List of MAJCOM wings of the United States Air Force: Wikis

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This is an (incomplete) List of Major Command (MAJCOM) Wings of the United States Air Force, a designation system in use from c.1948 to the mid 1990s.

On the formation of the USAF from the USAAF, most wings were HQ USAF controlled - AFCON - units, with one, two, or three digit designations and continuing histories, which Air Force headquarters retained control over. However, HQ USAF recognised that its major subordinate formations, the Major Commands, needed some organizational flexibility in order to carry out their missions. Thus each command was allocated a block of numbers in a series running from 1000 to 9999 (for example, 3900 to 4399 for Strategic Air Command), and authorised to organise units as required within that block.[1] These organisation were called MAJCOM (major air command controlled) units.

The MAJCOM units, under the USAF organization and lineage system, for example, the 4137th Strategic Wing, lineage (histories, awards, and battle honors) ended with their discontinuance and could never be revived. MAJCOM wings were fundamentally 'temporary', though many stayed in existence for a very long time, and then were revived with a different name but the same number (note the two entries for the 4133rd Wing below). But under the USAF lineage system they could not carry on the histories of the previous units.

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Use By SAC

When the B-52 dispersal programme began in the fifties, the new Strategic Air Command units created to support this program were MAJCOM wings and given four-digit designations. Headquarters SAC was well aware of the historical significance of records and accomplishments of the strategic wings and the need to perpetuate this lineage as well as the lineage of many illustrious units that were no longer active.

In order to retain the lineage of the combat units and to perpetuate the lineage of many currently inactive units with illustrious World War II records, Headquarters SAC received authority from Headquarters USAF to discontinue its strategic wings that were equipped with combat aircraft and to activated AFCON units, most of which were inactive at the time.

The reorganization process, which took place from January to September 1963, was applied to 22 B-52 strategic wings, three air-refueling wings, and the 4321st Strategic Wing at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. "These units were discontinued and two and three-digit AFCON units were activated. In most cases, the bombardment squadron that had been assigned to the strategic wings were inactivated and bombardment squadrons that had previously been assigned to the newly-activated wings were activated. While these actions were almost tantamount to redesignation, they were not official redesignation. Therefore, the records, awards and achievements of the strategic wing could not be inherited by the bomb wings." [2]

1990-92: End of the MAJCOM system

During the Gulf War of 1990-91 MAJCOM wings, such as the 7440th Composite Wing (Prov) at Incirlik AB, Turkey, served alongside Provisional Wings such as the 801st Bomb Wing (Provisional) at Morón Air Base, Spain, and other AFCON wings.

The system was in existence up until 30 April 1991, when all such units became HQ Air Force controlled or AFCON. A number of MAJCOM wings were converted to AFCON status while retaining their four digit designation:

"At the same time, the Air Force withdrew the authorization for major commands to create MAJCON organizations. Those four digit organizations active on 30 April 1991, changed to organizations under the direct control of Headquarters USAF for organizational actions, eliminating all MAJCON organizations. Among the former MAJCON organizations were about twenty active four-digit wings. Within a few years, however all those wings were inactivated, consolidated with, or replaced by lower numbered wings."[3]

An example is the 4404th Wing in Saudi Arabia, which was only replaced by a three-digit AFCON wing, the 363d Air Expeditionary Wing, only in 1996 or later.

