(Current as of July 2012) 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. Three groups are assigned to the wing: 99th Mission Support Group, 99th Medical Group and the 99th Security Forces Group.
The 99th Comptroller Squadron is assigned directly to the Wing and provides ADCON to 11 Wing Staff Agencies including Plans and Programs, Public Partnership, Public Affairs, Safety, Chaplain, Historian, Information Protection, Sexual Assault Prevention & Response, Equal Opportunity, Resource Advisor, and AFSO21.
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 Medical Group provides medical care to DoD beneficiaries and Veterans to ensure maximum wartime readiness and combat capability. Functions include flight medicine, surgical services, inpatient services, outpatient clinics and specialty care, mental health services, dental care, pharmacy, laboratory, pathology, radiology, dietetic and nutritional medicine, medical benefits and information. Medical group squadrons include the 99th Aerospace Medicine Squadron, 99th Inpatient Operations Squadron, 99th Surgical Support Squadron, 99th Medical Support Squadron, 99th Medical Operations Squadron and the 99th Dental Squadron.
The 99th Security Forces Group oversees two squadrons.
The 99th Security Forces Squadron provides flight-line security, police services and antiterrorism/force protection for Nellis AFB and Creech AFB.
The 99th Ground Combat Training Squadron oversees ACC’s Desert Warfare Training Center, Silver Flag Alpha, preparing security forces to secure and defend austere forward locations.
Background: 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 six Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards, adding to five earned at Westover AFB and Ellsworth AFB.