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67th Network Warfare Wing
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67th Network Warfare Wing Insignia
Active September 1, 1941
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Role Information Operations
Size Wing
Part of Air Force Space Command
Garrison/HQ Lackland Air Force Base
Motto LUX EX TENEBRIS
Light from Darkness
Decorations Presidential Unit Citation ribbon.svg DUC
Outstanding Unit ribbon.svg AFOUA w/ V Device
Presidential Unit Citation (Korea).svg ROK PUC
Belgium Fourragère

The 67th Network Warfare Wing (67 NWW), Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, was reactivated October 1, 1993 as the 67th Intelligence Wing. The wing was re-designated the 67th Information Operations Wing on February 1, 2001. On July 5, 2006, the wing was again re-designated as the only Network Warfare Wing.

The wing is charged with executing Air Force Space Command's global mission of information operations. As the Air Force's largest operational wing , it has people or equipment on every continent except Antarctica. The wing is composed of five intelligence groups, 35 squadrons and detachments and more than 8,000 people serving at some 100 locations around the world to provide information to today's leaders to help shape global events.

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Mission

The 67 NWW assumed a worldwide mission with responsibility for overseeing the majority of AFISRA field unit operations. Today the 67 NWW is on a path as America's first Network Warfare Wing. This path follows a parallel route forged by Air Force's Global Engagement vision — a vision to carry us into the 21st century, a vision ingraining information superiority as a core competency. The 67 IOW's domain within the Air Force vision resides in the ability to execute information operations — the capability to gain, exploit, attack and defend information.

Three groups and more than 30 squadrons around the world report to the wing, carrying out information operations to augment warfighting commands and national decision makers.

The 67 NWW executes AFISRA's global mission. Specifically stated, the mission of the wing is to conduct Information Operations. The wing directs planning of multi-source electronic combat services, information warfare and communications security. It assists the Air Force components in the development of airpower concepts, conducting exercises and employment of AFISRA forces in contingencies, low-intensity conflict, counterdrug activities and special operations. The wing executes information operations geographically through its three groups and 31 squadrons located in the continental United States, Hawaii and Germany.

Units

  • 67th Network Warfare Group, (Lackland Air Force Base, Texas): The group tailors multi-source intelligence, electronic warfare and communications security products for national decision makers and Air Force Cyber Command. The group also participates with Air Force Special Operations Command, providing customized intelligence products for their missions.
  • 26th Network Operations Group, (Lackland Air Force Base, Texas): The 26th Network Operations Group employs four operational squadrons worldwide, providing Air Force enterprise network operations, management, defense, and information assurance to Air Force Network Operations (AFNETOPS) Commander and Commander, United States Strategic Command. The Group plans, tasks, executes, monitors and sustains AFNETOPS forces for Warfighting Headquarters and Commands. The Group trains and certifies AFNETOPS forces on tactics, techniques, and procedures that the Group develops.
  • 690th Network Support Group, (Lackland Air Force Base, Texas): The 690 NSG mission is Anytime/Anywhere Support To Weapon Systems Used By Network Warfighters To Execute Network Warfare.

History

For additional history and lineage, see 67th Network Warfare Group
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Lineage

  • Established as 67th Reconnaissance Wing on 6 Nov 1947
Organized on 25 Nov 1947
Redesignated 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing on 22 Aug 1948
Inactivated on 28 Mar 1949
  • Activated on 25 Feb 1951
Discontinued, and inactivated, on 8 Dec 1960
  • Activated on 2 Aug 1965
Organized on 1 Jan 1966
Redesignated 67th Reconnaissance Wing on 1 Oct 1991
Inactivated on 30 Sep 1993
  • Redesignated 67th Intelligence Wing, and activated, on 1 Oct 1993
Redesignated 67th Information Operations Wing on 1 Aug 2000
Redesignated 67th Network Warfare Wing, 5 Jul 2006.