List of MAJCOM Wings

Wing Location MAJCOM Date Activated Date Inactivated Replaced By
1001st Air Base Wing Andrews AFB Headquarters Command before 1957 1st Air Base Wing
1020th Special Activities Wing Fort Myer Headquarters Command before 1954
1100th Air Base Wing Bolling AFB MAC 1976 1985? Air Force District of Washington
1254th Air Transport Wing Andrews AFB MAC 1 October 1948 January 1966[4] 89th Military Airlift Wing
1370th Photographic Mapping Wing Turner, then Forbes AFB MATS February 1959 October 1968 Aerospace Cartographic and Geodetic Service
1501st Air Transport Wing Travis AFB MATS 1958 6 January 1966 60th Military Airlift Wing
1502nd Air Transport Wing Hickam AFB MATS
1550th Aircrew Training and Test Wing Hill, then Kirtland AFB MAC April 1, 1971 1984 1550 CTW
1600th Air Transport Wing Westover AFB MATS Early 1950s 1 April 1955(?) Base transferred to SAC
1602nd Air Transport Wing Wiesbaden Air Base MATS Active 1952
1603rd Air Transport Wing Wheelus Air Base, Libya MATS 1 June 1948 Active 1952
1605th Military Airlift Support Wing Lajes Field MAC Unk 1992 1/92: 606th MASWing; 6/92: 65th Support Wing
1606th Air Base Wing Kirtland AFB MAC 1 Jul 1977 1 Jun 1993 377th Air Base Wing
1607th Air Transport Wing Dover AFB MATS 1 April 1952 1 Jan 1966 436th Military Airlift Wing
1608th Air Transport Wing Charleston AFB MATS 1956 1966 437th Military Airlift Wing
1611th Air Transport Wing McGuire AFB MATS July 19, 1954 ? 438th Military Airlift Wing
1707th Air Transport Wing Palm Beach AFB MATS 30 June 1959 Wing functions moved elsewhere
1776th Air Base Wing Andrews AFB MAC July 12, 1991 89th Airlift Wing
1989th Information Systems Wing Torrejon AB AFCC(?)  ? Active 1989 Unk
2005th Information Systems Wing Europe AFCC? 1980s Nov. 1986 1964th Communications Group
2147th Information Systems Wing  ? AFCC? 1980s  ? 2147th Communications Wing
2750th Air Base Wing Wright-Patterson AFB AFLC 1992 645th ABW
3079th Aviation Depot Wing Wright-Patterson AFB AMC ? 1962 Special weapons storage and transport
3246th Test Wing Eglin AFB  ? Before 1970 October 1992 46th Test Wing
3500th Pilot Training Wing
3510th Flying Training Wing Randolph AFB ATC May 1, 1972 12th Flying Training Wing
3525th Pilot Training Wing
3500th Pilot Training Wing Reese AFB ATC ? 1972 64th Flying Training Wing
3550th Pilot Training Wing Moody AFB ATC 1 December 1973 38 Wing
3575th Pilot Training Wing
3640th Pilot Training Wing Laredo AFB ATC 1 August 1972 38th Flying Training Wing
3800th Air Base Wing Maxwell AFB ATC Jul 1948 1992 502d Air Base Wing
3902d Air Base Wing Offutt AFB SAC 1979 1 March 1986 55th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing; also active 1948
3904th Composite Wing Camp Carson, CO SAC 1950 1 September 1954 Moved in April 1952 to Stead AFB, NV; Reassigned to Air Training Command 1954.
3918th Strategic Wing RAF Upper Heyford, UK SAC 1952 as ABG 31 March 1965 Not replaced
3920th Strategic Wing RAF Brize Norton, UK SAC 31 March 1965
3960th Air Base Wing Andersen AFB, Guam SAC 1 April 1955 1 July 1956 3960th Air Base Group
3960th Strategic Wing Andersen AFB, Guam SAC 1 April 1970 43d Strategic Wing
3970th Strategic Wing Torrejon AB, Spain SAC 1 July 1957 25 June 1966 98th Strategic Wing
3973d Strategic Wing Moron AB, Spain SAC 15 April 1966 Base transferred to USAFE
3977th Support Wing Madrid, Spain SAC 1957 1 April 1958 3977th Support Group, Sixteenth Air Force
4026th Strategic Wing Wurtsmith AFB SAC 1 August 1958 9 January 1961 379th Bombardment Wing
4038th Strategic Wing Dow AFB SAC 1 Feb 1963 397th Bombardment Wing
4039th Strategic Wing Griffiss AFB SAC 1 Feb 1963 416th Bombardment Wing
