The following Command Mission and Chronologies were taken from the Historical Reports of the 3084th Aviation Depot Group, recently declassified by the Department of Energy, the Department of Defense, and the United States Air Force.

3084TH AVIATION DEPOT GROUP - COMMAND MISSION

(1 Jan - 30 June 1956)

MISSION

            The 3084th Aviation Depot Group is charged with the operation and maintenance of special weapons activities for the Department of Defense, and with maintaining the capability to assemble and convoy atomic weapons at specified rates. It provides command and staff supervision of assigned units and exercises such control as may be prescribed over attached units. The Group Command sees that services and personnel requested by the AEC are provided, and assures that weapons are received from the AEC for training exercises, maneuvers, and execution of the Emergency War Plan when directed by higher Headquarters. It is also responsible for command of the required external D-Day ground defense support with the Commander of the First Army.

COMMAND CHRONOLOGY

            From the period 1 January 1956 - 30 June 1956 the command of the 3084th Aviation Depot Group continued under Lieutenant Colonel Maurice E. Murphy, xxxx, with Lieutenant Colonel Gerald G. Keeling, xxxx, Deputy Group Commander.  (Ed. Note:  Serial numbers deleted by editor.)

(See photo of Lt. Col. Maurice Murphy from Yankee Flyer, May 1955. Adobe PDF file opens in new window.)

            During the past six months, this station and its personnel have again demonstrated full capability for mission accomplishment. Many successful exercises and operations, both locally and AMC directed, have proven the general effectiveness and practicability of the command and staff work.

            The general appearance of the station has improved materially and many new changes have been made in all echelons and facilities. These improvements have materially aided in the maintenance of high morale and effectiveness among all personnel. At the present time, the command and staff can foresee no impediment to continued smooth operation and progress. There are no major problems in the offing with which this headquarters cannot cope. The defense in depth of the key staff and command positions resulting from a pointed executive development program leaves no doubt as to our successful future in spite of certain inevitable personnel transfers. The outlook is excellent.

(View AMC General Orders #7, 1 March 1956, in reference to the Assumption of Command Jurisdiction, Control and Accountability of Stony Brook AFS property from MATS to AMC, effective 1 November 1954, and the Relocation of the 3084th Aviation Depot Group from Westover AFB to Stony Brook, also effective 1 November 1954.)

(1 July - 31 December 1956)

            (ED. NOTE:  THIS SECTION VERY DIFFICULT TO READ, WILL WORK ON AS TIME PERMITS.)

(1 Jan - 30 June 1957)


MISSION

            The 3084th Aviation Depot Group (AMC) is charged with the operation and maintenance of special weapons activities for the Department of Defense, and with maintaining the capability to assemble and convoy atomic and thermonuclear weapons at specified rates. It provides command and staff supervision of assigned units and exercises such control as may be prescribed over attached units. The Group Command insures that services and personnel requested by the AEC are provided and that weapons are received from the AEC for training exercises, maneuvers, and execution of the Emergency War Plan when directed by higher Headquarters. It is also responsible for coordinating the required external D-Day ground defense support with the Commander of the First Army.

COMMAND CHRONOLOGY

            Lt. Col. Gerald G. Keeling has been in Command of the 3084th ADG since 10 Sept. 1956, and continued in that position throughout this historical period. Major Malcolm C. Hamby was the Deputy Group Commander until 23 Jan. 57, when he departed PCS for Indiana University to attend the Air Force Advanced Management Course.  Major Maynard C. Gonterman, Director of Quality Control, was then appointed as Deputy Group Commander.  He continued in that position until 31 May 57 when he was reassigned to Hq. Far East Air Force.  Major Melvin 0. Koerth was then assigned duties as Deputy Group Commander for the remainder of this reporting period.

(1 July - 31 December 1957)

MISSION

            The prescribed mission of the 3084th Aviation Depot Group (AMC) is to operate and maintain nuclear weapons storage facilities for the Department of Defense as well as maintain capability to assemble, modify and maintain such types of nuclear weapons as may be stored at this Station. This Group must also provide services to the Atomic Energy Commission as agreed upon between the Atomic Energy Commission and the Air Materiel Command. It must receive weapons from the Atomic Energy Commission for training exercises, maneuvers, and execution of Emergency War Plans, as well as perform custodial transfer of complete weapons or components to combat or storage organizations. It is also responsible for correlating required D-Day ground external defense support with the Commander of the First Army.

