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78th Air Base Wing
78 ABW.jpg
Active February 1942 — present
Country United States
Branch Air Force
Type Base Support
Part of Air Force Material Command
Warner Robins Air Logistics Center
Garrison/HQ Robins Air Force Base
Motto ABOVE THE FOE (Approved 26 Sep 1942.)
Decorations Presidential Unit Citation ribbon.svg DUC
Outstanding Unit ribbon.svg AFOUA
Colonel Warren Berry
A guard dog from 78th Security Forces Squadron while participating to a training scenario.

The 78th Air Base Wing (78 ABW) is a wing of the United States Air Force stationed at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. The 78th ABW acts as the host unit at Robins.



Deliver global support to the warfighter by providing and deploying trained, combat-ready Airmen and to provide world-class base operating support to Robins Air Force Base.


78th Civil Engineer Group (78 CEG)

78th Communications Group (78CG)

78th Mission Support Group (78 MSG)

  • 78th Contracting Squadron (78 CONS)
  • 78th Logistics Readiness Squadron (78 LRS)
  • 78th Mission Support Squadron (78 MSS)
  • 78th Security Forces Squadron (78 SFS)
  • 78th Services Division

78th Medical Group (78 MDG)

78th Operations Support Squadron (78 OSS)

78th Comptroller Squadron (78 CPTS)


For additional history and lineage, see 78th Fighter Group


  • Established as 78th Fighter Wing on 24 Sep 1948
Activated on 16 Nov 1948.
Redesignated 78th Fighter-Interceptor Wing on 20 Jan 1950
Inactivated on 6 Feb 1952
  • Redesignated as 78th Fighter Wing (Air Defense) on 14 Sep 1956
Activated on 18 Oct 1956
Inactivated on 31 Dec 1969
  • Redesignated 78th Flying Training Wing on 14 Apr 1972
Activated on 1 Dec 1972
Inactivated on 30 Sep 1977
  • Redesignated 78th Air Base Wing on 16 Sep 1994
Activated on 1 Oct 1994.


Attached to Western Air Defense Force, 10 Nov 1949-31 Jul 1950


  • 78th Fighter (later, 78th Fighter-Interceptor, 78th Fighter) Group: 16 Nov 1948-6 Feb 1952; 18 Oct 1956-1 Feb 1961.


Bases Assigned

Aircraft Operated

Operational history

Air Defense Command

84th FIS McDonnell F-101B-120-MC Voodoo Serial 59-0461 at Ent AFB, Colorado in 1964
Convair F-106A-90-CO Delta Dart Serial 57-2504 of the 84 FIS. This aircraft served in ADC and later ADTAC for many years until being retired in 1988, then being expended as a QF-106 drone on August 2, 1993.

On 24 September 1948 the 78th Fighter Wing was established at Hamilton AFB, California by the Hobson reorganization plan, with the 78th Fighter Group becoming a component of the wing, controlling its flying resources

Redesignated the 78th Fighter-Interceptor Wing in January 1950 as part of Air Defense Command. The group's squadrons (82d, 83d, 84th FIS) flew numerous interceptors for West Coast air defense. Inactivated on 6 February 1952 as part of a reorganization of ADC, it was replaced by the 4702d Defense Wing. The 4702d was subsequently reduced to a group level, being replaced by the 566th Air Defense Group in November when the Air Force was trying to close Hamilton.

In 1956, it was decided to elevate the operational units at Hamilton back to a Wing level, and the wing was reactivated in 1956, with its operational squadrons being controlled by the 78th Fighter-Interceptor Group. The group component of the wing was considered to be a redundant level of organization by the late 1950s, and the 78th FIG was inactivated on 1 February 1961, with its flying units being directly assigned to the Wing.

The 78th Fighter Wing was the host unit at Hamilton until it was deactivated in 1969 in another effort by the Air Force to close the facility, as well as the lessened need for aircraft air defense in an age of ICBMs.

Air Training Command

The 78th Flying Training Wing replaced and absorbed resources of the 3560th Pilot Training Wing at Webb AFB, Texas, on 1 December 1972. Squadrons were 82d, 83d, 3389th Flying Training Sqdns. The wing performed pilot training for both USAF and allied officers.

In 1977 the end of the Vietnam War meant a decrease in the need for Air Force pilots and Webb AFB was closed. The 78th FTW was deactivated.

In 1989 the Dutch government allowed USAF to upgrade its headquarters unit at Soesterberg AB from squadron to group status. The story goes that the USAF wanted to change the 32d into the 78th TFG but that the Dutch government didn't allow another number as not to stir up the people who were against the American presence in the Netherlands.

Robins AFB

Since its reactivation in 1994, the 78th Air Base Wing has provided host services and support for the Warner-Robins Air Logistics Center and its tenant organizations.


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