Beale Air Force Base

Beale Air Force Base
17800 13th St
Yuba City, CA 95903
1 (530) 634-3000

Established: 1942
Base Type: Air Force


Beale AFB Address

Beale Air Force Base, or Beale AFB is one of the larger US Air Force Bases located outside of Linda, about 10 miles (16 km) east of Marysville California and near Yuba County. It is about 40 miles (64 km) north of Sacramento, California.

Basic Information

Beale AFB is under the control of the Air Combat Command,  the home of the 9th Reconnaissance Wing (9 RW), which also serves as the host wing for the base.

The 9 RW is responsible for gathering intelligence that influences Presidential and Congressional decisions relative to national defense. To fulfil this mission, this wing utilizes a fleet of aircraft such as the RQ-4 Global Hawk, U-2 Dragon Lady,  and the MC-12 Liberty.

Beale is a large base in terms of land, nearly 23,000 acres of rolling hills in Northern California. It has five gates providing access on all sides of the base, although visitors can only enter through the main gate. It is home base to about 4,000 military personnel.

Organization and Roles

9th Reconnaissance Wing

The 9th Reconnaissance Wing is under the Air Combat Command has four groups under it.

9th Operations Group

The 9th Operations Group is the operational flying component of the 9th RW and uses such aircraft as U-2 Dragon Lady and RQ-4 Global Hawk for various missions within and outside the country. Their missions include peacetime intelligence gathering,  war operations, Emergency War Support.

9th Maintenance Group

The 9th Maintenance Group is responsible for various maintenance operations especially of aircraft and the Air Force’s focal point for providing mass ammunition production training.

9th Mission Support Group

The 9th Mission Support Group has 8 squadrons with various roles, providing support to missions by way of logistical support, infrastructure, security, communications, personnel support and other functions related to home station sustainment.

9th Medical Group

The 9th Medical Group provides medical support for the Beale AFB beneficiaries and supports Beale’s high-altitude flyers in the U-2 aircraft.

The Beale AFB Clinic is located at 15301 Warren Shingle Road near the base housing and provides comprehensive healthcare and health information support to the Beale AFB community.

940th Air Refueling Wing

The 940th Air Refueling Wing’s  mission is to provide citizen airmen support of United States national security objectives as an air refueling unit worldwide and is stationed at Beale AFB is under the Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) and has a headquarters element, three groups, and two squadrons:

548th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group

The 548th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group has 5 squadrons and uses specialized aircraft to gather imagery and signals data for use of joint/combined force and component commanders. Aside from collecting data, the Group is likewise capable to deploy personnel and assets as needed by theater commanders.

940th Operations Group

They provide trained, ready, deployable Air Force Reserve KC-135R flight crews and operations support personnel. They are ready to deploy worldwide to support combatant commander requirements and Air Mobility Command tasking.

940th Maintenance Group

The group has two maintenance squadrons responsible for flight line maintenance, quality assurance, and shop maintenance support of the air refuelling aircraft.

940th Mission Support Group

The 940th Mission Support Group has five subordinate units (squadrons) which provide infrastructure and support functions, logistical support, and communications.

234th Intelligence Squadron

This is the California Air National Guard squadron and its mission is to integrate with and support the 548th Intelligence Group in terms of full-spectrum imagery exploitation and multi-disciplinary products to the Total Force, as an exploitation arm for U-2, Global Hawk and Predator unmanned aerial vehicles.

In addition, this Squadron has a state mission to protect of life and property, preservation of peace, order, public safety and disaster relief in times of calamities such as earthquakes, floods and forest fires; provide search and rescue, and protection of vital public services and support to civil defense.

7th Space Warning Squadron

The 7th Space Warning Squadron guards the U.S. West Coast and monitors and provides all possible information about sea-launched ballistic missiles. Also detects earth-orbiting satellites and reports any retrieved information to several Command Authorities.


Camp Beale was named after Edward Fitzgerald Beale (1822–1893), a former lieutenant in the US Navy who went on to become a Brigadier General in the California State Militia between 1840 and 1860.

The Early Years

Before the base even became Camp Beale, it was just grassland and rolling hills. The US government then acquired this vast expanse (87,000 acres)  and named it Camp Beale in October of 1942. It served as a training ground for the  13th Armored Division. Camp Beale also became the training post for the  81st and 96th Infantry Division including handling tanks, artillery and weaponry training.

During World War II, Camp Beale had about 60,000 soldiers and German prisoners of war, while maintaining a 1000-bed hospital.

