Creech AFB Nevada is an Air Force operated base and among the most important fighters in the so called War on Terror. The base is located in the Clark County, only 56 km from Las Vegas and less than 100 km from another similar base. It is named in the memory of Wilbur L. Creech, one of the father of the famous Thunderbirds. The main objective of the base is to provide enough space for advanced training sessions for Thunderbirds. It also hosts the MQ 1 Predator aerial robot used in the operations from Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as Battlelab – a similar unmanned vehicle.
The first bricks of this construction were put together in 1940, in a quick attempt to support the efforts during World War II. The actual construction started about one month after the attacks of Pearl Harbor. It was finished and opened by 1943, as Indian Springs Auxiliary Army Airfield. By 1945, the base was placed in a stand-by situation and maintained by a small personnel only. Most of the employees dealt with the housekeeping activities only. In 1947, it was closed down.
The beginning of the Cold War made the US government take this base in consideration again. It was reopened in 1948 and received its first permanent unit in 1950. Nothing interesting happened until the ’90s. The base played a small role in the past wars of the United States of America.
In 2005, the base was renamed to Creech AFB Nevada. More squadrons and units were assigned to it, turning it into a longterm base with specific objectives and operations. The Reaper and Predator drones are the most important weapons that make this base famous. They were used in multiple attacks in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq. Unfortunately for the US Air Force, the statistics are not very positive. It seems these drones killed 70% civilians and only 30% of the initial targets. Multiple organizations tried to open the eyes of the government and cancel these drones, including priests. Father Louie Vitale is just one of the individuals who were abusively arrested for trespassing in a peaceful attempt to protest. It seems nothing can stop the US government hunger against the enemy, not even the useless crimes over civilians. In 2011, the computers at the base were hit by a malware program acting as a keylogger. The effects of the software are unknown.
Creech AFB Nevada is considered to be the home of the 432nd Wing, with its 6 different groups. It also hosts the 11th Reconnaissance Group, the 15th Reconnaissance Squadron, the 99th Ground Combat Training Squadron and the Joint UAS Center of Excellence.
The housing system was specifically built for the Creech AFB Nevada newcomers. It deals with on site and off site homes. The privatized system can only be used for the off site accommodation. The temporary discharged troops may also opt for a hotel or an inn, although staying there for more weeks is more advantageous in a rented place.