COMMAND CHRONOLOGY

            Lt. Colonel Gerald G. Keeling was in command of this Station until 29 July 1957. Colonel Ray Schrock assumed command of the Station 29 July 1957 and has been in command throughout the remainder of the year.  Colonel Schrock was assigned to this Group upon completion of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Washington, D. C.  Major Melvin O. Koerth was Group deputy Commander until relieved by Lt. Col. Keeling on 29 July 1957.  Major Koerth then assumed the duties of Group Director of Operations and Commander of the 3097th Aviation Depot Squadron.  Lt. Col. Keeling remained as Group Deputy Commander until 13 December 1957 when he was reassigned PCS to Lowry Air Force Base, Colorado, as Commander of the 15th Aviation Depot Squadron.   Upon Lt. Col. Keeling's departure from this Station, Major Chester M. Schultz assumed the duties of Group Deputy Commander as an additional duty.  Major Schultz's primary duty was Group Director of Materiel and Commander of the 3084th Support Squadron.

COMMAND EVALUATION

            This Station experienced its heaviest operational workload during the period 1 July through 31 December 1957 since becoming operational in December 1954. This workload was imposed by Air Materiel and Strategic Air Commands' operational commitments.

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            Beginning in July, this Station was also committed to heavy outbound weapon shipments in support of "Total Rest".  This project imposed additional workloads on the assembly plants.

            On 30 September 1957, we were advised by the 90th Bombardment Wing that they would maintain aircraft on "Strike Force Alert."  The support weapons necessary to maintain these aircraft on alert status again caused us an increase in reacceptance workload testing.

            The results of the conducted exercises, during this unusual period, proved that this Group was able to meet the established minimum support requirements, and that our capability improved with each successive exercise.

            There was evidence that military weapon maintenance workmanship required additional supervision; however, this is not to be interpreted to mean that weapon reliability was below standard.  Military workmanship on non-functional components was in some instances superficial, and this was attributable to pressing workloads and the lack of a positive inspection system.  With the introduction of a detailed inspection system of assembly procedures, a more realistic re-organization of maintenance, and a more active interest in supervision, these deficiencies are now negligible.

            This Station's morale, effectiveness, and proficiency are considered exceptional.  A very fine spirit of willingness and co-operation exists throughout all divisions.  Similarly, a very fine relationship exists with Westover Air Force Base agencies.

            Our policy is that, where and whenever possible, Westover Air Force Base projects of mutual interest or benefit will be fully supported.  For example, Lt. Col. Keeling, while Deputy Group Coriander, accepted co-chairmanship with the Deputy Base Commander, Westover Air Force Base, to promote the first Home, Auto and Boat Show at Westover Air Force Base. The show netted over $25,000,00, all of which was donated to the Westover Base Non–Appropriated Welfare Fund.

            At the close of this historical period, there are no major military problems confronting the Group Commander, nor are there any foreseeable obstacle to hinder or impede future operations.   This Group is fully capable of continued success in accomplishing its assigned mission.

(1 Jan - 30 June 1958)

COMMAND EVALUATION

            The heavy workload of weapons maintenance described in the previous history was exceeded in this reporting period.  In addition, the Air Materiel Command continued its heavy requirements for supporting scheduled and unscheduled Logistic Support Squadron (LSS) aircraft staging through Westover Air Force Base en-route overseas.

            The 99th Bombardment Wing continued its "Strike Alert Force" concept of ready-for-take-off aircraft. The workload of reaccepting returned weapons continued at a steady pace, although changing security procedures for access to the "Strike Alert" aircraft increased the number of man hours spent by plant personnel monitoring the loaded weapons.

            The results of the joint Westover Air Force Base-Stony Brook Air Force Station training exercises, inspections by higher headquarters, and routine shipments of weapons by rail and sir, proved this Group able to support any task assigned within its mission.

            This station's morale, effectiveness and proficiency are considered exceptional.  Visiting personnel frequently comment favorably on the outstanding spirit of willingness and cooperation displayed by all personnel.  A fine relationship exists with Westover Air Force Base agencies.  Westover Air Force Base projects of mutual interest are fully supported by personnel of this Group.

