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380th Electromagnetic Warfare Squadron

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380th Electromagnetic Warfare Squadron
Boeing B-47B rocket-assisted take off on April 15, 1954 061024-F-1234S-011.jpg
B-47 Stratojet rocket-assisted takeoff
Active1942–1945; 1947–1949; 1952–1965; 2008–present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
RoleElectronic warfare
Size119 (32 AGR, 87 TR)[jargon][citation needed]
Part ofAir Force Reserve Command
Garrison/HQBuckley SFB, Colorado
Nickname(s)"Blue Squadron", "The Blue Team", "The Blues"[citation needed]
Motto(s)Forte Fortuna Juvat
(Latin for 'Fortune Favors the Strong'
ColorsCorsican Blue and Gold[citation needed]
EngagementsMediterranean Theater of Operations
Global War on Terrorism[1]
DecorationsDistinguished Unit Citation
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award[1]
380th Electromagnetic Warfare Squadron emblem[note 1][1]
380th Space Control Squadron.png
380th Bombardment Squadron emblem[note 2][2]
380th Bomb Squadron 1955.png
380th Bombardment Squadron emblem (World War II)[3]
380th Bomb Squadron 1945.png
Unofficial 380th Bombardment Squadron emblem (World War II)[citation needed]
380th Bomb Squadron 1945 unofficial.png


The 380th Electromagnetic Warfare Squadron is the reserve Associate Unit to the 16th Space Control Squadron. They jointly conduct space electronic warfare support operations to enable U.S. offensive and defensive space control capabilities. The squadrons utilize the Rapid Attack Identification Detection Reporting System Block 10 systems to rapidly achieve flexible and versatile space superiority in support of theater Unified Combatant Commands, such as European or Central Commands, and United States Strategic Command's space superiority mission.

Equipment Operated

The squadron will operate the RB-10 Central Operating Location, five RAIDRS Deployable Ground Segments. The units monitor, intercept and geolocate satellite communications jammers, sources of electromagnetic interference and other signals of interest. When fully operational, RB-10 will detect and geolocate signals in the C-, X-, Ku- and UHF frequency bands.


World War II

Four B-25J Mitchells of the 380th Bombardment Squadron, 310th Bombardment Group, beginning their attack run over a target in Northern Italy in late 1944.
Four B-25J Mitchells of the 380th Bombardment Squadron, 310th Bombardment Group, beginning their attack run over a target in Northern Italy in late 1944.

Activated in mid-1942 as a North American B-25 Mitchell medium bomber squadron,[2] trained by Third Air Force in the southeastern United States. Deployed initially to England in September 1942[2] and flew some missions under VIII Bomber Command over German-occupied France attacking enemy troop formations, bridges and airfields. Was part of the Operation Torch invasion of North Africa in November 1942, being deployed to the new Mediterranean Theater of Operations, being assigned to Twelfth Air Force in French Morocco in November. In North Africa, the squadron engaged primarily in air support and interdiction operations, bombing marshalling yards, rail lines, highways, bridges, viaducts, troop concentrations, gun emplacements, shipping, harbors, and other objectives in North Africa.[citation needed]

The squadron also engaged in psychological warfare missions, dropping propaganda leaflets behind enemy lines. Took part in the Allied operations against Axis forces in North Africa during March–May 1943, the reduction of Pantelleria and Lampedusain islands during June, the invasion of Sicily in July, the landing at Salerno in September, the Allied advance toward Rome during January–June 1944, the invasion of Southern France in August 1944, and the Allied operations in northern Italy from September 1944 to April 1945.[citation needed] Inactivated in Italy after the V-E Day in September 1945.

Air Force reserve

Reactivated as part of the reserve in 1947, it is unclear whether or not the squadron was manned or equipped. Inactivated in 1949.[2]

Strategic bomber operations

Reactivated in 1952 as a Strategic Air Command squadron, receiving Boeing B-29 Superfortress bombardment training from 90th Bombardment Wing, April–August 1952. Acted as a training squadron until 1954 when it replaced the propeller-driven B-29s with new Boeing B-47E Stratojet swept-wing medium bombers, capable of flying at high subsonic speeds and primarily designed for penetrating the airspace of the Soviet Union. In the early 1960s, the B-47 was considered to be reaching obsolescence, and was being phased out of SAC's strategic arsenal. B-47s began being sent to AMARC at Davis-Monthan in early 1965;[citation needed] was inactivated in March.[2]

Space Operations

Reactivated as the 380th Space Control Squadron in 2008,[1] assuming the personnel and equipment of Detachment 1, 310th Space Group.[citation needed] Redesignated 380th Electromagnetic Warfare Squadron in December 2022.[1]


