Established as Camp Beale in 1942, it became Air Force Base in April of 1951. Many people consider Beale AFB to be one of the United States Air Force’s show places.
It covers more than 23,000 acres of hilly land in the northern part of the state of California.
As the home of the 9th Reconnaissance Wing, Beale Air Force Base is considered to be the forefront of technology in the United States Air Force.
There are four major operational groups of the 9th Reconnaissance Wing: The 9th Medical Group, the 9th Mission Support Group, the 9th Operations Group and 9th Maintenance Group. The 7th Space Warning Squadron, 548th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group and 234th Intelligence Squadron also all call Beale home.
Those who want to experience culture are sure to enjoy the relatively close proximity of the base to the San Francisco Bay Area, which is only about 140 miles to the west of the base. Sacramento, which is less than an hour’s drive away from the base, also provides a wealth of things to do as it is the capital of the state. Many people find that the area surrounding Beale AFB is a little bit costly in terms of the living expenses, however.
There is one DoD elementary school on base that serves dependent students who live there who are in grades kindergarten through fifth grade.
Other educational options depend primarily on the zip code of the family’s home while they are stationed at Beale Air Force Base. Bear River Middle School and Wheatland High School are the schools that are attended by older students who live on base, but families that live in other areas may send their children to other schools in the area. Parents who want their children to attend certain schools can apply for an inner-district transfer in order to acquire permission to send their children to other schools.
Primary care healthcare services are provided on base at the 9th Medical Group’s clinic, but specialty or emergency services are not provided on Beale Air Force Base. Other community doctor’s offices and hospitals provide these services for military members and their families.
There are less than 500 housing units available for military families on Beale Air Force Base; these houses consist of both single units and duplexes, and they are arranged at the base of the Sierra Nevada foothills and are approximately eight miles away from the flight line, which helps cut down on overhead noise. Other housing options are available in surrounding areas off base, and temporary lodging is provided at the Gold Country Inn on base.