Moody Air Force Base
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Moody Air Force Base is a United States Air Force
United States Air Force
The United States Air Force is the aerial warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the American uniformed services. Initially part of the United States Army, the USAF was formed as a separate branch of the military on September 18, 1947 under the National Security Act of...

 installation located in Lowndes County
Lowndes County, Georgia
Lowndes County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia along the Florida border. It was created December 23, 1825. The 2010 Census showed a population of 109,233...

 and Lanier County
Lanier County, Georgia
Lanier County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. It is part of the Valdosta, Georgia Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of 2009, the population was 8,423. The 2007 Census Estimate shows a population of 7,847. The county seat is Lakeland. Lakeland is Lanier County's only incorporated...

, about 9 miles (14 km) northeast of Valdosta
Valdosta, Georgia
Valdosta is the county seat of Lowndes County, Georgia, United States. It is the principal city of the Valdosta Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 Census, the city had a total population of 54,518. The Valdosta metropolitan area, according to the 2010 estimate, has a population of 139,588...

, Georgia
Georgia (U.S. state)
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Moody Air Force Base is home to the 23d Wing
23d Wing
The 23d Wing is a front-line United States Air Force Air Combat Command wing currently assigned to Moody Air Force Base, Georgia.-Mission:The mission of the 23d Wing is to organize, train and employ combat-ready A-10, HC-130 and HH-60, as well as pararescuemen and force protection assets...

. The wing executes worldwide close air support, force protection, and combat search and rescue operations (CSAR) in support of humanitarian interests, United States national security and the global war on terrorism (GWOT).

Originally named Valdosta Airfield when it opened on 15 September 1941, the airfield was renamed Moody Army Airfield on 6 December 1941 in honor of Major George Putnam Moody (13 March 1908-5 May 1941), an early Air Force pioneer.
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Moody Air Force Base is a United States Air Force
United States Air Force
The United States Air Force is the aerial warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the American uniformed services. Initially part of the United States Army, the USAF was formed as a separate branch of the military on September 18, 1947 under the National Security Act of...

 installation located in Lowndes County
Lowndes County, Georgia
Lowndes County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia along the Florida border. It was created December 23, 1825. The 2010 Census showed a population of 109,233...

 and Lanier County
Lanier County, Georgia
Lanier County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. It is part of the Valdosta, Georgia Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of 2009, the population was 8,423. The 2007 Census Estimate shows a population of 7,847. The county seat is Lakeland. Lakeland is Lanier County's only incorporated...

, about 9 miles (14 km) northeast of Valdosta
Valdosta, Georgia
Valdosta is the county seat of Lowndes County, Georgia, United States. It is the principal city of the Valdosta Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 Census, the city had a total population of 54,518. The Valdosta metropolitan area, according to the 2010 estimate, has a population of 139,588...

, Georgia
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Moody Air Force Base is home to the 23d Wing
23d Wing
The 23d Wing is a front-line United States Air Force Air Combat Command wing currently assigned to Moody Air Force Base, Georgia.-Mission:The mission of the 23d Wing is to organize, train and employ combat-ready A-10, HC-130 and HH-60, as well as pararescuemen and force protection assets...

. The wing executes worldwide close air support, force protection, and combat search and rescue operations (CSAR) in support of humanitarian interests, United States national security and the global war on terrorism (GWOT).

Originally named Valdosta Airfield when it opened on 15 September 1941, the airfield was renamed Moody Army Airfield on 6 December 1941 in honor of Major George Putnam Moody (13 March 1908-5 May 1941), an early Air Force pioneer. Major Moody earned his military wings in 1930 and flew U.S. airmail as a member of the United States Army Air Corps
United States Army Air Corps
The United States Army Air Corps was a forerunner of the United States Air Force. Renamed from the Air Service on 2 July 1926, it was part of the United States Army and the predecessor of the United States Army Air Forces , established in 1941...

 in 1934. He was killed on 5 May 1941 while flight-testing a Beechcraft
Beechcraft
Beechcraft is an American manufacturer of general aviation and military aircraft, ranging from light single engine aircraft to business jets and light military transports. Previously a division of Raytheon, it has been a brand of Hawker Beechcraft since 2006....

 AT-10 Wichita advanced two-engine training aircraft at Wichita Army Airfield
McConnell Air Force Base
McConnell Air Force Base is a United States Air Force base located four miles southeast of the central business district of Wichita, a city in Sedgwick County, Kansas, United States. The base was named in honor of Wichita brothers Fred and Thomas McConnell, both Air Force pilots and World War II...

, Kansas
Kansas
Kansas is a US state located in the Midwestern United States. It is named after the Kansas River which flows through it, which in turn was named after the Kansa Native American tribe, which inhabited the area. The tribe's name is often said to mean "people of the wind" or "people of the south...

. The AT-10 was later used extensively at Moody AAF during World War II.

23d Wing

Moody AFB is the home of the 23d Wing
23d Wing
The 23d Wing is a front-line United States Air Force Air Combat Command wing currently assigned to Moody Air Force Base, Georgia.-Mission:The mission of the 23d Wing is to organize, train and employ combat-ready A-10, HC-130 and HH-60, as well as pararescuemen and force protection assets...

(23 WG) of the Air Combat Command
Air Combat Command
Air Combat Command is a major command of the United States Air Force. ACC is one of ten major commands , reporting to Headquarters, United States Air Force ....

 (ACC). The mission of the 23d Wing is to organize, train and employ combat-ready A-10
A-10 Thunderbolt II
The Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II is an American single-seat, twin-engine, straight-wing jet aircraft developed by Fairchild-Republic in the early 1970s. The A-10 was designed for a United States Air Force requirement to provide close air support for ground forces by attacking tanks,...

, HC-130P/N Combat King
HC-130
The Lockheed HC-130 is an extended-range, search and rescue and Combat search and rescue version of the C-130 Hercules transport. The HC-130H and HC-130J versions are operated by the United States Coast Guard in a SAR and maritime reconnaissance role. The HC-130P and HC-130N Combat King models...

 and HH-60 Pave Hawk
HH-60 Pave Hawk
The Sikorsky MH-60G/HH-60G Pave Hawk is a twin turboshaft engine helicopter in service with the United States Air Force. It is a derivative of the UH-60 Black Hawk and incorporates the US Air Force PAVE electronic systems program...

 aircraft and flight crews, as well as pararescuemen and force protection assets. It consists of approximately 6,100 military and civilian personnel, including geographically separated units (GSU) at Nellis AFB, Nevada
Nevada
Nevada is a state in the western, mountain west, and southwestern regions of the United States. With an area of and a population of about 2.7 million, it is the 7th-largest and 35th-most populous state. Over two-thirds of Nevada's people live in the Las Vegas metropolitan area, which contains its...

 and Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona
Arizona
Arizona ; is a state located in the southwestern region of the United States. It is also part of the western United States and the mountain west. The capital and largest city is Phoenix...

.

The 23d Wing comprises the following operational groups:
  • 23d Fighter Group
    23d Fighter Group
    The 23d Fighter Group is a United States Air Force unit. It is assigned to the 23d Wing and stationed at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia....

     (A/OA-10C)
The 23d Fighter Group - The Flying Tigers
Flying Tigers
The 1st American Volunteer Group of the Chinese Air Force in 1941–1942, famously nicknamed the Flying Tigers, was composed of pilots from the United States Army , Navy , and Marine Corps , recruited under presidential sanction and commanded by Claire Lee Chennault. The ground crew and headquarters...

