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List of wings of the United States Air Force

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This is a list of wings in the United States Air Force, focusing on AFCON wings. Air Force active duty and civilian personnel strength now must be at 1,000 or more for wings.

AFCON versus MAJCOM Wings

This page currently focuses on one of the two historical categories of USAF wings -'AFCON' (Headquarters (US) Air Force CONtrolled) units or 'permanent' units, which during the Cold War period were readily distinguished by having one, two or three digit designations, such as the 1st Fighter Wing, 60th Military Airlift Wing, 355th Fighter Wing, and could go through a series of inactivations and activations and still retain their lineage.

There were also MAJCOM (major air command controlled) wings, such as the Strategic Wings of the 50s and 60s, which, under the USAF organization and lineage system, are four-digit units, for example, the 4137th Strategic Wing, and whose lineage (histories, awards, and battle honors) ended with their discontinuance and could never be revived. MAJCOM wings are fundamentally 'temporary', though many stayed in existence for a very long time, and then were revived with a different name but the same number. But under the USAF lineage system they cannot carry on the histories of the previous unit.

When the B-52 dispersal began in the fifties, the new Strategic Air Command units created to support this program were MAJCOM wings and given four-digit designations. Headquarters SAC was well aware of the historical significance of records and accomplishments of the strategic wings and the need to perpetuate this lineage as well as the lineage of many illustrious units that were no longer active.

In order to retain the lineage of the combat units and to perpetuate the lineage of many currently inactive units with illustrious World War II records, Headquarters SAC received authority from Headquarters USAF to discontinue its strategic wings that were equipped with combat aircraft and to activated AFCON units, most of which were inactive at the time.

The reorganization process, which took place from January to September 1963, was applied to 22 B-52 strategic wings, three air-refueling wings, and the 4321st Strategic Wing at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. "These units were discontinued and two and three-digit AFCON units were activated. In most cases, the bombardment squadron that had been assigned to the strategic wings were inactivated and bombardment squadrons that had previously been assigned to the newly-activated wings were activated. While these actions were almost tantamount to redesignation, they were not official redesignation. Therefore, the records, awards and achievements of the strategic wing could not be inherited by the bomb wings."[1]

During the Gulf War of 1990–91 MAJCOM wings, such as the 7440th Composite Wing (Provisional) at Incirlik AB, Turkey, served alongside Provisional Wings such as the 801st Bomb Wing (Provisional) at Morón Air Base, Spain, and other AFCON wings.

In the 1990s MAJCOM wings were mostly inactivated and replaced with AFCON wings. Perhaps the most well known example was the 4404th Wing in Saudi Arabia which was replaced by a three-digit AFCON wing, the 363rd Air Expeditionary Wing. It is not clear whether any MAJCOM wings still exist, or whether the system is still in use.

