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9th Maintenance Group

9th Maintenance Group

Beale AFB 9th Maintenance Group


The 9th Maintenance Group is made up of the 9th Maintenance Operation Flight, the 9th Maintenance Squadron, the 9th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and the 9th Munitions Squadron. The group provides flightline maintenance, back shop maintenance and quality assurance in support of U-2 high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft, T-38 companion trainers, MC-12 surveillance aircraft andRQ-4 Global Hawk. The group is responsible for a $7 million annual budget. The group is also the Air Force’s single focal point for providing mass ammunition production training.


The Maintenance Operation Flight’s primary mission is planning and monitoring the long-term global health of the U-2 and RQ-4 fleets. The centerpiece of the flight is the Maintenance Operations Center, which provides command and control of U-2, T-38, RQ-4 and transient aircraft maintenance. The MOCis also the focal point for monitoring the status of aircraft and associated sensors forward deployed at various worldwide operating locations. The flight is also responsible for providing policy and oversight on maintenance documentation, plans and schedule development, and maintenance and supply trend analysis.

The Maintenance Training Flight is responsible for providing ancillary training for the wing’s maintenance of assigned U-2 aircraft. It works in concert with the 373rd Training Detachment (Air Education and Training Command) to manage, monitor and provide initial, recurring and advanced U-2 and RQ-4 maintenance training for the Air Force.

The Programs and Resources Flight provides overall management of the group’s resources to include finances, personnel and facilities. Additionally, the flight is responsible for the standardization of the group’s mobility and contingency missions.


The 9th Maintenance Squadron is the third-largest squadron on Beale. Its mission is to provide both in-shop and flightline maintenance for the U-2, RQ-4 and T-38 aircraft. The 9 MXS deploys personnel and equipment supporting the 9th Reconnaissance Wing’s mission of global reconnaissance and in-place aircrew training, staffing three full-time overseas locations and operations directed by the National Command Authorities, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, unified commanders and higher headquarters.

The 9th Maintenance Squadron consists of six flights: Accessories, Fabrication, Propulsion, Maintenance, Aerospace Ground Equipment and Programs.

The Accessories Flight provides fuel and egress maintenance both in shop and on the aircraft, as well as establishes and executes the squadron explosive and confined-spaces safety programs. The Fabrication Flight provides nondestructive inspection and structural repair to the aircraft. The Propulsion Flight is responsible for managing F-118 and F-137 engines valued at $136 million. The Maintenance Flight provides home station and deployed periodic inspections of U-2 aircraft as well as repair and reclamation capabilities for assigned weapon systems. The Aerospace Ground Equipment Flight services, maintains and delivers powered and nonpowered AGE to flightline and munitions training operations. The Programs Flight provides management and oversight to all squadron-level programs, supports flight-level operations and deployment requirements, and assists in executing Title 10 and squadron activities (organize, train, equip).


The 9th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron was established in September 2002. It is the largest squadron on Beale. The squadron contains two aircraft maintenance units, one aircraft communication maintenance unit and two flights.

The 99th Aircraft Maintenance Unit is responsible for providing the wing with all flightline maintenance and aircraft generation functions for the U-2S/ST in support of the 99th and 1st Reconnaissance squadrons. The 99th AMU consists of an aircraft section, specialist section and sortie production section.

The 12th Aircraft Maintenance Unit is the first of its kind to provide maintenance and generation capabilities for the RQ-4. The 12th AMU consists of an aircraft section and specialist section.

The 9th Aircraft Communications Maintenance Unit is the first of its kind to provide maintenance and generation capabilities for the RD-2. The unit consists of the Operations section, Cyber Maintenance section, and Plans and Programs section.

The Aircraft Support Flight provides support to production efforts through management of consolidated tool kits, special tools, test equipment, technical data, bench stock, dash 21 equipment, alternate mission equipment, vehicles, mobility equipment and dedicated supply support.

The Programs Flight is dedicated to supporting commander programs such as mobility, safety, security, resource management, training and facilities.

These three units and two flights, along with a commander support staff assisting the commander and first sergeant, make up the 9th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron.


The 9th Munitions Squadron administers the Air Force Combat Ammunition Center training program. This Air Force-level training school offers the only advanced munitions war-skills training in the DOD.

The primary mission of the squadron is to train middle- to senior-level munitions technicians, supervisors and company grade officers in combat munitions planning and mass productions techniques. An orientation course for senior logistics and operations officers is conducted as a companion basiccourse.

Other squadron missions include support to the 9th Reconnaissance Wing, developing and publishing combat munitions doctrine and validating the durability of munitions handling equipment. The 9th Munitions Squadron’s officers, NCOs and Airmen develop course curriculum, teach nearly 700 TDYstudents per year, maintain a sizable munitions stockpile and manage more than 100 pieces of aerospace ground equipment, vehicles and munitions trailers.

The squadron is responsible for munitions storage, academic and administrative facilities, and practical exercise areas.

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