The 79th AEW&C Squadron Reserve Unit was activated at Homestead AFB in about 1972. They flew the EC-121D & T. which were used for radar early warning and control during the cold war. They were deactivated in late 1978. They had deployments to Iceland.
The 966th AEW&C traces its lineage to the 466th Bombardment Squadron, activated July 9, 1942. During World War II the unit earned two combat streamers for its actions. After several name re-designations it became the 966th Airborne Warning And Control Training Squadron. It was again activated on December 18, 1961, as the 966th Airborne Early Warning and Control Squadron. Two months later the unit was organized at McCoy Air Force Base, Fla., and assigned to the 551st Airborne Early Warning and Control Wing at Otis Air Force Base, Mass. There it flew propeller driven EC-121 Super Constellation radar surveillance aircraft.
This challenge coin is apparantly used to serve for both units; the 79th on one side and the 966th on the other. Information on both units can be found via google.
This coin is used, but shows only very slightly.
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