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71st SOS
(Special Operations Squadron)
Chronology

The AC-119G Shadow Gunship served combat duty for the United States Air Force in Southeast Asia for two (2) years, nine (9) months starting with the 71st Special Operations Squadron in January 1969 and ending with the 17th SOS in September 1971. All AC-119G Shadow gunships were eventually turned-over to the Republic of Vietnam Air Force (VNAF).  

Activation chronology is used with permission from the www.71stsos.com Webmaster, Jim Alvis by Dr. Larry Elton Fletcher for use on the AC-119 Gunship website to show the background of the 17th Special Operations Squadron. The Reservists of the 930th TAG and 71st TAS led the way to and in South Vietnam for AC-119 Gunships in Southeast Asia.
Job Well Done!

Chronology

TIME PERIOD

HISTORICAL FACTS

April 11  
1968


930th Tactical Airlift Group (TAG) of the Continental Air Command (CONAC) and 71st Tactical Airlift Squadron (TAS) received 30-day notice of call-up to active duty.


May 13
1968


930th TAG/71st TAS reported for active duty at Bakalar AFB, Indiana. Eighteen (18) C-119G Aircraft, 83 Officers, 254 Airmen affected.


June 11
1968


71st TAS moved to Lockbourne AFB; Columbus, Ohio.

June 15
1968


71st TAS designated 71st Air Commando Squadron (ACS).

July 8
1968


71st ACS designated 71st Special Operations Squadron (SOS). Entire USAF Air Commando Command designated Special Operations.

Summer
1968


Transition from C-119G cargo configuration to AC-119G Gunships. 1968 Flight crew augmentation, combat training, ground maintenance training at Lockbourne AFB.

Nov 28 1968


Deputy Defense Secretary Nitze approves deployment of the 71st SOS to South Vietnam.

Dec 5
1968


First two (2) AC-119G Gunships depart Lockbourne for Nha Trang.

Dec 20
1968


71st SOS assigned to 14th Special Operations Wing at Nha Trang.

Jan 5
1969


First combat mission flown out of Nha Trang, RVN.

Jan 29
1969


Last AC-119G gunship departs Lockbourne for South Vietnam.

Feb
1969


Forward Operation Locations (FOLs) established at Phan Rang AB and Tan Son Nhut AB (Saigon).

March 1
1969


All eighteen (18) AC-119G gunships safely in South Vietnam.

March 11
1969

71st SOS declared C-1 “Combat Ready”.
June 1
1969


Activation of the 17th Special Operations Squadron, replacing the 71st SOS. The 17th SOS absorbed approximately 65% of the 71st SOS personnel.

June 5
1969

71st SOS Reservists depart Nha Trang AB for Indiana, USA.

June 6
1969

71st SOS Reservists arrive at Bakalar AFB; Columbus, Indiana.

June 18
1969

71st SOS Reservist released from active duty.


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