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12th Airborne Command and Control Squadron

12th Airborne Command and Control Squadron
12th Airborne Command and Control Squadron emblem
Active 1996-Present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Squadron
Role Combat Support
Part of Air Combat Command
Garrison/HQ Robins Air Force Base
Motto Draconis Vigilantis
Lt Col Christopher J. Blaney [1]

The 12th Airborne Command and Control Squadron is a unit that flies the E-8C Joint STARS, Its parent unit is the 461st Air Control Wing.


  • Mission 1
  • History 2
  • Assignments 3
    • Major Command 3.1
  • Previous Designations 4
  • Bases Stationed 5
  • Aircraft Operated 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8



Operation Ranch Hand began operations in January 1962 as Special Aerial Spray Flight of 309th Air Commando Squadron at Tan Son Nhut Air Base. In October 1966, expansion of the program led to redesignation of the flight as a separate squadron, the 12th Air Commando Squadron. The 12th ACS would soon relocate to Bien Hoa where it would remain for the remainder of the war.[2]


Major Command

Previous Designations[3]

  • 12th Airborne Command and Control Squadron (1996–Present)
  • 12th Special Operations Squadron (1968–1970)
  • 12th Air Commando Squadron (Defoliation) (1966–1968)
  • 327th Ferrying Squadron (1944–1945)
  • 2d Antisubmarine Squadron (Heavy) (1942–1944)
  • 523d Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) (1942)

Bases Stationed

Aircraft Operated[4]


  1. ^
  2. ^ Chinnery, Philip, Air Commando: Fifty Years of the USAF Air Commando and Special Operations Forces, 1944-1994. New York: St. Martins Mass Market Paper, Reprint Edition, January 1997 pp77-78
  3. ^ Rogers, B. (2006). United States Air Force Unit Designations Since 1978. ISBN 1-85780-197-0
  4. ^ World Airpower Journal. (1992). US Air Force Air Power Directory. Aerospace Publishing: London, UK. ISBN 1-880588-01-3

External links

  • 12th Airborne Command and Control Squadron

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