Delaware Air National Guard Deployments/Exercises/Missions/Encampments
Deployments generally last fifteen or more days. Exercises are usually shorter. The incomplete list below attempts to capture the activities of the 166th AW.
1947 The unit's first annual field training encampment at New Castle was scheduled for July 20-August 3, 1947. It was cancelled just two weeks prior due to a lack of appropriated funds from Congress. A five-day training encampment was held in September in lieu of this cancelled field training encampment. The September camp included gunnery exercises and practice bombing missions as well as ground training and marksmanship for the enlisted personnel.
A well publicized Air show and base open house was held in perfect flying weather at New Castle on August 2, 1947 featuring aerobatics and parachutists to mark Air Force Day, the slogan of which was "Air Power is Peace". About 2600 people came to witness the free event. This was the first time the Delaware Air Guard demonstrated its aircraft, equipment and capabilities to the public, with a mass formation of F-47s, along with the squadron's utility flight, some 28 airplanes in all; cargo drops from the C-47 and static displays on the ground.
1949 Home Station Summer Encampment 13-27 August, including a 20 ship cross country to Columbus Ohio
1951 Some four and half years after its initial founding, the 142nd Fighter Squadron (J), 1 February 1951, Special Order No. 1 activated the Delaware Air National Guard for federal service to serve for 21 months during the Korean War. Twenty five officers and about 100 airmen eventually served overseas, mostly in Korea. Nineteen pilots saw combat. One pilot was killed in action, and one was missing and presumed dead.
1952 The 142nd participated in a Washington DC parade for General Douglas MacArthur in 1952 making three passes with 22 jets of the 113th Fighter Interceptor Wing led by Lt Col Ross Adams over the parade route down Pennsylvania Avenue.
1953 The 142nd held its first post-war encampment at McGuire AFB New Jersey, in August 1953, labeled in polite protest, "Operation Muzzle Loader" in homage to their antique F-51 aircraft.
1954 Nine of the unit's men piloted their planes on a routine cross country training flight to Boston, Logan Airport where they dined with their counterparts om the Massachusetts Air Guard. The units' second post Korean War summer encampment was in 1954 at Cape Cod at Otis AFB, the final hurrah for the F-51's.
1957 Annual field training was conducted at Travis Field, Savannah Georgia on July 13-27 with the 113th FIW.
1957 Ten Delaware Air Guardsmen participated in nuclear tests at the Nevada nuclear test site in Indian Springs in August 1957.
1958 Annual field training was conducted at Travis Field, Savannah Georgia on July 20-Aug 3 with the 113th FIW.
1959 Annual field training was conducted at Travis Field, Savannah Georgia on July 11-25 with the 113th FIW.
1965 Operation Christmas Star USO Tour (Bob Hope) 1969 Operation Papa Noel, Lajes AFB Azores 1973 Exotic Dancer VI Camp Lejeune NC 1973 Elmendorf AFB AK 1974 Solid Shield, Pope AFB NC 1975 Pope AFB, NC 1976 Pease AFB, NH 1976 Solid Shield, Pope AFB NC 1977 Savannah GA Annual Field training 1978 Volant Oak, Panama 1978 Brave Shield XVII, Nellis AFB NV 1978 Savannah GA Annual Field Training 1979 Torrejon Spain 1979 Savannah GA Annual Field Training 1979 Volant Oak, Panama 1980 Pope AFB NC 1980 Sentry Medic, Delaware 1980 Volant Oak Panama, and Nicaragua Relief Mission 1981 Torrejon Spain 1981 Border Star TX 1981 Red Flag, Nellis AFB NV 1982 Volant Oak Panama 1982 Red Flag 82-4, Nellis AFB NV 1983 Red Flag, Nellis AFB NV 1983 Maple Flag XI, Alberta Canada 1983 Volant Oak Panama (2X) 1985 Pope AFB NC 1986 Torrejon Spain 1986 Sentry Rodeo, Pope AFB NC 1986 Volant Rodeo, Pope AFB NC 1986 Volant Oak Panama and earthquake relief to El Salvador 1986 Volk Field Wisconsin 1987 Tucson AR HET Training 1987 Sentry Rodeo Pope AFB NC 1988 Savannah GA 1988 Hurlburt Field FL 166 SPS 1988 Volant Oak Panama 1989 Operation Cowboy, Zaragoza Spain 1989 Randy Travis USO Tour 1989 Lee Greenwood USO Tour 1989 Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders USO Tour 1989 Operation Medflag, Gabon 1989 AHAS TARA, JCS Event Honduras 1989 Operation Just Cause Panama 1990 Sentry Rodeo, Pope AFB NC 1990 Sentry Independence, Volk Field WI 1990 Pacific Medic Sentry Hawaii 1990 Operation Badge Torch 90-2, Koral AB, Thailand 1990 Hurlburt Field FL 166 SPS 1990 Desert Shield, United Arab Emirates 1991 Fuertes Caminos 92, Honduras, 166 SPS 1991 Hurlburt Field FL 166 SPS 1991 Desert Storm, Saudi Arabia 1992 Volant Oak Panama 1992 Volk Field WI 1992 Savannah GA 1992 Pacific Medic Sentry Hawaii 1992 Sentry Pacific Exercise Hawaii 1992 RAF Alconbury England 166 CES 1993 Operation Restore Hope, Egypt, Somalia 1993 Gulfport MS, Pope AFB and North Field NC (longest ORI, part 1) 1993 Phoenix Partner, Mildenhall RAF England 1993 Phoenix Oak, Panama 1993 Operation Night Rider, Camp Smith NJ, 166SPS 1994 Provide Promise, Frankfurt Germany 1994 NAS Key West FL, 166 SPS 1994 Airlift Rodeo, McChord AFB WA 1994 Operation Blue Light, Ft. Dix NJ 166 SPS 1994 Coronet Oak, Panama 1994 Alpena MI 1994 Gulfport MS, McGuire AFB NJ (longest ORI, part 2) 1994 Support Hope, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda 1995 Coronet Oak, Panama 1995 Gulfport MS 1995 Ramstein Germany 166SPS 1995 Operation Nomad Vigil, Germany 1995 Broken Body NATO Exercise 142 AES 1995 Operation Bull Frog, Warren Grove Range, NJ 166 SPS 1996 Operation Southern Watch, Muscat Oman 1996 Operation Joint Endeavor, Ramstein Germany 1996 Airlift Rodeo, McChord AFB WA 1996 Operation Blue Light 96, Warren Grove NJ 166 SPS 1996 Coronet Oak, Panama 1996 MARE Major Accident Response Exercise, Lum’s Pond DE 2001 Coronet Oak, Puerto Rico 2001 Joint Forge, Germany 2002 Coronet Oak, Puerto Rico 2002 Joint Forge, Germany 2003 Joint Forge, Germany 2004 Joint Forge, Germany 2005 Coronet Oak, Puerto Rico 2007 Joint Forge, Germany (projected)