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633d Air Base Wing
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Active 1989-1994; 2010-Present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Garrison/HQ Langley AFB, Virginia
Decorations Outstanding Unit ribbon.svg AFOUA
Commanders
Current
commander
Col. Donald "Gene" Kirkland

The United States Air Force's 633d Air Base Wing (633d ABW) is the host at Langley AFB. Beginning in late January 2010, the 633d ABW will serve as the support unit for Joint Base Langley-Eustis, the realignment consolidation of Langley AFB and Fort Eustis as directed by BRAC 2005. Its commander is Col. Donald "Gene" Kirkland, with Chief Master Sgt. Charles V. Anderson as its Command Chief Master Sergeant.

History

Originally designated the 633d Combat Support Group, the 633d ABW was established and activated 14 March 1966 and organized 8 April 1966. It was originally assigned to the 13th Air Force as part of Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) at Pleiku Air Base 62, South Vietnam, and later at Andersen AFB, Guam. During the Vietnam War, Airmen of the 633d ABW participated in numerous campaigns, air offensives and Operations Arc Light, Bullet Shot and Linebacker.

On 1 Oct 1989, the Wing aligned under the 13th AF, activated on Andersen AFB and became the host unit, providing services for various tenant units. This marked the transfer of Andersen AFB control from Strategic Air Command to PACAF.

In August 1990, 633d ABW personnel began shipping more than 37,000 tons of munitions to forces in the Persian Gulf during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm - more than 30,000 tons went by sealift, and more than 2,200 troops and 2,200 tons of cargo processed aboard 200 aircraft. Operation Fiery Vigil spun into action June 1991, when 633d ABW personnel cared for more than 20,000 American evacuees and 1,100 pets following the eruption of Mount Pinatubo, Philippines.

On 1 October 1994, the 633d ABW was inactivated and the 36th ABW was activated in keeping with the policy of the Air Force Chief of Staff to maintain the most highly decorated and longest-serving Air Force units on active-duty.

On 7 January 2010, the 9th Air Force reactivated the 633d ABW and declared it to be the host unit for Langley AFB, Va.[1]

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