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The 99th Air Base Wing traces its lineage to the 99th Bombardment Group activated on June 1, 1942, without personnel or equipment at Orlando Army Air Base, Florida. It quickly transferred to Gowen Field, Idaho, where it received its initial manning. After several more moves for training, the group, flying the B-17 Flying Fortress, distinguished itself while flying bombing missions beginning in May 1943 from Algeria against targets in Italy, Sardinia and, Sicily. In December 1943, the group moved to Italy and conducted missions throughout Europe before inactivating in November 1945.
The 99th was re-designated and activated in the Air Force Reserve at Birmingham, Alabama, as the 99th Bombardment Group (Very Heavy) in 1947 and inactivated in 1949. In 1953, it was reactivated as the 99th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing based at Fairchild AFB, Washington, with the B/RB-36. Re-designated as the 99th Bombardment Wing, Heavy, in 1955, it moved to Westover AFB, Massachusetts in 1956 and converted to the B-52, later adding the KC-135. It was inactivated in 1974.
It was reactivated at Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota in 1989 as the 99th Strategic Weapons Wing. Several reorganizations and name changes occurred until September 1995, when it was inactivated and moved to Nellis AFB, where it was re-designated and activated as the 99th Air Base Wing on October 1, 1995.
In addition to two Presidential Unit Citations and 14 campaign streamers earned by the 99th Bomb Group in WWII, the 99th Air Base Wing has earned seven Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards, adding to five earned at Westover AFB and Ellsworth AFB.
The 99th Air Base Wing, activated in October 1995, is the host wing for Nellis and Creech Air Force Bases located in Southern Nevada. The wing provides installation support for more than 10,000 personnel assigned to Nellis AFB, Creech AFB, and the Nevada Test & Training Range. Two groups are assigned to the wing: the 99th Mission Support Group and the 99th Medical Group.
The 99th Comptroller Squadron is assigned directly to the Wing and provides ADCON to 9 Wing Staff Agencies including the Inspector General, Plans and Programs, Safety, Chaplain, Historian, Information Protection, Sexual Assault Prevention & Response, Equal Opportunity and Community Support Coordinator.
The 99th Mission Support Group provides civil engineer, communications, contracting, logistics readiness, personnel, and services support for Nellis AFB, Creech 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, as well as provides postal services.
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, enlisted professional education, and family support along with lodging, food services, club management, laundry, 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 and Creech AFB.
The 99th Medical Group ensures maximum wartime readiness in support of Air Combat Command's largest bases. Maintains medical services for 10.9K Nellis/Creech AFB personnel representing 5 wings, and 52 tenant units. Operates a 50-bed medical center as an Air Force and Veterans Affairs joint venture to eligible user population of 238K. 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 to 238K DOD beneficiaries. 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 Dental Squadron provides $12.2M of general dentistry and specialty care to 10.9K active duty members across 5 wings and multiple military installations in southern Nevada. Unit quality of patient care is provided by nine specialists in the disciplines of comprehensive dentistry, oral maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, endodontics, prosthodontics, and periodontics, which also supports the Advanced Education in General Dentistry efforts for six dental residents per year.
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, & ancillary support for a 50-bed Air Force/Veterans Affairs (VA) joint venture. Ensures healthcare delivery to 238K DOD/VA beneficiaries. Manages a $94M budget & 1.5K manpower program. Trains for the rapid deployment of medical personnel in support of AEF global operations.
The 99th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron provides direct operational medicine support to the largest & 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 for 10.9K Nellis and Creech Air Force Base Active Duty personnel. Prepares medical forces for rapid mobilization and deployment to support global contingencies.