Assignments

Attached to 1st Fighter Wing, 25 Nov 1947-
Remained attached to 1st Fighter Wing to 28 Mar 1949

Components

Groups

Squadrons

  • 4 Tactical Reconnaissance: 15 Jul-15 Oct 1971
  • 7 Tactical Reconnaissance: 15 Dec 1967-15 Oct 1971
  • 9 Tactical Reconnaissance: 15 Jul-31 Aug 1971
  • 10 Tactical Reconnaissance: 1 Jan 1966-30 Jun 1971
  • 11 Tactical Reconnaissance: attached 1 Jun- 24 Nov 1954; attached 1 Jul-30 Sep 1957, assigned 1 Oct 1957-8 Mar 1960; assigned 1 Apr-25 Oct 1966
  • 12 Tactical Reconnaissance: attached 1 Jun-24 Nov 1954; attached 1 Jul-30 Sep 1957, assigned 1 Oct 1957-8 Mar 1960; assigned 1 Jul-2 Sep 1966; assigned 31 Aug 1971-30 Sep 1992 (detached 5 May-4 Jun 1974, 8-29 Sep 1977, 7 Jul-7 Aug 1981, 15 May-11 Jun 1984, 27 Aug-24 Sep 1987)
  • 15 Tactical Reconnaissance: attached 1 Jun-24 Nov 1954; attached 1 Jul-30 Sep 1957, assigned 1 Oct 1957-25 Apr 1960
  • 22 Tactical Reconnaissance: 20 Sep 1966-15 Oct 1971 (detached 8-26 Oct 1968 and 15 Jul-15 Oct 1971)
  • 45 Tactical Reconnaissance (later, 45th Tactical Reconnaissance Training): attached 1 Jun-24 Nov 1954; attached 1 Jul-30 Sep 1957, assigned 1 Oct 1957-25 Apr 1960; assigned 15 Oct 1971-31 Oct 1975 (detached 13 Jun-7 Jul 1973); assigned 1 Apr 1982-30 Sep 1989
  • 62 Tactical Reconnaissance Training: 1 Jul 1982-31 Dec 1989
  • 91 Tactical Reconnaissance: 15 Jul 1971-30 Aug 1991 (detached 26 Apr-25 May 1972, 25 May-9 Jun 1977, 1 May-2 Jun 1980, 2 May-1 Jun 1983, 24 Apr- 23 May 1985)
  • 417 Tactical Fighter: 1 Jul 1968-15 Nov 1970 (detached 12 Jan-4 Apr 1969 and 11 Sep-10 Oct 1970)
  • 421 Air Refueling: attached 17-30 Sep 1957, assigned 1 Oct 1957-8 Dec 1960 (detached 21 Nov-8 Dec 1960)
  • 6021 Reconnaissance: attached 1 Jul-8 Dec 1957
  • 6091 Reconnaissance: attached 1 Jul-30 Sep 1957, assigned 1 Oct 1957-8 Dec 1960 (detached 21 Nov-8 Dec 1960).

Stations

Operational History

Postwar Years

The Wing was activated as part of a service-wide, wing-base test in 1947 and assigned to Tactical Air Command. Equipped with RB-26's and RF-80's. Redesignated 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Group in June 1948. Budget constraints, though, resulted in the wing's inactivation in March 1949.

Korean War

The need for tactical reconnaissance resources became obvious when North Korea launched a surprise attack against the Republic of Korea in June 1950. In February 1951, Headquarters Far East Air Force activated the 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing at Komaki Air Base, Japan replacing the inactivated 543rd Tactical Support Group. Combat components of the wing were the 12th, 15th and 45th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadrons. By August, the wing had consolidated its subordinate elements at Kimpo AB. Gradually overcoming difficulties, it soon was providing adequate aerial intelligence for both air and ground units.

Over the next two and a half years, the 67 TRW served as the primary tactical reconnaissance unit in the Korean Conflict. From February 1951 to July 1953, the wing performed exceptionally well, and outstripped all existing reconnaissance records. Wing crews averaged nearly 1,500 sorties and technicians processed more than 736,000 negatives, monthly. On a recurring basis, the wing provided photographic coverage of all enemy airfields in Korea, as mandated by the FEAF policy of keeping enemy airfields unserviceable. It also flew large-scale front-line block coverage photography for the Eighth Army and provided surveillance for the interdiction of main enemy rail lines, roads and bridges. New technology permitted it to reconnoiter targets between fighter-bomber attacks, interpret wet negatives, and flash the results and flak locations to the Joint Operations Center in time to assist missions later in the day.

