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[edit]

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the strategic wings and the need to perpetuate this lineage as well as the lineage of many illustrious units that were no longer active.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 (Prov) 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 363d Air Expeditionary Wing. It is not clear whether any MAJCOM wings still exist, or whether the system is still in use.

Active USAF Wings[edit]

Wing Shield
1st Fighter Wing (FW)
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Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia ACC F-22A
1st Special Operations Wing (SOW)
1st Special Operations Wing.svg
Hurlburt Field, Florida AFSOC MH-53, AC-130, MC-130
2d Bomb Wing (BW)
2d Bomb Wing.png
Barksdale AFB, Louisiana AFGSC B-52
3d Wing (WG)
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Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska PACAF F-22A C-17 E-3
4th Fighter Wing (FW)
4th Fighter Wing.png
Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina ACC F-15E
5th Bomb Wing
5th Bomb Wing.png
Minot AFB, North Dakota AFGSC B-52
6th Air Mobility Wing (AMW)
6th Air Mobility Wing.png
MacDill AFB, Florida AMC KC-135, C-37
7th Bomb Wing
7th Bomb Wing.png
Dyess AFB, Texas ACC B-1
8th Fighter Wing
8th Fighter Wing.png
Kunsan Air Base, Korea PACAF F-16
9th Reconnaissance Wing
9th Reconnaissance Wing.png
Beale AFB, California ACC U-2 Dragon Lady, RQ-4 Global Hawk, MC-12 Liberty, T-38 Talon
10th Air Base Wing (ABW)
10th Air Base Wing.png
U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado USAFA
11th Wing
11th Wing.png
Joint Base Andrews, Maryland AFDW UH-1N USAF Honor Guard
12th Flying Training Wing
12th Flying Training Wing.png
Joint Base San Antonio, Texas AETC T-6A Texan II, T-38 Talon
14th Flying Training Wing
14th Flying Training Wing.png
Columbus AFB, Mississippi AETC T-6, T-38
15th Wing
15th Wing.png
Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii PACAF C-130, C-17, F-22
17th Training Wing (TRW)
17th Training Wing.svg
Goodfellow AFB, Texas AETC
18th Wing
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Kadena Air Base, Japan PACAF F-15C, KC-135, E-3
19th Airlift Wing
USAF - 19th Airlift Wing.png
Little Rock AFB, Arkansas AMC C-130
20th Fighter Wing
20th Fighter Wing.png
Shaw AFB, South Carolina ACC F-16CJ
21st Space Wing (SW)
21st Space Wing.png
Peterson AFB, Colorado AFSPC Satellites
22d Air Refueling Wing (AMW)
22d Air Refueling Wing.png
McConnell AFB, Kansas AMC KC-135
23d Wing
23d Wing.jpg
Moody AFB, Georgia ACC A-10 HH-60 Pave Hawk MC-130
24th Special Operations Wing
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Hurlburt Field, Florida AFSOC Special Tactics
27th Special Operations Wing
27th Special Operations Wing.png
Cannon AFB, New Mexico AFSOC MC-130W, MQ-1B, RQ-9, PC-12
28th Bomb Wing
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Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota ACC B-1
30th Space Wing
30th Space Wing.png
Vandenberg AFB, California AFSPC
31st Fighter Wing
31st Fighter Wing.png
Aviano Air Base, Italy USAFE F-16
33d Fighter Wing
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Eglin AFB, Florida AETC F-35
35th Fighter Wing
35th Fighter Wing.png
Misawa Air Base, Japan PACAF F-16
36th Wing
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Andersen AFB, Guam PACAF
37th Training Wing
37th Training Wing.svg
Joint Base San Antonio, Texas AETC
39th Air Base Wing
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Incirlik AB, Turkey USAFE
42d Air Base Wing
