up combat operations within Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The group traces its history back to the World War II 407th Bombardment Group (Dive) which was established March 23, 1943, at Drew Field, Florida. The air echelon was attached to Eleventh Air Force in Amchitka, Alaska, from July 19 to August 15, 1943, where it performed combat operations against the Japanese in the Aleutian Islands.



Approximately 700 active-duty Air Force, Guard and Reserve members are assigned to the 407 AEG during any given Air and Space Expeditionary Force rotation. It consists of the following squadrons:

  • 361st Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron[1]
  • 407th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron
  • 407th Expeditionary Communications Squadron
  • 407th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron
  • 407th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron
  • 407th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron
  • 407th Expeditionary Force Support Squadron

In addition to its operational commitments, the 407 AEG is the Senior Airfield Authority at Ali Air Base, and is responsible for the defense, control, operations and maintenance of the airfield, land and facilities whose proximity affects airfield operations




  • Constituted as 407th Bombardment Group (Dive) on 23 Mar 1943
Activated on 28 Mar 1943.
Redesignated 407th Fighter-Bomber Group in Aug 1943
Disbanded on 1 Apr 1944
  • Reestablished and consolidated with the 407th Strategic Fighter Wing, 23 March 1953
Activated on 18 Dec 1953
Inactivated on 1 Jul 1957
  • Redesignated as 407th Air Expeditionary Group and converted to provisional status, 14 Apr 2003


Attached to United States Air Forces Central, 14 Apr 2003-Present


  • 91st Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron: Attached Dec. 1954 - July 1955
  • 407th Air Refueling Squadron: Dec. 18, 1953 - July 1, 1957
  • 495th Bombardment Squadron: 1944
  • 515th (formerly 632d) Bombardment Squadron: 1943-1944
  • 516th (formerly 633d) Bombardment Squadron: 1943-1944
  • 517th (formerly 634th) Bombardment Squadron: 1943-1944
  • 635th Bombardment Squadron: 1943


Deployed to: Misawa AB, Japan, 8 Aug-10 Nov 1954


  • A-24, 1943
  • A-36, 1943
  • P-47, 1943-1944
  • P-51, 1943
  • F-84, 1954-1957; RBF-84, 1955
  • KB-29, 1954-1957
  • KC-97, 1957
  • RQ-1, Present
  • C-130H, 2004-2008


The 407th AEG traces its history back to the 407th Bombardment Group (Dive) which was established March 23, 1943, at Drew Field, Florida. Its subordinate squadrons at that time included the 632d, 633d, 634th and 635th Bombardment (Dive) Squadrons. The air echelon was attached to Eleventh Air Force in Amchitka, Alaska, from July 19 to August 15, 1943, where it performed combat operations against the Japanese in the Aleutian Islands.

The 407th was redesignated the 407th Fighter-Bomber Group on August 15, 1943. At that time, the 632d, 633d and 634th were redesignated the 515th, 516th and 517th Fighter-Bomber Squadrons, respectively, and the 635th was disbanded. In 1943, the 407th flew the Douglas A-24 dive bomber, North American A-36 Invader dive bomber, and P-51 Mustang, and flew the P-47 Thunderbolt from 1943 to 1944. In October 1943 the group moved the Lakeland Army Air Field, Florida, and then to Galveston Army Air Field, Texas in November where it trained for combat, and functioned as a replacement unit until April 1, 1944, when it was disestablished.

The 407th Strategic Fighter Wing was established on March 23, 1953, and activated December 18, 1953, at Great Falls Air Force Base, Montana. Its subordinate squadrons at that time were the 407th Air Refueling Squadron, and the 515th, 516th, and 517th Strategic Fighter Squadrons flying the F-84 Thunderstreak. From December 1954 to July 1955, the 91st Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron was attached to the 407th.

From August to November 1954, the 407th deployed to Misawa Air Base, Japan, where it provided air defense of northern Japan. From November 1954 to June 1957 the 407th provided long-range fighter support and refueling for bombers from its home base in Montana. The wing was inactivated in July 1957.

The 407th was redesignated the 407th Air Expeditionary Group and later activated at Tallil Air Base (now Ali Base) in April 2003.


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