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501st Combat Support Wing


Mission: Provide agile combat support to enable Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance global strike operations, and command & control in support of U.S. and NATO objectives. 

Vision: Trusted combat support professionals, postured to enable joint & international partners, and enhance quality of life for our service members, civilians & families. 

Priorities: Enable combat operations - Engage joint, international & mission partners - Enhance quality of life for our service members, civilians & families 

Motto: Pathfinders "Light The Way"


Wing Staff Agencies 

Antiterrorism Office


Community Support Coordinator


Emergency Management


Inspector General



Public Affairs


Sexual Assault Prevention and Response 

Violence Prevention

Plans and Programs

422nd Air Base Group

The 422nd Air Base Group, headquartered at RAF Croughton, develops combat-ready professional Airmen, delivers worldwide communications, enables global strike operations, and supports mission partners.

Locations: RAF Croughton, RAF Fairford and RAF Welford


 420th Air Base Squadron

 420th Munitions Squadron

 422nd Air Base Squadron                                                                       

 422nd Civil Engineer Squadron

 422nd Communications Squadron

 422nd Medical Squadron

 422nd Security Forces Squadron

423rd Air Base Group

The 423rd Air Base Group, headquartered at RAF Alconbury, provides unrivalled mission support services to the U.S. European Command Joint Intelligence Operations Analytics Center Europe, NATO Intelligence Fusion Centre, U.S. Africa Command J-2 Intelligence Detachment, Joint Warfare Centre and the RAF Alconbury, RAF Molesworth and Stavanger Air Base communities. 

Locations: RAF Alconbury, RAF Molesworth, RAF Menwith Hill, Stavanger Air Base (Norway)


421st Air Base Squadron

423rd Civil Engineer Squadron

423rd Communications Squadron

423rd Force Support Squadron

423rd Medical Squadron

423rd Security Forces Squadron

426th Air Base Squadron

423rd Air Base Group Helpful Agencies


A Team of Teams

Almost 2,000 Airmen serving one wing with two groups, 14 squadrons, and 17 wing staff agencies, the 501st serves a community of more than 14,000 personnel spread across seven installations. Additionally, the wing supports mission partners from the NATO Joint Warfare Center, U.S. European Command, U.S. Africa Command, NATO Intelligence Fusion Center, Air Force Global Strike Command, and nearly 65 other U.S. military and government agencies throughout the United Kingdom and Norway.

An Evolving Mission

The wing is both postured for today's mission and ready to transform as it executes the European Infrastructure Consolidation initiative to meet tomorrow's demands. In the coming years, operations and responsibilities will shift to more efficiently and effectively array existing force structure within the European theater.

A Strong Partner

The United States and the United Kingdom share a special bond nurtured over decades of commitment to our shared values of peace, security and prosperity. The depth of the U.S. and the U.K. partnership will only grow as together we face the increasingly complex, high-end threats of today and tomorrow.



The 501st Combat Support Wing tracks its lineage back to the 501st Bombardment Group, which was activated June 1, 1944 at Dalhart Army Airfield, Texas. The unit deployed in April of 1945, during World War II, to Guam, where they flew 15 combat missions and airdropped food and supplies to Allied Prisoners of War. O September 15, 1956, the 501st Tactical Missile Wing was established as the first United States Air Force tactical missile wing, then later deactivated on June 18, 1958. The wing was
later reactivated as the 501st Tactical Missile Wing on July 1, 1982 but inactivated on May 31, 1991; three years after the signing of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty in 1988. The wing was later designated as the 501st Combat Support Wing and reactivated on March 22, 2005. The 501st CSW remains the only combat support wing in the USAF, and carries on its storied heritage of generating combat missions across the globe and projecting diplomacy through its seven geographically separated locations across the United Kingdom and Norway.