 - relocated from Pope Air Force Base
Pope Air Force Base
Pope Field is a United States Army facility located 12 miles northwest of the central business district of Fayetteville, in Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States.-Units:...

, North Carolina
North Carolina
North Carolina is a state located in the southeastern United States. The state borders South Carolina and Georgia to the south, Tennessee to the west and Virginia to the north. North Carolina contains 100 counties. Its capital is Raleigh, and its largest city is Charlotte...

 in 2007. The group became part of the 23d Wing on 18 August 2006 in a ceremony held at Pope. A/OA-10Cs of the 23d Fighter Group are tail coded "FT". Assigned squadrons are:
74th Fighter Squadron
74th Fighter Squadron
The 74th Fighter Squadron ' is a United States Air Force unit. It is assigned to the 23d Fighter Group and stationed at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia....

75th Fighter Squadron
75th Fighter Squadron
The 75th Fighter Squadron ' is a United States Air Force unit. It is assigned to the 23d Fighter Group and stationed at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia....

23d Operations Support Squadron

  • 347th Rescue Group
    347th Rescue Group
    The United States Air Force's 347th Rescue Group is an active combat search and rescue unit assigned to the 23d Wing at Moody AFB, Georgia.-Mission:...

     (HH-60G, HC-130P)
The 347th Rescue Group directs flying and readiness of one of two U.S. Air Force active duty Rescue Groups dedicated to Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR). Members assigned to the 347 RQG are responsible for training/readiness of 1,100 personnel, including a pararescue squadron, two flying squadrons (HC-130 and HH-60) and an operations support squadron. The group also deploys worldwide in support of National Command Authority taskings. Assigned squadrons are:
38th Rescue Squadron
38th Rescue Squadron
The 38th Rescue Squadron is part of the 347th Rescue Group at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. It operates various fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft conducting search and rescue missions.-Mission:...

41st Rescue Squadron
41st Rescue Squadron
The 41st Rescue Squadron is part of the 347th Rescue Group at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. It operates HH-60 Pave Hawk aircraft conducting search and rescue missions.-Mission:...

71st Rescue Squadron
71st Rescue Squadron
The 71st Rescue Squadron is part of the 347th Rescue Group at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. It flies HC-130 Hercules aircraft conducting search and rescue missions.-Mission:...

347th Operations Support Squadron

  • 563d Rescue Group (HC-130, HH-60)
The 563d Rescue Group directs flying operations as one of two rescue groups in the active duty Air Force dedicated to Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR). As a GSU of its parent wing, the 563 RQG is responsible for both training and readiness and aircraft maintenance of one HC-130 squadron and two HH-60 squadrons, as well as the training and readiness of two pararescue squadrons, two maintenance squadrons, and an operations support squadron operating from two geographically separated operating locations.
48th Rescue Squadron (Davis-Monthan AFB)
55th Rescue Squadron (Davis-Monthan AFB)
79th Rescue Squadron (Davis-Monthan AFB)
563d Operations Support Squadron (Davis-Monthan AFB)
58th Rescue Squadron (Nellis AFB)
66th Rescue Squadron (Nellis AFB)

93d Air Ground Operations Wing

The 93d Air Ground Operations Wing (93 AGOW) is a non-flying active support wing activated on 25 January 2008. The 93d's mission is to manage and providing combat-ready tactical air control party personnel, battlefield weather and force protection assets for joint forces commanders.
  • The 820th Base Defense Group is a Force Protection unit which provides Air Force Expeditionary Groups self-sustaining Force Protection capability for initial U.S. "first-in" forces to any operating location in support of the Air Force Global Engagement mission. The Group consists of four squadrons – the 822nd Base Defense Squadron, which activated in September 2000, 823 BDS, which activated in January 2001, the 824th which activated in November and the 820th Combat Operations Squadron, activated in March 2009.

  • The 3d Air Support Operations Group
    3d Air Support Operations Group
    The United States Air Force's 3d Air Support Operations Group is a combat support unit located at Fort Hood, Texas. The 3 ASOG provides Tactical Command and Control of air power assets to the Joint Forces Air Component Commander and Joint Forces Land Component Commander for combat...

     (3 ASOG) is a combat support unit located at Fort Hood, Texas. The 3 ASOG provides Tactical Command and Control of air power assets to the Joint Forces Air Component Commander and Joint Forces Land Component Commander for combat operations.

History

The base had its beginning in 1940 when a group of concerned Valdosta and Lowndes County
Lowndes County, Georgia
Lowndes County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia along the Florida border. It was created December 23, 1825. The 2010 Census showed a population of 109,233...

 citizens began searching for a way to assist the expanding defense program. A committee was formed to obtain a military airfield for their community. In October 1940, the committee sent a letter to Maxwell AAF inviting the Air Corps to consider the Valdosta area. When engineers arrived, they rejected the existing Valdosta Municipal Airport
Valdosta Regional Airport
Valdosta Regional Airport is a public-use airport located three nautical miles south of the central business district of Valdosta, a city in Lowndes County, Georgia, United States. It is owned by the Valdosta-Lowndes County Airport Authority...

 because of excessive grading costs and began looking for another site. The Air Corps found an acceptable site 11.5 miles NNE of Valdosta near the small settlement of Bemis. The site was located on the Lakeland Flatwoods Project, a 9300 acres (38 km²) tract of sub-marginal land, not primarily suited for cultivation. The United States Department of Agriculture
United States Department of Agriculture
The United States Department of Agriculture is the United States federal executive department responsible for developing and executing U.S. federal government policy on farming, agriculture, and food...

, which owned the land, was experimenting at that time with forest grazing at the project. The Air Corps approved to locate the base on the tract in March 1941. Two months later, on 14 May, the Department of Agriculture transferred ownership of the property to the War Department
United States Department of War
The United States Department of War, also called the War Department , was the United States Cabinet department originally responsible for the operation and maintenance of the United States Army...

.

Construction got underway on 28 July 1941 for a twin-engine advanced training base with accommodations for 4,100 men. The $3.4 million project's 160 buildings included 72 barracks and 16 supply rooms. Also provided in the original contract were four 5,000-foot runways, two asphalt and two concrete, plus a spur of the Georgia and Florida Railroad.

World War II

Moody Army Airfield was activated on 26 June 1941. It was used by the Army Air Forces Flying Training Command
Air Training Command
Air Training Command is a former major command of the United States Army Air Forces and United States Air Force. ATC came into being as a redesignation of the Army Air Forces Training Command on July 1, 1946...

, Southeast Training Center, with the 29th Flying Training Wing for primary (phase 1) flight training, in which flight cadets were taught basic flight using two-seater training aircraft.

Under the Southeast Training Center, Moody AAF controlled several auxiliary airfields
  • Moody AAF Aux No. 1 - (Rockford Field), Quitman, Georgia
    Quitman, Georgia
    This article is about the Georgia city. For the county in the same state see Quitman County, Georgia.Quitman is a city in Brooks County, Georgia, United States. The population was 4,638 at the 2000 census. The city is the county seat of Brooks County....