In 1948, Camp Beale shifted from the US Army to the US Air Force Base and was used for bombardier and navigator training. Eventually, in October of 1949, the base was named Beale Bombing and Gunnery Range.

The 1950s

In 1951, the base was again renamed to Beale Air Force Base and has become a training ground for aviation engineers. It also ran an Air Base Defense School, and these brought about further rehabilitation of the existing facilities.

In 1952, the base was placed on inactive status for the next six years to pave the way for its conversion to an operational airbase. The Headquarters and the Aviation Engineer Force took charge during this time as a runway and other support facilities were put in place, with the 2275th Air Base Squadron as the coordinating organization. This construction included the hangars, barracks, warehouses and maintenance shops plus other support infrastructure.

It was also during this time that Beale AFB ceased to be used as a bombing range. Eventually, the Government declared parts of the base as excessive and huge parts of it were sold off to the public and some turned over to the State of California to be converted into what is now the Spenceville Wildlife and Recreation area.

The year 1956 marked the year that the US Air Force started using the latest U-2 aircraft.

In 1959, the Air Defense Command established the Semi-Automatic Ground Environment (SAGE) Data Center which is a network linking the Air Force General Surveillance Radar stations into a centralized Data Center in preparation for a Soviet nuclear attack.

It was in the same year, February 1959, that Beale was established by  Strategic Air Command as an operational USAF base.

Col Paul Carlton assumed command of Beale’s 4126th Strategic Wing in May 1959, and under his command,  KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft arrived two months later on 7 July 1959. Months later, in September 1959, he declared that  Beale AFB  would be the fifth HGM-25A Titan I missile installation.

The 1960s

In 1961, the 851st Strategic Missile Squadron (Titan I) was activated by the Air Force. The workers had difficulty placing the missile on the silo, though it was done shortly, the accidents working on the missiles continued. In 1962, there were 2 separate explosions and on another occasion, one worker was even killed.

In 1963, the  4126th Strategic Wing was redesignated as 456th Strategic Aerospace Wing (456th SAW) and its mission was that of strategic bombardment and missile readiness training.

In May 1964, then Defense Secretary McNamara directed the accelerated phaseout of the Atlas and Titan I ICBMs and within 3 months, the 851st Strategic Missile Squadron was inactivated.

With Titan 1 inactivation, 456th SAW was recommissioned as the 456th Bombardment Wing (456th BW), which was responsible for flying the B-52 and KC-135 aircraft.

The 1970s and 80s

On 30 September 1975, the 456th BW was inactivated and were redesignated as the 17th Bombardment Wing which continued the global strategic bombardment. With the phaseout of the B-52 at Beale, however, the 17th BW was inactivated.

The 17th BW’s KC-135 tanker aircraft were subsequently reassigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing, which was moved to Beale from Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona which was phased out. Primarily, the mission of the 100th ARW was to refuel SR-71s of the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing. Due to budget restrictions however, SR-71 was retired and the 100 ARW remained at Beale until 15 March 1983.  The assets of 100 ARW were absorbed by the senior 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, to adapt the one-base, one-wing concept.

Beale AFB Today

Beale AFB’s host wing is the 9th Reconnaissance Wing, and the mission is collecting intelligence to affect Presidential and Congressional decisions that affect national defense.

Gate and Hours

Gate Access
Beale Air Force Base have Five Gates, but only two are 24-hour gates. The Wheatland Gate and the Doolittle Gate are both 24 hours while the Schneider Gate, Vassar Lake Gate, and the Grass Valley gates are open Daily from 5:00am-9:00pm.

Gate Hours:
Main Gate-Schnieder: Mon.- Sun. 0500 – 2100
Vassar Lake: Mon.-Sun. 0500 – 2100
Wheatland Gate: Closed for Maintenance. | Expected to open November 2018.
Doolittle Gate: This Gate is open: 24/7
Grass Valley Gate: Mon.-Sun. 0500 – 2100

Quick Reference

Beale AFB Chapel
15001 Camp Beale Hwy,
Beale AFB, CA 95903
(503) 634-4701
(503) 634-4705

Contrails Dining Facility
17853 C St, Bldg 2490,
Beale AFB, CA 95903

Beale AFB Education Center
17849 AFB, CA 95903
(503) 634-2525

Equal Opportunity
(503) 634-2069

Family Advocacy
(503) 634-3423

Airman & Family Readiness Center
17800 B Street,
Beale AFB, CA 95903
(503) 634-2863

