Beale Air Force Base is located in Northern California and is home to the 9th Reconnaissance Wing. The wing is responsible for providing national and theater command authorities with timely, reliable, high-quality, high-altitude reconnaissance products. To accomplish this mission, the wing is equipped with the nation's fleet of U-2 and RQ-4 reconnaissance aircraft and associated support equipment. The wing also maintains a high state of readiness in its expeditionary combat support forces for potential deployment in response to theater contingencies. The 9th Reconnaissance Wing is composed of more than 7,000 personnel in four groups at Beale, one group at Grand Forks AFB and multiple overseas operating locations.