99th Air Base Wing [99th ABW]
The 99th Air Base Wing (ABW) had its beginnings as the 99th Bombardment Group in 1942 at Gowen Field, OH. In 1943 air operations moved to Algeria, when the unit distinguished itself while flying bombing missions against targets in Italy, Sardinia and Sicily. In 1943 the 99th aircrews moved to Italy and flew missions throughout Europe.
After a brief inactivation, the 99th was redesignated the 99th Bombardment Group (Very Heavy) from 1947 to its inactivation in 1949. The 99th was reactivated in 1953 as the 99th Strategic Wing, based at Fairchild AFB, WA. Although the years brought several changes in name, equipment and missions along with a move to Westover AFB, MA, in 1966, the organization operated until a second inactivation closed the doors in 1974.
In 1989 the 99th was reactivated, this time at Ellsworth AFB, SD, as the 99th Strategic Weapons Wing. The 99th Wing became the 99th Tactics and Training Wing in 1993. In October 1995 the "99th Wing" deactivated and was reactivated at Nellis AFB, NV, as the 99th Air Base Wing and today it serves as the host wing for the base.
It oversees the day-to-day operations of the base such as personnel, finance, civil engineering and supply. Three groups are assigned to the wing: 99th Logistics Group, 99th Medical Group, and 99th Support Group.
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