Welcome to Beale Air Force Base, home of the 9th Reconnaissance Wing. The base, which covers nearly 23,000 acres, is in northern California’s Yuba County, surrounded by rice fields and grazing land. The base is about
15 miles east of the cities of Marysville and Yuba City and about 45 miles north of Sacramento, which is the state capital.
Beale AFB is steeped in history, but is at the forefront of the Air Force’s future in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance technology. The base’s mission is to train, deploy and employ airmen and assets to deliver combat power and globally integrated intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance in support of national objectives. Beale personnel are the eyes and ears for the combatant commands. National leaders rely on their capabilities and expertise.
Units at Beale include the host wing, the 9th Reconnaissance Wing, and several associate units and detachments, including the 940th Air Refueling Wing; the 548th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group; the 7th Space Warning Squadron; and the 713th Combat Operations Squadron.
The base is host to a medium-sized community of approximately 4,200 active-duty members, 5,100 family members, 1,300 civilians, 700 reservists, and 25,000 retirees, widows and retiree family members.