     30°59′59"N 83°29′12"W
  • Moody AAF Aux No. 2 - (Lake Park Field), Valdosta, Georgia
    Valdosta, Georgia
    Valdosta is the county seat of Lowndes County, Georgia, United States. It is the principal city of the Valdosta Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 Census, the city had a total population of 54,518. The Valdosta metropolitan area, according to the 2010 estimate, has a population of 139,588...

     30°40′15"N 83°11′15"W
  • Moody AAF Aux No. 3 - (Bemiss Field), Moody, Georgia 30°57′02.56"N 83°05′55.45"W
  • Moody AAF Aux No. 4 - (New River Field), Nashville, Georgia
    Nashville, Georgia
    Nashville is a city in Berrien County, Georgia, United States. The population was 4,697 at the 2000 census. The city is the county seat of Berrien County...

     31°10′26"N 83°20′03"W
  • Moody AAF Aux No. 5 - (Valdosta Regional Airport
    Valdosta Regional Airport
    Valdosta Regional Airport is a public-use airport located three nautical miles south of the central business district of Valdosta, a city in Lowndes County, Georgia, United States. It is owned by the Valdosta-Lowndes County Airport Authority...

    ), Valdosta, Georgia
    Valdosta, Georgia
    Valdosta is the county seat of Lowndes County, Georgia, United States. It is the principal city of the Valdosta Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 Census, the city had a total population of 54,518. The Valdosta metropolitan area, according to the 2010 estimate, has a population of 139,588...

     30°47′06.216"N 83°16′33.672"W


On 8 January 1943, the War Department constituted and activated the 29th Flying Training Wing (Advanced Twin-Engine) at Moody and assigned it to the AAF Eastern Flying Training Command. Advanced Twin Engine training (phase 3) was designed to train cadets to fly transports and bombers. One of the major problems encountered with the switchover from single-engine to two-engine training was the instructor's lack of experience with twin-engined aircraft. Most of the instructors were recent single-engine graduates with less than six months of flight experience, When the Curtiss AT-9
Curtiss AT-9
-Related content:Related development:Comparable aircraft:Beech C-45 Expeditor-Bibliography:* Bowers, Peter M. Curtiss Aircraft, 1907-1947. London: Putnam & Company Ltd., 1979. ISBN 0-370-10029-8....

, Beech AT-10 Wichita, and Cessna AT-17
Cessna AT-17
-References:NotesBibliography* Mondey, David. American Aircraft of World War II . London: Bounty Books, 2006. ISBN 978-0-7537-1461-4....

 arrived, the instructors had to be thoroughly checked out in these twin-engine trainers before they could instruct the students.

In September 1944, Moody began replacing the AT-10 with the TB-25 Mitchell
B-25 Mitchell
The North American B-25 Mitchell was an American twin-engined medium bomber manufactured by North American Aviation. It was used by many Allied air forces, in every theater of World War II, as well as many other air forces after the war ended, and saw service across four decades.The B-25 was named...

. As a result of the demands of training with the B-25 and a lessened need for pilots, the Army extended the flight syllabus by an additional five weeks on 16 October 1944. The extended program added 30 additional flight hours and five more hours in the Link Trainer. Meanwhile, a Bombardier Navigator Replacement Pool had been established on 24 July 1943. The Army also built four additional runways at Moody during 1943 for a total of eight. in November 1943, 490 German POWs arrived at the base from Camp Blanding
Camp Blanding
Camp Blanding Joint Training Center is the primary military reservation and training base for the Florida National Guard, both the Florida Army National Guard and certain non-flying activities of the Florida Air National Guard. The installation is located in Clay County, Florida near the city of...

, Florida
Florida
Florida is a state in the southeastern United States, located on the nation's Atlantic and Gulf coasts. It is bordered to the west by the Gulf of Mexico, to the north by Alabama and Georgia and to the east by the Atlantic Ocean. With a population of 18,801,310 as measured by the 2010 census, it...

.

Due to reduced demands for new pilots during the early months of 1945, The Army Air Force announced that Moody would be transferred to the First Air Force
First Air Force
The First Air Force is a numbered air force of the United States Air Force Air Combat Command . It is headquartered at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida....

 on 30 April 1945. Under First Air Force, Moody trained replacement combat pilots as a Combat Crew Training Station for the Douglas A-26 Invader
A-26 Invader
The Douglas A-26 Invader was a United States twin-engined light attack bomber built by the Douglas Aircraft Co. during World War II that also saw service during several of the Cold War's major conflicts...

 light bomber.

Following the end of the war, activity at Moody diminished to the point that 24 of the 93 A-26s had to be placed in flyable storage. The airfield was transferred back to Army Air Forces Training Command
Army Air Forces Training Command
Army Air Forces Training Command was a command of the United States Army Air Forces. It was redesignated Air Training Command on 1 July 1946 as part of the reorganization of the Army Air Forces after World War II....

 on 1 November 1945 after World War II ended. In August 1946, the AAF inactivated Moody placing it on standby status.

Postwar era

While on standby status, the airfield was redesignated as Moody Air Force Base on 13 January 1948. Moody was again transferred to Continental Air Command
Continental Air Command
Continental Air Command was a Major Command of the United States Air Force responsible primarily for administering the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve.-Lineage:...

 on 1 December 1948, then reactivated on 25 November 1949. Upon reactivation work was begun to modernize the airfield from its World War II wartime configuration into a permanent Air Force Base with modern facilities. Construction took almost two years, and finally on 1 April 1951 Moody Air Force Base was activated under the control of Strategic Air Command
Strategic Air Command
The Strategic Air Command was both a Major Command of the United States Air Force and a "specified command" of the United States Department of Defense. SAC was the operational establishment in charge of America's land-based strategic bomber aircraft and land-based intercontinental ballistic...

.

Under SAC, Moody was assigned to the Second Air Force
Second Air Force
The Second Air Force is a numbered air force of the United States Air Force Air Education and Training Command . It is headquartered at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi....

 and the 40th Air Division
40th Air Division
The 40th Air Division is an inactive United States Air Force unit. Its last assignment was with Fifteenth Air Force, stationed at Malmstrom AFB, Montana...

. The 4223d Base Services Squadron was activated to perform the base support mission, with the Federalized California Air National Guard
California Air National Guard
The California Air National Guard is the air component of the California National Guard. The California Air National Guard is headquartered at Sacramento, California.One of the duties of the California Air National Guard is defense of the United States...

's 146th Fighter-Bomber Group, flying F-51 Mustangs as the primary flying unit. Moody was programmed to become a SAC Strategic Fighter Wing base once the 9,000' jet runway was completed.

Air Training Command

Shortly after the Korean War
Korean War
The Korean War was a conventional war between South Korea, supported by the United Nations, and North Korea, supported by the People's Republic of China , with military material aid from the Soviet Union...

 began on 25 June 1950, Air Training Command
Air Training Command
Air Training Command is a former major command of the United States Army Air Forces and United States Air Force. ATC came into being as a redesignation of the Army Air Forces Training Command on July 1, 1946...

 took over most combat crew training, thereby relieving operational commands of much of their training burden and allowing them to concentrate on their combat mission. In order for ATC to accommodate this expansion of its training mission, HQ USAF directed SAC to consolidate its planned fighter-escort mission at Moody with its existing fighter mission at nearby Turner AFB, and Moody was assigned to ATC for the Crew Training mission.