4042d Strategic Wing K.I. Sawyer AFB SAC 1 Feb 1963 410th Bombardment Wing
4043d Strategic Wing Wright-Patterson AFB SAC 1 Feb 1963 17th Bombardment Wing
4045th Air Refueling Wing Selfridge AFB, MI SAC 1 July 1959 1 January 1963 Replaced by 500th Air Refueling Wing in 1963.
4047th Strategic Wing McCoy AFB SAC 1 Apr 1963 306th Bombardment Wing
4050th Air Refueling Wing Westover AFB SAC 1 April 1955 1 Jan 1963 KC-97s. Replaced by 499th Air Refueling Wing in 1963. See http://www.vermontel.net/~tomh/4050/4050.htm
4060th Air Refueling Wing Dow AFB, ME SAC, Eighth Air Force 8 March 1955 1 February 1960 Reassigned to: Eighth Air Force, 820th Air Division on 1 January 1959;KC-97s.
4061st Air Refueling Wing Malmstrom AFB SAC 1 July 1957 15 July 1961 KC-97s. 341st Strategic Missile Wing
4062d Strategic Missile Wing Hill AFB, Utah SAC 20 Feb 1962
4080th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing Laughlin AFB SAC 1 May 1956 1 June 1960 4080th Strategic Wing - moved to Laughlin AFB 1957
4080th Strategic Wing Turner AFB SAC 1 June 1960 25 June 1966 100th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing
4081st Strategic Wing Ernest Harmon AFB SAC 1 April 1957 25 Jun 1966 Not replaced (?)
4082d Strategic Wing Goose Bay AB SAC 2 Oct 1966 95th Strategic Wing
4083d Strategic Wing Thule AB SAC 1 Apr 1957 1 Jul 1959 Inactivated. Replaced by 1628th Support Squadron
4083d Air Base Wing Thule AB SAC 1 Apr 1957 1 Jul 1950 Inactivated. Replaced by 4683d Air Base Group
4090th Air Refueling Wing Clinton County AFB, OH SAC 1 August 1958 1 July 1960 B-52s.
4108th Air Refueling Wing Plattsburgh AFB, NY SAC 1960 1 January 1963 With 820th Air Division; replaced by 497th Air Refueling Wing
4413th Troop Carrier Wing (P) Sewart Air Force Base, TN TAC January 1966 July 1966 64th Troop Carrier Wing
4123d Strategic Wing Clinton-Sherman AFB SAC 1 Feb 1963 70th Bombardment Wing
4126th Strategic Wing Beale AFB, Calif. SAC 1 Feb 1963 456th Bombardment Wing
4128th Strategic Wing Amarillo AFB SAC 1 Feb 1963 461st Bombardment Wing
4130th Strategic Wing Bergstrom AFB SAC 1 Sep 1963 340th Bombardment Wing
4133d Strategic Wing Grand Forks AFB SAC 1 Feb 1963 319th Bombardment Wing
4133rd Bomb Wing (Provisional) Andersen AFB, Guam SAC 1 February 1966 1 July 1970
4134th Strategic Wing Mather AFB SAC 1 Feb 1963 320th Bombardment Wing
4135th Strategic Wing Eglin AFB SAC 1 Feb 1963 39th Bombardment Wing
4136th Strategic Wing Minot AFB SAC 1 Feb 1963 450th Bombardment Wing
4137th Strategic Wing Robins AFB SAC 1 Feb 1963 465th Bombardment Wing
4138th Strategic Wing Turner AFB SAC 1 Feb 1963 484th Bombardment Wing
4141st Strategic Wing Glasgow AFB, MT SAC 1961 1 Feb 1963 91st Bombardment Wing
4157th Strategic Wing Eielson AFB SAC 25 Mar 1967 6th Strategic Aerospace Wing
4158th Strategic Wing Elmendorf AFB SAC 25 Jun 1966
4170th Strategic Wing Larson AFB SAC 1 Feb 1963 462d Bombardment Wing
4200th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing Beale AFB, CA SAC 1965 25 June 1966 SR-71s, 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing
4228th Strategic Wing Columbus AFB SAC 1 Feb 1963 454th Bombardment Wing
4231st Strategic Wing Offutt AFB SAC
4238th Strategic Wing Barksdale AFB SAC 1 Apr 1963 2d Bombardment Wing
4239th Strategic Wing Kincheloe AFB SAC 1 Feb 1963 449th Bombardment Wing
4241st Strategic Wing Seymour Johnson AFB SAC 15 Apr 1963 68th Bombardment Wing
4245th Strategic Wing Sheppard AFB SAC 1 Feb 1963 494th Bombardment Wing
4252d Strategic Wing Kadena AB SAC 1 Apr 1970 376th Strategic Wing
