Tactical Air Command and the Berlin Crisis

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In the fall of 1961, Tactical Air Command was again called into action, this time to provide men and planes to Europe because of the Berlin Crisis. Numerous USAF Reserve and Air National Guard units were mobilized to increase TAC's combat strength, and in November TAC deployed more than 200 Federalized Air National Guard airplanes and thousands of personnel under Operation Stair Step to France, Germany and Spain to augment USAFE units already on duty in Europe. The crisis ended in the summer of 1962 and the personnel returned to the United States.

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