The 32nd Wolfhounds traces its history from the 32nd Pursuit Squadron at Kelly Field, Texas, constituted on December 1939. After the attack at Pearl Harbor, the squadron flew daily intercept and submarine missions throughout the Caribbean. In the waning years of World War II the unit was reassigned to France Field, Panama to defend the Panama Canal Zone.
Soesterberg Air Base, the Netherlands
In 1954 the Dutch government accepted the American offer to deploy a squadron of combat aircraft to the Netherlands to contribute to Dutch air defense within the context of NATO. The home base of the squadron became Soesterberg Air Base wich is also known as Camp New Amsterdam. In 1958 the USAFE redesignated the unit as the 32nd Tactical Fighter Squadron (TFS), as part of the 36th Tactical Fighter Wing. In 1959 the squadron, at that time known as 32nd Fighter Interceptor Squadron (FIS), received the signature “Royal”. The crown and wreath of the Dutch Royal Family were added to the emblem. This unique honor was granted in recognition of the unit’s contribution to the defense of the Netherlands during the cold war. As part of the Seventeenth Air Force the USAF redesignated the unit in 1969 as the 32nd Tactical Fighter Squadron (TFS).
In 1989 the Dutch government allowed USAF to upgrade its headquarters unit at Soesterberg AB from squadron to group status. Over the years the Wolfhounds flew and maintained a variety of fighters including the P-38, P-47, F-47, F-86, F-100, F-102, F-4 and F-15, achieving impressive results. The 32nd Wolfhounds was recognized as the most outstanding fighter interceptor squadron in the United States Air Force, winning the Hughes Award three times. In the opening days of Operation Desert Storm a Wolfhounds pilot downed an Iraqi MiG-23. After the War they continued their air activities in theatre as a part of operation Provide Comfort.
Ramstein Air Base, Germany
With the end of the Cold War a major force draw down occurred in Europe, the USAF reduced its fighter force structure. Meaning a new concept of operations that emphasized deploying combat forces rapidly to respond to crisis and contingencies. These changes affected the 32nd Fighter Squadron (FS), as part of the draw down. The squadron’s F-15 Eagles returned to the United States and the squadron was redesigned the 32nd Air Operations Squadron (AOS) and reassigned to Ramstein Air Base in Germany. Along with the other squadrons of the 32nd AOG the squadron formed the score of USAFE’s “Falconer” Air Operations Center. The 32nd AOS played among other operations a critical role in Deny Flight, Decisive Endeavor, Guardian Assistance, Operation Allied Force, Enduring Freedom, Iraq Freedom and the Global War on Terrorism. The 32nd AOS and 32nd AOG are inactivated on the 1st of November 2005. As from that day, they lived trough as 32nd Air and Space Operation Center (AOC). Due Air Force regulations it is not using the Wolfhound as a symbol anymore.
The last tie with the 32nd was cut on December 1, 2006. On that day the United States Air Force reactivated the 3rd Air Force and inactivated the 32nd AOC. On March 8, 2011 the 32nd is redesignated as 32 Air Expeditionary Group and converted to provisional status.