Tactical Air Command

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Air Combat Command

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It was inactivated on 1 June 1992 and its personnel and equipment absorbed by Air Combat Command (ACC).
It is the primary provider of air combat forces for the Air Force, and it is the direct successor to Tactical Air Command.

Continental Air Command

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In 1948, the Continental Air Command assumed control over air defense, tactical air, and air reserve forces.
ADC was given the air reserve mission as the fundamental mission of the command was the air defense of the Continental United States, and the reservists were considered as reinforcements for that mission; however the reserve program was a national endeavor and the Army Air Forces required both Strategic Air Command and Tactical Air Command to conduct some form of reserve training on their bases.

Strategic Air Command

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In 1992, after assessing the mission of TAC and to accommodate a decision made regarding Strategic Air Command (SAC), Headquarters United States Air Force inactivated TAC and incorporated its resources into the newly created Air Combat Command.
However, SAC did not operate the KB-50, WB-50 and WB-47 weather reconnaissance aircraft operated through the mid and late 1960s by the Air Weather Service, nor did SAC operate the HC-130 or MC-130 operations aircraft capable of aerial refueling helicopters that were assigned to Tactical Air Command (TAC), then Military Airlift Command (MAC), and from 1990 onward, those MC-130 aircraft operated by the Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), or any AFRES (now Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC)) or ANG tactical aerial refueling aircraft (e.g., HC-130, MC-130) operationally gained by TAC, MAC or AFSOC.

Twelfth Air Force

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TAC was also given control of the Third Air Force, Ninth Air Force and Twelfth Air Force.
During the Cold War, 12 AF was one of the Numbered Air Forces of the United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) and later Tactical Air Command (TAC), Its units engaged in combat operations during the Vietnam War, as well as Operation Desert Storm.

George Air Force Base

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Deployed from: George AFB, California
It remained a training base throughout the Cold War and in the immediate post-Cold War period, primarily for the Tactical Air Command (TAC) and later the Air Combat Command (ACC), training USAF, NATO and other Allied pilots and weapon systems officers in front-line fighter aircraft until being closed in 1993.

Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar

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314th Troop Carrier Wing (Medium) (C-119 Flying Boxcar)
The Packet provided service to the Air Force's Tactical Air Command and Military Air Transport Service for nearly nine years during which time its design was found to have several serious problems.

Air National Guard

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Units from SAC and CONAC were deployed to Japan and South Korea, while Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard units were recalled to active duty and, in the case of the Air National Guard, placed under Federal Service in case they were needed. Also as part of the CASF, the Air National Guard subsequently deployed 36 Lockheed F-104A Starfighters, 54 North American F-86H Sabres, and 90 Republic F-84F Thunderstreaks.
Tactical Air Command also had several ANG units being assigned B-26 Invader medium bombers.

403d Wing

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403rd Troop Carrier Wing (Medium) (C-119, C-47, C-54)
The 403d was one of six reserve troop carrier wings mobilized for service with Tactical Air Command (TAC).

81st Training Wing

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81st Fighter-Interceptor Wing
The 81st Fighter Wing conducted air defense of Hawaii, December 1948 – May 1949 when operations at Wheeler were curtailed, the 81st being transferred to the Tactical Air Command Twelfth Air Force and being stationed at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico.

67th Cyberspace Wing

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67th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing (RF-80, RF-86, RB-26)
It became Tactical Air Command's replacement training unit for the McDonnell RF-4C Phantom II.

Third Air Force

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TAC was also given control of the Third Air Force, Ninth Air Force and Twelfth Air Force.
They were supported by four numbered air forces located within the United States (known as the Zone of the Interior, or "ZI".) On 13 December 1944, First, Second, Third and Fourth Air Force were all were placed under the unified command of the Continental Air Forces, the predecessor of the later established Strategic Air Command, Tactical Air Command, and Air Defense Command, which were all established in 1946.

