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58th Operations Group

Commander:
Col. Arthur D. Davis
58th OG/CC


Mission Statement
The 58th Operations Group trains mission-ready special operations, combat search and rescue (CSAR) and airlift aircrews in the UH-1H/N, HH-60G, MH-53J/M, HC-130N/P, MC-130P, MC-130H, CV-22 and corresponding simulators; provides Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training-Helicopter; conducts special operations and CSAR intelligence training; responds to contingencies and humanitarian missions

Unit History
Lineage: Established as the 58th Pursuit Group (Interceptor) on 20 Nov 1940 and activated on 16 Jan 1941. The group changed its name to the 58th Fighter Group on 15 May 1942 and then again to the 58th Fighter Group, Single Engine on 20 Aug 1943. Although it was inactivated on 27 Jan 1946, the Air Force would re-designate it on 25 Jun 1952 as the 58th Fighter-Bomber Group and activate it 15 days later. It was then inactivated on 8 Nov 1957 to once again be re-activated twice more, first as the 58th Tactical Missile Group in 1958 and then finally as the 58th Operations Group on 1 Oct 1991.

Assignments:
16 Jan 1941 Northeast Air District (Later as First Air Force)
2 Oct 1941 3d Interceptor Command
17 Oct 1942 1st Fighter Command
19 Nov 1943 and 15 Jul 1958 Fifth Air Force
6 Mar 1945 5th Fighter Command
23 Nov 1945 Far East Air Forces
10 Jan to 27 Jan 1946 Pacific Air Command
10 Jul 1952 to 8 Nov 1957 58th Fighter Bomber Wing, Taegu AB, South Korea
24 Apr 1959 to 25 Mar 1962 314th Air Division, Osan AB, South Korea
1 Oct 1991 to 31 Mar 1994 58th Fighter Wing, Luke AFB, AZ
1 Apr 1994 to Present 58th Special Operations Wing, Kirtland AFB, NM

Component Squadrons:
16 Jan 1941 to 3 Oct 1942: 67th Pursuit Squadron (Interceptor) (Later renamed to 67th Fighter Squadron); 68th Pursuit Squadron (Interceptor) (Later renamed to 68th Fighter Squadron)

16 Jan 1941 to 27 Jan 1946: 69th Pursuit Squadron (Interceptor) (Later renamed to 69th Fighter Squadron)

9 Feb 1942 to 27 Jan 1946: (10 Jul 1952 to 8 Nov 1957); (15 Jul 1958 to 25 Mar 1962); (1 Oct 1991 to 1 Apr 1994) 310th Pursuit Squadron (Later renamed as 310th Fighter Sq., 310th Fighter Bomber Sq., 310th Tactical Missile, 310th Tactical Fighter Training); 311th Pursuit Squadron (Later renamed as 311th Fighter Sq., 311th Fighter Bomber Sq., 311th Tactical Fighter Training)

1 Oct to 14 Nov 1991: (25 Mar - 1 Apr 1994) 550th Tactical Fighter Training

1 Oct 1991 to 1 Apr 1994: 314th Tactical Fighter Training (Later, 314th Fighter Squadron); 461st Tactical Fighter Training (Later, 461st Fighter Squadron)

1 May 1992 to 1 Jul 1993: 607th Air Control Squadron

30 Dec 1992 to 1 Apr 1994: 425th Fighter Squadron

25 Feb 1993 to 1 Apr 1994: 63d Fighter Squadron

18 Mar to 1 Apr 1994: 62d Fighter Squadron

1 Oct to 25 Mar 1994: 555th Tactical Fighter Training; 23d Flying Training Squadron (formerly 23d Flying Training Flight); 550th Special Operations Squadron

1 Apr 1994 to Present: 551st Special Operations Squadron; 58th Training Squadron (As of 28 Sep 1995); 58th Operational Support Squadron (As of 1 Oct 1991); 512th Special Operations Squadron

