Columbus Air Force Base

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Air Education and Training Command

Columbus Air Force Base (AFB) (IATA: CBMICAO: KCBMFAA LID: CBM) is a United States Air Force base located approximately 9 miles (14 km) north of Columbus, Mississippi.

The host unit at Columbus is the 14th Flying Training Wing (14 FTW) assigned to the Air Education and Training Command Nineteenth Air Force. The 14 FTW's mission is to provide specialized undergraduate pilot training for U.S. Air Force and allied officers.

Columbus AFB was established in 1941 as Air Corps Advanced Flying School, Columbus, Mississippi. The commander of the 14 FTW is Col. Barre Seguin. The Command Chief Master Sergeant is Chief Master Sergeant Zefrem Smith.



Columbus AFB has been training Air Force pilots since World War II, and that mission continues today. The base closed after the war and remained inactive until 1951 when it was reopened as a contract flying school to train pilots during the Korean War. Four years later, the base was transferred from Air Training Command to Strategic Air Command. Columbus became home to a KC-135 tanker squadron, and a B-52 bomber squadron in the late 1950s. In 1969, Columbus resumed the mission for which it originally activated - training pilots, and has continued to do so for the past 40 years.

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