Creech Air Force Base, Nevada, is home to the famed “Hunters” of the 432d Wing and 432d Air Expeditionary Wing. The once-modest installation hosts the global Remotely Piloted Aircraft Enterprise and related operations of the British Royal Air Force’s No. 39 Squadron, the 556th Test and Evaluation Squadron, the Nevada Air National Guard’s 232d Operations Squadron, and the Air Force Reserve’s 726th Operations Group.
Creech AFB arose from a small training site erected in the aftermath of the brutal December 7, 1941, aerial attack on Pearl Harbor, an event that thrust America and the newly organized U.S. Army Air Forces into World War II. First envisioned as a simple sub-post “tent city” military training camp, by March 1942 three graded-earth landing strips with taxiways were in place with additional plans to construct more permanent facilities that included an auxiliary landing field for the parent Las Vegas Army Air Field. In the following seven decades the installation’s roles and missions focused on a sudden call to duty—preparing Airmen for combat and other roles in service to the nation. Read more here.
The 432nd Operations Group employs remotely piloted aircraft in 24/7/365 Combat Air Patrols in support of combatant commander needs and deploys combat support forces worldwide. This includes combat command and control, tactics development, intelligence support, weather support, and standardization and evaluation oversight for the U.S. Air Force Air Combat Command, Air Forces Central Command, Air Force Material Command, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve Command, and Royal Air Force remotely piloted aircraft units. The group is also responsible for all air traffic control, airfield management, and weather services for operations at Creech AFB, Nev. The 432nd OG currently oversees global operations of five squadrons: 11th Attack Squadron, 30th Reconnaissance Squadron, 44th RS, 489th ATKS and the 432nd Operations Support Squadron.
The 732nd Operations Group employs remotely piloted aircraft in theaters across the globe year-round. The group also trains and equips forces to provide special capabilities and develops techniques and procedures with new technology to provide cutting-edge combat support for worldwide operations requiring remotely piloted aircraft. The group is a total-force unit comprised of members from both the Nevada Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserves. The 732nd OG oversees global operations of five squadrons: 15th Attack Squadron, 17th ATKS, 22nd ATKS, and the 867th ATKS and the 732nd Operations Support Squadron.
The 25th Attack Group provides national senior leaders and combatant commanders with combat ready aircrew, intelligence professionals, and support airmen who stand ready to employ Airpower through the unique capabilities of the MQ-9 Reaper. They direct 24/7/365 combat operations through multiple dominant, persistent attack and reconnaissance missions to develop intelligence on national priority targets. They employ MQ-9 Reapers to provide both lethal and non-lethal effects against those who threaten harm to our great nation and our allies.This geographically separated unit of the 432nd Wing also encompasses six squadrons: 20th Attack Squadron, 50th ATKS, 89th ATKS, 482 ATKS, the currently dormant 42nd ATKS and the 25th Operations Support Squadron.
The 432nd Mission Support Group is comprised of two high performing squadrons providing innovative base support. The 432nd Support Squadron delivers mission ready Airmen, infrastructure, services, logistics, fire services and cyber support assuring Creech Air Force Base success. The 432nd Security Forces Squadron provides integrated defense, which includes physical security, police services, investigations, electronic systems security, resource protection, and military working dogs. This unit is the newest addition to the 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing and Creech AFB, stood up as recently as July 2019.
The 432nd Maintenance Group ensures that Airmen, MQ-1B and MQ-9 aircraft, ground control stations, Predator Primary Satellite Links, and a global integrated communications network are fully mission capable to support aircrew training, combat operations, operational test and evaluation, and natural disaster support. The 432nd MXG currently oversees three squadrons: 432nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 432nd Maintenance Squadron and the 432nd Aircraft Communications Maintenance Squadron.
The MQ-9 Reaper is a medium-to-high altitude, long endurance remotely piloted aircraft system. The MQ-9's primary mission is as a persistent hunter-killer against emerging targets to achieve joint force commander objectives. The MQ-9's alternate mission is to act as an intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance asset, employing sensors to provide real-time data to commanders and intelligence specialists at all levels.
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The MQ-1 Predator, retired in May 2017 from the Air Force inventory, was a medium-altitude, long-endurance, remotely piloted aircraft. The MQ-1's primary mission was interdiction and conducting armed reconnaissance against critical, perishable targets. The MQ-1 revolutionized the Air Force’s use of Remotely Piloted Aircraft in dynamic situations, inevitably paving the way for an all MQ-9 Reaper force.