THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON
5 July 1990
TO THE MEMBERS OF SPECIAL TASK AIR GROUP ONE AND SPECIAL AIR TASK FORCE
On behalf of the President and the Department of the Navy, I am pleased to send warm greetings to the members and friends of Special Task Air Group One and Special Air Task Force as you gather for a reunion in Washington D.C.. I know the chance to rekindle friendships and remember shared experiences will prove most rewarding.
On 27 September 1944, a TDR-1 Assault Drone launched and staged a combat attack against an enemy target; the success of this first true guided missile marked a new era in modern warfare. During the next month, 46 similar attacks were launched against targets in the Shortland Islands, Bougainville, and Rabau1, with 21 scoring direct hits on designated targets. The men behind this remarkable story formed the STAG-1 / SATFOR team. The vision, determination, and dedication with which you performed your secret duties during World War II laid the groundwork for today’s modern cruise missile.
I congratulate each of you, including those who are present only in spirit, for the pioneering spirit that you brought to our nation’s defense. America will always be grateful for all you have done. I send you my very best wishes for an enjoyable reunion and every future success.
H. Lawrence Garrett, III