On 1 September 1951, Moody was formally transferred from SAC to ATC. On the same day, Air Training Command established Crew Training Air Force (CTAF) at Moody by activating the 3550th Training Wing (Interceptor Aircrew) and assigning Air Defense Command interceptor weapons instructor training to the wing. On 11 June 1952, the 3550th Training Wing was redesignated as the 3550th Flying Training Wing as ATC reorganized its flying training program under Flying Training or Crew Training Air Forces. With the completion of flying facilities at Moody in 1953, F-89 Scorpion
F-89 Scorpion
The Northrop F-89 Scorpion was an early American jet-powered fighter designed from the outset as an all-weather interceptor. Though its straight wings limited its performance, it was among the first USAF jet fighters with guided missiles, and notably the first combat aircraft armed with air-to-air...

 and F-94 Starfire
F-94 Starfire
The Lockheed F-94 Starfire was the United States Air Force's first operational jet-powered all-weather interceptor aircraft. It was a development by Lockheed of the twin-seat T-33 Shooting Star trainer aircraft.-Design and development:...

 interceptors were assigned to the 3550th for applied training.

To inject more realism into the training, ATC made arrangements with Strategic Air Command
Strategic Air Command
The Strategic Air Command was both a Major Command of the United States Air Force and a "specified command" of the United States Department of Defense. SAC was the operational establishment in charge of America's land-based strategic bomber aircraft and land-based intercontinental ballistic...

 to allow instructor pilots to fly intercept missions against SAC bombers with F-86D (later L) Sabre, With the addition of interceptor crew training and the acquisition of interceptor aircraft, HQ USAF decided effective 20 October 1953 to assign ATC responsibility for supporting Air Defense Command's interceptor forces. Moody's 3554th Fighter-Interceptor Training Squadron maintained two combat-ready aircraft and crews on five-minute active air alert as ADC augmentation forces.

With the arrival of the TF-102 Delta Dagger in Air Defense Command in 1960, Moody ended interceptor pilot and crew training and became one of ATC's new undergraduate pilot training (UPT) schools. The F-86Ls used at Moody were reassigned to transferred to Perrin AFB, Texas
Texas
Texas is the second largest U.S. state by both area and population, and the largest state by area in the contiguous United States.The name, based on the Caddo word "Tejas" meaning "friends" or "allies", was applied by the Spanish to the Caddo themselves and to the region of their settlement in...

. With the reassignment to UPT, the 3550th was redesignated as the 3550th Pilot Training Wing.

In 1961, Foreign Pilot Training was transferred to Moody from the closing of the Graham Air Base
Graham Air Base
Graham Air Base was a United States Air Force base located in Marianna, Florida. After it was closed, it was reused as Marianna Municipal Airport.-Marianna Army Airfield:...

 contract pilot school in Marianna, Florida
Marianna, Florida
Marianna is a city in Jackson County, Florida, United States. The population was 6,230 at the 2000 census. As of 2004, the population estimated by the U.S. Census Bureau is 6,200 . It is the county seat of Jackson County and is home to Chipola College...

. Graham AB's T-28 Trojan
T-28 Trojan
The North American Aviation T-28 Trojan is a piston-engined military trainer aircraft used by the United States Air Force and United States Navy beginning in the 1950s...

s were also transferred. In early 1962, the number of South Vietnamese Air Force students entering this program began to increase sharply. As a result, the Air Force stopped disposal action on all T-28s stored at Davis-Monthan AFB in Arizona. Twenty-six of those aircraft moved to Moody, plus the Navy transferred four from its own stocks. In September 1963, the supersonic-capable Northrop T-38 Talon
T-38 Talon
The Northrop T-38 Talon is a twin-engine supersonic jet trainer. It was the world's first supersonic trainer and is also the most produced. The T-38 remains in service as of 2011 in air forces throughout the world....

 jet trainer arrived at Moody to replace the first-generation T-33
T-33 Shooting Star
The Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star is an American-built jet trainer aircraft. It was produced by Lockheed and made its first flight in 1948, piloted by Tony LeVier. The T-33 was developed from the Lockheed P-80/F-80 starting as TP-80C/TF-80C in development, then designated T-33A. It was used by the...

 jet trainers. Along with the T-38s, Air Training Command relocated the foreign pilot training from Moody to Randolph AFB.

In 1965, the Cessna T-41A, a four-seat, single-engine, propeller-driven training aircraft based on the Cessna 172
Cessna 172
The Cessna 172 Skyhawk is a four-seat, single-engine, high-wing fixed-wing aircraft. First flown in 1955 and still in production, more Cessna 172s have been built than any other aircraft.-Design and development:...

 arrived at Moody and was used in the initial phases of student training. Students received about 30 hours of flight training in the T-41 before advancing to the T-37 primary jet trainer. The T-41 replaced the T-34
T-34
The T-34 was a Soviet medium tank produced from 1940 to 1958. Although its armour and armament were surpassed by later tanks of the era, it has been often credited as the most effective, efficient and influential design of World War II...

A and the T-37 replaced the T-28
T-28 Trojan
The North American Aviation T-28 Trojan is a piston-engined military trainer aircraft used by the United States Air Force and United States Navy beginning in the 1950s...

, which had been previously used in similar roles.

On 1 December 1973, the 38th Flying Training Wing
38th Combat Support Wing
The 38th Combat Support Wing is an inactive wing of the United States Air Force. Its last assignment was with Third Air Force , being inactivated on 1 May 2007 at Ramstein Air Base, Germany....

(38 FTW) replaced and absorbed the resources of the 3550th Pilot Training Wing at Moody. Air Training Command desired to restore the heritage and lineage of notable combat wings. Its predecessor unit, the 38th Bombardment Group
38th Bombardment Group
The 38th Bombardment Group is an inactive unit of the United States Air Force. It was most recently assigned as the operational component of the 38th Bombardment Wing, stationed at Laon-Couvron Air Base, France, where it was inactivated on 8 December 1957.During World War II the 38th Bomb Group...

 had fought in the Battle of Midway
Battle of Midway
The Battle of Midway is widely regarded as the most important naval battle of the Pacific Campaign of World War II. Between 4 and 7 June 1942, approximately one month after the Battle of the Coral Sea and six months after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States Navy decisively defeated...

 in 1942, and during World War II
World War II
World War II, or the Second World War , was a global conflict lasting from 1939 to 1945, involving most of the world's nations—including all of the great powers—eventually forming two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis...

 fought with Fifth Air Force
Fifth Air Force
The Fifth Air Force is a numbered air force of the United States Air Force Pacific Air Forces . It is headquartered at Yokota Air Base, Japan....

 in the Southwest Pacific
South West Pacific theatre of World War II
The South West Pacific Theatre, technically the South West Pacific Area, between 1942 and 1945, was one of two designated area commands and war theatres enumerated by the Combined Chiefs of Staff of World War II in the Pacific region....

 with B-25 Mitchell
B-25 Mitchell
The North American B-25 Mitchell was an American twin-engined medium bomber manufactured by North American Aviation. It was used by many Allied air forces, in every theater of World War II, as well as many other air forces after the war ended, and saw service across four decades.The B-25 was named...

s as a medium bomb group. It was last active as a NATO Tactical Missile Wing in France
France
The French Republic , The French Republic , The French Republic , (commonly known as France , is a unitary semi-presidential republic in Western Europe with several overseas territories and islands located on other continents and in the Indian, Pacific, and Atlantic oceans. Metropolitan France...

 during the mid 1960s.

