9th Air Support Operations Squadron
Historical Missions
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World War II, 1941 - 1945

The roots of the 9th Air Support Operations Squadron can be traced back to 10 August 1942, when its predecessor, the 9th Communications Squadron was constituted. In a little more than a week later, on 21 August 1942, the unit was activated at Mitchell Field, New York. Following two reorganization, the squadron was redesignated as the 9th Air Support Control on 20 August 1943 and deployed to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater.

With a six months training and orientation in Australia, the unit moved on to Nadzab, New Guinea where they were assigned to combat operations, supporting Army forces and directing air support operations and missions. Moving on to Leyte and Luzon they supported nemerous assault landings. In November 1945, the unit was inactivated at Clark Field, Luzon. Philippine Islands

Today's Cavalry

On 1 July 1994, the 9th Tactical Air Communications Squadron was reorganized, redesignated as the 9th Air Support Operations Squadron, 3rd Air Support Group, 8th Air Force and was activated at Fort Hood Texas. Operating under the direction of the 3rd Air Support Group, the squadron has evolved to become a sovereign unit, proudly supporting the U.S. Army's 1st Cavalry Division. The mission of the 9th Air Support Operations Squadron mission is directed at the integration and control of decisive airpower supporting the 1st Cavalry Division and subordinate ground commanders worldwide.

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