Source:  Lackland AFB "Spokesman", January 2002

Aggressor squadron celebrates first anniversary

Time capsule opening highlights get together

The 92nd Information Warfare Aggressor Squadron and guests gathered at Kelly USA to celebrate their first anniversary since activating Nov. 1, 2000.

The aggressors are one of five squadrons in the 318th Information Operations Group, operating under the Air Force Information Warfare Center at Lackland AFB, Texas.

After a barbecue lunch with all of the trimmings, the squadron assembled for the opening of an Air Force Museum time capsule left by the 92nd Tactical Fighter Squadron of RAF Bentwaters, England.

The 92nd "Skulls" flew the A-10 Thunderbolt II until they deactivated in 1993.  The time capsule contained a wide variety of memorabilia from previous incarnations of the squadron including photographs, plaques, history books, a skull and a "Hoglog"-a freeform journal of pilot banter and brotherly derision.

"The anniversary was a chance for all of us, 92nd members and our families, to come together and celebrate how far we've come," Lt. Col. Sergio Muniz, 92nd commander said.

The 92nd was first activated in 1946 as the 92nd Fighter Squadron (JET) in the territory of Hawaii.  Subsequent designations of the squadron include 92nd Fighter Interceptor Squadron and 92nd Fighter Bomber Squadron.

As part of the 81st Fighter Group (JET), the 92nd was transferred from Wheeler Field, Hawaii, to Kirtland AFB, N.M.; then to Larsen AFB, Washington; finally arriving in England at RAF Station Shepherds Grove.  Another move in 1955 brought the squadron to RAF Manston.  In 1958, the 92nd moved to RAF Bentwaters, Suffolk, where the wing had been headquartered since its arrival in England in 1951.

Originally flying F-84 Thunderstreak, the squadron completed conversion to the F-101 Voodoo in 1958.  On July 8, 1958 the squadron was redesignated the 92nd Tactical Fighter Squadron.  1965 brought about the conversion from the F-101 to the mighty F-4C Phantom, which were flown until 1973 when conversion to the F-4D was completed.  The 92nd became the first operational A-10 squadron in Europe in 1979.

The 92nd's current mission is to lead the Air Force in assessing vulnerabilities on computer networks to protect information systems from attack.  The squadron consists of four flights-the Network Operations Flight, the Systems Vulnerability Flight, the Aggressor Operations Flight and the Counter-Information Programs Flight.

"The fact that the 92nd has shifted from a fighter squadron to an information warfare squadron is an indication of where wars are headed," Lt. Col. Jerry Cummin, operations officer, said.

The anniversary celebration brought to life memories of the past, and hopes for the future of this squadron rich in history.

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