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 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.