88th Air Base Wing
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|88th Air Base Wing|
88th Air Base Wing Change of Command 14 July 2008
|Branch||United States Air Force|
|Part of||Air Force Materiel Command|
|Garrison/HQ||Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio|
|Motto(s)||Strength Through Support (1993-present)|
|Decorations||Air Force Outstanding Unit Award|
|Colonel Bradley McDonald|
|88th Air Base Wing emblem (approved 18 November 1993)|
The United States Air Force's 88th Air Base Wing is a base support unit located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The wing has been stationed at Wright-Patterson, known familiarly as 'Wright-Patt', since its activation in 1944 AS the 4000th Army Air Forces Base Unit (Command) in 1944, and from 1944 to 1994 undergone six redesignations.
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.
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, now known as the Air Force Life Cycle Management 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.
- 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
- Army Air Forces 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
- 88th Communications Group (see 2046th Communications Group)
- 88th Maintenance Group (see 2750th Logistics and Operations Group)
- 88th Medical Group, 20 October 2004 – present
- 88th Mission Support Group (see 645th Support Group)
- 645th Communications-Computer Support Group (see 2046th Communications Group)
- 645th Logistics and Operations Group (see 2750th Logistic and Operations Group)
- 645th Support Group (later 88th Support Group, 88th Mission Support Group), 1 October 1992 – present
- 2046th Communications Group (later 2046 Communications-Computer Systems Group, 645 Communications-Computer Systems Group, 88th Communications Group), c. 1 September 1990 – present
- 2750th Logistics and Operations Group (later 645th Logistics and Operations Group, 88th Logistics and Operations Group, 88 Logistics Gp, 88th Maintenance Group), c. 1990-c. 2012
- 88th Operations Support Squadron
- 88th Comptroller Squadron
- 88th Communications Squadron
- Patterson Field, Ohio, 1 April 1944
- Wright Field (later Wright-Patterson Air Force Base), Ohio, 18 August 1944 – present[note 1]
Aircraft & Missiles Operated
- C-12 Huron (1993–1997)
- Explanatory notes
- Haulman, Daniel L. (June 22, 2017). "Factsheet 88 Air Base Wing (AFMC)". Air Force Historical Research Agency. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
- "Wright Patterson AFB Biographies: Colonel Bradley W. McDonald". 88th Air Base Wing Public Affairs. November 2016. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
- Mueller, Robert (1989). Air Force Bases, Vol. I, Active Air Force Bases Within the United States of America on 17 September 1982 (PDF). Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-912799-53-6. Retrieved December 17, 2016.