Thursday, September 30, 2010

11th Wing Mission Moves to Joint Base Andrews-NAF Washington

Editor’s note: Airmen 1st Class Katherine Windish, 11th Wing Public Affairs, and Kat Justen, 316th Wing Public Affairs, contributed to this story.

Months of planning between Bolling Air Force Base (BAFB) and Joint Base Andrews –Naval Air Facility Washington (JBA) resulted in the successful mission movement of the 11th Wing (11WG) from BAFB to JBA and today’s reflagging of the 316th Wing (316WG) as the 11WG.

The movement combines the 316 WG's host base mission with the 11 WG's worldwide support; ceremonial, chaplaincy and musical missions.

The merging of the two Wings coincides with the implementation of a new military command, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB), which combines the installation management functions and geography of Naval Support Facility Anacostia and BAFB.

Yesterday, Maj. Gen. Darrell Jones, Air Force District of Washington commander, presided over the mission movement ceremony held at the Bolling Club.

General Jones and Col. Cedric George, 11th Wing commander made remarks before the ceremonial furling of the 11WG organizational flag. The flag was transported to JBA and unfurled there today, signifying assumption of the 11WG missions and its name. The 316WG was stood down and its flag cased.

The changes result from the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission recommendations approved by Congress, which realigned 26 separate Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps installations into 12 joint bases.

The realigned 11WG consists of two operations groups. The 11th Operations Group, consists of the Air Force Band, Honor Guard and Arlington Cemetery Chaplaincy, which remains as a tenant at the newly formed JBAB. The 811th Operations Group (former 316th Operations Group) consists of the 1st Helicopter Squadron and the 11th Operational Support Squadron, which will be located at JBA.

A security forces group established at JBA brings a significant change in personnel and capability at JBA.

The 11WG was established at BAFB in 1995 as the 11th Support Wing and re-designated a year later as the 11th Wing.

The rich history of BAFB and the 11WG will remain evident at JBAB, according to JBAB officials.