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513th Troop Carrier Group

513th Air Control Group
513th Air Control Group - Boeing E-3A Sentry 82-0007.jpg
513th Air Control Group - Boeing E-3C Sentry 82-0007
Active1944-1946; 1948-1949; 1955-1957; 1957-1958; 1966-1992; 1996-present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
RoleAir Control
Part ofAFR Shield.svg  Air Force Reserve Command
Garrison/HQTinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma
Motto(s)Subsidia Ferimus Latin We Fly Men and Materiel (1955-1988)
Col. Laurie Dickson
513th Air Control Group emblem (Approved 24 October 1988)[1]USAF - 513th Air Control Group.png
513th Troop Carrier Wing emblem(Approved 3 April 1957 for group, 8 April 1958 for wing)[2]513th Troop Carrier Wing Emblem.png
Unofficial 3d Combat Cargo Group emblem3dccc.JPG
Tail CodeOK
Aircraft flown
E-3 Sentry

The 513th Air Control Group is an Air Reserve Component unit of the United States Air Force. It is assigned to the Tenth Air Force, Air Force Reserve Command, and is stationed at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma.

The group's mission is to provide theater and Air Force commanders with trained aircrews and maintenance personnel and systems for airborne surveillance, warning and control of U.S. and allied military aircraft.

The 513th is an associate unit of the 552d Air Control Wing, Air Combat Command (ACC) and if mobilized, the group is gained by ACC.

Its World War II predecessor, the 3d Combat Cargo Group was a United States Army Air Forces combat organization. It served primarily in the China Burma India Theater and Pacific Ocean Theater of World War II. In 1948, the group was redesignated as the 513th Troop Carrier Group.


An E-3 Sentry airborne warning and control system aircraft breaks away from a Mississippi Air National Guard KC-135 Stratotanker during a presidential support mission to Argentina

Constituted and activated in India in 1944. Supported ground forces during the battle for northern Burma and the subsequent Allied drive southward. Flew Allied troops and materiel to the front, transporting gasoline, oil, vehicles, engineering and signal equipment, and other items that the group either landed or dropped in Burma. Also evacuated wounded personnel to India. Moved to Burma in June 1945. After the liberation of Burma, the group hauled critical supplies such as gasoline to China. From late 1945, it continued airlift missions as needed in China until April 1946 when inactivated.

Redesignated 513th Troop Carrier Group (Special). Activated in Germany on 19 November 1948. Assigned to United States Air Forces in Europe. Using C-54's, transported food, coal, and other supplies during the Berlin airlift, Operation Vittles. Inactivated in Germany in October 1949.

Activated in the continental United States on 8 November 1955. Assigned to Tactical Air Command and equipped with C-123 aircraft. From November 1955 to November 1958, participated in numerous tactical exercises and operations, including troop drops and airlift in support of construction of the Distant Early Warning Line stations in the Canadian Arctic regions.

An E-3 Sentry lands here on the Tinker runway on 23 March 2007, after completing one of the many missions done by the aircraft since its arrival at Tinker 30 years ago

From April 1966 to January 1976, the group provided intra-theater airlift in support of U.S. Air Forces in Europe, U.S. European Command, and North Atlantic Treaty Organization operations and exercises, using C-130s and crews rotating to Europe from Tactical Air Command and Military Airlift Command wings based in the United States and C-124s and crews from Air Force Reserve groups. It maintained and operated EC-135s as an airborne command post and acted as host organization for American units at RAF Mildenhall until February 1992. In addition, the group collected samples from the atmosphere for the purpose of detecting and identifying nuclear explosions.

In March 1996 the Air Force re-activated the 513th Air Control Group (513th ACG) as an Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) Reserve associate command and control unit in concert with active-duty Airmen. It was intended to help offset the effects of growing mission requirements on the 552 ACW.[3] From March 1996 to April 1997, the group was assigned to the U.S. Air Force Reserve's 507th Air Refueling Wing. It took part in worldwide contingency operations and counter-drug missions. In 1997, the group was reassigned under the command of the active duty 552nd Air Control Wing, while remaining a part of the Air Force Reserve. It is currently the only reserve unit to fly the Boeing E-3 Sentry AWACS aircraft.

By November 1998, Air Force Times reported that '..the 513th is in the final stages of a 2 1/2 year activation plan. Staffing is expected to increase by about 75 more people by fall 1999. Once that happens, officials expect the Reservists to perform 11 percent of aircrew duties on the 552nd's AWACS and fly 5 percent of sorties. Flight hours are expected to increase to 740 by the end of fiscal 1999.'[3]

The 513th ACG's subordinate units include the 970th Airborne Air Control Squadron, the 513th Operations Support Squadron, the 513th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and the 513th Maintenance Squadron. The current commander, Col. Laurie Dickson who took office January, 2018 is the first female commander of the 513th ACG.

The Air Force's fiscal year 2015 budget request called for the inactivation of the 513th ACG and the retirement of seven E-3 Sentrys.[4] The House Armed Services Committee passed an amenedment in May 2014 to block the inactivation of the group and save three E-3s slated for retirement.[5]


513th Troop Carrier Group
  • Established as the 3d Combat Cargo Group on 1 June 1944
Activated on 5 June 1944
Redesignated 513th Troop Carrier Group on 19 September 1945
Inactivated on 15 April 1946
  • Redesignated 513th Troop Carrier Group, Special and activated on 19 November 1948
Inactivated on 16 October 1949
  • Redesignated 513th Troop Carrier Group, Assault, Fixed Wing on 30 June 1955
Activated on 8 November 1955
Inactivated on 8 October 1957
  • Consolidated with the 513th Tactical Airlift Wing as the 513th Tactical Airlift Wing on 31 January 1984[1]
513th Air Control Group
  • Established as the 513th Troop Carrier Wing, Assault, Fixed Wing on 26 September 1957
Activated on 8 October 1957
Redesignated 513th Troop Carrier Wing, Assault on 1 July 1958
Inactivated on 1 December 1958
  • Redesignated 513th Troop Carrier Wing and activated on 6 April 1966 (not organized)
Organized on 15 April 1966
Redesignated 513th Tactical Airlift Wing on 1 July 1967
  • Consolidated with the 513th Troop Carrier Group on 31 January 1984
Redesignated 513th Airborne Command and Control Wing on 18 June 1987
Inactivated on 1 February 1992
  • Redesignated 513th Air Control Group on 7 March 1996
Activated in the Reserve on 15 March 1996[1]





See also



  1. ^ a b c d Haulman, Daniel L. (2 January 2008). "Factsheet 513 Air Control Group (AFRC)". Air Force Historical Research Agency. Archived from the original on 27 September 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  2. ^ Ravenstein, pp. 279-291
  3. ^ a b John Pulley (Staff writer), 'Air Force Snapshot: 513th Air Control Group, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla.', Air Force Times, November 30, 1998, p.32
  4. ^ Quinlan, Jon (12 March 2014). "Only reserve AWACS unit to inactivate if FY15 DOD budget approved". www.dvidshub.net. USAF. Retrieved 2014.
  5. ^ Jordan, Bryant (7 May 2014). "House Panel Protects A-10, Pulls BRAC from Budget". Military.com. Retrieved 2014.


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