Creech Air Force Base in Indian Springs, Nevada is home to the 432nd Wing, which flies the MQ-9 Reaper drone (also known as remotely piloted aircraft) to support military operations around the world.
Creech AFB is supported by Nellis Air Force Base, which is approximately 50 minutes away from Creech. Resources or services for military members and dependents listed here may be physically located at Nellis in some cases (permanently or temporarily, depending on circumstances.)
Find information about Creech Air Force Base, Nevada, including the main commercial and DSN numbers for the base, information on basic services, base transportation, lodging for TDY and PSCing personnel, and
Mission & Units
Creech AFB is known for its remotely piloted aircraft, and is staffed by approximately 3,500 active-duty, Guard, and Reserve Airmen plus DoD civilians and contractors. The 432d Air Expeditionary Wing operates one active duty unit and more than 250 Air National Guard troops from units based out of California, North Dakota, Texas, and elsewhere.
Major units and missions at Creech AFB include:
- 432d Maintenance Group
- 432d Operations Group
- 432d Wing
- 432d Wing Mission Support
- 432d Wing Operations Center WOC
- 98th Range Wing
- 99th Mission Support Group OL A
- 432d Wing
- 505th Operations Group
- 53rd Elec. Warfare Grp. Det. 1
- 53rd Test & Evaluation Grp.
- 563rd Rescue Group/ OL-A
- 57th Adversary Tactics Group
- 57th Maint. Group
- 57th Wing
- 99th Mission Support group
- 99th Security Forces Group
- Nevada Test & Training Range
- USAF AMMOS
- USAF Warfare Center
- USAF Weapons School
- USAFADS Thunderbirds
Creech AFB was one of many military bases that broke ground in the wake of Pearl Harbor and American entry into World War Two soon after. About a month following Pearl Harbor, the U.S. Army broke ground on a training camp near the town of Indian Springs, Nevada.
Come 1943 the base would be responsible for training gunners in air-to-air combat operations, as well as supporting B-17 and T-6 operations until 1945.
Between 1945 and 1947, the base went into standby status and eventually became deactivated. Like many other bases that saw the same post-war fate, it would not be long before the base reopened in service of American forces, intelligence agents, and all others involved in the Cold War. In 1948, the base reopened, got its’ first permanent Air Force unit circa 1950.
From that time the installation became used as an auxiliary airfield. Fast-forward to 2005 with the site, formerly known as Indian Springs Air Force Auxiliary Field, being redesignated as Creech Air Force Base in honor of General Wilbur Creech.
Creech served as Commander of Tactical Air Command from 1978 to 1984. This Air Force officer innovated the practice of “decentralized authority” for military operations and is also recognized as the father of the Air Force Thunderbirds air demonstration team.
Creech AFB continued to evolve with the times; in 2007 Creech AFB became home Air Force drone operations, supporting MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aircraft systems.
Main Address And Phone Numbers
Creech AFB, NV 89018
- DSN 312-384-0864
Important Contact Numbers
- Barracks Single Service Member Housing (702) 652-1840
- Base Operator (702) 652-1110
- Emergency 911
- Emergency Relief Services (702) 404-0864
- Hospital Medical Treatment Facility (702) 404-1142
- ID CAC Card Processing (702) 404-1752
- Information and Referral Services (702) 404-0864
- Legal Services JAG (702) 404-0881
- Personnel Support Office (702) 404-1752
- Suicide Prevention Hotline (800) 273-8255
- VA Facilities (702) 653-2273
- Welcome Visitors Center (702) 404-0321
- Creech Dental Services (702) 404-0991
- Creech Medical Aid Station (702) 404-1142
- Housing And Temp. Lodging (702) 404-0401
- Creech TMO Inbound (702) 404-0932
- Creech TMO Outbound (702) 404-0932
- Relocation Assistance Program (702) 404-0864
- School Liaison Officer 702-652-3327
- Transition Assistance Program (702) 404-0864
- Child Development Center 1 (702) 652-4241
- Child Development Center III (702) 652-5885
- Commissary And Shoppette
Creech AFB is near the town of Indian Springs, which is a town with a population of over one thousand. There are several cities within approximately 50 miles including Las Vegas, Nevada, home to America’s casino heartland.