Innovations the 67th TRW developed while engaging in combat were creative experimentation with aircraft, cameras, night lighting, and photographic techniques; and the modification of six Sabrejets to RF-86 configuration for reconnaissance work. Flew RF-51D, RF-80A, RF-86 and RB-26 aircraft. For visual reconnaissance, the 67th TRW relied on T-6s and C-47s for a short time. It also performed weather reconnaissance on a regular basis, using the unarmed WB-26s of the attached 6166th Air Weather Reconnaissance Flight.

During 1951, the wing routinely flew armed reconnaissance with RF-51s, leading fighter sweeps and directing fighter-bomber strikes. The 67th TRW earned three Distinguished Unit Citations (DUC). The first was for the period of the First UN Counteroffensive, February–April 1951, when the tactical squadrons provided intensive medium- to low-level surveillance of enemy territory as far north as the Yalu River. In conjunction with these missions, the wing conducted 1,886 fighter sweep sorties, attacking railways, pack animals, roads, vehicles, bridges and supply dumps. The second DUC recognized contributions to the UN Summer-Fall Offensive, July–November 1951, with the 12th TRS conducting night operations in RB-26s and the 15th TRS in RF-80s sharing daytime coverage with the 45th TRS. The aircrews flew around-the-clock photo surveillance of enemy activities and provided artillery and naval gun fire direction. The group earned its third DUC during the war's final campaign. Flying continuous close surveillance of enemy activities, the group provided photographic intelligence, visual reconnaissance, and direction of fighter-bomber sweeps, to prevent the enemy an opportunity for a last-minute offensive before implementation of the armistice.

The wing remained in the Far East after a cease-fire was declared in 1953. In December 1960, the 67 TRW was inactivated at Yokota Air Base, Japan.

Vietnam War

By 1965, growing United States involvement in the Vietnam Conflict resulted in Tactical Air Command reactivating the 67 TRW on August 2, 1965, and eventually manning it by January 1966 at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. The wing, while having operational commitments, conducted replacement training for RF-4C Phantom II crew members being deployed to Southeast Asia.

In September 1966, the wing's 12th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron transferred to the 460th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing at Tan Son Nhut Air Base, South Vietnam.

As required, the 67 TRW also supported operations when crew members ferried RF-4Cs to the theater. When U.S. forces began the drawdown from South Vietnam, the 67 TRW designation moved in July 1971 to Bergstrom Air Force Base, Texas, replacing the inactivated 75 TRW.

European Commitment

At Bergstrom Air Force Base, the wing still maintained its dual mission responsibilities of an operational commitment to the European theater and a training mission for RF-4C crew members.

Since its reactivation at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, in 1965, the 67 TRW garnered six Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards. The wing also earned the Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamer for its participation in the evacuation of U. S. civilians from Grenada in October–November 1983.

Desert Shield / Desert Storm

By 1989, the demise of the Warsaw Pact signaled an end to the Cold War. It also meant reduction in forces for the U.S. military and the transfer of the 67 TRW's training mission to George Air Force Base, California.

Despite the easing of East-West tensions, world peace gave way to regional conflicts. Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in August 1990 led to Operation Desert Shield — the largest deployment of U.S. military forces overseas since the Vietnam Conflict. On January 17, 1991, Operation Desert Storm — the liberation of Kuwait and defeat of Iraqi forces — began and included a squadron of 67 TRW RF-4Cs, which were deployed to the Persian Gulf from early January to June 1991 to provide coalition forces with battlefield tactical reconnaissance.

Post Cold War

Not long after the Gulf Conflict, the drawdown of U.S. military forces continued and extended to the 67th Reconnaissance Wing (renamed 67 TRW) and Bergstrom Air Force Base.