Tactical Air Command

On 30 June 1975, the Secretary of the Air Force announced that Moody would transfer from ATC to Tactical Air Command
Tactical Air Command
Tactical Air Command is an inactive United States Air Force organization. It was a Major Command of the United States Air Force, established on 21 March 1946 being headquartered at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia...

 on 1 December 1975. The announcement indicated that ATC would inactivate its 38th Flying Training Wing, which conducted undergraduate pilot training at Moody, and the base would become host to a wing of F-4E Phantom II tactical fighter aircraft. This change in Moody's mission would mark the first time in almost 25 years that Moody was not engaged in pilot or aircrew training. Training officials conducted the last UPT student flight at Moody on 4 November 1975, and the last undergraduate pilot training class (76-04) graduated on 21 November 1975. The transfer was completed as scheduled on 1 December

On 1 December 1975, the 347th Tactical Fighter Wing (347 TFW), a unit of the Tactical Air Command
Tactical Air Command
Tactical Air Command is an inactive United States Air Force organization. It was a Major Command of the United States Air Force, established on 21 March 1946 being headquartered at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia...

 (TAC), relocated to Moody from Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base
Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base
Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base is a base of the Royal Thai Air Force. It is located in northeast Thailand, located approximately 157 miles northeast of Bangkok and about 5 miles south of Nakhon Ratchasima , the second largest city in Thailand.During the Vietnam War, Korat RTAFB was the...

, Thailand
Thailand
Thailand , officially the Kingdom of Thailand , formerly known as Siam , is a country located at the centre of the Indochina peninsula and Southeast Asia. It is bordered to the north by Burma and Laos, to the east by Laos and Cambodia, to the south by the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia, and to the...

. Control of Moody passed from ATC to TAC with the 347 TFW as the new host wing and the mission of the base changed from pilot training under ATC to an active tactical fighter base under TAC. Operational tactical fighter squadrons at Moody were:
  • 68th Tactical Fighter Squadron
    68th Fighter Squadron
    The 68th Fighter Squadron was one of the most long-serving Fighter Squadrons in U.S. Air Force history, remaining activated almost continually for 60 years. Known as the "Lightning Lancers", the squadron pioneered radar interception while flying the P-61 Black Widow during World War II...

     (red tail stripe)
  • 69th Tactical Fighter Squadron
    69th Fighter Squadron
    The 69th Fighter Squadron is a United States Air Force Reserve fighter squadron. It is assigned to the 944th Operations Group, stationed at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona.-Mission:...

     (silver tail stripe)
  • 70th Tactical Fighter Squadron
    70th Fighter Squadron
    The 70th Fighter Squadron was most recently part of the 347th Wing at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. It operated OA-10 Thunderbolt aircraft conducting air superiority missions.-History:...

     (blue/white checkered tail stripe)


The 347th flew the McDonnel-Douglas F-4E until 1988, when it upgraded to the Block 15 General Dynamics F-16A/B. In 1990, the wing upgraded again to the Block 40 F-16C/D. Moody won the Commander-in-Chief's Installation Excellence Award for 1991, and the 1994 Verne Orr Award, which is presented by the Air Force Association to the unit that most effectively uses human resources to accomplish its mission. In June 1997, the 347th TFW was awarded the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award for the eighth time in its illustrious history.

As part of the implementation of the Objective Wing concept, the 347th was redesignated as the 347th Fighter Wing on 1 October 1991.

Air Combat Command

The Air Force reorganized the MAJCOMs at the end of the Cold War
Cold War
The Cold War was the continuing state from roughly 1946 to 1991 of political conflict, military tension, proxy wars, and economic competition between the Communist World—primarily the Soviet Union and its satellite states and allies—and the powers of the Western world, primarily the United States...

, and on 1 June 1992 Moody was reassigned from the inactivating Tactical Air Command to the new Air Combat Command
Air Combat Command
Air Combat Command is a major command of the United States Air Force. ACC is one of ten major commands , reporting to Headquarters, United States Air Force ....

.

As a result of the August 1992 destruction of Homestead AFB, Florida
Florida
Florida is a state in the southeastern United States, located on the nation's Atlantic and Gulf coasts. It is bordered to the west by the Gulf of Mexico, to the north by Alabama and Georgia and to the east by the Atlantic Ocean. With a population of 18,801,310 as measured by the 2010 census, it...

 by Hurricane Andrew
Hurricane Andrew
Hurricane Andrew was the third Category 5 hurricane to make landfall in the United States, after the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935 and Hurricane Camille in 1969. Andrew was the first named storm and only major hurricane of the otherwise inactive 1992 Atlantic hurricane season...

, the 31st Fighter Wing
31st Fighter Wing
The 31st Fighter Wing is a United States Air Force unit assigned to the United States Air Forces in Europe Third Air Force. It is stationed at Aviano Air Base, Italy where it is also the host unit....

's 307th
307th Fighter Squadron
The 307th Fighter Squadron is part of the 414th Fighter Group and stationed at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina.-Mission:...

 and 308th Fighter Squadron
308th Fighter Squadron
The 308th Fighter Squadron is part of the 56th Operations Group at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona.-Mission:The 308th FS , fly Block 42 F-16C/Ds, wearing the dark green and white checkerboard fin band onducting F-16 Fighting Falcon crew training for active duty USAF pilots.-World War II:Initially...

s were initially evacuated to Moody AFB prior to the hurricane making landfall. With Homestead unusable for an extended period after the hurricane, on 20 November the squadrons were permanently assigned to the 347 TFW. On 1 April 1994, the 308 FS was moved without personnel or equipment to the 56th Fighter Wing
56th Fighter Wing
The 56th Fighter Wing is a United States Air Force unit assigned to the Air Education and Training Command's Nineteenth Air Force. It is stationed at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona where it also is the host unit....

 at Luke AFB, Arizona
Arizona
Arizona ; is a state located in the southwestern region of the United States. It is also part of the western United States and the mountain west. The capital and largest city is Phoenix...

, replacing the 311 FS. The squadron's Block 40 F-16s were sent to Aviano AB, Italy
Italy
Italy , officially the Italian Republic languages]] under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. In each of these, Italy's official name is as follows:;;;;;;;;), is a unitary parliamentary republic in South-Central Europe. To the north it borders France, Switzerland, Austria and...

, where the 31 FW would later stand up as a United States Air Forces in Europe
United States Air Forces in Europe
The United States Air Forces in Europe is the United States Air Force component of U.S. European Command, a Department of Defense unified command, and is one of two Air Force Major Commands outside of the continental United States, the other being the Pacific Air Forces...

 (USAFE) unit.

As part of the realignment of the post Cold-War Air Force, HQ ACC converted and realigned the 347th Fighter Wing to the 347th Wing (347 WG) on 1 July 1994, with a new mission being that of a force projection, air/land composite wing. Squadrons of the 347th Wing were:
  • 52nd Airlift Squadron
    52nd Airlift Squadron
    The 52d Airlift Squadron is a Regular Component United States Air Force unit. Its currently assigned to the 19th Airlift Wing at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, but is based at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado...

