1 January 1980 -- The 379th receives the first Gen George C. Kenny Award for the
best Operational Readiness Inspection/BUY NONE performance of a SAC bombardment
14 January 1980 -- The wing
receives its third Air force Outstanding Unit Award.
February 1980 -- The 379th wins the 40th Air Division Commander's
2 October 1980 -- the 379th captures first place in the William Tell Weapons
Meet, winning the Lt. Gen Gerald Johnson Top Bomber Crew Award.
1980 -- Wurtsmith is chosen for nuclear-armed cruise missiles to equip
January 1981 -- The 379th is named the Best Bombardment Wing in the 8th Air
18 March 1982 -- The 524th receives the 1981 Gen John D. Ryan Outstanding
Bombardment Squadron in SAC.
20 April 1983 -- The last modified B-52G with the OAS arrives.
17 June 1982 -- The Integrated Maintenance Facility is officially dedicated as
the wing receives its first two AGM-86B Air Launched Cruise Missiles
18 January 1983 -- Wurtsmith receives its first B-52G modified with the new
Offensive Avionics System (OAS).
1 August 1983 -- The wing wins the Gen George C. Kenny Trophy
8 November 1983 -- The wing
is awarded the Doughtery Trophy for best SRAM scores during the year's bombing
and navigation competition.
1984 -- B-52 Bombing and Navigation Trophy
1984 -- B-52 Superior Bombing Award
1984 -- Wurtsmith is passed over as a home for B-1 bomber to replace
the aging B-52s.
1984 -- The 379th receives the William J. Crumm Linebacker Memorial
Trophy during the annual SAC Bombing and Navigation Competition.
1984 -- B-52 Superior SRAM Performance Award
1985 -- The Wing wins the Best B-52 Bombardment Wing Award and the
524th wins the Best B-52 Bombardment Crew Award during the 1985 "Busy Leader"
May 1987 -- Gen. Curtis E. LeMay visits WAFB with SAC IG team.
26 May - 13 Jul 1987 -- The wing deploys to March AFB, California as part of a RED FLAG
20-26 Sep 1987 -- The wing deploys to Eielson AFB, Alaska as part of the RAPID
November 1987 -- The 379th wins the coveted Fairchild Trophy, recognizing the
best B-52 and KC-135 unit in the SAC Bombing and Navigation competition. The
wing beat out 23 other SAC wings and various Air National Guard and Reserve
units to take top honors in the competition that became known as Proud Shield.
The 524th ran away with four of the major trophies for excellence in high and
low-level bombing; the Curtis E. LeMay Bombing Trophy, the Mathis Trophy, the
John D. Ryan B-52 Trophy, and the William J. Crumm Linebacker Memorial Trophy.
The 920th finished in 10th place for the best tanker unit overall.
30 Jan - 5 Feb 1988 -- The wing sent seven B-52s to Clinton-Sherman, Oklahoma as part
of the MIGHTY FORCE 88-4 exercise.
1-11 April 1988 -- Moron
AB, Spain. Three aircraft, crews and wing staffs were taken in support of
operations. Lt Col Larry Hinton was the deployed wing commander and Lt Col
James Dean was the deployed Deputy of Operation.
28 Jul - 12 Aug 1988 -- The wing deployed seven bombers to Biggs Army Airfield (AAF),
El Paso, Texas as part of the GALLANT EAGLE/MIGHT WARRIOR 88-4.
15 Sep - 1 Oct. 1988 -- The wing deployed seven bombers to Moron AB, Spain at part of
the BUSY BREWER exercise in support of MIGHTY WARRIOR, DISPLAY DETERMINATION,
and DAMSEL FAIR operations.
11 Oct 1988 -- Tragedy stricks the 379th when a 920th KC-135 crashed while
making an approach to land at Wurtsmith. All six-flight crewmembers lost their
lives while the 8AF Staff Assistance Visit Team managed to escape from the
back-end of the burning wreckage.
11-23 March 1989 -- Two bombers were sent to Andersen AFB, Guam as part of the
RAPID WARRIOR/RAPID SHOT GOLF exercise.
16 April - 5 May 1989 -- Four bombers were sent to Moron AB, Spain from as part of BUSY
WARRIOR supporting MIGHTY WARRIOR/DISPLAY DETERMINATION operations.
9-22 July 1989 -- Then seven bombers were sent to Biggs AAF, Texas as part of
MIGHTY WARRIOR/GREEN FLAG exercises.
18 July 1989 -- A B-52G dropped two B-83 weapons on the hard target located on
the Tonopah Test Range (TTR). Unfortunately this was a mishap because the
bomber was to drop three weapons on three separate bomb runs. After determining
the cause, the back-up date (20 July) was used to drop the third weapon on the
July 1989 -- The wing is chosen for a BUSY LUGGAGE mission to aimed at
testing of gravity nuclear weapons.
7-22 September 1989 -- The 379th went back to Moron AB with four aircraft and five
aircrews to participate in MIGHTY WARRIOR/DISPLAY DETERMINATION
9-17 November 1989 -- The wing deploys to Cairo West, Egypt in support of BRIGHT STAR
10 November 1989 -- The 379th won the Snuffy Smith Trophy for the best B-52 Gunner
scores during the annual SAC Bombing and Navigation Competition.
November 1989 -- 379th Bombardment Gunners win the Maynard H. Smith Award for
best gunners at the annual SAC Bombing and Navigation Competition.
November 1989 -- Wurtsmith is picked as one of seven bases to receive part of
the rail-based MX missile system.