United States Air Force Major Bases and Installations

Each Air Force base has its own mission and purpose

August 27, 2011 - A C-17 Globemaster III is parked on a ramp at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas.
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The stated mission of the U.S. Air Force is to "fly, fight and win, in air space and cyberspace." This branch of the military is charged with all manner of duties related to flight, air support, air transport and space travel. 

The Air Force has bases across the U.S., including some joint bases with other branches of the military. Each base has a slightly different focus and mission of its own. Some are focused on training pilots, some on defense and specialized weapons systems and some are part of the nation's space program.

Here's a quick overview of domestic Air Force bases, state by state.


Maxwell Air Force Base and Gunter Annex: Located in Montgomery, Alabama, Maxwell and Gunter Annex are primarily academic-oriented installations educating entry-level Airmen through senior-level Officers. Air University, the 42nd Air Base Wing and the 908th Airlift Wing are all located at Maxwell and Gunter Annex.


Eielson AFB: Located 26 miles southeast of Fairbanks, Eielson AFB is in the interior of Alaska, about 110 miles south of the Arctic Circle. It's home to the 354th Fighter Wing.

Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson is the combination of the former Elmendorf Air Force base and Fort Richardson. Located near Anchorage, the largest city in Alaska, it is home to the  673rd Air Base Wing, the 3rd Wing, Alaskan NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) Region, the 11th Air Force and several Army divisions. 


Davis-Monthan AFB: This is a key Air Combat Command installation, located within the city limits of Tucson. Built in 1925, Davis-Monthan is home to the 355th Fighter Wing. 

Luke AFB: The 56th Fighter wing is located at his base seven miles west of Glendale and about 15 miles west of Phoenix. It was built in 1940.


Little Rock AFB: This base in Pulaski County is home to the 19th Airlift Wing and the 189th Airlift Wing of the Arkansas Air National Guard. Both fly the C-130 Hercules transport aircraft.


Beale AFB: A base rich in history, Beale is at the forefront of the Air Force’s future in high technology. Its host unit is the 9th Reconnaissance Wing.

Edwards AFB: Designated as the Air Force Flight Test Center (AFFTC), Edwards is the Air Force Materiel Command center of excellence for research, development, and test and evaluation of aerospace systems for the United States and its allies. It's home to the 412th Test Wing, and the closest Air Force base to Area 51.

Los Angeles AFB: Headquarters of the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), part of Air Force Space Command, this base also is home to the 61st Air Base Group.

Travis AFB: Located in Solano County, Travis handles more cargo and passenger traffic through its airport than any other military air terminal in the United States. It's  home to the 349th Air Mobility Wing and the 60th Air Mobility Wing. 

Vandenberg AFB: This base's location on the northern Pacific Ocean makes it possible to easily launch satellites into polar orbit.

It's home to the 30th Space Wing and the 381st Training Group.


Buckley AFB: This base's host unit, the 460th Space Wing, falls under the direction of Air Force Space Command. It's also home to the 140th Wing of the Colorado Air National Guard.

Peterson AFB: This base and the 21st Space Wing are the Air Force's only organization providing missile warning and space control to unified commanders and combat forces worldwide.

Schriever AFB: Schriever AFB is the home of the 50th Space Wing, the Space Innovation and Development Center, the Missile Defense Agency's Joint National Integration Center, the 310th Space Group and numerous tenant organizations.

The United States Air Force Academy: This is both a military organization and an accredited college for the undergraduate education of commissioned officers for the Air Force.

  The 10th Air Base Wing and the 306th Flying Training Group also are housed here. 


Dover AFB: Located in the center of the Delmarva peninsula, the base is home to the 436th Airlift Wing and the Charles C. Carson Center for Mortuary Affairs, the largest military mortuary in the Department of Defense. 

District of Columbia

Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling: Originally named Bolling Field,  this Air Force base was merged with the Naval Support Facility Anacostia in 2010.


Eglin AFB: The Air Armament Center at Eglin is responsible for developing, deploying and sustaining all air-delivered weapons. It's also home to the 33rd Fighter Wing.

Hurlburt Field: Home of the 1st Special Operations Wing and the 24thSpecial Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field is also where the USAF Special Operations School trains Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and civilian personnel in a variety of courses.

MacDill AFB: This base serves as headquarters for U.S. Central Command and U.S. Special Operations Command, and also is home to the 6th Air Mobility Wing. 

Patrick AFB: An Air Force Space Command base, Patrick is home to the 45th Space Wing. it's also responsible for launches of unmanned rockets at nearby Cape Canaveral.

Tyndall AFB: The base operating unit and host wing is the 325th Fighter Wing of the Air Education and Training Command.


Moody AFB: The Air Force 23rd Wing, 93rd Air Ground Operations Wing and 820th Base Defense Group are all located at Moody. 

Robins AFB: This base is the primary logistics support depot for the C-130, and also is home to the 78th Air Base Wing.


Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam: This joint installation supports both Air Force and Navy missions in the Pacific. It serves as the headquarters for the Pacific Air Forces.


Mountain Home AFB: Home of the 366th Fighter Wing and the "Gunfighters," Mountain Home is located between the Danskin and Owyhee Mountains, in southwestern Idaho.


Scott AFB: Named for Corporal Frank S. Scott, the first enlisted person to be killed in an aviation crash, this base is home to the 375th Air Mobility Wing.


McConnell AFB: The 22nd Air Refueling Wing is based here, which is home to the KC-135 Stratotanker.


Barksdale AFB: Home of the 2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale is also headquarters of the Air Force Global Strike Command


Joint  Andrews AFB: Andrews is home to Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine units and hosts a chapter of the Civil Air Patrol. It is under the jurisdiction of the 11th Wing and is the home base of Air Force One.


