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Creech Air Force Base

Creech Air Force Base in Indian Springs, NV Nevada Military Bases

 

Creech AFB Nevada is an Air Force operated base and among the most important fighters in the so called War on Terror. The base is located in the Clark County, only 56 km from Las Vegas and less than 100 km from another similar base. It is named in the memory of Wilbur L. Creech, one of the father of the famous Thunderbirds. The main objective of the base is to provide enough space for advanced training sessions for Thunderbirds. It also hosts the MQ 1 Predator aerial robot used in the operations from Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as Battlelab – a similar unmanned vehicle.

History

 

The first bricks of this construction were put together in 1940, in a quick attempt to support the efforts during World War II. The actual construction started about one month after the attacks of Pearl Harbor. It was finished and opened by 1943, as Indian Springs Auxiliary Army Airfield. By 1945, the base was placed in a stand-by situation and maintained by a small personnel only. Most of the employees dealt with the housekeeping activities only. In 1947, it was closed down.

 

The beginning of the Cold War made the US government take this base in consideration again. It was reopened in 1948 and received its first permanent unit in 1950. Nothing interesting happened until the ’90s. The base played a small role in the past wars of the United States of America.

 

In 2005, the base was renamed to Creech AFB Nevada. More squadrons and units were assigned to it, turning it into a longterm base with specific objectives and operations. The Reaper and Predator drones are the most important weapons that make this base famous. They were used in multiple attacks in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq. Unfortunately for the US Air Force, the statistics are not very positive. It seems these drones killed 70% civilians and only 30% of the initial targets. Multiple organizations tried to open the eyes of the government and cancel these drones, including priests. Father Louie Vitale is just one of the individuals who were abusively arrested for trespassing in a peaceful attempt to protest. It seems nothing can stop the US government hunger against the enemy, not even the useless crimes over civilians. In 2011, the computers at the base were hit by a malware program acting as a keylogger. The effects of the software are unknown.

Units

 

Creech AFB Nevada is considered to be the home of the 432nd Wing, with its 6 different groups. It also hosts the 11th Reconnaissance Group, the 15th Reconnaissance Squadron, the 99th Ground Combat Training Squadron and the Joint UAS Center of Excellence.

Housing

 

The housing system was specifically built for the Creech AFB Nevada newcomers. It deals with on site and off site homes. The privatized system can only be used for the off site accommodation. The temporary discharged troops may also opt for a hotel or an inn, although staying there for more weeks is more advantageous in a rented place.

Creech Air Force Base

 

Creech AFB, formerly known as Indian Springs Air Force Auxiliary Field, is a United States Air Force base. Creech AFB is home to host unit, 432d Wing; which has six operational squadrons, one maintenance squadron, and MQ-9 Reapers and MQ-1 Predators.

The Base also serves as the aerial demonstration training site for the world famous,Thunderbirds.

 

Location

Creech AFB is located one mile north of the central business district of Indian Springs, Nevada; about 35 miles northwest of Las Vegas and 45 miles northwest of Nellis Air Force Base.

History

Today, Creech Air Force Base, is the home to the famed “Hunters” of the 432d Wing and 432d Air Expeditionary Wing. The base also hosts the operations of the 556th Test and Evaluation Squadron and 99th Ground Combat Training Squadron, and those of the Air Force Reserve’s 78th Reconnaissance Squadron and Nevada Air National Guard’s 232d Operations Squadron.

 

The base was established in the aftermath of the devastating December 7, 1941, aerial attack on Pearl Harbor, a horrific event that thrust America and a newly organized US Army Air Forces into World War II. Initially a “tent city” military training camp, in March 1942 efforts began to construct more permanent fixed facilities. In the seven decades since, the installation’s tradition and missions have continued to focus on answering the first call to duty–preparing Airmen for direct combat and support in an unwavering service to the nation.

It is named in honor of General Wilbur L. “Bill” Creech, known as the “Father of the Thunderbirds”.

 

Mission

The installation’s tradition and missions have continued to focus on answering the first call to duty–preparing Airmen for direct combat and support in an unwavering service to the nation.

 

432nd Wing consists of combat-ready Airmen who fly the MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper aircraft to support American and Coalition warfighters. The unmanned aircraft systems provide real-time reconnaissance, surveillance, and precision attack against fixed and time-critical targets. The Hunters conduct unmanned aircraft system initial qualification training for aircrew, intelligence, weather, and maintenance personnel.

 

Population Served

The 432d WG has approximately 2,500 personnel comprised of active-duty, Guard and Reserve Airmen as well as Department of Defense civilians and contractors assigned to Creech AFB. In addition, the 432d AEW has command and control over one active duty unit and more than 250 Air National Guard personnel flying the MQ-1 Predator that are a part of units in California, North Dakota, Texas and Arizona.

 

Base Transportation

Transportation is available for permanent party personnel for official use. For more information and policies contact Vehicle Dispatch at 702-652-8305 or DSN 312-682-8305.

 

Sponsorship

Air Force Permanent Party personnel should contact your unit for a sponsor.  If you did not receive a sponsor, contact the Creech AFB Airman and Family Readiness Center for assistance at 702-404-0864/65 and DSN 312-384-0864/65.

 

Department of Defense civilians should contact your selecting official or personnel office for a sponsor. If you did not receive a sponsor, contact the Creech AFB Airman and Family Readiness Center for assistance at 702-404-0864/65 and DSN 312-384-0864/65.

 

Temporary Quarters

You can make your own arrangements for temporary lodging by calling the Nellis Lodging Office at 702-652-2711 or DSN 312-682-2711. Creech AFB has no TLF available at this time.

 

To make reservations, call Nellis AFB Lodging Office at 702-652-2711 or DSN 312-682-2711 as soon as possible.

 

The Desert Eagle RV Park has 116 RV slots with water, electric power and sewer hook ups. There are 32 sites with water and electric only, there are two tent areas, an overflow area, and a coin operated laundry facility with showers and restrooms.Reservations can be made by email, phone or mail.

 

Relocation Assistance

Be sure to stop by the Airman and Family Readiness Center (A&FRC) for information on schools, utility companies, neighborhoods, etc. You can reach the A&FRC at 702-404-0864/65 or DSN 312-384-0864/65.

 

Contact Information

Base Operator: 702-652-1110

99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada 89191-7078

Phone (702) 652-2750

DSN 682-2750

FAX (702) 652-9838