The 64th Air Expeditionary Group is a provisional United States Air Force group, most recently assigned to AFNORTH. In that capacity, in support of FEMA operations across the United States, the 64 Air Expeditionary Group (AEG) led Air Force doctors, nurses, medics and general purpose staff augmenting the civilian work force in hospitals along the west coast of California to reduce the patient load on civilian providers battling COVID-19. As the number of United States citizens with COVID-19 declined, the group transitioned to establishing Air Force-led COVID-19 Community Vaccination Center (CVC) sites.
|64th Air Expeditionary Group|
|Active||1940–1945, 1947–1948, 1952–1954, 1991–1997, 2001-unknown, 2005–2014|
|Branch||United States Air Force|
|Role||Force protection and support|
|Motto(s)||Hardest Target in the Kingdom|
|Engagements||European Theater of Operations, Mediterranean Theater of Operations Global War on Terrorism (2005-TBD)|
|Decorations||Distinguished Unit Citation 7 April – 15 June 1944
|64th Air Expeditionary Wing emblem|
|64th Troop Carrier Group emblem (approved 16 June 1942)|
- 64th EMDOS located in Houston, Texas at Reliant Stadium (operational February 2021 to May 2021).
- Detachment 1 located in Detroit, Michigan at Ford Field (operational March 2021 to May 2021).
- Detachment 2 located in Gary, Indiana at Theodore Roosevelt Park (operational April 2021 to June 2021).
- Detachment 3 located in Saint Paul, Minnesota at The State Fair (operational April 2021 to June 2021).
- Detachment 4 located in Grand Rapids, Michigan at DeVos Place (operational April 2021 to June 2021).
Prior to supporting FEMA during the COVID-19 pandemic, the last activation was in direct support of the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing at Eskan Village, near Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It was inactivated in 2014.
The group was first activated in December 1940 as the 64th Transport Group, a year before the Attack on Pearl Harbor. During the Second World War it fought primarily with Twelfth Air Force, earning a Distinguished Unit Citation.
The 64th Air Expeditionary Group is a provisional unit and uses the emblem of the inactive 64th Flying Training Wing.
Constituted as the 64th Transport Group on 20 November 1940. Activated on 4 December 1940. Used Douglas C-47s for training and flying transport missions in the US.
Redesignated 64th Troop Carrier Group in July 1942. Moved to England in August 1942 and received additional training. Became part of Twelfth Air Force. Moved to the Mediterranean theater, November–December 1942. Flew first mission on 11 November, landing paratroops at Maison Blanche Airport. Dropped paratroops to capture airfields during the battle for Tunisia. Released paratroops near Gela and Catania when the Allies invaded Sicily in July 1943. Dropped paratroops near Avellino during the invasion of Italy in September 1943 to destroy a bridge on the enemy’s supply line to Salerno. Participated in the assault on southern France in August 1944 by releasing gliders and paratroops in the battle zone. Supported the partisans in northern Italy early in 1945 by dropping paratroops, supplies, and propaganda leaflets behind enemy lines.
When not engaged in airborne combat operations, the group continually transported men and supplies to the front lines and evacuated wounded personnel.
Most of the group was on detached service in the China Burma India Theater from April–June 1944, while a skeletal remnant remained in Sicily. With its squadrons operating from separate bases in India, the group aided the Allied offensive in Burma. It was awarded a Distinguished Unit Citation for flying unarmed over rugged enemy territory to carry food, clothing, medical supplies, guns, ammunition, and mules to the combat zone and to evacuate wounded personnel.
The group moved to Trinidad in June 1945. Assigned to Air Transport Command. Inactivated on 31 July 1945.
Activated in the United States on 19 May 1947. Not manned during 1947–1948. Inactivated on 10 September 1948.
The 64th performed airlift and airdrop/airlanding of troops and cargo, routinely and during frequent maneuvers, 1952–1953. It began phasing down for inactivation in mid-October 1953, at which time tactical operations passed to 63d Troop Carrier Wing. In February 1954, however, the wing began building up again in preparation for an overseas movement, but was inactivated instead.
From the implementation of the Objective Wing organization until 1997, the group served as the flying arm of the 64th Flying Training Wing.
The 64 AEG/AEW operated out of Camp Snoopy at Doha International Airport, Qatar from 1996 until 2004.[dubious ]
In 2005, the group was activated for defense of personnel and assets in Southwest Asia. It provided force protection and support services for the installation in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia known as Eskan Village, replacing the former 320th Air Expeditionary Group. The group was made up of about 300 security forces, support airmen, and civilians in two squadrons: the 64th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron and the 64th Expeditionary Support Squadron. Their mission was to stand guard, provide integrated defense, emergency response, and combat support for the base, which houses military and host-nation tenant agencies. Most days the airmen fought the Global War on Terrorism in extreme temperatures of more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
In April 2020, the group was reactivated under the leadership of Air Force Colonel Adrian Byers. The AEG responded to the COVID-19 Pandemic, performing medical duties in support of the New York Health and Hospital Systems fight against COVID-19. The leadership cell functioned out of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ with forward presence stationed at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York under the leadership of Deputy Commander, Lt Col Curt Hasse.  The COVID response mission ended and the 64 AEG was once again inactivated in July 2021.
This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency.