Construction of the “Las Vegas Army Air Field” began in March 1941 and was later renamed Nellis Air Force Base (Nellis AFB) in April 1950. Nellis AFB provides advanced combat training for composite strike forces, which includes every type of aircraft in the Air Force inventory. Training is commonly conducted in conjunction with air and grounds units of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and allied forces from throughout the world. Nellis AFB also conducts operational testing and develops tactics. The base also supports combat search and rescue and remotely piloted aircraft operations.
Nellis AFB is known as the “Home of the Fighter Pilot”. It is the pinnacle of advanced air combat aviation training. The bases all-encompassing mission is accomplished through an array of aircraft: A-10; F-15C; F-15E; F-22A; F-16; RQ-1A and MQ-1 Predator remotely piloted aircraft; and HH-60G helicopters.
The base is located approximately eight miles northeast of downtown Las Vegas. Most active personnel stationed at Nellis AFB prefer to live within minutes of the base and find terrific neighborhoods in North Las Vegas or eastern sections of Las Vegas. It’s worth noting to our readers that Nellis AFB may be reached in less than forty-five minutes from anywhere in the Vegas valley. That’s if you take a car – not a jet!
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365th Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Group
414th Combat Trainig Squadron “Red Flag”
505th Test and Evaluation Group
53d Test and Evaluation Group
547th Intelligence Squadron
561st Joint Tactics Squadron
563d Rescue Group, Operating Location-Alpha
64th Aggressor Squadron
66th Rescue Squadron
6th Combat Training Squadron
820th Red Horse Squadron
99th Air Base Wing
U.S. Air Force Warfare Center
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