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88th Air Base Wing
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88th Air Base Wing emblem
Active 1994-Present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Part of Aeronautical Systems Center, AFMC
Garrison/HQ Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
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Colonel Cassie Barlow

88th Air Base Wing Change of Command 14 July 2008.

The United States Air Force's 88th Air Base Wing is a base support unit located at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. The wing has been stationed at Wright-Patterson AFB, known familiarly as 'Wright-Patt', since its activation in 1994 by redesignation of the 645th Air Base Wing. The wing however traces its history directly to the activation of the 4000th Army Air Forces Base Unit (Command) in 1944, and from 1944 to 1994 endured six redesigations.

The wing's mission c. 2012 is to operate the airfield, maintain all infrastructure and provide security, communications, medical, legal, personnel, contracting, finance, transportation, air traffic control, weather forecasting, public affairs, recreation and chaplain services for more than 60 associate units on Wright-Patterson AFB.


The unit was organized by Air Service Command to provide custodial and support functions for Wright Field. The mission of both the unit and the AAF Technical Base expanded by early 1946, gaining full support responsibility for Patterson Field. The 2750th became host wing for Wright-Patterson AFB in October 1949, exercising command jurisdiction over the base and providing services necessary to support Headquarters of Air Force Logistics Command and numerous tenant units. It frequently supported regional humanitarian missions, such as the Xenia tornado relief in April 1974. It Provided logistical support and served as a port of embarkation during contingency situations, most notably from, 1965–1973 and 1990-1991. The unit deployed support personnel to Southwest Asia, August 1990-May 1991. After 1 July 1992 it provided logistic and administrative support for Headquarters, Air Force Materiel Command and Aeronautical Systems Center, as well as on-base and off-base tenant units in a five-state area and managed base facilities and resources. It provided airfield operations, security, services, engineering, and logistical support to the Balkans Proximity Peace Talks conducted at Wright-Patterson AFB in late 1995.


Major Command

Numbered Air Force

Previous designations

  • 4000th Army Air Forces Base Unit (Command) (1944–1945)
  • 4000th Army Air Forces Base Unit (Air Base) (1945–1947)
  • 4000th Air Force Base Unit (1947–1948)
  • 2750th Air Force Base Unit (1948–1949)
  • 2750th Air Base Wing (1949–1992)
  • 645th Air Base Wing (1992–1994)
  • 88th Air Base Wing (1994–Present)

Subordinate Organizations

88th Civil Engineer Directorate (CE)

88th Communications Group (88 CG)

88th Mission Support Group (88 MSG)

88th Medical Group (88 MDG)

Additionally, the 88th Operations Support Squadron (88 OSS) and 88th Comptroller Squadron (88 CPTS) report directly to the wing staff.

Aircraft & Missiles Operated

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