4258th Strategic Wing U-Tapao AB SAC 2 June 1966 31 March 1970 307th Strategic Wing
4300th Bomb Wing (Provisional) Diego Garcia, BIOT SAC 17 January 1991  ? Not replaced(?); 6 B-52G from 42, 92 BWs
4320th Strategic Wing (Missile) F. E. Warren AFB SAC 1 February 1958 12 February 1958 706th Strategic Missile Wing, Atlas
4320th Strategic Missile Wing F. E. Warren AFB SAC 1963 90th Strategic Missile Wing
4321st Strategic Wing Offutt AFB, NE SAC 1 October 1959 1 January 1963 454th Bomb Wing, Second Air Force
4347th Combat Crew Training Wing McConnell AFB SAC 1 July 1958 15 June 1963 Not replaced
4392d Aerospace Support Wing Vandenburg AFB SAC 1991
4397th Air Refueling Training Wing Randolph AFB SAC 1 July 1958 15 June 1963 Unk
4403rd Tactical Fighter Wing England AFB TAC 15 Sep 1970 1 July 1972 23rd Tactical Fighter Wing
4404th Wing Prince Sultan AB TAC 1990s 1998 363d Air Expeditionary Wing
4413th Troop Carrier Wing (Prov) Sewart AFB TAC July 1966 64th Tactical Airlift Wing
4505th Air Refueling Wing Langley AFB TAC 8 Oct 1963
4600th Air Defense Wing Peterson AFB ADC March 1975 46th Air Base Wing
4621st Air Defense Wing McGuire AFB ADC 1 Apr 1956 1 Oct 1956 Redesignated: New York Air Defense Sector, 1 Oct 1956-30 Sep 1968
4622d Air Defense Wing Otis AFB ADC 1 Apr 1956 1 Oct 1956 Redesignated: Boston Air Defense Sector, 1 Oct 1956-30 Jun 1963
4624th Air Defense Wing Syracuse AFS ADC 1 Oct 1956 15 Aug 1958 Redesignated: Syracuse Air Defense Sector, 15 Aug 1958-4 Sep 1963
4625th Air Defense Wing Fort Lee AFS ADC 1 Dec 1956 1 Sep 1958 Redesignated: Washington Air Defense Sector, 1 Sep 1958-1 Apr 1966
4683d Air Defense Wing Thule AB ADC 1 Jul 1960 1 Jul 1965 Replaced 4083d ABG when ADC took over Thule and was host unit under ADC. Replaced by 4683d Combat Support Group.
4700th Air Defense Wing Geiger Field ADC 1 Sep 1958 30 Jun 1960 Inactivated and mission merged into Spokane Air Defense Sector
4702d Defense Wing Hamilton AFB
Geiger Field
ADC 6 Feb 1952 8 Oct 1954 Placeholder unit until 566th Air Defense Group took control of Hamilton on 7 Nov 1952. Replaced by 84th Fighter Group at Geiger.
4703d Defense Wing Hamilton AFB ADC 1 Feb 1952 7 Apr 1952 Placeholder unit that absorbed personnel and equipment of 101st Fighter-Interceptor Wing (Maine ANG) which inactivated after federal service, and components of 78th Fighter-Interceptor Wing which inactivated 6 Feb 1952. Inactivated and components merged into 4702d Defense Wing.
4704th Air Defense Wing McChord AFB ADC 1 Feb 1952 8 Oct 1954 Replaced by 567th Air Defense Group
4705th Defense Wing Norton AFB ADC 1 Feb 1952 1 Mar 1953 Placeholder unit absorbing remaining personnel and equipment of 1st FW at Norton. Inactivated and components reassigned to 94th FIS at George AFB.
4706th Air Defense Wing O'Hare Airport ADC 6 Feb 1952 1 Oct 1959 ADC ended flight operations at O'Hare. Mission was absorbed into 30th Air Division at K. I. Sawyer AFB.
4707th Air Defense Wing Otis AFB
Niagara Falls Airport
ADC 6 Feb 1952 18 Oct 1956 Redesignated as 33d Fighter Wing (Air Defense) as result of ADC "Project Arrow" notible unit redesignation program.
4708th Air Defense Wing Selfridge AFB ADC 6 Feb 1952 18 Oct 1956 Redesignated as 1st Fighter Wing (Air Defense) as result of ADC "Project Arrow" notible unit redesignation program.
4709th Air Defense Wing McGuire AFB ADC 1 Feb 1952 1 Oct 1956 Replaced by 4621st Air Defense Wing
4710th Air Defense Wing New Castle Airport ADC 6 Feb 1952 8 Jul 1956 Redesignated as 82d Fighter Wing (Air Defense) as result of ADC "Project Arrow" notible unit redesignation program.