Hanscom AFB: This base is the home of the 66th Air Base Group.


Columbus AFB: Columbus is home to the 14th Flying Training Wing, and Air Education and Training Command.

Keesler AFB: The 81st Training Wing of the Air Education and Training Command is based here.


Whiteman AFB: The former Sedalia Glider Base, Whiteman is the home of the 509th Bomb Wing, which operates the B-2 stealth bomber aircraft. 


Malmstrom AFB: Home of the 341st Missile Wing, Malmstrom is one of three Air Force bases that maintains and operates the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile.


Offutt AFB: The host unit at Offutt is the 55th Wing of the Air Combat Command.


Nellis AFB: This base is home to the 99th Air Base Wing and the 57th Wing. 

New Jersey

Joint Base McGuire–Dix–Lakehurst: This base is the result of the 2010 combination of the Army's Fort Dix, the Navy's Naval Engineering Station Lakehurst and the Air Force's McGuire Air Force Base.

The 87th Air Base Wing is the host wing at this joint base, but it also houses the 305th Air Mobility Wing, the 621st Contingency Response Wing, the 514th Air Mobility Wing of the Air Force Reserve, the 108th Wing of the Air National Guard and the 57th Weapons Squadron.

New Mexico

Cannon AFB: This base is home to the 27th Special Operations Wing.

Holloman AFB: Home to the 49th Wing and the 96th Test Group, squadrons at this base fly the military's only operational fifth generation fighter, the F22A.  

North Carolina

Kirtland AFB: Kirtland Air Force Base is a United States Air Force base located in southeast Albuquerque, nestled between the Sandia and Manzano mountain ranges., adjacent to the Albuquerque International Sunport.

Pope AFB: Pope Air Force Base is a United States Air Force base is located on the northern edge of the city of Fayetteville and adjacent to Fort Bragg.

Seymour Johnson AFB: Seymour Johnson Air Force Base is located in the southeast section of Goldsboro, North Carolina in the middle of Wayne County. The base occupies 3,300 acres.

North Dakota

Grand Forks AFB: Grand Forks Air Force Base, land of the Warriors of the North, is a United States Air Force base located in Grand Forks County, 15 miles west of the city of Grand Forks, near the Red River in eastern North Dakota.

Minot AFB: Minot Air Force Base is a U.S. Air Force installation in Ward County, North Dakota. Ten miles of divided highway separate Minot, the base, from Minot, the town, population 37,000.


Wright-Patterson AFB: Home of the  88th Air Base Wing,  Wright-Patterson also houses the  445th Airlift Wing o f the Air Force Reserve Command.


Altus AFB: This base is home to the 97th Air Mobility Wing. 

Tinker AFB: This Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) logistics complex is home to the 72nd Air Base Wing, the 552nd Air Control Wing, the 38th Cyberspace Engineering Installation Group and the 507th Air Refueling Wing.

Vance AFB: The 71st Flying Training Wing is based at Vance, which is where airmen receive specialized pilot instruction.

South Carolina

Joint Base Charleston: This base, the combination of Naval Support Activity Charleston and Charleston Air Force Base, is home to the 628th Air Base Wing.

Shaw AFB: Shaw Air Force Base is located about 10 miles northwest of downtown Sumter, South Carolina, and within its city limits.

South Dakota

Ellsworth AFB: This base is home to the 28th Bomb Wing of the Air Combat Command (ACC), operating the B-1B Lancer, one of two bases in the Air Force to operate this aircraft.


Arnold AFB: Named for General Henry "Hap" Arnold, this non-flying wing is the home of the Arnold Engineering Development Center, which has one of the largest flight simulation training facilities in the U.S. military.


Dyess AFB: Part of Global Strike Command, Dyess is home to the 7th Bomb Wing, one of only twoAir Force B-1B Lancer strategic bomber wings.

Goodfellow AFB: Home of the 17th Training Wing, this non-flying base trains members of all branches of the U.S. military in cryptology and intelligence.

Laughlin AFB: The largest of the Air Force's pilot training bases, Laughlin is also home to the 47th Flying Training Wing. 

Randolph AFB: This base is part of Joint Base San Antonio, which also includes the Army's Fort Sam Houston, and-and Lackland Air Force Base. Randolph is the home of the 902nd Mission Support Group, and Lackland is the home of the 802nd Mission Support Group, and Air Education and Training Command. This is the processing station for new Air Force recruits entering basic training.

Sheppard AFB: The largest and most diversified training center in Air Education and Training Command, this base is named in honor of Texas Senator John Morris Sheppard, a supporter of military preparations before WWII. The base also is the home of the 82nd Training Wing and the 80th Flying Training Wing.


Hill AFB: Home of the 75th Air Base Wing and the 388th Fighter Wing of Air Combat Command (ACC), this base was the first operational F-16 base.


Joint Base Langley-Eustis (JBLE), the combination of LangleyAir Force Base and the Army's Fort Eustis is the home of the 633rd Air Base Wing.


Fairchild AFB: This base, under the operational control of the Air Mobility Command, is the home of the 92nd Air Refueling Wing and the 141st Air Refueling Wing of the Washington Air National Guard.

Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) is the combination of the former McChord Field and the Army's Fort Lewis. It houses the Air Force's 62nd Airlift Wing and the 446th Airlift Wing.


Francis E. Warren AFB: Home of the 90th Missile Wing, this base near Cheyenne is also home to the  20th Air Force, a unit which is responsible for command over all of the Air Force's intercontinental ballistic missiles.