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Maxwell-Gunter AFB, Alabama AETC
45th Space Wing
45th Space Wing.png
Patrick AFB, Florida AFSPC
47th Flying Training Wing
47th Flying Training Wing.png
Laughlin AFB, Texas AETC T-6, T-38
48th Fighter Wing
48th Fighter Wing.png
RAF Lakenheath, England USAFE F-15E, HH-60G
49th Wing
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Holloman AFB, New Mexico ACC MQ-1 RQ-9
50th Space Wing
50th Space Wing.png
Schriever AFB, Colorado AFSPC DSCS, DMSP, GPS, MILSTAR
51st Fighter Wing
51st Fighter Wing.png
Osan Air Base, Korea PACAF F-16 A-10 C-12J
52d Fighter Wing
52d Fighter Wing.png
Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany USAFE F-16
53d Wing
53d Wing.png
Eglin AFB, Florida ACC F-15C F-15E F-16 A-10 F-22A QF-4 RQ-1
55th Wing
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Offutt AFB, Nebraska ACC RC-135 EC-130 E-4
56th Fighter Wing
56th Fighter Wing.svg
Luke AFB, Arizona AETC F-16, F-35A
57th Wing
57th Wing.svg
Nellis AFB, Nevada ACC F-15C F-15E F-16 A-10 HH-60
58th Special Operations Wing
58th Special Operations Wing.jpg
Kirtland AFB, New Mexico AETC MH-53 MC-130 CV-22 UH-1N HH-60G Pave Hawk
59th Medical Wing
59th Medical Wing.png
Joint Base San Antonio, Texas AETC
60th Air Mobility Wing (AMW)
60th Air Mobility Wing.png
Travis AFB, California AMC C-5 KC-10 C-17
62d Airlift Wing (AW)
62d Airlift Wing.png
Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington AMC C-17
65th Air Base Wing
65th Air Base Wing.png
Lajes Field, Azores USAFE
67th Network Warfare Wing
67th Network Warfare Wing.png
Joint Base San Antonio, Texas AFSPC
70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing
70th Intelligence Wing.png
Fort George G. Meade, Maryland AFISRA
71st Flying Training Wing
71st Flying Training Wing.png
Vance AFB, Oklahoma AETC T-6, T-38
72d Air Base Wing
72d Air Base Wing.png
Tinker AFB, Oklahoma AFMC
75th Air Base Wing
75th Air Base Wing.png
Hill AFB, Utah AFMC
76th Maintenance Wing
76th Maintenance Wing.png
Tinker AFB, Oklahoma AFMC
78th Air Base Wing
78 ABW.jpg
Robins AFB, Georgia AFMC
79th Medical Wing
79th Medical Wing.png
Joint Base Andrews, Maryland AFDW
80th Flying Training Wing
80th Flying Training Wing.png
Sheppard AFB, Texas AETC T-6, T-38
81st Training Wing
81st Training Wing.png
Keesler AFB, Mississippi AETC Technical Training
82d Training Wing
82d Training Wing.png
Sheppard AFB, Texas AETC Technical Training
86th Airlift Wing
86th Airlift Wing.png
Ramstein Air Base, Germany USAFE C-21 C-130
87th Air Base Wing
87th Air Base Wing - Emblem.png
Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey AMC
88th Air Base Wing
88th Air Base Wing.png
Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio AFMC
89th Airlift Wing
89th Airlift Wing.png
Joint Base Andrews, Maryland AMC C-32 C-37 C-40
90th Missile Wing
90th Space Wing.png
Francis E. Warren AFB, Wyoming AFGSC Minuteman III, UH-1
91st Missile Wing
91st Space Wing.png
Minot AFB, North Dakota AFGSC Minuteman III, UH-1
92d Air Refueling Wing
92d Air Refueling Wing.png
Fairchild AFB, Washington AMC KC-135
93d Air Ground Operations Wing
93d Air Ground Operations Wing - Emblem.jpg
Moody AFB Georgia ACC
94th Airlift Wing
94th Airlift Wing.png
Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Georgia AFRC C-130
96th Test Wing
96th Air Base Wing.png
Eglin AFB, Florida AFMC F-15C F-15E F-16 A-10 AC-130 MH-53
97th Air Mobility Wing
97th Air Mobility Wing.jpg
Altus AFB, Oklahoma AETC C-5 C-17 KC-135
99th Air Base Wing
99th Air Base Wing.png
Nellis AFB, Nevada ACC
100th Air Refueling Wing
100th Air Refueling Wing.png