North American F-100 Super Sabre

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Prior to 1966, TAC routinely deployed CONUS-based North American F-100 Super Sabre wings to 16AF bases in Spain, as well as to Aviano Air Base, Italy.
Nevertheless, delays in the Republic F-84F Thunderstreak program pushed the Tactical Air Command to order the raw F-100A into service.

388th Fighter Wing

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388th Fighter Bomber Wing
On 23 November 1953, the 388th Fighter-Bomber Wing was activated as part of Tactical Air Command.

21st Space Wing

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21st Fighter Bomber Wing
On 1 January 1953 the 21st Fighter-Bomber Wing was created as part of Tactical Air Command at George AFB, California.

50th Space Wing

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50th Fighter-Bomber Wing
On 1 January 1953, the 50th Fighter-Bomber Wing was reactivated as part of the active-duty Tactical Air Command.

United States Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa

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At the time, there was only one U.S. Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) tactical air unit available in Europe, the 86th Composite Group at Neubiberg Air Base near Munich, flying P-47Ds.
The USAF transferred thirteen combat wings from Tactical Air Command plus one air depot wing from Air Material Command, and relocated the units to USAFE during the period from April 1951 through December 1954.

60th Air Mobility Wing

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60th Troop Carrier Wing
Later that month, the 62d Troop Carrier Squadron, a Tactical Air Command rotational unit from Sewart Air Force Base, Tennessee, arrived and entered attached status with the 60th.

Republic F-84F Thunderstreak

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Also as part of the CASF, the Air National Guard subsequently deployed 36 Lockheed F-104A Starfighters, 54 North American F-86H Sabres, and 90 Republic F-84F Thunderstreaks.
F-84F Thunderstreak: Swept wing version with Wright J65 engine. Tactical Air Command aircraft were equipped with Low-Altitude Bombing System (LABS) for delivering nuclear bombs. 2,711 built, 1,301 went to NATO under Mutual Defense Assistance Program (MDAP).

Howard Air Force Base

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TAC was called upon to send additional units and aircraft to Europe to reinforce the 86 FG. The 36th Fighter Group, flying Lockheed F-80B "Shooting Stars," was transferred from Howard AFB in the Panama Canal Zone to Fürstenfeldbruck Air Base near Munich.
Tactical Air Command

United States Strike Command

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In 1961, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara organized the United States Strike Command at MacDill AFB, Florida to integrate CASF efforts with those of the Strategic Army Corps.
It integrated the CONUS-based forces of the Army's Continental Army Command (essentially elements from the Army's Strategic Army Corps (STRAC)) and the Air Force's Composite Air Strike Force (CASF) and Tactical Air Command.

March Air Reserve Base

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Deployed from: March AFB, California
After the war, March was assigned to the new Tactical Air Command (TAC) as part of the postwar reorganization of the Army Air Force.

Nineteenth Air Force

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In mid-October, the Nineteenth Air Force (19AF) moved from its home base of Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina, to Homestead AFB, Florida.
During the Cold War it was a component of Tactical Air Command, with a mission of command and control over deployed USAF forces in support of United States foreign policy initiatives.

314th Airlift Wing

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314th Troop Carrier Wing (Medium) (C-119 Flying Boxcar)
Tactical Air Command, 1 August 1950

Walter C. Sweeney Jr.

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General Walter C. Sweeney, Jr., Commander of Tactical Air Command, proposed an operational plan which called first for an air attack on the surface-to-air missile (SAM) sites in the vicinity of known medium range (MRBM) and intermediate range ballistic missile (IRBM) launchers by eight fighter-bombers per SAM site.
General Walter Campbell Sweeney Jr. (July 23, 1909 – December 22, 1965) was a United States Air Force four-star general who served as commander of the U.S. Air Force Tactical Air Command.

Cannon Air Force Base

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Deployed from: Clovis AFB, New Mexico
Plans were made to make Clovis AFB a contract flying training facility, however the advent of the Korean War changed the Air Force's plans for Clovis and jurisdiction was transferred to Tactical Air Command (TAC) as a fighter base on 23 July 1951.