Travis Air Force Base “Top 5″ Facts
Living in Fairfield or the surrounding areas, Travis Air Force Base is known by many if not all. Even if you know the base exists, how much do you really know about Travis AFB? We’d like to give you some quick facts to educate you on the significance of our prized neighbor.
Travis Air Force Base is a United States Air Force Base controlled by the Air Mobility Command (AMC), located three miles east of the central business district of Fairfield, in Solano County, California. The base is named after Brigadier General Robert F. Travis, who died in a B-29 Superfortress crash while transporting a nuclear weapon.
1) TRAVIS GOLDEN BEARS
The Travis Golden Bears is comprised of our host unit, the 60th Air Mobility Wing, along with the 621st Contingency Response Wing, the 349th Air Mobility Wing and more than 50 partner organizations, with more than 26,000 Travis active duty, reservists and civilian employees assigned.
2) 60th AIR MOBILITY WING
The 60th Air Mobility Wing is the largest air mobility organization in the Air Force with a versatile all-jet fleet of C-5 Galaxy and C-17 Globemaster III cargo and KC-10 Extender refueling aircraft. As the host unit of Travis Air Force Base, Calif., the wing controls more than $11 billion in total resources, including 6,445 acres and 410 buildings. It handles more cargo and passengers than any other military air terminal in the United States. Travis is the West Coast terminal for aeromedical evacuation aircraft returning sick or injured patients from the Pacific area.
3) THE 621st CONTINGENCY RESPONSE WING
The 621st Contingency Response Wing is highly-specialized in training and rapidly deploying personnel to quickly open airfields and establish, expand, sustain, and coordinate air mobility operations. From wartime taskings to disaster relief, the 621st extends Air Mobility Command’s reach in deploying people and equipment around the globe.
4) 349th AIR MOBILITY WING
The 349th Air Mobility Wing, located at Travis, is the largest associate wing in the United States Air Force Reserve. Its mission is to “provide combat ready Airmen and expeditionary support to the war fighter.” As a reserve partner, the 349th works alongside 60th AMW personnel, operating and maintaining the all-jet fleet of 26 C-5 Galaxy cargo and 27 KC-10 Extender refueling aircraft. 349th AMW members work in all capacities with active duty personnel, to include Operations, Maintenance, Mission Support, Maintenance and Medical.
Tours are provided for all size groups and is available to the public. Please follow the information below for escort service and large groups. All non-military visitors for the Heritage Center age 18 and over are required to present a photo ID and submit to a criminal background check at the Visitor Center. On occasion, this process can take up to 45 minutes. Once this process is completed, an escort will be requested from the Heritage Center to meet the visitors at the Visitor Center. Visitors will only be escorted directly to the Heritage Center and back to the Visitor Center. No deviations from this route are authorized.
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For more information visit the Travis Air Force Base Wikipedia page.
We hope these Travis AFB facts were informative and maybe even inspired you to take a visit sometime soon!