The dual-based 22nd Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron deployed Tuesday and Wednesday to Ramstein Air Base. The?
Ramstein Base Operations with welcome sign for 22nd Tac Recon Sq.
F-4's fly over landing strip
F-4's touching down
F-4's taxi in, passing 17th Air Force Band
Crew chief helps Col Place out of his aircraft
BGen Ellis and Col Douthwaite waiting to greet Col place
Col Place coming down ladder and greeted by Gen Ellis and Col Douthwaite
Close up of Gen Ellis and Col Douthwaite
Base Operations showing wing and fuel tank in foreground
Base Operations showing tail in foreground
Sign, "Welcome to Ramstein, Germany"
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Background: The dual-based 22nd Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron deployed Tuesday and Wednesday to Ramstein Air Base. The unit will train in Europe until October 26.
About 230 support personnel of the 22nd and some members of its host unit in the Unites States, the 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, arrived Tuesday in nine C-130 Hercules of Tactical Air Command (TAC).
Thirty-six air crew members, flying 18 RF-4C "Phantoms" started touching down at the Ramstein runway at 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 9, 1968.
Leading in the first group of four supersonic "Phantoms" in an echelon formation, was the Unit Commander, Lt Col Harry M. Place, a highly-decorated Vietnam veteran, and his navigator, Maj Billy Hallopeter. Last of the "Phantoms" arrived late Wednesday. They flew nonstop in 11 hours with refuelling enroute.
Greeting Colonel Place and Major Hallopeter were Brig Gen R. N. Ellis, Seventeenth Air Force vice commander and 86th Air Division commander, and Col. William T. Douthwaite, Jr., commander of Ramstein's 26th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, the 22nd's parent unit in Europe.
The 22nd is dual-based at Mountain Home AFB, Idaho. It deployed here to take part in NATO exercises which occur every year and which routinely involve limited sub-exercises. The 22nd Squadron's deployment is for the purpose of maintaining the readiness of NATO-committed units dual-based in the United States.
The 22nd's mission is to provide aerial reconnaissance in all weather situations for the United States Air Force, Tactical Air Command, and NATO. TAC provides administrative, logistical, and training support but the 22nd is committed to NATO.