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99th Air Base Wing

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The 99th Air Base Wing, activated October 1, 1995, provides Base Operations Support for Nellis Air Force Base and the 2.9 million acre Nevada Test and Training Range (NTTR) in Southern Nevada.  The wing supports more than 10,000 personnel assigned to the USAF Warfare Center, 5 wings, and 52 tenant units on base.  The wing consists of 12 squadrons aligned under the 99th Mission Support Group and the 99th Medical Group along with the 99th Comptroller Squadron.

The 99th Comptroller Squadron is assigned directly to the Wing and executes the annual budgets for Nellis AFB, Creech AFB and the Nevada Test and Training Range.  Additionally, they provide ADCON to 10 Wing Staff Agencies including the Inspector General, Safety, Chaplain, Historian, Information Protection, Sexual Assault Prevention & Response, Equal Opportunity, Community Support Coordinator, and Command Post.

The 99th Mission Support Group provides civil engineer, communications, contracting, logistics readiness, security, personnel, and services support for Nellis AFB and the Nevada Test and Training Range.

The 99th Civil Engineer Squadron provides maintenance, repair, design and construction support for facilities and infrastructure, fire protection and crash rescue, disaster preparedness, environmental compliance, explosive ordnance demolition and oversight for privatized military family housing.

The 99th Communications Squadron operates and maintains the base computer networks, wired and wireless telecommunications systems and networks, airfield and radar systems.

The 99th Contracting Squadron executes the base central acquisition and contract performance management program.

The 99th Logistics Readiness Squadron provides vehicle management, deployment and distribution, traffic management, fuels management, supply operations, and provides all the logistics in support of deployed units to Nellis AFB, to include airfield management and lodging.

The 99th Force Support Squadron oversees military and civilian personnel support, education services, military professional education, and family support along with lodging, food services, club management, postal services, mortuary affairs, base honor guard, base library, and recreational activities.

The 99th Security Forces Squadron provides flight-line security, police services, and antiterrorism/force protection for Nellis AFB.

The 99th Medical Group provides the MHS’s Premier Readiness Platform while Delivering Outstanding Care…Every Person, Every Time, Everywhere!  Maintains medical services for 10,900 Nellis and Creech AFB personnel representing 5 wings, and 52 tenant units.  Operates a 50-bed medical center as a VA-DoD Joint Venture & Choice Program for an eligible user population of 238,000 DoD Beneficiaries.  Trains for rapid mobilization/deployment of medical personnel.

The 99th Healthcare Operations Squadron sustains highest wartime readiness capabilities in support of one of the largest bases in Air Combat Command.  Provides highest standards of preventive care and a full range of general and specialty clinical services. Executes the outpatient portion of a $94M budget in providing over 192,400 patient visits annually. Trains for rapid deployment in support of Expeditionary Force operations worldwide.

The 99th Inpatient Squadron delivers safe, evidence based care for DoD/VA eligible beneficiaries’ in a 30 bed Multi-Service Unit, 14 Bed Maternal-Child Care flight and 12 bed Critical Care Unit.

The 99th Dental Squadron ensures maximum dental readiness in support of Air Combat Command's largest installation. Provides routine and comprehensive specialty dental services supporting peacetime & expeditionary operations worldwide for 40,000 annual patient visits.  Operates an Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) post graduate residency and Certified Dental Laboratory training program.

The 99th Surgical Operations Squadron provides deployment ready surgical and medical capabilities in support of Combatant Commanders while providing trusted specialty care to our beneficiaries’ in-garrison.

The 99th Medical Support Squadron ensures maximum wartime readiness in support of the largest and most diverse bases in Air Combat Command.  Provides the highest standards of administrative, logistical, and ancillary support for a 50-bed Air Force/Veterans Affairs (VA) joint venture.  Manages a $145M budget and 1,900 manpower program.  Trains for the rapid deployment of medical personnel in support of global operations.

The 99th Operations Medical Readiness Squadron provides direct operational medicine support to the largest and most diverse installation in Air Combat Command.  Applies prevention and surveillance strategies that minimize the loss of man-hours and resources due to injuries, illnesses and environmental insults.  Facilitates fitness and medical/occupational readiness and prepares medical forces for rapid mobilization and deployment to support global contingencies.

Background

The 99th Air Base Wing traces its lineage to the 99th Bombardment Group activated on June 1, 1942.  Flying the B-17 Flying Fortress, the 99 BG participated in Operation FRANTIC, the first shuttle combing US and Russian aircraft.  While flying over North Africa, Italy, and Southern Europe with the 12th Air Force and subsequently the 15th Air Force, the 99 BG completed 395 missions.

The group was inactivated after WWII, then briefly reactivated as the 99th Bombardment Group, Very Heavy in the Air Force Reserve at Birmingham Alabama (1947-1949).

A new wing, the 99th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, Heavy activated on January 1, 1953 at Fairchild AFB, Washington flying the B/RB-36.  In 1955, this wing re-designated as the 99th Bombardment Wing and moved to Westover AFB, Massachusetts where it flew the B-52 and the KC-135 until inactivation in 1974.

On January 31, 1984, the Air Force consolidated the 99th Bombardment Group and the 99th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing.  The Air Force designed this action so that current units would perpetuate the legacies of World War II fighting units.

This led to the activation of the 99th Strategic Weapons Wing at Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota on Aug 10, 1989.  The wing would re-designated as the 99th Tactics and Training Wing, then 99th Wing, and finally as the 99th Air Base Wing upon arriving at Nellis Air Force Base on October 1, 1995.

Under eight names with a single lineage, the 99th Air Base Wing has earned a number of honors.  During World War II, the 99 BG earned 14 campaign streamers as well as 2 Distinguished Unit Citations for destroying enemy fighters at Gerbini Airfield (July 5, 1943) and the Weiner-Neustadt Aircraft Factory (April 23, 1944).  The wing has also earned 15 Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards, include 10 while stationed at Nellis Air Force base.

 

(Current as of October 2020)