Travis Air Force Base
name = Travis Air Force Base
nativename = Part of Air Mobility Command (AMC)
image-width = 300
caption = 12 June 1993
image2-width = 150
caption2 = FAA airport diagram
IATA = SUU
ICAO = KSUU
FAA = SUU
type = Military:
Air Force Base
U.S. Air Force
built = 1942
commander = Col [http://public.travis.amc.af.mil/library/biographies/bio.asp?id=8473 Steven J. Arquiette]
60th Air Mobility Wing
elevation-f = 62
elevation-m = 19
coordinates = nowrap|coord|38|15|46|N|121|55|39|W|region:US_type:airport
website = [http://public.travis.amc.af.mil/ public.travis.amc.af.mil]
r1-number = 3L/21R
r1-length-f = 11,001
r1-length-m = 3,353
r1-surface = PEM
r2-number = 3R/21L
r2-length-f = 10,992
r2-length-m = 3,350
r2-surface = Concrete
footnotes = Sources: official web site [http://public.travis.amc.af.mil/ Travis Air Force Base] , official web site] and FAAFAA-airport|ID=SUU|use=PR|own=MA|site=01565.1*A, effective 2007-12-20]
Travis Air Force Base airport codes|SUU|KSUU|SUU is a
United States Air Forceair base under the operational control of the Air Mobility Command(AMC), located three miles (5 km) east of the central business districtof Fairfield, in Solano County, California, United States.
Situated in the
San Francisco Bay Areaand known as the "Gateway to the Pacific", Travis Air Force Base handles more cargo and passenger traffic through its airport than any other military air terminal in the United States. The base has a long and proud history of supporting humanitarian airlift operations at home and around the world. Today, Travis AFB includes approximately 7,260 active USAF military personnel, 4,250 Air Force Reservepersonnel and 3,770 civilians. [http://www.fairfield4business.com/why_travis.shtml Fairfield Economic Development: Travis AFB] ]
Travis AFB has a major impact on the community as a number of military families and retirees have chosen to make Fairfield their permanent home. Travis AFB is the largest employer in the City and
Solano Countyas well, and the massive Travis workforce has a local economic impact of more than $1 billion annually. The Base also contributes a large number of highly skilled people to the local labor pool.
The base’s host unit, the
60th Air Mobility Wing, is the largest wing in the Air Force's Air Mobility Command, with a versatile fleet of 26 C-5 Galaxies, 27 KC-10 Extenders, and 13 C-17 Globemaster IIIaircraft.
In addition, the base's former
Strategic Air CommandAlert Facility is now a U.S. Navycomplex that typically supports 2 transient Navy E-6B Mercury TACAMOaircraft assigned to Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron THREE (VQ-3) Detachment and normally home-based at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma.
The base is also host to
David Grant USAF Medical Center, a 265-bed, $200 million Air Force teaching hospital, which serves both in-service and retired military personnel. [http://public.travis.amc.af.mil/units/dgmc/index.asp David Grant USAF Medical Center] ]
Travis AFB also plays host to the [http://www.travisairmuseum.org Jimmy Doolittle Air & Space Museum] , one of the largest collections of military aircraft on the west coast.
Museum of Military Aviation History: The Museum has a representative collection of American military aircraft from various periods: fighters, bombers, trainers, cargo and liaison aircraft. Its exhibits showcase
Jimmy Doolittleand the Tokyo Raiders, the 15th AF in WW II, the Tuskegee Airmen, the Consairways story, the Berlin Airlift, and the history of Travis AFB with special emphasis on the Korean war, the Vietnam warand other significant military missions.
Additional Attractions: Other exhibits include a space capsule for children, air force uniforms, the nose of a WWII glider, WWII aircraft recognition models, a
Link Trainer, aircraft engines, and the cockpits of a T-28, a T-37, and an F-100.
Originally named Fairfield-Suisun Army Air Base, construction began on Travis in 1942. Originally, medium attack bombers were supposed to be stationed at the base. The
United States Navyhad aircraft at the base for training, but this proved temporary. In October 1942, the War Department assigned the base to the Air Transport Command. The base's primary mission during World War IIwas ferrying aircraft and supplies to the Pacific Theater.
Following the end of World War II and the establishment of the U.S. Air Force as a separate service in 1947, the installation was renamed Fairfield-Suisun Air Force Base.
