Beale Air Force Base

Beale AFB is is a United States Air Force base and home to the 9th Reconnaissance Wing.


Beale AFB is located in Yuba County, approximately 8 miles east of Marysville, California. It is approximately 50 miles north of Sacramento and 140 miles east of the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Camp Beale opened in October 1942, as a training site for the 13th Armored Division and later the 81st and 16th Infantry Divisions. It was named for Edward Fitzgerald Beale, a man who experimented with camels as replacements for Army mules and who was one of California’s largest landholders.

In 1948, the camp transferred from the Army to the Air Force. The Air Force conducted bombardier and navigator training at Beale and in 1951 activated the Beale Bombing and Gunnery Range for aviation engineer training.

Beale AFB is steeped in history, yet at the same time it soars in the forefront of the Air Force’s future in Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance technology.


Beale AFB’s mission is to train, deploy and employ Beale Airmen and assets to deliver globally integrated Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance in support of National Objectives

Population Served

  • Active Duty 4,587
  • Family Members: 4,284
  • Civilian Employees 1,494
  • Reservist 1,071
  • Retirees 25,000


Your sponsor is a personal representative of your gaining squadron commander who is assigned and trained to assist you and your family in all aspects of your relocation to Beale AFB. He or she will be knowledgeable about Beale and the surrounding communities and available to aid you from assignment notification until you are settled in your home and work center here. Do not hesitate to ask questions of your sponsor, as they have the resources of the squadron and the relocation assistance professionals at Airman and Family Readiness to help them address your concerns and needs.

If you need help in obtaining a sponsor, please contact your Airman and Family Readiness Center at (530) 634-2863 or DSN 368-2863.

Temporary Quarters

Temporary lodging is available to all categories of personnel.

Beale has 29 temporary lodging facilities for personnel and their family members. These units are located in the family housing area and are completely furnished including washers, dryers, stoves and kitchen utensils. Size of the units varies from two- to four-bedrooms. Housekeeping services are provided on a daily basis.

All personnel can make lodging reservations by calling (530) 634-2953/3662 or DSN 368-2953/3662.

Relocation Assistance

The Housing Management Office (HMO) is ready to support you in the transition to your new home and community.

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Contact Information

Beale AFB, CA 95903
(530) 634-3442

9th Reconnaissance Wing Public Affairs
Base Operator
Commercial: 530-634-3000
DSN: 368-1110