88th Air Base Wing

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88th Air Base Wing
88th Air Base Wing Change of Command.jpg
88th Air Base Wing Change of Command 14 July 2008
Active 1944-Present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Part of Aeronautical Systems Center, Air Force Materiel Command
Garrison/HQ Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
Decorations Outstanding Unit ribbon.svg AFOUA
Commanders
Current
commander
Colonel Cassie Barlow
Insignia
88th Air Base Wing emblem 88th Air Base Wing.png

The United States Air Force's 88th Air Base Wing is a base support unit located at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. The wing has been stationed at Wright-Patterson AFB, known familiarly as 'Wright-Patt', since its activation in 1994 by redesignation of the 645th Air Base Wing. The wing however traces its history directly to the activation of the 4000th Army Air Forces Base Unit (Command) in 1944, and from 1944 to 1994 endured six redesigations.

The wing's mission c. 2012 is to operate the airfield, maintain all infrastructure and provide security, communications, medical, legal, personnel, contracting, finance, transportation, air traffic control, weather forecasting, public affairs, recreation and chaplain services for more than 60 associate units on Wright-Patterson AFB.

History[edit]

The unit was organized by Air Service Command to provide custodial and support functions for Wright Field. The mission of both the unit and the AAF Technical Base expanded by early 1946, gaining full support responsibility for Patterson Field. The 2750th became host wing for Wright-Patterson AFB in October 1949, exercising command jurisdiction over the base and providing services necessary to support Headquarters of Air Force Logistics Command and numerous tenant units. It frequently supported regional humanitarian missions, such as the Xenia tornado relief in April 1974. It Provided logistical support and served as a port of embarkation during contingency situations, most notably from, 1965–1973 and 1990-1991. The unit deployed support personnel to Southwest Asia, August 1990-May 1991. After 1 July 1992 it provided logistic and administrative support for Headquarters, Air Force Materiel Command and Aeronautical Systems Center, as well as on-base and off-base tenant units in a five-state area and managed base facilities and resources. It provided airfield operations, security, services, engineering, and logistical support to the Balkans Proximity Peace Talks conducted at Wright-Patterson AFB in late 1995.

Lineage[edit]

  • Designated as the 4000th Army Air Forces Base Unit (Command) and organized on 1 April 1944
  • Redescribed 4000th Army Air Forces Base Unit (Air Base) on 21 February 1945
  • Redesignated 4000th Air Force Base Unit (Air Base) on 26 September 1947
  • Redesignated 2750th Air Force Base on 28 August 1948
  • Redesignated 2750th Air Base Wing on 5 October 1949
Redesignated 645th Air Base Wing on 1 October 1992
Redesignated 88th Air Base Wing on 1 October 1994

Assignments[edit]

  • Air Technical Service Command (later Air Materiel Command, Air Force Logistics Command), 1 April 1944
  • Aeronautical Systems Center, 1 July 1992 (attached to Air Force Life Cycle Management Center after 20 July 2012)
  • Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, 1 October 2012

Subordinate Units[edit]

Groups[edit]

  • 88th Communications Group (88 CG)
  • 88th Mission Support Group (88 MSG)
  • 88th Medical Group (88 MDG)

Squadrons[edit]

  • 88th Operations Support Squadron (88 OSS)
  • 88th Comptroller Squadron (88 CPTS)

Aircraft & Missiles Operated[edit]

Unit Emblems[edit]

References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

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