Stations:
15 Jan 1941 Selfridge Field, MI
5 Oct 1941 Baton Rouge, LA
4 Mar 1942 Dale Mabry Field, FL
16 Oct 1942 Richmond Army Air Base, VA
24 Oct 1942 Philadelphia Municipal Airport, PA
3 Mar 1943 Bradley Field, CT
28 Apr 1943 Green Field, RI
16 Sep 1943 to 22 Oct 1943 Grenier Field, NH
19 Nov 1943 Sydney, Australia
21 Nov 1943 Brisbane, Australia
28 Dec 1943 Dobodura, New Guinea
3 Apr 1944 Saidor, New Guinea
30 Aug 1944 Noemfoor, New Guinea
18 Nov 1944 San Roque, Leyte
30 Dec 1944 San Jose, Mindoro
5 Apr 1945 Mangaldan, Luzon
18 Apr 1945 Porac, Luzon
10 Jul 1945 Okinawa
26 Oct 1945 Japan
28 Dec 1945 to 27 Jan 1946 Fort William McKinley, Luzon
10 Jul 1952 Taegu AB, South Korea
15 Mar 1955 to 8 Nov 1957
(15 Jul 1958 to 25 Mar 1962)
Osan-Ni (Later, Osan) AB, South Korea
1 Oct 1991 to 31 Mar 1994 Luke AFB, AZ
1 Apr 1994 to Present Kirtland AFB, NM

Aircraft Flown:
1952 to 1954 F-84 Thunderjet
1954 to 1958 F-86 Sabre
1969 to 1971 F-100 Super Sabre
A-7 Corsair II
to 1979 F-5 Freedom Fighter
to 1983 F/TF-104 Starfighter
1971 to 1983 F-4 Phantom
1974 to 1979 F/TF-15 Eagle
1982 to 1994 F-16 Fighting Falcon
1994 to 2000 TH-53A
1994 to 2007 MH-53J Pave Low III
1994 to Present UH-1H Iroquois
1994 to Present HC-130P/N Combat King
2008 to Present TH-1H Huey II
UH-1N Huey
HH-60G Pave Hawk
MC-130H Combat Talon II
MC-130P Combat Shadow

Operations: The group served as a replacement training unit for pilots until 1943 when they moved to New Guinea for combat operations. They escorted bombers and convoys over New Guinea and the Admiralty Islands, respectively, until 1944 when they began to see more ground support missions. The group was award a Distinguished Unit Citation in late 1944 and deactivated in 1946.

During the Korean War, the unit provided close air support for UN ground forces and provided air defense for South Korea until 1957 when they began using tactical missiles. Starting in 1 Oct 1991, they trained US, German, and other Allied aircrew and support personnel on everything from the F-16 to its current helicopter inventory.

Unit Awards
Service Streamers:
World War II: American theater

Campaign Streamers:
World War II: Bismarck Archipelago, New Guinea, Leyte, Luzon, Southern Philippines, Western Pacific, Ryukus, Japan Air Offensive, and China Offensive
Korean Conflict: Korea Summer-Fall 1952, Third Korean Winter, Korea Summer 1953

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers:
None

Decorations:
Distinguished Unit Citation:
26 Dec 1944, Philippines
1 May to 27 Jul 1953, Korea

Philippine Presidential Unit Citation/Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation:
10 Jul 1952 to 31 Mar 1953

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award:
1 Jan 1993 to 30 Jun 1994
1 Jul 1994 to 31 Dec 1995
1 Jul 1996 to 30 Jun 1998
1 Jul 1998 to 30 Jun 2000
1 Jul 2001 to 30 Jun 2002
1 Jul 2002 to 30 Jun 2003
1 Jul 2004 to 30 Jun 2005
1 Jul 2006 to 30 Jun 2007
1 Jul 2007 to 30 Jun 2008

To contact the 58th OG, call DSN: 263-5823, Commercial (505) 853-5823, or e-mail:   58OG.Org@kirtland.af.mil.