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Columbus Air Force Base

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Columbus Air Force Base
Near Columbus, Mississippi in United States of America
Northrop T-38C formation from the 50th Flying Training Squadron based at Columbus AFB.
Northrop T-38C formation from the 50th Flying Training Squadron based at Columbus AFB.
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Columbus AFB is located in the United States
Columbus AFB
Columbus AFB
Shown in United States
Coordinates33°48′32″N 088°26′45″W / 33.80889°N 88.44583°W / 33.80889; -88.44583
TypeUS Air Force Base
Site information
OwnerDepartment of Defense
OperatorUS Air Force
Controlled byAir Education and Training Command (AETC)
Site history
Built1941 (1941)
In use1941–1946 and 1950 – present
Garrison information
Garrison14th Flying Training Wing
Airfield information
IdentifiersIATA: CBM, ICAO: KCBM, FAA LID: CBM, WMO: 723306
Elevation66.4 metres (218 ft) AMSL
Direction Length and surface
13C/31C 3,658.8 metres (12,004 ft) Concrete
13L/31R 2,438.7 metres (8,001 ft) Concrete
13R/31L 1,924.8 metres (6,315 ft) Concrete
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]

Columbus Air Force Base (IATA: CBM, ICAO: KCBM, FAA LID: CBM) is a United States Air Force base located in Columbus, Mississippi. The host unit at Columbus AFB is the 14th Flying Training Wing (14 FTW), which is a part of Air Education and Training Command (AETC).

The residential portion of the base is a census-designated place, with a population of 1,373 at the 2010 census.[2]

Base history

Columbus Air Force Base (AFB) was established in 1941, after the US War Department authorized a pilot training base in Columbus, Mississippi. It was originally named Kaye Field, after World War I flying ace Samuel Kaye, Jr., but confusion with nearby Key Field in Meridian, Mississippi led to it being renamed as Columbus Army Flying School. The base was deactivated after the end of World War II, but was reactivated four years later with the beginning of the Korean War.[3]

In 1955, Columbus AFB was transferred to Strategic Air Command (SAC) and was occupied by the 4228th Strategic Wing, which later became the 454th Bombardment Wing. In 1969, Columbus AFB was transferred back to Air Training Command, and was occupied by the 3650th Pilot Training Wing, which became the 14th Flying Training Wing in 1972.[3]

Based units

Flying and notable non-flying units based at Columbus Air Force Base.[4][5][6][7][8]

Units marked GSU are Geographically Separate Units, which although based at Columbus, are subordinate to a parent unit based at another location.

United States Air Force

Air Education and Training Command (AETC)

Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC)


  1. ^ "Airport Diagram – Buckley AFB (KBKF)" (PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. 23 May 2019. Archived from the original (PDF) on 31 May 2019. Retrieved 4 June 2019.
  2. ^ "Total Population: 2010 Census DEC Summary File 1 (P1), Columbus AFB CDP, Mississippi". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved April 8, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Columbus Air Force Base History". US Air Force. October 5, 2006. Retrieved March 8, 2019.
  4. ^ "14th Comptroller Squadron". Columbus Air Force Base. US Air Force. 27 June 2013. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
  5. ^ "14th Operations Group". US Air Force. October 11, 2012. Retrieved March 8, 2019.
  6. ^ "14th Mission Support Group". US Air Force. June 27, 2013. Retrieved March 8, 2019.
  7. ^ "14th Medical Group". Air Force Medical Service. Retrieved March 8, 2019.
  8. ^ "43rd Flying Training Squadron (AFRC)". 340th Flying Training Group. US Air Force. 29 November 2016. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
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