Members of Hancock Field Hold Ceremony for the 108th Attack Squadron
By Senior Airman Duane Morgan, 174th Attack Wing
/ Published October 04, 2014
HANCOCK FIELD AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Deactivated 16 Feb 1994, the 108th Air Control Squadron was re-designated four times and also had four name changes. It was first recognized as the 108th Air Control & Warning Squadron on 22 Nov 1948. It was then re-designated as the 108th Aircraft Control and Warning Flight in 1960. Five years later it would be re-designated again to the 108th Tactical Control Squadron. In 1992, the 108th would again get re-designated to the 108th Air Control Squadron.
The 174th Attack Wing re-activated the 108th during a ceremony held on Hancock Field Air National Guard Base 5 Oct 2014. Once the ceremony concluded the 108th was once again re-designated to the 108th Attack Squadron.
"Coming off of active duty, the thing that impressed me about the squadron was seeing how much it seemed like a family here," said Technical Sgt. David Moskwa, transmission system technician with the 174th Attack Wing Communication Flight.
Moskwa joined the 108th in 1982 and deployed to places such as Italy, Portugal and Turkey, during his time with the 108th.
Members from the 108th gather annually for a reunion in which they share stories about the time spent in the 108th.
"It was one of the best jobs that I ever had," said Moskwa. "I miss it, I really do."
The 108th has been involved in numerous operations from 1951 through 1990:
Korean War Mobilization, 1 Aug 1951 to 1 Aug 1953
Berlin Crisis, 1 Oct 1961 to 1 Oct 1962
Swift Strike III, 1973
Desert Strike, 1974
Empire Glacier, 1978
Bold Eagle, 1981
Entry Independence, 1985
Open Gate, 1986
Coronet Nighthawk, 1989
Dragon Hammer, 1990
The 108th was housed at different bases throughout all its re-designations:
Hancock Field Air National Guard Base, NY, 1948
Grenier AFB, NH, 1951
Pepperrell AFB, Newfoundland, 1952
Sembach/Hamm, Germany, 1961
Gutersloh Air Base, Germany, 1962
Hancock Field Air National Guard Base, NY, 1962
Langley AFB, VA, 1983
Hancock Field Air National Guard Base, NY, 2014
For more information about the lineage of the 108th Attack Squadron contact:
David P. Anderson, Director/Chief Historian, ANG History Office/NGB-HO/ANGRC/240-612-9193