RAF Mildenhall, England USAFE KC-135 Stratotanker
301st Fighter Wing
USAF - 301st Fighter Wing.png
NAS Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas AFRC F-16C
302d Airlift Wing
302d Airlift Wing.png
Peterson AFB, Colorado AFRC C-130
305th Air Mobility Wing
305th Air Mobility Wing.png
Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey AMC KC-10 C-17
307th Bomb Wing
307th Bomb Wing patch 2011.jpg
Barksdale AFB, Louisiana AFRC B-52
309th Maintenance Wing
309th Maintenance Wing.png
Hill AFB, Utah AFMC
310th Space Wing
310th Space Wing.png
Schriever AFB, Colorado AFRC
314th Airlift Wing
314th Airlift Wing.png
Little Rock AFB. Arkansas AETC C-130
315th Airlift Wing
315th Airlift Wing.png
Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina AFRC C-17
319th Air Base Wing
319th Air Refueling WIng.jpg
Grand Forks AFB, North Dakota AMC
325th Fighter Wing
325th Fighter Wing.png
Tyndall AFB, Florida ACC F-22A
341st Missile Wing
341st Space Wing.png
Malmstrom AFB, Montana AFGSC Minuteman III, UH-1
349th Air Mobility Wing
349 AMW.jpg
Travis AFB, California AFRC KC-10 C-5 C-17
354th Fighter Wing
354th Fighter Wing.png
Eielson AFB, Alaska PACAF F-16
355th Fighter Wing
355th Fighter Wing - Emblem.png
Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona ACC A-10
366th Fighter Wing
366th Fighter Wing.png
Mountain Home AFB, Idaho ACC F-15E Strike Eagle
374th Airlift Wing
374th Airlift Wing.jpg
Yokota Air Base, Japan PACAF C-21 C-130
375th Air Mobility Wing
375 AW.jpg
Scott AFB, Illinois AMC C-21
377th Air Base Wing
377th Air Base Wing.png
Kirtland AFB, New Mexico AFGSC
388th Fighter Wing
388th Fighter Wing.svg
Hill AFB, Utah ACC F-16C
402d Maintenance Wing
402d Maintenance Wing.png
Robins AFB, Georgia AFMC
403d Wing
403d Wing.png
Keesler AFB, Mississippi AFRC WC-130
412th Test Wing
412th Test Wing.png
Edwards AFB, California AFMC
419th Fighter Wing
419th Fighter Wing.png
Hill AFB, Utah AFRC F-16
433d Airlift Wing
433 AW.jpg
Joint Base San Antonio, Texas AFRC C-5
434th Air Refueling Wing
434 ARW.jpg
Grissom Air Reserve Base, Indiana AFRC KC-135
435th Air-Ground Operations Wing
435th Air Base Wing.png
Ramstein Air Base, Germany USAFE
436th Airlift Wing
436th Airlift Wing.png
Dover AFB, Delaware AMC C-5 C-17
437th Airlift Wing
437th Airlift Wing.png
Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina AMC C-17
439th Airlift Wing
439th Airlift Wing.jpg
Westover Air Reserve Base. Chicopee, MA AFRC C-5
440th Airlift Wing
440th Airlift Wing.png
Pope Field, North Carolina AFRC C-130
442d Fighter Wing
442d Fighter Wing.png
Whiteman AFB, Missouri AFRC A-10
445th Airlift Wing
445th Airlift Wing.png
Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio AFRC C-5
446th Airlift Wing
446th Airlift Wing.png
Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington AFRC C-17
448th Supply Chain Management Wing
448 CSW.jpg
Tinker AFB, Oklahoma AFMC
452d Air Mobility Wing
452d Air Mobility Wing.png
March Air Reserve Base, California AFRC KC-135 C-17
459th Air Refueling Wing
459th Air Refueling Wing.png
Joint Base Andrews, Maryland AFRC KC-135
460th Space Wing
460th Space Wing.png
Buckley AFB, Colorado AFSPC
461st Air Control Wing 461st Bombardment Wing.PNG Robins AFB, Georgia ACC E-8C JSTARS
478th Aeronautical Systems Wing
478thasw-emblem.jpg
Inactive AFMC
480th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing
480th Intelligence Wing.png
Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia AFISRA
482d Fighter Wing
482d Fighter Wing.png
Homestead Air Reserve Base, Florida AFRC F-16
501st Combat Support Wing
501st Combat Support Wing.png