     (C-130E) (green tail stripe - ROOS)
    Transferred without personnel or equipment from the deactivated 63d Military Airlift Wing
    63d Airlift Wing
    The 63d Airlift Wing is an inactive unit of the United States Air Force. Its last assignment was with Air Mobility Command, being stationed at Norton Air Force Base, California. It was inactivated on April 1, 1994.-Origins:...

     at the closing Norton AFB, California
    California
    California is a state located on the West Coast of the United States. It is by far the most populous U.S. state, and the third-largest by land area...

     on 1 May 1994. The 52 AS was previously a C-141B squadron at Norton AFB.
  • 68th Fighter Squadron
    68th Fighter Squadron
    The 68th Fighter Squadron was one of the most long-serving Fighter Squadrons in U.S. Air Force history, remaining activated almost continually for 60 years. Known as the "Lightning Lancers", the squadron pioneered radar interception while flying the P-61 Black Widow during World War II...

     (F-16C/D) (red tail stripe - LANCERS)
  • 69th Fighter Squadron
    69th Fighter Squadron
    The 69th Fighter Squadron is a United States Air Force Reserve fighter squadron. It is assigned to the 944th Operations Group, stationed at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona.-Mission:...

     (F-16C/D) (black tail stripe - WEREWOLVES)
  • 70th Fighter Squadron
    70th Fighter Squadron
    The 70th Fighter Squadron was most recently part of the 347th Wing at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. It operated OA-10 Thunderbolt aircraft conducting air superiority missions.-History:...

     (A/OA-10A) (blue/white tail stripe - WHITE KNIGHTS)
  • 71st Air Control Squadron MCE with AN/TPS-75 Radar - Ground Control Unit (ALLEYCAT)
  • 307th Fighter Squadron
    307th Fighter Squadron
    The 307th Fighter Squadron is part of the 414th Fighter Group and stationed at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina.-Mission:...

     (F-16C/D) (black tail stripe - STINGERS)


The 307 FS was inactivated on 31 August 1995 when F-16 operations at Moody were reduced in size.

On 1 April 1997 the 347th Wing added a combat search and rescue (CSAR) component with the addition of the 41st Rescue Squadron
41st Rescue Squadron
The 41st Rescue Squadron is part of the 347th Rescue Group at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. It operates HH-60 Pave Hawk aircraft conducting search and rescue missions.-Mission:...

 (41 RQS) with HH-60G helicopters and the 71st Rescue Squadron
71st Rescue Squadron
The 71st Rescue Squadron is part of the 347th Rescue Group at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. It flies HC-130 Hercules aircraft conducting search and rescue missions.-Mission:...

 (71 RQS) with specialized HC-130P aircraft, both units transferring from Patrick AFB, Florida
Florida
Florida is a state in the southeastern United States, located on the nation's Atlantic and Gulf coasts. It is bordered to the west by the Gulf of Mexico, to the north by Alabama and Georgia and to the east by the Atlantic Ocean. With a population of 18,801,310 as measured by the 2010 census, it...

. To make room for these squadrons, the 52d Airlift Squadron was deactivated, with its C-130s being transferred to the 71 RQS.

Forty-two years after Combat Crew training ended at Moody, HQ ACC returned that mission to Moody with the activation of the 479th Flying Training Group under Nineteenth Air Force
Nineteenth Air Force
The Nineteenth Air Force is a Numbered Air Force of the United States Air Force headquartered at Randolph Air Force Base and belonging to the Air Education and Training Command...

. The group was activated at Moody on 1 October 2000 with the arrival of the 49th Flying Training Squadron (FTS) from Columbus AFB, Mississippi
Mississippi
Mississippi is a U.S. state located in the Southern United States. Jackson is the state capital and largest city. The name of the state derives from the Mississippi River, which flows along its western boundary, whose name comes from the Ojibwe word misi-ziibi...

. The 49th FTS flew AT-38Bs and T-38Cs. The squadron taught Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals (IFF) training for new Undergraduate Pilot graduates destined for fighter aircraft.

On 2 April 2001, the 479th FTG expanded to a second squadron with the activation of the 3d Flying Training Squadron
3d Flying Training Squadron
The 3d Fighter Training Squadron is part of the 71st Operations Group under the 71st Flying Training Wing. It operates the T-38 Talon aircraft conducting flight training.-Mission:...

, flying the T-6A Texan II. The 435th Flying Training Squadron transferred from Randolph AFB Texas
Texas
Texas is the second largest U.S. state by both area and population, and the largest state by area in the contiguous United States.The name, based on the Caddo word "Tejas" meaning "friends" or "allies", was applied by the Spanish to the Caddo themselves and to the region of their settlement in...

 on 1 October 2001 to become the third training squadron, equipped with T-38Cs.

These aircraft all carried the Tail Code "MY". The 49 FTS and 435 FTS conducted an advanced pilot training and the Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals (IFF) course for recently winged USAF Navigator/Combat Systems Officers en route to Weapons System Officer (WSO) assignments in the F-15E Strike Eagle
F-15E Strike Eagle
The McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle is an all-weather multirole fighter, derived from the McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle. The F-15E was designed in the 1980s for long-range, high speed interdiction without relying on escort or electronic warfare aircraft. United States Air Force F-15E Strike...

 aircraft and recently winged pilots en route to the F-22 Raptor
F-22 Raptor
The Lockheed Martin/Boeing F-22 Raptor is a single-seat, twin-engine fifth-generation supermaneuverable fighter aircraft that uses stealth technology. It was designed primarily as an air superiority fighter, but has additional capabilities that include ground attack, electronic warfare, and signals...

, F-15C/D Eagle
F-15 Eagle
The McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle is a twin-engine, all-weather tactical fighter designed by McDonnell Douglas to gain and maintain air superiority in aerial combat. It is considered among the most successful modern fighters with over 100 aerial combat victories with no losses in dogfights...

, F-16 Fighting Falcon
F-16 Fighting Falcon
The General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon is a multirole jet fighter aircraft originally developed by General Dynamics for the United States Air Force . Designed as an air superiority day fighter, it evolved into a successful all-weather multirole aircraft. Over 4,400 aircraft have been built since...

, and A-10 Thunderbolt II
A-10 Thunderbolt II
The Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II is an American single-seat, twin-engine, straight-wing jet aircraft developed by Fairchild-Republic in the early 1970s. The A-10 was designed for a United States Air Force requirement to provide close air support for ground forces by attacking tanks,...

. The 3d FTS provided basic pilot training.

The F-16s of the 347th Wing began to be transferred out as the "Composite Wing" concept ended at Moody. The 70 FS was deactivated on 30 June 2000, the 69 FS deactivated on 2 February 2001, and the 68 FS was deactivated on 1 April. The F-16s and A-10s/OA-10s were transferred to various active-duty, Air Force Reserve Command
Air Force Reserve Command
The Air Force Reserve Command is a major command of the U.S. Air Force with its headquarters at Robins AFB, Georgia.It stood up as a major command of the Air Force on 17 February 1997....

 and Air National Guard
Air National Guard
The Air National Guard , often referred to as the Air Guard, is the air force militia organized by each of the fifty U.S. states, the commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the territories of Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia of the United States. Established under Title 10 and...

 squadrons both in CONUS as well as overseas. On 1 May 2001, the 347th Wing stood down as a composite wing and stood up as the 347th Rescue Wing (347 RQW), becoming the Air Force's only active-duty combat search and rescue wing.

On 1 October 2003, Moody was transferred from Air Combat Command to Air Force Special Operations Command
Air Force Special Operations Command
Air Force Special Operations Command is the Special Operations component of the United States Air Force and the US Air Force component command to the United States Special Operations Command , a unified command located at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida...