            At the close of this Historical period, there were no major military problems confronting the Group Commander, nor were there any foreseeable obstacles that might deter the future activity.  This Group is fully capable of continued success in accomplishing its assigned mission.

MISSION

            The prescribed mission of the 3084th Aviation Depot Group (AMC) is to operate and maintain nuclear weapons storage facilities for the Department of Defense as well as maintain capability to assemble, modify and maintain such types of nuclear weapons as may be stored at this station.  This Group must also provide services to the Atomic Energy Commission as agreed upon between the Atomic Energy Commission and the Air Materiel Command.  It must receive weapons from the Atomic Energy Commission for training exercises, maneuvers, and execution of Emergency War Plans, as well as perform custodial transfer of complete weapons or components to combat or storage organizations.  It is also responsible for correlating required D-Day ground external defense support with the Commander of the First Army.

COMMAND CHRONOLOGY

            Colonel Ray E. Schrock has been in command of this Group during the entire reporting period.

            Lt Colonel Edgar L. Kiser became Deputy Group Commander on 3 March 1958, relieving Major Chester H. Schultz.  Major Schultz had performed the duties of Deputy Commander as an additional duty.  His primary duty was Group Director of Materiel and Commander of the 3084th Support Squadron.

STATION ADMINISTRATIVE INSPECTOR

MISSION

            To conduct administrative inspections as directed by the Group Commander.

ORGANIZATION

CWO ARTHUR J. DALE     Station Administrative Inspector

OPERATIONAL  ACTIVITIES

            CWO (W3) Arthur J. Dale was assigned on 2 January 1958.  He was the first full time inspector to be assigned to the station.

            During the period 1 January through 30 June 1958, the Group inspection coverage consisted of the following:

                27-31 January 1958 - Annual Supervisory Inspection (Conducted by Headquarters 3079th Aviation Depot Wing).

                3-28 March 1958 - Follow-up Inspection on Wing Supervisory inspection. (Conducted by Station Administrative Inspector).

                7-11 April 1958 - Special Administrative Inspection of Operations Directorate and 3097th Aviation Depot Squadron. (Conducted by Station             Administrative Inspector).

                21 April - 1 May - Inspection and audit of classified and unclassified Technical Orders. (Conducted by Station Administrative Inspector).

                12-16 May 1958 - General Administrative Inspection of Military Personnel Directorate. (Conducted by Station Administrative Inspector).

                June 1958 - Semi-Annual Ammo and Explosives Safety Inspection. (Conducted by Headquarters Ogden Air Materiel Area).

                2-17 June 1958 - General Administrative Inspection, Directorate of Materiel and 3084th Support Squadron. (Conducted by Station Administrative Inspector).

EVALUATION

            Adequate inspection coverage has been provided the Group by inspections conducted by higher headquarters, which has been augmented by the assignment to the Group of a full time administrative inspector.  Inspections will be on a continuing basis through regularly scheduled inspections.

 

 

(Ed. Note:  From this point, the 3084th Aviation Depot Group Semiannual Historical Reports were reduced to a summary AMC Form 268 (Sep 58) and a few brief comments, etc.  This resulted in a reduction in content, details, and useful historical information.  It is my opinion that this change was directed from higher headquarters in order to reduce the amount of time and effort dedicated to the composition and preparation of these reports.  From an historical perspective it is regrettable.)

 

(1 July - 31 December 1958)

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View Organizational Charts included in above file:

3084th Aviation Depot Group - 1 July 1958
Administrative Services  - 15 June 1958
Directorate of Quality Control - 1 July 1958
Directorate of Material -  ? August 1958

Director of Operations - 10 December 1958
3084th Air Police Squadron - 15 June 1958
Director of Security - 15 June 1958
Personnel Services Division (hard to read) - 1958

Military Personnel Division - 16 June 1958
Director of Personnel - 16 June 1958
Training, Safety, Information & Education Office - 15 June 1958
Budget & Accounting - 1 July 1958


(1 Jan - 30 June 1959)

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(1 July - 31 December 1959)

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(View Organizational Chart for 3084th Aviation Depot Group - period 1 July - 31 December 1959)