The book about the history of the 32nd Wolfhounds of the United States Air Force

Slobberin' Wolfhounds


Forewords by: Major General William F. Hodgkins (retired) Commander, 32nd Fighter Group Soesterberg Air Base, the Netherlands and Colonel Robert D. Evans (retired) Commander 32nd Air Operations Squadron, Ramstein Air Base, Germany.

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The 32nd Wolfhounds traces its history from the 32nd Pursuit Squadron at Kelly Field, Texas, constituted in 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. 

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, which is also known as Camp New Amsterdam. In 1959 the Royal Crest and Crown of the Netherlands were added to the emblem. In 1989 the Dutch government allowed USAF to upgrade its headquarters unit at Soesterberg AB from squadron to group status. The Wolfhounds were 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.

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, as part of the draw down 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 Air Operations Group (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. 

On November 1, 2005 the 32nd AOS is inactivated and the 32nd AOG redesignated as 32nd Air and Space Operation Center (AOC). On December 1, 2006 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.