 (AFSOC). With the change of assignment the The 347th Rescue Wing was transferred from ACC to AFSOC. This was a short-lived experiment that temporarily placed all USAF air rescue assets (Active, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard) under AFSOC. On 1 October 2005, the 347 RQW returned to Air Combat Command control along with Moody AFB.

Modern era

As a result of BRAC 2005, several changes occurred at Moody to accommodate the needs of the changing Air Force.
  • The 347th Rescue Wing was redesignated the 23d Wing. The 347th Rescue Group and 563d Rescue Group remained under the 23d Wing, and the 23d Fighter Group was reassigned to Moody from Pope AFB, North Carolina
    North Carolina
    North Carolina is a state located in the southeastern United States. The state borders South Carolina and Georgia to the south, Tennessee to the west and Virginia to the north. North Carolina contains 100 counties. Its capital is Raleigh, and its largest city is Charlotte...

     with two A-10 Thunderbolt II
    A-10 Thunderbolt II
    The Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II is an American single-seat, twin-engine, straight-wing jet aircraft developed by Fairchild-Republic in the early 1970s. The A-10 was designed for a United States Air Force requirement to provide close air support for ground forces by attacking tanks,...

     Squadrons. In addition, the 820th Security Forces Group was assigned to the 23d Wing but would eventually be reassigned to the 93d Air Ground Operations Wing, also located at Moody AFB. Along with accepting the 23d Wing designation, Moody AFB accepted the responsibility of carrying on the historic Flying Tigers
    Flying Tigers
    The 1st American Volunteer Group of the Chinese Air Force in 1941–1942, famously nicknamed the Flying Tigers, was composed of pilots from the United States Army , Navy , and Marine Corps , recruited under presidential sanction and commanded by Claire Lee Chennault. The ground crew and headquarters...

     heritage. In addition to the A-10s from Pope, an additional twelve A-10 aircraft were received from the inactivating 355th Fighter Squadron
    355th Fighter Squadron
    The 355th Fighter Squadron is an inactive United States Air Force unit. Its last assignment was that of a subordinate unit of the 354th Fighter Wing based at Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska, flying the Republic A/OA-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft...

     at Eielson AFB, Alaska
    Alaska
    Alaska is the largest state in the United States by area. It is situated in the northwest extremity of the North American continent, with Canada to the east, the Arctic Ocean to the north, and the Pacific Ocean to the west and south, with Russia further west across the Bering Strait...

    .

  • The 479th Flying Training Group
    479th Flying Training Group
    The 479th Flying Training Group is a United States Air Force unit, stationed at Naval Air Station Pensacola . A component of Air Education and Training Command , the 479 FTG was activated on 2 October 2009.-Overview:...

     was inactivated on 21 July 2007, ending pilot training at Moody. Its squadrons, aircraft and equipment were assigned to other Air Education and Training Command
    Air Education and Training Command
    Air Education and Training Command was established July 1, 1993, with the realignment of Air Training Command and Air University. It is one of the U.S. Air Force's ten major commands and reports to Headquarters, United States Air Force....

     units.

Other Historical Facts

U.S. President George W. Bush
George W. Bush
George Walker Bush is an American politician who served as the 43rd President of the United States, from 2001 to 2009. Before that, he was the 46th Governor of Texas, having served from 1995 to 2000....

 trained as an Air Force pilot at Moody AFB. He trained at Moody AFB beginning on 25 November 1968 to 28 November 1969 (UPT Course #P-V4A-A Moody AFB, GA, 53 weeks, November 1969). After transitional training in the F-102 Delta Dagger at the former Perrin AFB, Texas
Texas
Texas is the second largest U.S. state by both area and population, and the largest state by area in the contiguous United States.The name, based on the Caddo word "Tejas" meaning "friends" or "allies", was applied by the Spanish to the Caddo themselves and to the region of their settlement in...

, he was assigned to the 147th Fighter Interceptor Group (now 147th Reconnaissance Wing
147th Reconnaissance Wing
The United States Air Force's 147th Reconnaissance Wing is a Texas Air National Guard reconnaissance unit located at Ellington Field, Houston, Texas.-History:The 147th Fighter Interceptor Group was activated in May 1958 by the Texas Air National Guard...

) of the Texas Air National Guard
Texas Air National Guard
The Texas Air National Guard is the air force militia of the U.S. state of Texas and a component of the Texas Military Forces...

 at Ellington Field
Ellington Field
Ellington International Airport is a joint civil-military airport located in the U.S. state of Texas within the city of Houston— southeast of Downtown. Established by the Army Air Service on 21 May 1917, Ellington Field was one of the initial World War I Army Air Service installations when...

 Air National Guard
Air National Guard
The Air National Guard , often referred to as the Air Guard, is the air force militia organized by each of the fifty U.S. states, the commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the territories of Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia of the United States. Established under Title 10 and...

 Base, Texas.

The life of the African American
African American
African Americans are citizens or residents of the United States who have at least partial ancestry from any of the native populations of Sub-Saharan Africa and are the direct descendants of enslaved Africans within the boundaries of the present United States...

 personnel of the base was immortalized in the comedy monologue with music, "Callin' Moody Field" by Miss Peaches
Miss Peaches
Miss Peaches was the stage name of Elsie Higgs Griner Jr., a comedian and singer. Although Miss Griner was white, Miss Peaches spoke in a broad African-American dialect...

, a rhythm and blues
Rhythm and blues
Rhythm and blues, often abbreviated to R&B, is a genre of popular African American music that originated in the 1940s. The term was originally used by record companies to describe recordings marketed predominantly to urban African Americans, at a time when "urbane, rocking, jazz based music with a...

 hit in the late 1950s.

Major commands to which assigned

  • AAF Technical Training Command, 26 June 1941
  • Air Corps Flying Training Comd, 1 February 1942
Redesignated: AAF Flying Training Comd, 18 March 1942
Redesignated: AAF Training Comd, 31 July 1943
  • First Air Force
    First Air Force
    The First Air Force is a numbered air force of the United States Air Force Air Combat Command . It is headquartered at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida....

    , 1 May 1945
  • Continental Air Forces, 16 April 1945
  • Army Air Force Training Comd, 1 November 1945
Redesignated: Air Training Command
Air Training Command
Air Training Command is a former major command of the United States Army Air Forces and United States Air Force. ATC came into being as a redesignation of the Army Air Forces Training Command on July 1, 1946...

*, 1 July 1946

  • Tactical Air Command
    Tactical Air Command
    Tactical Air Command is an inactive United States Air Force organization. It was a Major Command of the United States Air Force, established on 21 March 1946 being headquartered at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia...

    *, 1 September 1947
  • Continental Air Command
    Continental Air Command
    Continental Air Command was a Major Command of the United States Air Force responsible primarily for administering the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve.-Lineage:...

    *, 1 December 1948
  • Strategic Air Command
    Strategic Air Command
    The Strategic Air Command was both a Major Command of the United States Air Force and a "specified command" of the United States Department of Defense. SAC was the operational establishment in charge of America's land-based strategic bomber aircraft and land-based intercontinental ballistic...

    , 1 April 1951
  • Air Training Command
    Air Training Command
    Air Training Command is a former major command of the United States Army Air Forces and United States Air Force. ATC came into being as a redesignation of the Army Air Forces Training Command on July 1, 1946...

