Joint Base Balad
Definition/Scope: Joint Base Balad is home to the headquarters of the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing. Balad is located approximately 42 miles north of Baghdad in the Sunni Triangle region, which was considered the power base of Saddam Hussein. The 332nd AEW is composed of nine groups including the 407th, 438th, 447th and 506th Air Expeditionary Groups, located respectively at Ali Base, Al-Asad Air Base, Sather Air Base and Kirkuk Regional Air Base. Of note, the 332nd AEW has been designated by U.S. Central Command as the senior airfield authority at all four of these air bases in addition to Balad. Joint Base Balad also includes what was formerly Logistics Support Area Anaconda, the largest Army supply center in Iraq. The U.S. Army’s 3rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command is responsible for operating the supply center. The only wing in Iraq, the 332nd AEW comprises more than 8,000 Airmen in various locations throughout Iraq. There is also extensive interaction with coalition forces from numerous other countries. Also under the 332nd AEW umbrella is the 732nd Expeditionary Mission Support Group, which oversees the Air Force personnel who are assigned to U.S. Army units throughout Iraq. The 332nd AEW of today traces its origins to the 332nd Fighter Group, best known for the famed Tuskegee Airmen. First activated July 14, 1942, this impressive unit lived by the values they had placed in their unit emblem. The panther symbolizes the unit’s strength, dedication and devotion to duty, while the fire emitted from its mouth represents the unit’s capability to accomplish the Army Air Corps mission.
Broader Terms:Multi-National Force - Iraq
Narrower Terms:C-130 Hercules
Related Terms:Logistical Support Area Anaconda