78th Air Base Wing

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78th Air Base Wing
USAF War dog.jpg
A guard dog from 78th Security Forces Squadron while participating in a training scenario.
Active 1948-1952, 1956-1969, 1972-1977, 1994–present
Country United States
Branch Air Force
Role Base support
Part of Air Force Material Command
Warner Robins Air Logistics Center
Garrison/HQ Robins Air Force Base
Motto Above the Foe
Decorations Distinguished Unit Citation
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
Colonel Jeffrey R. King
78th Air Base Wing emblem (Approved 26 December 1995)[1][note 1] 78 ABW.jpg

The 78th Air Base Wing (78 ABW) is a wing of the United States Air Force stationed at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. The 78th ABW acts as the host unit at Robins.


78th Civil Engineer Group (78 CEG)

Communications Directorate (78ABW/SC)

  • Operations Division (78ABW/SCO)
  • Special Missions Division (78ABW/SCP)
  • Resource and Planning Division (78ABW/SCX)

78th Mission Support Group (78 MSG)

  • 78th Logistics Readiness Squadron (78 LRS)
  • 78th Force Support Squadron (78 FSS)
  • 78th Security Forces Squadron (78 SFS)

78th Medical Group (78 MDG)

78th Operations Support Squadron (78 OSS)

78th Contracting and Comptroller Squadron (78 CCS)


For additional history and lineage, see 78th Fighter Group

Air Defense Command[edit]

84th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron F-89[note 2]
84th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron F-101s[note 3]
84th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron F-106[note 4]
83d Fighter-Interceptor SquadronF-1042[note 5]

On 24 September 1948 the 78th Fighter Wing was established at Hamilton Air Force Base, California by the Hobson Plan, with the 78th Fighter Group becoming a component of the wing, controlling its flying resources

Redesignated the 78th Fighter-Interceptor Wing in January 1950 as part of Air Defense Command. The group's squadrons (82d, 83d, 84th FIS) flew numerous interceptors for West Coast air defense. Inactivated on 6 February 1952 as part of a reorganization of ADC, its operational element was replaced by the 4702d Defense Wing. Its support elements were replaced at Hamilton by the 566th Air Base Group the same day. This group was redesignated the 566th Air Defense Group and assumed operational responsibilities at Hamilton on 16 February 1953. On 18 August 1955, the 566th Air Defense Group was replaced by a former element of the wing, the 78th Fighter Group (Air Defense).

In 1956, it was decided to elevate the operational units at Hamilton back to a Wing level, and the wing was reactivated, with its operational squadrons still controlled by the 78th Fighter Group. The group component of the wing was considered to be a redundant level of organization by the late 1950s, and the 78th FIG was inactivated on 1 February 1961, with its flying units being directly assigned to the Wing.

The 78th Fighter Wing was the host unit at Hamilton until it was inactivated at the end of December 1969 and its mission, equipment were transferred to the 1st Fighter Wing, which transferred to Hamilton on paper from Selfridge Air Force Base, Michigan.[1][2]

Air Training Command[edit]

The 78th Flying Training Wing replaced and absorbed resources of the 3560th Pilot Training Wing at Webb Air Force Base, Texas, on 1 December 1972. Squadrons were 82d, 83d, 3389th Flying Training Sqdns. The wing performed pilot training for both USAF and allied officers.

In 1977 the end of the Vietnam War meant a decrease in the need for Air Force pilots and Webb was closed. The 78th FTW was inactivated.

In 1989 the Dutch government allowed USAF to upgrade its headquarters unit at Soesterberg AB from squadron to group status. The story goes that the USAF wanted to change the 32d into the 78th TFG but that the Dutch government didn't allow another number as not to stir up the people who were against the American presence in the Netherlands.

Robins AFB[edit]

Since its reactivation in 1994, the 78th Air Base Wing has provided host services and support for the Warner-Robins Air Logistics Center and its tenant organizations.


  • Constituted as the 78th Fighter Wing on 24 September 1948
Activated on 16 November 1948
Redesignated 78th Fighter-Interceptor Wing on 20 January 1950
Inactivated on 6 February 1952
  • Redesignated as 78th Fighter Wing (Air Defense)' on 14 September 1956
Activated on 18 October 1956
Inactivated on 31 December 1969
  • Redesignated 78th Flying Training Wing on 14 April 1972
Activated on 1 December 1972
Inactivated on 30 September 1977
  • Redesignated 78th Air Base Wing on 16 September 1994
Activated on 1 October 1994[1]


Attached to Western Air Defense Force, 10 November 1949 – 31 July 1950



  • 78th Fighter (later, 78th Fighter-Interceptor, 78th Fighter) Group: 16 November 1948 – 6 February 1952; 18 October 1956-1 February 1961
  • 78th Air Base Group (later 78th Combat Support Group, 78th Air Base Group, 78th Support Group, 78th Mission Support Group): 16 November 1948 - 6 February 1952; 18 October 1956 - 31 December 1969; 1 September 1972 - 30 September 1977; 1 October 1994 – present
  • 78th Maintenance & Supply Group (later 78th Logistics Group): 16 November 1948 - 6 February 1952; 8 July 1957 - 1 February 1961; 1 August 1998 - 19 September 2002
  • 78th Station Medical Group (later 78th Medical Group, 78th USAF Hospital, 78th Medical Group): 16 November 1948-6 February 1952; 18 October 1956 - 31 December 1969; 1 October 1994 – present



Aircraft Operated[edit]

See also[edit]



  1. ^ This emblem is a slight variation on that approved for the wing on 19 March 1958 and for the 78th Fighter Group on 26 September 1942. Ravenstein, p. 115.
  2. ^ Aircraft is Northrop F-89C-5-NO Scorpion 50-746 preparing for takeoff on a training mission. Stationed at Hamilton AFB, 1952.
  3. ^ McDonnell F-101B-95-MC Voodoo serial 57-370 is identifiable. Taken at Hamilton AFB in May 1968.
  4. ^ Aircraft is Convair F-106A-90-CO Delta Dart serial 57-2504. This aircraft served in ADC and ADTAC for many years until being retired in 1988, then being expended as a QF-106 drone on 2 August 1993.
  5. ^ Visible Lockheed F-104A Starfighters are serials 56-781 and 58-769. Taken at Hamilton AFB in 1958.


  1. ^ a b c Kane, Robert B. (February 4, 2010). "Factsheet 78 Air Base Wing (AFMC)". Air Force Historical Research Agency. Retrieved August 1, 2015. 
  2. ^ Robertson, Patsy (February 6, 2015). "Factsheet 1 Fighter Wing (ACC)". Air Force Historical Research Agency. Retrieved August 1, 2015. 


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

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