Base Units

In May 2005 the organisational structure of RAF Fairford was
changed to reflect the strategic value the base now gives the
United States Air Force and to allow the 420th Air Base Group to
focus purely on RAF Fairford and Welford.  The 501st Combat
Support Wing was formed in May to take command of the European
geographically separated units which previously reported to the
420th ABG.

The new commander of RAF Fairford and RAF Welford is Colonel
Wuebold who is a former navigator who flew on B-52 and EC-135
aircraft.  Col Wuebold came from Langley AFB where he was
the Deputy Chief at the Force Plans and Generation Division of
HQ Air Combat Command. 

Colonel Lindner is the commander of the new 501st Combat Support
Wing which is based at RAF Mildenhall.  From there he is
responsible for the administrative and operational control of
three groups and fourteen squadrons operating diverse support
missions throughout the United Kingdom.  Col Lindner
previously served as the Deputy Director of Plans and Programs
at USAFE Headquarters, Ramstein Air base.  Like Col Wuebold
Col Lindner is also a navigator, having flown in the F-4

Badges of the 420th Air Base Group


Badge of the 501st Combat Support Wing


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