RAF Alconbury, England USAFE GSU advocacy and support
502d Air Base Wing
USAF - 502d Air Base Wing.png
Joint Base San Antonio, Texas AETC Joint Basing Host Wing
505th Command and Control Wing
505th Command and Control Wing.png
Hurlburt Field, Florida ACC Operational-level C2
507th Air Refueling Wing
507 ARW.jpg
Tinker AFB, Oklahoma AFRC KC-135
509th Bomb Wing
509th Bomb Wing.png
Whiteman AFB, Missouri AFGSC B-2
512th Airlift Wing
512th Airlift Wing.png
Dover AFB, Delaware AFRC C-5
514th Air Mobility Wing
514 AMW.jpg
Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey AFRC KC-10 C-17
515th Air Mobility Operations Wing
USAF - 515th Air Mobility Operations Wing.png
Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii AMC
521st Air Mobility Operations Wing
521st Air Mobility Operations Wing.png
Ramstein AB, Germany AMC
552d Air Control Wing
552d Air Control Wing.png
Tinker AFB, Oklahoma ACC E-3 Sentry
615th Contingency Response Wing
615th Contingency Response Wing.png
Travis AFB, California AMC
621st Contingency Response Wing
USAF - 621st Contigency Response Wing.png
Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey AMC
628th Air Base Wing
628th Air Base Wing - Emblem.png
Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina AMC Joint Basing Host Wing
633d Air Base Wing
633d Air Base Wing.PNG
Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia ACC Joint Basing Host Wing
635th Supply Chain Operations Wing
USAF - 635th Supply Chain Management Wing Emblem.png
Scott AFB, Illinois AFMC Global Logistics Support Center
673d Air Base Wing
673d Air Base Wing.png
Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska PACAF Joint Basing Host Wing
688th Information Operations Wing
USAF - 688th Information Operations Wing.png
Joint Base San Antonio, Texas AFSPC
689th Combat Communications Wing
USAF - 689 Combat Communications Wing.png
Robins AFB, Georgia AFSPC
711th Human Performance Wing
711th Human Performance Wing.jpg
Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio AFMC
908th Airlift Wing
USAF - 908th Airlift Wing.png
Maxwell-Gunter AFB, Alabama AFRC C-130
910th Airlift Wing
910th Airlift Wing.png
Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio AFRC C-130
911th Airlift Wing
911 AW.jpg
Pittsburgh Joint Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania AFRC C-130
914th Airlift Wing
914 AW.jpg
Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, New York AFRC C-130
916th Air Refueling Wing
916th Air Refueling Wing.png
Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina AFRC KC-135
919th Special Operations Wing
919th Special Operations Wing.png
Duke Field, Florida AFRC MC-130
920th Rescue Wing
920th Rescue Wing.jpg
Patrick AFB, Florida AFRC HC-130 HH-60
927th Air Refueling Wing
927th Air Refueling Wing.png
MacDill Air Force Base, Florida AFRC KC-135
932d Airlift Wing
932d Airlift Wing.png
Scott AFB, Illinois AFRC C-9 Nightingale C-40 Clipper
934th Airlift Wing
934th Airlift Wing.png
Minneapolis-St Paul Joint Air Reserve Station, Minnesota AFRC C-130
939th Air Refueling Wing
USAF - 939th Air Refueling Wing.png
Portland International Airport, Portland, Oregon AFRC KC-135
940th Wing
940th Air Refueling Wing.png
Beale AFB, California AFRC RQ-4
944th Fighter Wing
944th Fighter Wing.png
Luke AFB, Arizona AFRC F-16
Space Development and Test Wing
Space Development and Test Wing.png
Inactive AFSPC Operationally Responsive Space systems [1]

Active Air National Guard Wings[edit]

Air Expeditionary Wings[edit]

Inactive USAF Wings[edit]

References[edit]

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