65th Air Base Wing ( 65 ABW) is a wing of the United States Air Force based out of Lajes Air Base, Azores, Portugal.
Mission [ edit ]
The wing provides base and en route support for
Department of Defense, allied nations and other authorized aircraft in transit, including those from the Netherlands, Belgium, Canada, France, Italy, Colombia, Germany, Venezuela and Great Britain.
Subordinate Organizations [ edit ]
65th Mission Support Group (65 MSG)
65th Contracting Squadron (65 CONS)
65th Communications Squadron (65 CS)
65th Civil Engineering Squadron (65 CES)
65th Force Support Squadron (65 FSS)
65th Logistics Readiness Squadron (65 LRS)
65th Operations Support Squadron (65 OSS)
65th Security Forces Squadron (65 SFS)
65th Medical Group (65 MDG)
65th Medical Operations Squadron (65 MDOS)
65th Medical Support Squadron (65 MDSS)
History [ edit ]
Supported ground units during the
Carolina Maneuvers in the fall and winter of 1941. Flew antisubmarine patrols off the east coast after Pearl Harbor in 1941–42. Served as a training organization for crews that changed from observation aircraft to B-25's, 1943.
The 65th conducted reserve training toward proficiency with troop carrier aircraft from 1952–1953. However, the wing was never fully manned or equipped.
It has provided en route support for aircraft transiting
Lajes Air Base from 1982 to the present. The wing also provided base support to elements of the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy in the area. The 65th supported deployment of personnel and equipment through Lajes during operations in the Persian Gulf from August 1990 – April 1991 and in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom since 2001 and 2003 respectively.
Lineage [ edit ]
65th Observation Group on 21 Aug 1941
Activated on 1 Sept 1941.
Inactivated on 18 Oct 1942
65th Reconnaissance Group in Apr 1943 Disbanded on 15 Aug 1943
Reconstituted, allotted to the reserve, and activated, on 27 Dec 1946
Inactivated on 27 Jun 1949
65th Troop Carrier Group (Medium) and allotted to the reserve
Activated on 14 Jun 1952
65th Troop Carrier Wing, Medium, on 26 May 1952
Activated in the Reserve on 14 Jun 1952
65th Troop Carrier Group assigned as subordinate unit upon activation
Inactivated on 1 Apr 1953
65th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, Medium, on 1 Apr 1953 Consolidated (1 Jan 1992) with the
1605th Military Airlift Support Wing, which was established, and activated, on 1 Jan 1982
65th Support Wing on 27 Jan 1992 Redesignated:
65th Air Base Wing on 1 Oct 1993.
Assignments [ edit ]
Components [ edit ]
Stations [ edit ]
Lexington County Airport, South Carolina, 1 Sep 1941
Langley Field, Virginia, Dec 1941-18 Oct 1942
Columbia AAB, South Carolina, 1 Mar 1943
Florence AAF, South Carolina, c. 15 Apr – 15 Aug 1943.
Rome AAF, New York, 27 Dec 1946 – 27 Jun 1949
Mitchel AFB, New York, 14 Jun 1952 – 1 Apr 1953
Lajes Field, Azores, 1 Jan 1982–
Aircraft operated [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.
Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History.
External links [ edit ]