On 1 May 1949, the
Strategic Air Command(SAC) became the parent major command for Travis AFB, turning it into a major long-range reconnaissance and intercontinental bombing installation for the 9th Bomb Group/ 9th Bomb Wing. For the next nine years, airlift operations became secondary while Travis served as home for SAC bombers such as the B-29 Superfortress, B-36 Peacemaker, and eventually, the B-52 Stratofortress. During this period, new hangers appeared, runways were added and widened, and permanent barracks and family living quarters were built. [ [http://www.strategic-air-command.com/bases/Travis_AFB.htm Travis AFB, California - SAC - Wing ? - B-29, B-36, B-52 - check web site ] ] The base was renamed Travis Air Force Base in 1951 for Brigadier General Robert F. Travis, who was killed when a B-29 Superfortresscrashed on August 5, 1950. The ensuing fire caused the 10,000 pounds of high explosivesin the plane's cargo — a Mark 4 nuclear weapon— to detonate, killing General Travis and 18 others. (The bomb's plutoniumpit was being transported in a different plane.) [http://www.check-six.com/Crash_Sites/Travis_B-29_crash_site.htm B29 Crash at Travis AFB] ]
Military Air Transport Service(MATS) resumed command of Travis AFB on 1 July 1958, after SAC's new dispersal policy led to the transfer of the 14th Air Division to Beale AFB, California and the 1501st Air Transport Wing (Heavy) became the host unit. On 1 January 1966, MATS was redesignated as the Military Airlift Command(MAC) and on 6 January 1966, the 60th Military Airlift Wing (60 MAW) replaced the 1501st as host unit. Over the next three decades, Travis would become known as the "Gateway to the Pacific" in its role as the principal military airlift hub in the western United States. Initially equipped with legacy C-124 Globemasterand C-133 Cargomasteraircraft from the 1501st, the year 1966 would also see the 60 MAW introduce the Air Force's new all-jet heavy airlifter, the C-141 Starlifter. In 1969, the 349th Military Airlift Wing (349 MAW) of the Air Force Reserve(AFRES) was also established as an "Associate" wing to the 60 MAW, with both units sharing the same aircraft and eventually seamlessly mixing flight crews, maintenance crews and other support personnel. In 1970, the 60 MAW and 349 MAW (Assoc) would also begin concurrently operating the Air Force's largest airlift aircraft, the C-5 Galaxy. In 1991, the 60 MAW was redesignated as the 60th Airlift Wing (60 AW) and the 349 MAW was redesignated as the 349th Airlift Wing (349 AW) the following year.
In 1992, with the reorganization of the Air Force following the end of the
Cold War, Military Airlift Command(MAC) was inactivated and Travis came under the control of the newly-established Air Mobility Command(AMC). With the concurrent inactivation of Strategic Air Command(SAC) and the transfer of most of SAC's air refueling aircraft to AMC, the 60 AW gained KC-10 Extenderaircraft that had been previously assigned to March AFB, California. With the inclusion of an aerial refueling mission into its long-time strategic airlift mission, the 60 AW and the 349 AW were redesignated as the 60th Air Mobility Wing(60 AMW) and the 349th Air Mobility Wing(349 AMW), the designations they continues to hold today. In 1997, the 349 AMW (Assoc) also became part of the newly-established Air Force Reserve Command(AFRC) while remaining operationally "gained" by AMC.
In 1997, the 60 AMW also shed its C-141 aircraft, which were transferred to other Air Force, AFRC and
Air National Guard(ANG) wings, while retaining its C-5 and KC-10aircraft. In 2006, the 60 AMW and 349 AMW (Assoc) again acquired a third aircraft type in their inventory with the arrival of the C-17 Globemaster III.
Maintenance Squadrons at Travis AFB
60th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
Provides combat-ready maintenance personnel and organizational support to inspect, service, and repair 26 assigned C-5 aircraft, and maintenance support for Transient Alert. Generates 24-hour-a-day strategic airlift to support four flying squadrons and ensures readiness of personnel and equipment for deployment. Maintains mission ready aircraft capable of worldwide strategic airlift supporting AMC's global mission.
660th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
Provides combat-ready maintenance personnel and organizational support to inspect, service, and repair all transient and 27 assigned KC-10A aircraft, 46% of DOD's inventory. Generates aerial refueling and strategic airlift to support flying activities of four aerial refueling squadrons. Ensures readiness of personnel and equipment for deployment. Maintains mission capable aircraft supporting AMC's global mission.
60th Equipment Maintenance Squadron
Provides organizational and field-level aircraft maintenance, repair, and manufacture capability for effective on- and off-equipment maintenance, inspection and refurbishment of 26 C-5 and 27 KC-10 aircraft. Inspects, services, and overhauls aerospace ground equipment worth over $8 million. Manages and stores all base munitions. Provides mission capable aircraft in direct support of AMC’s global mission.
60th Component Maintenance Squadron
Inspects, services, and overhauls aircraft fuel systems for 26 C-5, 13 C-17 and 27 KC-10 aircraft. Maintains avionic, hydraulic, electrical and environmental system components for C-5 and C-17 aircraft. Operates the west coast TF39 Engine Regional Repair Center. Calibrates and repairs over 8,800 items in a regional Test, Measurement, and Diagnostic Equipment Laboratory. Directly supports AMC’s global reach mission for AMC’s largest wing.
60th Maintenance Operations Squadron
Provides critical support for the maintenance, modification and scheduling of 26 C-5 and 27 KC-10 aircraft valued at $9B. Controls maintenance actions and manages all aircraft and mission statistics. Manages $340M in real property and provides group-level mobility support for AMC's largest wing. Develops and executes aircraft/ancillary training and provides aircraft maintenance training support for the Pacific Rim.
860th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
Provides combat-ready maintenance personnel and organizational support to inspect, service, and repair 13 assigned C-17A aircraft, and maintenance support for Transient Alert. Generates 24-hour-a-day strategic airlift to support two flying squadrons and ensures readiness of personnel and equipment for deployment. Maintains mission ready aircraft capable of worldwide strategic airlift supporting AMC's global mission.
Fifteenth Air Force
*15th Expeditionary Mobility Task Force
60th Air Mobility Wing( Air Mobility Command)
* 60th Medical Group
349th Air Mobility Wing( Air Force Reserve Command)
*US Army’s 3d Brigade, 91st Division (Training Support)
US NavyFleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron THREE (VQ-3) Detachment
Western Air Defense Force(Air Defense Command)
California World War II Army Airfields
* [http://www.travisafb.us/ Travis AFB Information] (unofficial site)
* [http://www.travisairmuseum.org/ Travis Air Museum] (JDASM Foundation)
* [http://www.jimmydoolittlemuseum.org/ Jimmy Doolittle Air & Space Museum] (JDASM Foundation)
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