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548th Combat Training Squadron
548nfs-emblem.jpg
Emblem of the 548th Night Fighter Squadron (World War II)
Active 1944-Present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Combat Training
Garrison/HQ Fort Polk, Louisiana.
Engagements
World War II Victory Medal ribbon.svg Asiatic-Pacific Campaign ribbon.svg
  • World War II
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign (1942–1945)

The 548th Combat Training Squadron is a United States Air Force squadron assigned to the 57th Operations Group at Fort Polk, Louisiana.

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Overview

Part of the 57th Operations Group, assigned to Nellis AFB, Nevada, the 548th Combat Training Squadron (Green Flag East) and Det. 1 execute the Air Combat Command-sponsored Green Flag East exercise, providing operational control, safe employment and realistic training for all Air Force participants at the U.S. Army Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, Louisiana. Participating tactical aircrews and TACPs receive excellent training in light- and medium-intensity close air support and terminal air control.

The squadron hosts up to 10 multi-service field exercises each year, training more than 50,000 DoD and international personnel. A diverse unit at two geographically separate locations, the squadron's mission includes exercise planning, opportunities for live ordnance delivery, field training, munitions replication, weather support, radio maintenance and air traffic control.

History

During World War II, the 548th Night Fighter Squadron served with Seventh Air Force in the Pacific Theater

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Lineage

  • Constituted as: 548th Night Fighter Squadron on March 23, 1944
Activated on April 10, 1944
Inactivated on December 19, 1945
  • Activated and Redesignated: 548th Combat Training Squadron on October 15, 1969
Inactivated on July 31, 1973
  • Reactivated on July 1, 1994
Inactivated on September 30, 1997
  • Reactivated on October 4, 2007

Assignments

Attached to 301st Fighter Wing, 8 Jun 1945
  • Seventh Air Force, 14 Jul-19 Dec 1945
  • 4410 Combat Crew Training Wing (later, 4410 Special Operations Training Group), 15 Oct 1969-31 Jul 1973
  • 608 Air Operations Group, 1 Jul 1994
  • USAF Air Ground Operations School, 3 Feb 1998
  • 57th Operations Group, 4 Oct 2007-Present

Stations

Detached: Isley Airfield, Saipan, Mariana Islands, December 15, 1944
Detached: (Ground Echelon), North Field, Bonin Islands (Japan), February 28, 1945

Aircraft

Operations History

Patrols over the Pacific, September 1944 – January 1945. Combat in Western Pacific, March 7 – August 14, 1945.

The 548th was the first night-fighter squadron to arrive on Iwo Jima (on D+8), where it flew combat for several months. It eventually moved to the island of Ie Shima just 3 miles off the coast of Okinawa, where it finished out the war doing night penetration raids and weather observations to support the B-29 fleet bombing the Japanese home islands.

There is a detailed squadron history "Deny Them the Night Sky - a history of the 548th Night Fighter Squadron" (privately published 2005: 520 pp, 998 photos and illustrations, CD) by Eric Shulenberger, PhD JD, son of a 548th NFS radar operator. The book covers the entire history from establishment through dissolution.

The 548th was reactivated (same insignia: the cat's name is "Skopie" as in "radar-scope") in 1969 as the 548th Combat Training Squadron (548th CTS), Provided special operations training to USAF and Vietnamese aircrews, October 1969 – July 1973. Controlled multi-service close air support and forward air control aircraft and tactical air control assets in realistic combat exercises with the US Army Joint Readiness Training Center, July 1994 – September 1997

References

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

  • Northrop P-61 Black Widow—The Complete History and Combat Record, Garry R. Pape, John M. Campbell and Donna Campbell, Motorbooks International, 1991.
  • Mauer, Mauer (1969), Combat Squadrons of the Air Force, World War II, Air Force Historical Studies Office, Maxwell AFB, Alabama. ISBN 0892010975
  • 57th Operations Group Factsheet

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