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The onset of the 9th Air Support Operations Squadron's history may be found in the origin of the 3rd Air Support Operations Group (ASOG) that evolved from the 602nd Tactical Air Control Wing (TAIRCW) which was organized on 01 March 1966 at James Connally AFB, Waco, TX. It marked a new mission within the Tactical Air Command that placed emphasis on ground radar control and air support of ground forces. The unit participated in many major exercises during the 1970s to test and formulate USAF doctrine for the Tactical Air Control System (TACS).
The group's mission wes to integrate aerospace power on the battlefield with the fire and maneuvering ability of the Army. The group advised many Army commanders and staffs of Air Force aerospace power employment, provided tactical air control parties for control of close air support (CAS) assets, and also provided staff weather support for the Corps.
The ASOG began life at Ft. Hood as an operating location of the 602nd Tactical Air Control Wing (TAIRCW) in the early 1970s. It was designated Detachment 1, 602nd TAIRCW on 01 October 1977. The detachment grew rapidly in proportion to ever increasing taskings.
During operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, airmen from the 602nd TAIRCW deployed in support of ground and air operations. Almost 50 airmen from Detachment 1 at Ft. Hood deployed in support of 1st Cavalry Division and 2nd Armored Division's Tiger Brigade. Other units now under the 3rd ASOG also deployed to Southwest Asia. Well over 100 airmen from the units that made up the 3rd ASOG served in Southwest Asia. Additionally, over 50 airmen from the 3nd Weather Squadron deployed with their TACP counterparts.
With the reorganization of the Air Force, all Tactical Air Control Parties (TACPs) associated with combat maneuver units of III Corps were realigned under one headquarters. Previously the TACPs aligned with one inactivated. To support III Corps, the HQ 3d Air Support Group(ASG) was activated as part of the 355th Wing at Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ, using elements from what had been Detachment 1, 602nd Air Control Wing (ACW). This put all elements of the Tactical Air Control System supporting III Corps under one commander.
On 24 June 1994, the 9th Tactical Air Communications Squadron was reorganized, redesignated as the 9th Air Support Operations Squadron and assigned to the 3rd Air Support Group, 8th Air Force.
At that time, the 3rd ASOG was composed of nearly 500 Air Force people who were in direct support of the US Army in several different ways. Units in the 3rd ASOG included the newly assigned 9th as well as the 10th, 11th, 13th, and 712th Air Support Operations Squadrons, and the 3rd Weather Squadron. The 3rd ASOG provided tactical air support for the III Mobile Armored Corps (Army) which included the 1st Cavalry Division, the 4th Infantry Division and geographically separated units, such as the 3rd Brigade of the 4th Infantry Division, and the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), at Ft. Carson, Colorado, and the 1st Infantry Division and 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment at Ft. Riley, Kansas. The 3rd ASOG also provided weather support to III Corps, at home and in the field.
01 July 1994, the 9th Air Support Operations Squadron was activated at Ft. Hood, Texas and assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division. Operating under the direction of the 3rd Air Support Group, the Squadron has evolved to become a sovereign unit, proudly supporting the 1st Cavalry Division.
The mission of the 9th Air Support Operations Squadron is to integrate and control decisive aerospace power supporting the 1st Cavalry Division and ground commanders worldwide.
The mission statement (above) is expanded into a much more detailed set of objectives:
This folio of material highlights of the many subsequent historical critical missions performed by members of the th 9th Air Support Operations Squadron, whose actions, operations and the many critical issues resolved over its 69+ years history to meet the changing threat and the honors they achieved are summarized in the following sections:
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