Active USAF Wings

Wing Shield Base Command Equipment
1st Fighter Wing (FW) Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia ACC F-22A
1st Special Operations Wing (SOW) Hurlburt Field, Florida AFSOC CV-22, AC-130, MC-130
2nd Bomb Wing (BW) Barksdale AFB, Louisiana AFGSC B-52
3rd Wing (WG) Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska PACAF F-22A C-17 E-3
4th Fighter Wing (FW) Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina ACC F-15E
5th Bomb Wing Minot AFB, North Dakota AFGSC B-52
6th Air Mobility Wing (AMW) MacDill AFB, Florida AMC KC-135, C-37
7th Bomb Wing Dyess AFB, Texas AFGSC B-1
8th Fighter Wing Kunsan Air Base, Korea PACAF F-16
9th Reconnaissance Wing Beale AFB, California ACC U-2, T-38
10th Air Base Wing (ABW) U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado USAFA
11th Wing Joint Base Andrews, Maryland AFDW UH-1N USAF Honor Guard
12th Flying Training Wing Joint Base San Antonio, Texas AETC T-6A Texan II, T-38 Talon
14th Flying Training Wing Columbus AFB, Mississippi AETC T-6, T-38
15th Wing Joint Base Pearl Harbor–Hickam, Hawaii PACAF C-17, F-22
17th Training Wing (TRW) Goodfellow AFB, Texas AETC
18th Wing Kadena Air Base, Japan PACAF F-15C, KC-135, E-3
19th Airlift Wing Little Rock AFB, Arkansas AMC C-130
20th Fighter Wing Shaw AFB, South Carolina ACC F-16CJ
22nd Air Refueling Wing (AMW) McConnell AFB, Kansas AMC KC-135 KC-46
23rd Wing Moody AFB, Georgia ACC A-10 HH-60 Pave Hawk MC-130
24th Special Operations Wing Hurlburt Field, Florida AFSOC Special Tactics
27th Special Operations Wing Cannon AFB, New Mexico AFSOC MC-130W, MQ-1B, RQ-9, PC-12
28th Bomb Wing Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota AFGSC B-1
31st Fighter Wing Aviano Air Base, Italy USAFE F-16, HH-60G, Control and Reporting Center
33rd Fighter Wing Eglin AFB, Florida AETC F-35
35th Fighter Wing Misawa Air Base, Japan PACAF F-16
36th Wing Andersen AFB, Guam PACAF
37th Training Wing Joint Base San Antonio, Texas AETC
39th Air Base Wing Incirlik AB, Turkey USAFE
42nd Air Base Wing Maxwell-Gunter AFB, Alabama AETC
47th Flying Training Wing Laughlin AFB, Texas AETC T-6, T-38
48th Fighter Wing RAF Lakenheath, England USAFE F-15E F-35A
49th Wing Holloman AFB, New Mexico ACC MQ-1 RQ-9
51st Fighter Wing Osan Air Base, Korea PACAF F-16 A-10 C-12J
52nd Fighter Wing Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany USAFE F-16
53rd Wing Eglin AFB, Florida ACC F-15C F-15E F-15EX F/QF-16 A-10 F-22A RQ-1 F-35A
55th Wing Offutt AFB, Nebraska ACC RC-135 EC-130 E-4
56th Fighter Wing Luke AFB, Arizona AETC F-16, F-35A, Control and Reporting Center
57th Wing Nellis AFB, Nevada ACC F-15C F-15E F-16 A-10 HH-60
58th Special Operations Wing Kirtland AFB, New Mexico AETC MH-53 MC-130 CV-22 UH-1N HH-60G Pave Hawk
59th Medical Wing Joint Base San Antonio, Texas AETC
60th Air Mobility Wing (AMW) Travis AFB, California AMC C-5 KC-10 C-17
62nd Airlift Wing (AW) Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington AMC C-17
67th Cyberspace Wing Joint Base San Antonio, Texas ACC
70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing Fort George G. Meade, Maryland AFISRA
71st Flying Training Wing Vance AFB, Oklahoma AETC T-6, T-38
72nd Air Base Wing Tinker AFB, Oklahoma AFMC
75th Air Base Wing Hill AFB, Utah AFMC
76th Maintenance Wing Tinker AFB, Oklahoma AFMC
78th Air Base Wing Robins AFB, Georgia AFMC
79th Medical Wing Joint Base Andrews, Maryland AFDW
80th Flying Training Wing Sheppard AFB, Texas AETC T-6, T-38
81st Training Wing Keesler AFB, Mississippi AETC Technical Training
82nd Training Wing Sheppard AFB, Texas AETC Technical Training
86th Airlift Wing Ramstein Air Base, Germany USAFE C-21 C-130
87th Air Base Wing Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey AMC
88th Air Base Wing Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio AFMC
89th Airlift Wing Joint Base Andrews, Maryland AMC C-32 C-37 C-40
90th Missile Wing Francis E. Warren AFB, Wyoming AFGSC Minuteman III, UH-1
91st Missile Wing Minot AFB, North Dakota AFGSC Minuteman III, UH-1
92nd Air Refueling Wing Fairchild AFB, Washington AMC KC-135
93rd Air Ground Operations Wing Moody AFB Georgia ACC
94th Airlift Wing Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Georgia AFRC C-130
96th Test Wing Eglin AFB, Florida AFMC F-15C F-15E F-16 A-10 AC-130 MH-53
97th Air Mobility Wing Altus AFB, Oklahoma AETC C-17 KC-135 KC-46
99th Air Base Wing Nellis AFB, Nevada ACC
100th Air Refueling Wing RAF Mildenhall, England USAFE KC-135 Stratotanker
301st Fighter Wing NAS Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas AFRC F-16C
302nd Airlift Wing Peterson AFB, Colorado AFRC C-130
305th Air Mobility Wing Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey AMC KC-10 KC-46 C-17
307th Bomb Wing Barksdale AFB, Louisiana AFRC B-52
309th Maintenance Wing Hill AFB, Utah AFMC
310th Space Wing Schriever AFB, Colorado AFRC
314th Airlift Wing Little Rock AFB. Arkansas AETC C-130
315th Airlift Wing Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina AFRC C-17
