Nellis Air Force Base

Nellis Air Force Base is known as the “Home of the Fighter Pilot”. It is the pinnacle of advanced air combat aviation training. The bases all-encompassing mission is accomplished through an array of aircraft: A-10; F-15C; F-15E; F-22A; F-16; RQ-1A and MQ-1 Predator remotely piloted aircraft; and HH-60G helicopters.

Construction of the “Las Vegas Army Air Field” began in March 1941 and was later renamed Nellis Air Force Base (Nellis AFB) in April 1950. Nellis AFB provides advanced combat training for composite strike forces, which includes every type of aircraft in the Air Force inventory. Training is commonly conducted in conjunction with air and ground units of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and allied forces from throughout the world. Nellis AFB also conducts operational testing and develops tactics. The base also supports combat search and rescue and remotely piloted aircraft operations.

The base is located approximately eight miles northeast of downtown Las Vegas.  Most active personnel stationed at Nellis AFB prefer to live within minutes of the base and find terrific neighborhoods in North Las Vegas or eastern sections of Las Vegas.  It’s worth noting to our readers that Nellis AFB may be reached in less than forty-five minutes from anywhere in the Vegas valley.  That’s if you take a car – not a jet!

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Units stationed at Nellis AFB include:

  • 365th Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Group

  • 414th Combat Trainig Squadron “Red Flag”

  • 505th Test and Evaluation Group

  • 53d Test and Evaluation Group

  • 547th Intelligence Squadron

  • 561st Joint Tactics Squadron

  • 563d Rescue Group, Operating Location-Alpha

  • 57th Wing

  • 64th Aggressor Squadron

  • 66th Rescue Squadron

  • 6th Combat Training Squadron

  • 820th Red Horse Squadron

  • 926th Wing

  • 99th Air Base Wing

  • U.S. Air Force Warfare Center

For more information on Nellis AFB please visit the following links:
http://www.nellis.af.mil/

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