The book about the history of the 32nd Wolfhounds of the United States Air Force. 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 32d 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, which is also known as Camp New Amsterdam. In 1959
the unit started to use the Royal Crest of the Netherlands. 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.
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 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.