Myrtle Beach in Horry County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Replacement Training Unit (RTU) 1968-1969
On April 22, 1968, the 354th Tactical Fighter Wing was replaced at Myrtle Beach Air Force Base by the 113th Tactical Fighter Wing, a former District of Columbia Air National Guard (ANG) unit which had been recalled to active duty January 26, 1968. A few months later, the 354th Tactical Fighter Wing was deployed without personnel or equipment to Korea.
The 113th Tactical Fighter Wing, including the 119th Tactical Fighter squadron from Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, and the 121st Tactical Fighter squadron from Atlantic City Airport, New Jersey, was given the mission of establishing a replacement training unit (RTU) for F-100 pilots at Myrtle Beach Air Force Base. The RTU began operation in September 1968 with the arrival of the first 15 pilot students.
Prior to its recall, the 113th Tactical Fighter Wing was considered one of the top Air National Guard units in the nation, one of three Air National Guard wings which had been designated by the Secretary of Defense to achieve peak "combat readiness.”
The District of Columbia Air National Guard unit was established on Memorial Day, 1946, and was federally recognized in October of that year. At that time it was equipped with the P-47 Thunderbolt. In December 1959, the 113th became one of the first Air National Guard wings in the country to be equipped with
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The first replacement training unit class to be graduated at Myrtle Beach Air Force Base poses outside the 119th Fighter Squadron headquarters. The class, which graduated March 22, 1969, consisted of Majors H. H. Skeen, T. R. Morris, J.R. Mourning and M. W. Talcott; Captains W. F. Rogers, R. M. Foley, I. Melendez, J. C. Gaston, R. R. Fuller, W. D. Atkins, W. E. Gabel and J. D. Constantine; and First Lieutenant M. J. Kelly.
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The 113th Tactical Fighter Wing gained international recognition in August 1964 when it became the first Air National Guard tactical fighter unit to fly non-stop to Europe. The unit deployed its F-100s from Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, to Hahn Air Base, Germany, on Operation "Ready Go,” employing three air-to-air refuelings supported by Air National Guard tankers. This operation was cited by the Department of Defense as demonstrating
The former Air National Guard personnel assigned to Myrtle Beach Air Force Base were programmed for release from active duty during April, May and June 1969. Early in May 1969, the 113th Tactical Fighter Wing, comprised of the 12th Tactical Fighter Squadron from Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, and the 119th Tactical Fighter Squadron from Atlantic City, New Jersey, returned to their original bases for deactivation to National Guard status.
Location. 33° 39.606′ N, 78° 55.659′ W. Marker is in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, in Horry County. Marker is at the intersection of Farrow Parkway and South Kings Highway, on the right when traveling north on Farrow Parkway. Touch for map. Located in the Warbird Park next to Myrtle Beach International Airport. Marker is in this post office area: Myrtle Beach SC 29577, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mayors of Myrtle Beach (here, next to this marker); Splinter City (within shouting distance of this marker); Reactivation of 354th Fighter Day Wing (within shouting distance of this marker); Myrtle Beach Army Air Field / Myrtle Beach Air Force Base (within shouting distance of this marker); Myrtle Beach Air Force Base 1980 - 1990 (within shouting distance of this marker); 354th Tactical Fighter Wing A-7D (within shouting distance of this marker); Merchant Marine Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); 354th Fighter Group History (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Myrtle Beach.
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 22, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 22, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 85 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 22, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.