As part of the drawdown, the base was programmed for closure in 1993 concurrent with inactivation of the 67 RW. In the meantime, restructuring of Air Force intelligence gave the 67 RW new life.

On October 1, 1993, personnel of the former Air Force Intelligence Command and 693d Intelligence Wing formed the nucleus of the Headquarters 67th Intelligence Wing. The 67 IW assumed a worldwide mission with responsibility for overseeing the majority of AIA field unit operations. For its accomplishments since 1993 as the largest operational wing in the Air Force, the 67 NWW received its eighth and ninth Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards.

Commanders

67th Reconnaissance Wing

  • Col Arthur R. DeBolt, November 1947
  • Lt Col Charles F. Scott Jr., October 4, 1948

67th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing

  • Lt Col Charles F. Scott Jr.
  • Lt Col Jack W. Hayes Jr., October 11, 1948
  • Lt Col Horace A. Hanes, November 1, 1948
  • Lt Col Charles F. Scott Jr., November 12, 1948
  • Col William H. Clark, January 7, 1949
  • Col Loren G. McCollom, January 13, 1949
  • Col Charles E. Marion, January 16 to March 1949
  • Col Karl L. Polifka, February 25, 1951
  • Col Bert N. Smiley, July 1, 1951
  • Col Vincent Howard, July 4, 1951
  • Col Edwin S. Chickering, October 31, 1951
  • Col Russell A. Berg, August 13, 1952
  • Col Charles F. Knierim, July 1953
  • Col Loren G. McCollom, August 1953
  • Col Bernice S. Barr, circa July 1954
  • Col Prescott M. Spicer, August 11, 1954
  • Col Gwen G. Atkinson, November 8, 1956
  • Col Dalene E. Bailey, August 22, 1959
  • Col John G. Foster, June 15 to December 8, 1960
  • Not Manned August 2 to December 31, 1965
  • Col Robert G. Williams, January 1, 1966
  • Col Wendell L. Bevan Jr., November 21, 1966
  • Col Joseph Schreiber, July 1, 1968
  • Col Henry L. Warren, September 1, 1970
  • Col Walter F. Daniel, July 15, 1971
  • Col George A. Edwards Jr., July 28, 1972
  • Col Thomas C. Pinckney Jr., April 8, 1974
  • Col George M. Sauls, July 2, 1975
  • Col Davis C. Rohr, May 19, 1976
  • Col Robert L. Pearson, August 3, 1977
  • Col Charles R. Peters, February 12, 1979
  • Col Thomas L. Craig, May 25, 1979
  • Col David H. Reiner, October 31, 1980
  • Col Alan P. Lurie, June 7, 1981
  • Col Charles P. Sloan Jr., June 18, 1982
  • Col John D. Logeman Jr., March 15, 1984
  • Col Carl E. Franklin, January 30, 1986
  • Col Charles E. Loflin, January 25, 1988
  • Col Michael C. Short, January 12, 1990
  • Col Charles R. Harr, circa 1991

67th Reconnaissance Wing

  • Col Charles R. Harr
  • Col Scott W. Madole, September 1, 1992

67th Intelligence Wing

  • Col James R. O'Brien Jr., October 1, 1993
  • Col Robert D. Anderson, June 28, 1994
  • Col Alan B. Thomas, August 30, 1995
  • Col Gary R. Harvey, August 26, 1996
  • Col James C. Massaro, August 13, 1999

67th Information Operations Wing

  • Col James C. Massaro
  • Col Roger Gaebel, June 25, 2001
  • Col Bruce A. Bingle, August 28, 2003
  • Col Kathryn L. Gauthier, June 25, 2004

67th Network Warfare Wing

  • Col Kathryn L. Gauthier
  • Col Joseph J. Pridotkas, August 10, 2006
  • Col Bradford J. Shwedo, July, 2008

References

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

  • AIA Spokesman magazine online
  • Endicott, Judy G. (1999) Active Air Force wings as of 1 October 1995; USAF active flying, space, and missile squadrons as of 1 October 1995. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. CD-ROM.
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