Tuy Hoa Air Base - History - 31st Tactical Fighter Wing - Inactivation

Inactivation

The 31st Tactical Fighter Wing the reached 100,000 combat sortie milestone in September 1969. It earned two Outstanding Unit Awards, one with Combat ā€œVā€ Device, a Presidential Unit Citation, two Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Crosses with Palm, and ten Campaign Streamers for action in Vietnam.

The 31st TFW was inactivated at Tuy Hoa Air Base on 15 October 1970 as part of the general US withdrawal from South Vietnam. On 16 October it was reactivated without personnel or equipment at Homestead Air Force Base, Florida. With the American withdrawal from Tuy Hoa, the 308th TFS was inactivated in place on 5 October 1970.

The 306th and 309th TFS were inactivated, then reassigned without personnel or equipment on 8 September 1970 and initially assigned to the 4403d TFW at England AFB Louisiana. The 306th and 309th TFS were returned to the 31st TFW at Homestead AFB, Florida on 30 October 1970. The 355th TFS was inactivated in place and reassigned to 354th TFW at Myrtle Beach on 1 November 1970, and the 416th TFS was inactivated in place and reassigned to 4403d TFW at England AFB on 28 September 1970.

The base was placed under the control of the provisional Seventh Air Force 6257th Air Base Squadron on 15 October 1970 which facilitated the transfer of United States equipment to the control of the South Vietnamese Air Force or to other United States controlled bases in South Vietnam. The facility was turned over to South Vietnamese government control on 15 January 1971.

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