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Beale Air Force Base

Beale Air Force Base
Avionics specialists with the 12th Aircraft Maintenance Unit prepare a Global Hawk for a runway taxi test at Beale Air Force Base
Military structure
NameBeale Air Force Base
Part ofAir Combat Command (ACC)
Built1942
In use1948-Present
Controlled by 
Garrison
9th Reconnaissance Wing

Beale Air Force Base

Airport information
IATABAB
ICAOKBAB
FAABAB
Elevation34 m (113 ft)

Beale Air Force Base

Administration
Full nameBeale AFB
Official nameBeale AFB
Settlement typecensus-designated place
CountryUnited States
StateCalifornia
CountyYuba
Geography
Total Area10.058 sq mi (26.1 km2)
Land Area10.048 sq mi (26 km2)
Water Area0 sq mi (0.026 km2)
Elevation197 ft (60 m)
Demography
Total Population1319 (2010)
Density (pop.)auto/km2 (0/sq mi)
Other information
Time zonePacific (PST) (UTC-8)
- Summer (DST)PDT (UTC-7)
GNIS feature ID2407813

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Beale Air Force Base (AFB) is a United States Air Force base located approximately 8 mi (12.9 km) east of Marysville, California. Originally known as Camp Beale.

The host unit at Beale is the 9th Reconnaissance Wing (9 RW) assigned to the Air Combat Command. The 9 RW collects intelligence essential for Presidential and Congressional decisions critical to the national defense. To accomplish this mission, the wing is equipped with the nation's fleet of U-2 and Global Hawk UAV reconnaissance aircraft and associated support equipment. The wing also maintains a high state of readiness in its combat support and combat service support forces for potential deployment in response to theater contingencies.

Beale AFB was established in 1942 as Camp Beale and is named for Edward Fitzgerald Beale (1822 1893), an American Navy Lieutenant and a Brigadier General in the California Militia who was an explorer and frontiersman in California. It became a United States Air Force base on 1 April 1951. The 9 RW is commanded by McGillicuddy. Its Command Chief Master Sergeant is Stone.


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