Public Affairs
(503) 634-8887

Finance Office
17855 Warren Shingle Rd.
Beale AFB, CA 95903
(503) 634-2202

Housing Management
17860 Warren Shingle Blvd
Beale AFB, CA 95903
(503) 634-2792

Legal Services
17801 Warren Shingle Rd
Beale AFB, CA 95903
(503) 634-2928

Post Office
17852 16th Street
(503) 788-2401

Base Surroundings

Yuba Sutter Mall
1215 Colusa Ave,
Yuba City, CA 95991
(503) 755-2500

The Plaza
230 1st St,
Marysville, CA 95901
(530) 777-7777

Community Memorial Museum Of Sutter County
1333 Butte House Rd,
Yuba City, CA 95993
(503) 822-7141

Happy Park
1871 Pebble Beach Dr,
Yuba City, CA 95993
(503) 822-4650

Historic Nagasawa Building
1001-1025 State Hwy 20,
Marysville, CA 95901
(503) 751-9640

Mary Aaron Memorial Museum
704 D St,
Marysville, CA 95901
(503) 743-1004

Base Listings

The numbers for Fairchild Air Force Base have low accuracy due to its unique utilization. Entire companies are rotated through on a regular basis, so large portions of the phone directory are subject to change without notice. Please contact the base operator at (509) 247-1212 if you experience any difficulty reaching your desired contact.

NameLevel NamePhone
Reconnaissance Squadron 12th 1 (530) 634-1110
Intelligence Squadron 13th 1 (530) 634-4102
Reconnaissance Squadron 13th 1 (530) 634-1505
Reconnaissance Squadron 1st 1 (530) 634-8732
Intelligence Squadron 48th 1 (530) 634-4193
Intelligence Group 548th 1 (530) 634-5974
Space Warning Squadron 7th 1 (530) 634-5277
Medical Group 9 1 (530) 634-4831
Health Benefits Advisor 9 Medical Group 1 (530) 634-4817
Wing 940 1 (530) 634-0940
Reconnaissance Squadron 99th 1 (530) 634-8190
Aircraft Maintenance Squadron 9th 1 (530) 634-4041
Civil Engineering Squadron 9th 1 (530) 634-2944
Comptroller Squadron 9th 1 (530) 634-2182
Contracting Squadron 9th 1 (530) 634-2868
Force Support Squadron 9th 1 (530) 634-2766
Intelligence Squadron 9th 1 (530) 634-3173
Logistics Readiness Squadron 9th 1 (530) 634-8707
Maintenance Group 9th 1 (530) 634-9351
Maintenance Operations Squadron 9th 1 (530) 634-8599
Maintenance Squadron 9th 1 (530) 634-8609
Medical Group 9th 1 (530) 634-4838
Mission Support Group 9th 1 (530) 634-2311
Munitions Squadron/AFCOMAC 9th 1 (530) 634-3691
Operations Group 9th 1 (530) 634-9366
Operations Support Squadron 9th 1 (530) 634-2098
Reconnaissance Wing 9th 1 (530) 634-2692
ID/DEERS Customer Service 9th Support Division 1 (530) 634-3187
Personnel Office AAFES 1 (530) 788-0979
Flight Line Barber Shop 1 (530) 634-9180
Education Center Beale Air Force Base 1 (530) 634-2525
Auto Hobby Center Beale Air Force Base 1 (530) 634-2296
Housing Office Beale Air Force Base 1 (530) 788-9500
Barber/Beauty Shop - Main Base Beale Air Force Base 1 (530) 788-7527
Casualty Assistance Officer Beale Air Force Base 1 (530) 634-2863
Foothills Chapel Beale Air Force Base 1 (530) 634-4701
Valley Chapel Beale Air Force Base 1 (530) 634-2306
Child Development Center Beale Air Force Base 1 (530) 634-4717
Airman and Family Readiness Center Beale Air Force Base 1 (530) 634-2863
Civilian Personnel Office Beale Air Force Base 1 (530) 634-2255
Commissary Beale Air Force Base 1 (530) 634-2422
Dental Beale Air Force Base 1 (530) 634-4782
Personal and Family Readiness Program Beale Air Force Base 1 (530) 634-2863
American Red Cross Beale Air Force Base 1 (530) 673-1460
Main Exchange Beale Air Force Base 1 (530) 788-0221
Family Advocacy Program Beale Air Force Base 1 (530) 634-3423
Family Home Day Care Program Beale Air Force Base 1 (530) 634-5637
Military/Travel Pay Beale Air Force Base 1 (530) 634-2202
Sierra Central Credit Union Beale Air Force Base 1 (530) 671-4411
Coyote Run Golf Course Beale Air Force Base 1 (530) 778-0192