    , 1 September 1951
  • Tactical Air Command
    Tactical Air Command
    Tactical Air Command is an inactive United States Air Force organization. It was a Major Command of the United States Air Force, established on 21 March 1946 being headquartered at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia...

    , 1 December 1975
  • Air Combat Command
    Air Combat Command
    Air Combat Command is a major command of the United States Air Force. ACC is one of ten major commands , reporting to Headquarters, United States Air Force ....

    , 1 June 1992
  • Air Force Special Operations Command
    Air Force Special Operations Command
    Air Force Special Operations Command is the Special Operations component of the United States Air Force and the US Air Force component command to the United States Special Operations Command , a unified command located at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida...

    , 1 October 2003
  • Air Combat Command
    Air Combat Command
    Air Combat Command is a major command of the United States Air Force. ACC is one of ten major commands , reporting to Headquarters, United States Air Force ....

    , 1 August 2005–present


* Note: Field placed on reduced status, 1 July 1946. Inactivated 15 August 1946. Reactivated 1 April 1951. Base remained under Major Command jurisdiction while in inactive status.

Major units assigned

  • HQ, Air Corps Advanced Flying School, Valdosta GA, 17 June - 25 November 1941
  • 78th Air Base Group, 25 November 1941 - 1 May 1944
  • 29th Flying Training Wing, 26 December 1942 - 1 April 1945
  • 3103d Army Air Force Base Unit, 1 May 1944 - 1 April 1945
  • 140th Army Air Force Base Unit, 30 April 1945 - 31 October 1945
Redesignated 225th Army Air Force Base Unit, 1 November 1945 - 15 August 1946
  • Army Air Force Flight School, Basic, 1 November 1945 - 15 August 1946
  • 4409th Standby Base Squadron, 1 September 1947 - 25 November 1949
  • 146th Fighter-Bomber Group
    146th Airlift Wing
    The United States Air Force's 146th Airlift Wing is a unit located at Naval Air Station Point Mugu, California.-Mission:The 146th AW's primary mission is to provide global military airlift capability to a full spectrum of state and federal agencies...

(California
California
California is a state located on the West Coast of the United States. It is by far the most populous U.S. state, and the third-largest by land area...

 Air National Guard
Air National Guard
The Air National Guard , often referred to as the Air Guard, is the air force militia organized by each of the fifty U.S. states, the commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the territories of Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia of the United States. Established under Title 10 and...

), 10 May - 25 October 1951
  • 3350th Training Wing (Various Designations), 1 September 1951 - 1 December 1973
  • USAF Advanced Fighter-Interceptor School, 1 December 1951 - 1 January 1961
  • USAF Instrument Pilot Instructor School, 1 December 1951 - 1 March 1958
  • USAF Interceptor Weapons School, 1 July 1954 - 1 January 1960

  • 4756th Air Defense Group
    4756th Air Defense Group
    The 4756th Air Defense Group is a discontinued United States Air Force organization. Its last assignment was with the 4756th Air Defense Wing, being stationed at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida...

    , 10 February 1955 - 10 April 1957
  • 38th Flying Training Wing
    38th Combat Support Wing
    The 38th Combat Support Wing is an inactive wing of the United States Air Force. Its last assignment was with Third Air Force , being inactivated on 1 May 2007 at Ramstein Air Base, Germany....

    , 1 December 1973 - 1 December 1975
  • 347th Tactical Fighter Wing, 1 December 1975 - 1 June 1992
Redesignated: 347th Fighter Wing, 1 June 1992 - 1 July 1994
Redesignated: 347th Wing, 1 July 1994 - 1 May 2001
Redesignated: 347th Rescue Wing, 1 May 2001 - 29 September 2006
Redesignated: 23d Wing
23d Wing
The 23d Wing is a front-line United States Air Force Air Combat Command wing currently assigned to Moody Air Force Base, Georgia.-Mission:The mission of the 23d Wing is to organize, train and employ combat-ready A-10, HC-130 and HH-60, as well as pararescuemen and force protection assets...

, 29 September 2006
23d Fighter Group
23d Fighter Group
The 23d Fighter Group is a United States Air Force unit. It is assigned to the 23d Wing and stationed at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia....

 assigned as subordinate unit, 29 September 2006 - present
347th Rescue Group
347th Rescue Group
The United States Air Force's 347th Rescue Group is an active combat search and rescue unit assigned to the 23d Wing at Moody AFB, Georgia.-Mission:...

 assigned as subordinate unit, 29 September 2006 - present
  • 479th Flying Training Group
    479th Flying Training Group
    The 479th Flying Training Group is a United States Air Force unit, stationed at Naval Air Station Pensacola . A component of Air Education and Training Command , the 479 FTG was activated on 2 October 2009.-Overview:...

    , 1 October 2000 - 21 July 2007
  • 820th Security Forces Group, 1 September 2000–present
  • 563d Rescue Group, 1 October 2003–present
  • 93d Air-Ground Operations Wing, 25 January 2008–present

References for history summation major commands and major units

Geography

Moody AFB is located at 30°58′48"N 83°12′51"W (30.980083, -83.214246).

The residential area of the base is a census-designated place
Census-designated place
A census-designated place is a concentration of population identified by the United States Census Bureau for statistical purposes. CDPs are delineated for each decennial census as the statistical counterparts of incorporated places such as cities, towns and villages...

 (CDP), with a population of 993 at the 2000 census
United States Census, 2000
The Twenty-second United States Census, known as Census 2000 and conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2000, to be 281,421,906, an increase of 13.2% over the 248,709,873 persons enumerated during the 1990 Census...

.

As of the census
Census
A census is the procedure of systematically acquiring and recording information about the members of a given population. It is a regularly occurring and official count of a particular population. The term is used mostly in connection with national population and housing censuses; other common...

of 2000, there were 993 people, 275 households, and 270 families residing in the base. The population density
Population density
Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume. It is frequently applied to living organisms, and particularly to humans...

 was 2,452.6 people per square mile (958.5/km²). There were 330 housing units at an average density of 815.1/sq mi (318.5/km²). The racial makeup of the base was 69.49% White, 23.26% Black or African American
Race (United States Census)
Race and ethnicity in the United States Census, as defined by the Federal Office of Management and Budget and the United States Census Bureau, are self-identification data items in which residents choose the race or races with which they most closely identify, and indicate whether or not they are...

, 0.10% Native American, 2.52% Asian, 0.40% Pacific Islander, 2.42% from other races
Race (United States Census)
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, and 1.81% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.55% of the population.

There were 275 households out of which 85.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 89.5% were married couples
Marriage
Marriage is a social union or legal contract between people that creates kinship. It is an institution in which interpersonal relationships, usually intimate and sexual, are acknowledged in a variety of ways, depending on the culture or subculture in which it is found...

 living together, 5.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 1.8% were non-families. 1.1% of all households were made up of individuals and none had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.61 and the average family size was 3.63.

The median income for a household in the base was $36,058. The per capita income
Per capita income
Per capita income or income per person is a measure of mean income within an economic aggregate, such as a country or city. It is calculated by taking a measure of all sources of income in the aggregate and dividing it by the total population...

 for the base was $11,452. About 2.8% of families and 2.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.1% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.

See also

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  • Georgia World War II Army Airfields
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