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Beale Air Force Base

9th Reconnaissance Wing
17800 B Street, Beale AFB, CA 95903

Beale Air Force Base opened in October 1942, as a training site for the 13th Armored Division and later the 81st and 16th Infantry Divisions under the name Camp Beale. It was named for Edward Fitzgerald Beale, a man who experimented with camels as replacements for Army mules and who was one of California’s largest landholders.


In 1948, the camp transferred from the Army to the Air Force. The Air Force conducted bombardier and navigator training at Beale, and in 1951 activated the Beale Bombing and Gunnery Range for aviation engineer training.


Beale AFB is steeped in history, yet at the same time it soars in the forefront of the Air Force’s future in Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance technology.


Beale AFB’s mission is to train, deploy and employ Beale Airmen and assets to deliver globally integrated Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance in support of National Objectives.

Arriving at Beale AFB

Upon arrival, all military personnel must first report to their squadron’s Commander Support Staff (CSS). You will be scheduled by your CSS for an appointment at the Beale Welcome Center, located in the Beale Community Center for one-stop in-processing (spouses are encouraged to attend with you). You will meet with Military Personnel Flight, Comptroller, and Airman & Family Readiness where you will be scheduled for Medical Monday (where you will in-process the clinic),  Newcomer Orientation and First Term Airmen’s Center (if applicable). The Welcome Center is open Monday through Friday 0800-1400, with the exception of the last Friday of each month.


Your sponsor should accompany you to your initial appointment at the Welcome Center. Required items for your initial appointment: IDA worksheet, orders and any amendments, envelope from your losing base, BMT graduation/Tech school certificates if applicable, all travel receipts. If you acquired or removed any dependents enroute bring legal documentation of such, i.e., marriage license, birth certificate, etc.


Arrival After Duty Hours

The lodging office, or “Gold Country Inn,” is the base’s 24-hour arrival point, located at 5786 A St. The main office is snuggled between the dormitories. Directional signs are posted on base to ease your arrival. Once there, lodging personnel will assist you in contacting your sponsor if your sponsor did not meet you at the airport or a previously arranged designated location. Upon notification, your sponsor should meet you at the arrival point.


A statement of non-availability is required from the Gold Country Inn for reimbursement of off-base lodging costs. Therefore, ensure you check in with the Gold Country Inn before booking off base lodging.

Base Population
There are more than 36,000 Active Duty, Reserve, Guard, military family members, civilians, and retirees assigned to Beale AFB.