316th Wing Joint Base Andrews, Maryland AFDW UH-1N
319th Reconnaissance Wing Grand Forks AFB, North Dakota ACC RQ-4
325th Fighter Wing Tyndall AFB, Florida ACC F-22A
341st Missile Wing Malmstrom AFB, Montana AFGSC Minuteman III, UH-1
349th Air Mobility Wing Travis AFB, California AFRC KC-10 C-5 C-17
350th Spectrum Warfare Wing Eglin AFB, Florida ACC
354th Fighter Wing Eielson AFB, Alaska PACAF F-16 F-35A
355th Fighter Wing Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona ACC A-10
366th Fighter Wing Mountain Home AFB, Idaho ACC F-15E Strike Eagle
374th Airlift Wing Yokota Air Base, Japan PACAF C-21 C-130
375th Air Mobility Wing Scott AFB, Illinois AMC C-21
377th Air Base Wing Kirtland AFB, New Mexico AFGSC
388th Fighter Wing Hill AFB, Utah ACC F-35A
402nd Maintenance Wing Robins AFB, Georgia AFMC
403rd Wing Keesler AFB, Mississippi AFRC WC-130
412th Test Wing Edwards AFB, California AFMC RQ-4 Range Hawk
419th Fighter Wing Hill AFB, Utah AFRC F-35A
433rd Airlift Wing Joint Base San Antonio, Texas AFRC C-5
434th Air Refueling Wing Grissom Air Reserve Base, Indiana AFRC KC-135
435th Air-Ground Operations Wing Ramstein Air Base, Germany USAFE
436th Airlift Wing Dover AFB, Delaware AMC C-5 C-17
437th Airlift Wing Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina AMC C-17
439th Airlift Wing Westover Air Reserve Base. Chicopee, MA AFRC C-5
440th Airlift Wing Pope Field, North Carolina AFRC C-130
442nd Fighter Wing Whiteman AFB, Missouri AFRC A-10
445th Airlift Wing Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio AFRC C-17
446th Airlift Wing Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington AFRC C-17
448th Supply Chain Management Wing Tinker AFB, Oklahoma AFMC
452nd Air Mobility Wing March Air Reserve Base, California AFRC KC-135 C-17
459th Air Refueling Wing Joint Base Andrews, Maryland AFRC KC-135
461st Air Control Wing Robins AFB, Georgia ACC E-8C JSTARS
478th Aeronautical Systems Wing Inactive AFMC
480th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia AFISRA
482nd Fighter Wing Homestead Air Reserve Base, Florida AFRC F-16
501st Combat Support Wing RAF Alconbury, England USAFE GSU advocacy and support
502nd Air Base Wing Joint Base San Antonio, Texas AETC Joint Basing Host Wing
505th Command and Control Wing Hurlburt Field, Florida ACC Operational-level C2
507th Air Refueling Wing Tinker AFB, Oklahoma AFRC KC-135
509th Bomb Wing Whiteman AFB, Missouri AFGSC B-2
512th Airlift Wing Dover AFB, Delaware AFRC C-5
514th Air Mobility Wing Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey AFRC KC-10 C-17
515th Air Mobility Operations Wing Joint Base Pearl Harbor–Hickam, Hawaii AMC
521st Air Mobility Operations Wing Ramstein AB, Germany AMC
552nd Air Control Wing Tinker AFB, Oklahoma ACC Control and Reporting Center, E-3 Sentry
557th Weather Wing Offutt AFB, Nebraska ACC
615th Contingency Response Wing Travis AFB, California AMC
621st Contingency Response Wing Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey AMC
628th Air Base Wing Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina AMC Joint Basing Host Wing
633rd Air Base Wing Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia ACC Joint Basing Host Wing
635th Supply Chain Operations Wing Scott AFB, Illinois AFMC Global Logistics Support Center
673rd Air Base Wing Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska PACAF Joint Basing Host Wing
688th Information Operations Wing Joint Base San Antonio, Texas ACC
689th Combat Communications Wing Robins AFB, Georgia ACC
711th Human Performance Wing Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio AFMC
908th Airlift Wing Maxwell-Gunter AFB, Alabama AFRC C-130
910th Airlift Wing Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio AFRC C-130
911th Airlift Wing Pittsburgh Joint Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania AFRC C-130
914th Airlift Wing Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, New York AFRC C-130
916th Air Refueling Wing Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina AFRC KC-46
919th Special Operations Wing Duke Field, Florida AFRC MC-130
920th Rescue Wing Patrick Space Force Base, Florida AFRC HC-130 HH-60
927th Air Refueling Wing MacDill Air Force Base, Florida AFRC KC-135
931st Air Refueling Wing McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas AFRC KC-135 KC-46
932nd Airlift Wing Scott AFB, Illinois AFRC C-40 Clipper
934th Airlift Wing Minneapolis-St Paul Joint Air Reserve Station, Minnesota AFRC C-130
939th Air Refueling Wing Portland International Airport, Portland, Oregon AFRC KC-135
940th Wing Beale AFB, California AFRC RQ-4
944th Fighter Wing Luke AFB, Arizona AFRC F-16

Active Air National Guard Wings

Air Expeditionary Wings

AFCON and MAJCOM wings


  1. ^ Office of the Historian, Headquarters Strategic Air Command, Offutt AFB, NE. The Development of the Strategic Air Command 1946–1986, Pages 117–118.
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