The 633rd Air Base Wing has a storied, historic and distinguished history.
Originally designated the 633rd Combat Support Group, it was established and activated March 14, 1966, and organized April 8, 1966.
It was originally assigned to the 13th Air Force as part of the Pacific Air Forces at Pleiku Air Base, South Vietnam, and later at Andersen AFB, Guam.
During the Vietnam War, Airmen of the 633 ABW participated in numerous campaigns, air offensives and Operations Arc Light, Bullet Shot and Linebacker.
On Oct. 1, 1989, the Wing aligned under the 13th Air Force, activated on Andersen AFB, Guam, and became the host unit, providing services for various tenant units. This marked the transfer of Andersen AFB control from Strategic Air Command to PACAF.
In August 1990, 633 ABW personnel began shipping more than 37,000 tons of munitions to forces in the Persian Gulf during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm - more than 30,000 tons went by sealift, and more than 2,200 troops and 2,200 tons of cargo processed aboard 200 aircraft.
Operation Fiery Vigil spun into action June 1991, when 633 ABW personnel cared for more than 20,000 American evacuees and 1,100 pets following the eruption of Mount Pinatubo, Philippines.
On Oct. 1, 1994, the 633 ABW was inactivated and the 36th ABW was activated in keeping with the policy of the Air Force Chief of Staff to maintain the most highly decorated and longest-serving Air Force units on active-duty. The 36th ABW was inactivated at Bitburg AB, Germany, that same day.
On Jan. 7, 2010, the 9th AF reactivated the 633 ABW and declared it to be the host unit for Langley AFB, Va.
On Jan. 29, 2010, the 633 ABW became the link in the joint basing initiative between Langley AFB and U.S. Army Fort Eustis, which we call today Joint Base Langley-Eustis.
LANGLEY QUICK FACTS
- Founded in 1916
- First mission was flown in 1917
- Named after Samuel Pierpont Langley, aviation pioneer
- The 27th FS is one of the oldest fighter squadrons in the United States
- Eddie Rickenbacker, WWII's top flying ace, flew with the 94th FS
- Retirees: Approx. 56,000
- Active duty: Approx. 15,000
- Guard/Reserve: Approx. 2,100
- DOD employees: Approx. 5,000
- Non-Appropriated Fund employees: Approx. 1,190
- Family members: Approx. 27,256
- Housing units: Langley AFB: Approx. 1,189; Fort Eustis: Approx. 880
- Dormitory rooms: Langley AFB: Approx. 760; Fort Eustis: Approx. 3500
- Runway length: 10,000 feet
- Buildings: Langley AFB: Approx. 280; Fort Eustis: Approx. 795
- Acres Langley AFB: 3,167 -- 600 of which are wetlands
- Acres Fort Eustis: Approx. 7933
- F-22s: Approximately 40
- 1st Langley "FF tail" F-22 Raptor arrived in May 2005
- 633rd Air Base Wing commander: Col. Sean K. Tyler
- 1st Fighter Wing commander: Col. Jason Hinds
(as of 31 July 2017)