4711th Air Defense Wing Presque Isle AFB ADC 7 Feb 1952 16 Feb 1953 Redesignated as 23d Fighter Wing (Air Defense) as result of ADC "Project Arrow" notible unit redesignation program.
4752d Air Defense Wing Selfridge AFB ADC 1 Sep 1961 25 Jun 1963 Redesignated as Oklahoma City Air Defense Sector, 25 Jun 1963-1 Apr 1956.
4756th Air Defense Wing Tyndall AFB ADC, ATC 1 Jul 1957 30 Sep 1967 Inactivated as part of phasedown of ATC Interceptor aircrew training program.
4780th Air Defense Wing Perrin AFB ADC, ATC 1 Jul 1962 1 Jan 1971 Inactivated due to closure of Perrin AFB and phasedown of ATC Interceptor aircrew training program.
4800th Guided Missile Wing Patrick AFB ? 29 December 1950 May 1951 Replaced by 6555th Guided Missile Wing
4950th Test Wing Wright-Patterson AFB AFSC March 1971 1994 Not replaced (?)
5010th Air Base Wing Eielson AFB AAC 1949 1965 343d Tactical Fighter Wing
5070th Air Defense Wing Elmendorf AFB AAC 1 Aug 1960 1 Oct 1961 Replaced 11th Air Division. Provided air defense of South Alaska. Absorbed into SAC 4158th Strategic Wing.
5700th Air Base Wing Panama Canal Zone Air Forces South  ? November 1967 24th Wing
6200th Air Base Wing Clark AB PACAF 1950 - 59 1968 - 71 Unk
6200th Materiel Wing Clark AB PACAF 1965 1968 6200th Air Base Wing(?)
6208th Depot Wing Clark AB PACAF 1949 1950 Unk
6133d Tactical Support Wing Iwakuni AB, Japan FEAF August 12, 1950 December 1, 1950 3rd Bombardment Wing
6486th Air Base Wing Hickam AFB PACAF At least 1958 1 November 1971 15th Air Base Wing
6510th Test Wing Edwards AFB AFSC ? 2 October 1992 412th Test Wing
6555th Guided Missile Wing Patrick AFB May 1951 Replaced by Eastern Space & Missile Center[1]
6565th Test Wing Vandenberg AFB ARDC November 1961 6595th Aerospace Test Wing
6604th Air Base Wing Pepperrell NEAC
6605th Air Base Wing Harmon NEAC
6606th Air Base Wing Goose Bay NEAC
6607th Air Base Wing Thule AB NEAC 1 Jun 1954 1 Apr 1957 Inactivated. Replaced by 4083d Air Base Group (later Wing)
6940th Electronic Security Wing Fort Meade ESC August 2000 70th Intelligence Wing
6960th Electronic Security Wing
7030th Combat Support Wing Ramstein AB USAFE Mid 1960s 26th TRW
7108th Tactical Wing Chaumont-Semoutiers Air Base USAFE 1961 1962 366th Tactical Fighter Wing
7117th Tactical Wing Dreux-Louvillier Air Base USAFE 1961 July 1962 106th TRSq flying RF-84Fs
7121st Tactical Wing Etain AB USAFE 1961 166th TFSq; not replaced
7122nd Tactical Wing Chambley-Bussieres Air Base USAFE 1961
7131st Tactical Wing Toul-Rosières Air Base USAFE 1961 19 July 1962 110th TFS
7272nd Air Base Wing Wheelus Air Base, Libya USAFE 1 January 1953 11 June 1970 Not replaced
7440th Composite Wing (Provisional) Incirlik AB, Turkey USAFE Jan. 16, 1991 March 1991(?) Not replaced; Operation Desert Storm prov unit
7490th Wing (Provisional) Aviano AB, Italy USAFE 30 June 1995 Unk Not replaced
7602nd Support Wing Madrid, Spain SAC 1 Jan 1957 later in 1957 Renamed 3977th Support Wing; equipped with KC-97s

References and See Also

  1. ^ A Guide to USAF Lineage and Honors, Organization History Branch, Air Force Historical Research Agency, accessed October 2009
  2. ^ Office of the Historian, Headquarters Strategic Air Command, Offutt AFB, NE. The Development of the Strategic Air Command 1946-1986, Pages 117-118.
  3. ^ A Guide to USAF Lineage and Honors, Organization History Branch, Air Force Historical Research Agency, accessed October 2009
  4. ^ Globalsecurity.org, 89th Airlift Wing, accessed June 2009
  • The Four Digit Wings, article in a British aviation periodical, probably Aviation News, 1990-93 period (exact date not known)
  • Strategic Wings

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