633d Air Base Wing
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|633d Air Base Wing|
633d Air Base Wing emblem
|Branch||United States Air Force|
|Garrison/HQ||Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia|
|Col. John J. Allen|
The United States Air Force's 633rd Air Base Wing (633 ABW) is the host at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., headquartered at Langley Air Force Base, as directed by BRAC 2005. Its commander is Colonel Korvin Auch, USAF, with Chief Master Sergeant Trae King, USAF, as its command chief master sergeant.
Originally designated the 633d Combat Support Group, the 633d ABW was established and activated 14 March 1966 and organized 8 April 1966. It was originally assigned to the Thirteenth Air Force as part of Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) at Pleiku Air Base 62, South Vietnam, and later at Andersen AFB, Guam. During the Vietnam War, Airmen of the 633d ABW participated in numerous campaigns, air offensives and Operations Arc Light, Bullet Shot and Linebacker.
The 633d Special Operations Wing was activated at Pleiku on 15 July 1968. Its mission was to assess, train, advise and assist South Vietnamese Air Force personnel in airpower employment, sustainment and force integration. 633d personnel also advised the South Vietnamese sustain their own airpower resources and, when necessary, integrate those resources into joint and combined operations with the USAF. The 633d was formed from elements of the 14th Special Operations Wing at Nha Trang Air Base and the 1st Special Operations Wing on Temporary Duty from Hurlburt Field, Florida.
On 1 October 1989, the wing aligned under the Thirteenth Air Force, activated on Andersen AFB and became the host unit, providing services for various tenant units. This marked the transfer of Andersen AFB control from Strategic Air Command to PACAF.
In August 1990, 633d ABW personnel began shipping more than 37,000 tons of munitions to forces in the Persian Gulf during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm - more than 30,000 tons went by sealift, and more than 2,200 troops and 2,200 tons of cargo processed aboard 200 aircraft. Operation Fiery Vigil spun into action June 1991, when 633d ABW personnel cared for more than 20,000 American evacuees and 1,100 pets following the eruption of Mount Pinatubo, Philippines.
On 1 October 1994, the 633d ABW was inactivated and the 36 ABW was activated in keeping with the policy of the Air Force Chief of Staff to maintain the most highly decorated and longest-serving Air Force units on active-duty.
- Established as
- 633d Mission Support Group: 7 January 2010
- 633d Medical Group: 7 January 2010
- Public Affairs: Joint Base Langley-Eustis
- 633d Air Base Wing Air Force Historical Research Agency factsheet