  • Constituted as the 380th Bombardment Squadron (Medium) on 28 January 1942
Activated on 15 March 1942
Redesignated 380th Bombardment Squadron, Medium on 20 August 1943
Inactivated on 12 September 1945
  • Redesignated 380th Bombardment Squadron, Light on 11 March 1947
Activated in the reserve on 9 August 1947
Inactivated on 27 June 1949
  • Redesignated 380th Bombardment Squadron, Medium on 15 March 1952
Activated on 28 March 1952
Inactivated on 25 March 1965
  • Redesignated 380th Space Control Squadron on 1 February 2008
Activated on 7 March 2008
Redesignated 380th Electromagnetic Warfare Squadron on 22 December 2022[1]


  • 310th Bombardment Group, 15 March 1942 – 12 September 1945
  • 310th Bombardment Group, 9 August 1947 – 27 June 1949
  • 310th Bombardment Wing (later 310th Strategic Aerospace Wing), 28 March 1952 – 25 March 1965
  • 310th Operations Group, 7 March 2008
  • 710th Operations Group, 1 October 2017 – present[1]




Name Rank Dates of Command
Aldrich (First Name not recorded) - Acting Lieutenant (1st Lt/2d Lt not recorded) 2 April 1942
Homer G. Crowden - Acting Lieutenant (1st Lt/2d Lt not recorded) 11 May 1942
James A. Plant - Acting Captain 19 May 1942
Earl E. Batten - Acting Lieutenant (1st Lt/2d Lt not recorded) 20 May 1942
Rodney R. "Hoss" Wilder Captain 21 July 1942
Fred C. Ross, Jr. (Air Echelon) Lieutenant (1st Lt/2d Lt not recorded) 28 August 1942
Lambert J. Eichner, Jr. (Ground Echelon) Lieutenant (1st Lt/2d Lt not recorded) c. August 1942
William G. Gridley Captain 10 September 1942
Elmer N. Carlson Lieutenant (1st Lt/2d Lt not recorded) c. August 1943
Rodney R. "Hoss" Wilder Lt. Colonel c. September 1943
James J. Dent, Jr. Major 7 March 1944
Clyde L. Grow Major 29 April 1944
William T. Alexander Lt Colonel 25 May 1944 - 12 September 1945
None Inactive / Unmanned 13 September 1945 - 8 August 1947
Unknown Unknown 9 August 1947 - 27 June 1949
None Inactive / Unmanned 28 June 1949 - 27 March 1952
George W. Call Lt Colonel 28 March 1952
Samuel R. McDaniel Lt Colonel c. April 1955
Thomas W. Hopfenspirger Lt Colonel c. December 1955
Edward D. Leahy Lt Colonel 9 February 1957
Woodrow A. Abbott Major c. August 1958
Charles E. Barnett Major c. May 1959
Charles D. Gunn Major c. April 1961
David W. Holder Lt Colonel c. November 1961
Frank A. Knapp Lt Colonel c. November 1962
John P. Richards Lt Colonel c. June 1963
Jack Anderson Lt Colonel c. January 1964
Ralph A. Stapper Lt Colonel c. September 1964 - 25 March 1965
None Inactive / Unmanned 26 March 1965 - 6 March 2008
Michael A. "Drop" Assid Lt Colonel 7 March 2008 – 17 May 2011
Robert W. "Dirt" Claude Lt Colonel 17 May 2011 – 14 October 2012
Scott T. McLean Lt Colonel 14 October 2012 – 14 January 2014
Dean D. "Hap" Sniegowski Lt Colonel 15 January 2014 – 5 June 2016
Jeffrey W. Akin Lt Colonel 2016 – 2019
Jerade Tipton Lt Colonel 3 August 2019 - Present



Explanatory noted
  1. ^ Approved 10 August 2009.
  2. ^ Approved 10 January 1955. Description: On a disc sky blue, bordered with golden orange and white, between two cloud formations of the last, a tiger in proper colors, riding a stylized black stovepipe, highlighted white, with jet exhaust in white, golden orange and sky blue.
  3. ^ Per Maurer, Combat Squadrons, p. 469. Musser indicates the squadron was activated at Jackson.
  4. ^ Maurer gives 6 June as date of move. Maurer, Combat Squadrons, p. 470.
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Musser, James (17 January 2023). "Factsheet 380 Electromagnetic Warfare Squadron (AFRC)". Air Force Historical Research Agency. Retrieved January 23, 2023.
  2. ^ a b c d e Maurer, Combat Squadrons, pp. 469-470
  3. ^ Watkins, p.80
  4. ^ 21st Space Wing Public Affairs: "Total Force 'RAIDRS' keep high frontier secure"
  5. ^ Aircraft through March 1963 in Maurer, Combat Squadrons, pp. 469-470


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