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9th Maintenance Squadron

The 9th Maintenance Squadron patch. In accordance with Chapter 3 of AFI 84-105, commercial reproduction of this emblem is NOT permitted without the permission of the proponent organizational/unit commander.

The 9th Maintenance Squadron patch. In accordance with Chapter 3 of AFI 84-105, commercial reproduction of this emblem is NOT permitted without the permission of the proponent organizational/unit commander.


The Airmen, the Black Widows, of the 9th Maintenance Squadron provide specialized aerospace support via expeditious, safe, and reliable maintenance. Our Accessories, Aerospace Ground Equipment, Fabrication, Maintenance, and Propulsion Flights repair, equip, and train to support the world's finest High Altitude Global Integrated Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance mission. We stand ready to deploy anytime and anywhere when called upon, personifying our conviction, "It Will Be Done!"



Nearly 380 active duty, contractors, and civilian members are assigned to the 9 MXS. The unit consists of six flights: Accessories Flight, Aerospace Ground Equipment Flight, Fabrication Flight, Maintenance Flight, Propulsion Flight, and Programs Flight. The unit falls under the 9th Maintenance Group, 9th Reconnaissance Wing, and is located at Beale AFB, California.



Constituted as the 9th Maintenance Squadron, Strategic Reconnaissance, and activated, on 1 May 1949. Redesignated as: 9th Maintenance Squadron on 16 Mar 1950; 9th Field Maintenance Squadron on 16 Jun 1952; 9th Maintenance Squadron on 30 Apr 1992.



1 May 1949 - Fairfield-Suisun (later, Travis) AFB, CA 1 May 1953 - Mountain Home AFB, ID

25 Jun 1966 - Beale AFB, CA


The unit carries the following honors:



Presidential Unit Award:

31 Mar - 31 Dec 1968

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award:

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Combat "V" Device: 1 Jul 1972 - 30 Jun 1973 1 Jan 1957 - 31 Jan 1958

1 Jul 1967 - 30 Jun 1968

1 Jul 1970 - 30 Jun 1971

1 Jul 1971 - 30 Jun 1972 

1 Jul 1973 - 30 Jun 1975

1 Jul 1975 - 30 Jun 1977

1 Jul 1981 - 30 Jun 1982

1 Jul 1983 - 30 Jun 1984

1 Jul 1985 - 30 Jun 1986

1 Jul 1986 - 30 Jun 1987

1 Jul 1989 - 30 Jun 1990

1 Jul 1993 - 30 Jun 1994

1 Jul 1994 - 30 Jun 1995

1 Jun 1996 - 31 May 1998

1 Jun 1998 - 31 May 2000

1 Jun 2000 - 31 May 2002

1 Jun 2002 - 31 May 2004

1 Jun 2005 - 31 May 2007

1 Jun 2007 - 31 May 2009

1 Jun 2011 - 31 May 2012

1 Jun 2014 - 31 May 2015

Meritorious Unit Award 1 Jun 2009 - 31 May 2011

Meritorious Unit Award 1 Jun 2013 - 31 May 2014


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Yesterday members of Beale came together for a speed networking event as part of Women's Equality Day. The focus of the event was to foster small group conversations on a variety of topics, such as the inclusion of men and women across the armed forces, progress that has been made, and how we can improve in the future. 25th Air Force 9th RW Commander Gen Mike Holmes
If you need to talk to someone or elevate an issue, please don’t hesitate to reach out directly to us, 9th RW Commander, 9th RW Command Chief, or even our leadership at ACC. We may not always have the answer or be able to directly help, but we can find the people or organizations that will make sure you have what you need to be your best self. Service before self does not mean service instead of self. When you are at your best, we are all better for it. When you can’t get there yourself, we will be here to help carry the load.
#PortDawgs are a pivotal part of how Recce Town makes our mission happen.
Beale sheet metal Airmen have been restoring a vertical stabilizer to serve as a memorial to Lt. Col. Ira Eadie. Eadie passed away after a U-2 crash September 20, 2016. The vertical stabilizer was salvaged from the crash and after being refurbished it will be put on display in his honor. The official unveiling date and time has yet to be determined. 9th RW Commander
Staying mobile is key in today’s Air Force, good thing Recce Town has an exceptional Individual Deployment Readiness Center team keeping the mission going.
An amazing turnout in an amazing effort to help veterans. The Yuba Sutter Stand Down is still going on, stop by if you get a chance. Do you know all the benefits that veterans can receive?
Another #MissionMonday to kick off your week! The 9th Medical Group's Dental Flight works tirelessly to keep Recce Town's teeth sparkling clean. Clean teeth keep Airmen across the base healthy and fit to fight.
Beale Airmen have been members of the local community for a long time. Being part of the Yuba Sutter Stand Down really is veterans helping veterans both retired and active. The event will be held August 21-23 at the Cotton Rosser Pavilion in Marysville’s Riverfront Park. For more information visit: http://www.yubasutterveteransstanddown.org/
In response to the CSAF-directed Resilience Tactical Pause, Airmen from the 9th Reconnaissance Wing Staff Agency, alongside the Community Support Coordinator took time engaging each other to grow connections to one another, and to help prevent interpersonal and self-directed violence. In all the Air Force is taking a day to actively seek feedback on resiliency. If there is any feedback that you would like to submit regarding issues or information in your work environment, please send it to usaf.resilience@mail.mil #RTP #ResilienceTacticalPause
When brand new U-2 crew chiefs come to Beale they don't start with the 9th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. Instead they begin learning how to work on the U-2 at the 372nd Training Squadron Det. 21. The detachment then molds them into the great Recce crew chiefs you see everyday. To read more: https://bit.ly/31LB5Vp Air Education and Training Command
Sad to see a Col. Werner and family leave Recce Town. Good luck on your next adventures. Warm welcome to Col. Heather Fox, the new 9th Operations Group commander, and her family to Team Beale. ECHO VICTOR!
#ICYMI we recently passed the U-2s 64th anniversary of its first flight. Still going strong! Follow the link below to get more info on the Dragon Lady’s first flight... 👇👇👇 Lockheed Martin 9th RW Commander 9th RW Command Chief https://www.businessinsider.com/anniversary-of-u2-spy-plane-accident-first-flight-in-1955-2019-8
Can you hear me now?
The Airman and Family Readiness Center partnered with Operation Homefront to host this year's back to school brigade. The event helps offset the cost of school supplies for military families by providing them with learning essentials.
The Dragon Lady's roar can be heard far and wide. Thanks to the propulsion shop. The U-2 engine maintenance they do goes a long way in keeping Recce Town flying. To read more: https://bit.ly/2MhgV0Q
Since its beginning, Recce Town has been sending it. What have you done to #SendIt for the mission? #U2dragonlady