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Detachment 1, 13 AF

Detachment 1, 13th Air Force, is responsible for operating and maintaining a Southwest Asia contingency base on Diego Garcia in support of CINCCENTCOM OPLANs consisting of up to 2,000 personnel, 32 bombers, and KC-135 aircraft. It provides facilities, munitions, vehicles, Aerospace Ground Equipment, supplies and aviation fuel to sustain deployed bomber and tanker sortie operations.

The largest Air Force command on Diego Garcia, Detachment 1 maintains supplies, equipment and fuel for combat operations. The mission of Detachment 1 is to operate and maintain a geographically separated Southwest Asia Contingency base in support of CINCCENT and CINCPAC and to provide facilities, munitions, vehicles, aerospace ground equipment, maintenance equipment, supplies and aviation fuel to sustain contingency and wartime sortie operations from Diego Garcia.

This unit was originally established in 1985 as Detachment 1, 3d Air Division of the Strategic Air Command (SAC) . During Operations DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM, Detachment 1 supported over 600 combat missions flown from Diego Garcia as well as over 2,000 personnel.

On 1 April 1992, the detachment was taken over by Pacific Air Forces when SAC was disolved. It was renamed Detachment 1, 633d Logistics Group with its parent unit being 633d Air Base Wing at Andersen AFB, Guam.

As part of a major Air Force reorganization, Detachment 1 was placed under the 613th Air Support Squadron on 1 August 1994. This allowed for improved management and oversight (directly under 13th Air Force) of this strategically located organization. During September - October 1996, Detachment 1, 613th ASUS, successfully completed beddown of contingency B-52, KC-135, and KC-10 aircraft in direct support of Operation DESERT STRIKE. In November 1997, the detachment completed beddown for B-52, KC-10, and RC-135 aircraft in support of Operation DESERT THUNDER. In November - December 1998 the detachment was again called upon to beddown over 400 personnel supporting B-52 and KC-10 aircraft for Operation DESERT FOX.

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