There are also plenty of famous Las Vegas shows and concerts, plus major sports events from a variety of teams and disciplines including the Vegas Raiders, the major league football team relocated from Oakland, California as well as:
- Vegas Golden Knights (hockey)
- Las Vegas Aces (basketball)
- Las Vegas 51s (baseball)
- Las Vegas Lights FC (Football/Soccer)
- Reno Aces (baseball)
- Reno Bighorns (basketball)
Nearby Henderson, Nevada will also appeal. It’s the
All new arrivals to Creech AFB are directed to contact their gaining unit for information on how to check into the base, in-processing requirements, and first-day reporting procedures.
Medical care is provided at Creech AFB only for military members including sick call, pharmacy, and medical aid station type services. Family medical care is offered on-base at Nellis AFB at the Mike O’Callaghan Federal Medical Center and the 99th Medical Group.
Medical services for family members there includes preventive medicine, emergency services, plus acute care medical services. The 99th Medical Group has an intensive care unit and more than 100 beds. Services there include:
- Blood bank services
- Cardiopulmonary Lab
- Emergency services
- Family Advocacy
- Family Practice
- General Dentistry
- General Surgery
- Health Promotions
- Internal Medicine
- Interventional CT
- Nuclear Medicine
- Nutritional Medicine
- Occupational Medicine
- Oral maxillofacial surgery
- Pain clinic
- Pastoral Care
- Physical exams
- Physical therapy
- Plastic surgery
- Public health
- Same day surgery
- Social work
- Substance abuse
- Ultrasound and urology
A rarity among military installations, Creech AFB has no child care services available. Nellis Air Force Base, approximately 50 minutes away, does offer Child Development Center care and licensed, in-home Family Child Care options, but some families may not want to travel that far.
Due to the child care situation, those assigned to Creech AFB may qualify to apply for a child care subsidy for off-base child care via an agency called Child Care Aware of America, which has a representative assigned to Nellis AFB. Call 702-404-6416 to get assistance or to learn more about the child care subsidy.
All new arrivals PCSing to Creech AFB should track and manage their household goods shipments via the Defense Personal Property System at Move.mil. You can also get assistance by calling the Creech Inbound TMO department at (702) 404-0932.
Dependent And Retiree ID Card Renewal, Replacement, New Issue
All ID card services should be scheduled using the Creech AFB RAPIDS system or by calling (702) 404-1739. Walk-in services are available from the time the office opens until 12:30. Afternoon services are by appointment only.
There are no on-base schools at Creech AFB, which is located in Clark County and falls under the Clark County School District. There are more than 350 area schools in Clark County including more than 220 elementary schools; over 50 Middle schools plus 49 high schools including online programs.
Military families enrolling a child will need to furnish proof of address, identity for both parents and student, medical information and shot records that show the child meets the following immunization requirements:
- Four DPT shots
- Four Polio doses
- Two MMR shots (one by 15 months, and one by kindergarten or first grade)
- Two Hepatitis A shots
- Three Hepatitis B shots
- One Chicken Pox (Varicella)
Call the Creech AFB School Liaison Office to learn more about transferring, requirements, and start dates at 702-652-3327 or DSN 312-652-3327.
All housing services for personnel and families assigned to Creech AFB are handled via the Nellis Air Force Base Housing Referral Office. Call them at (702) 652-1840 or DSN 682-1840. Waiting lists will apply and it’s best to contact the Housing office as soon as you have orders to Creech AFB.
One area highlighted in base orientation guides for Creech AFB is the Centennial area of northwest Las Vegas; some choose to live in this area and use a local park-n-ride transportation program which is supported by the 799th Air Base Squadron–call them about the transportation program at 702-404-0678.
PCS and TDY Lodging
Due to the size of the installation, there are no temporary lodging facilities at Creech AFB. Most new arrivals find temporary lodging at Nellis Air Force Base. Call the Nellis Lodging Office at 702-652-2711 or DSN 312-682-2711.
Troops and families PCSing to Creech are normally authorized a 30-day stay at Nellis AFB TLF facilities with confirmed reservations. Pet-friendly rooms are very limited–call ahead for reservations.
Creech AFB is roughly 30 miles northwest of Las Vegas and 50 miles west/northwest of Nellis AFB. The usual
Some new arrivals may wish to learn more about or take advantage of the park-and-ride facility is located on U.S. 95 off of Exit 93 in northwest Las Vegas for car pool use. There is also a “Vanpool” option for
Vehicle Registration And Driver’s License
Nevada state law requires all vehicles to be state-registered within a specific amount of time after relocating to the state. The State of Nevada does not automatically renew or extend expiration dates on licenses for military drivers.
New arrivals to Creech Air Force Base may be required to register their vehicles on base and must furnish proof of current registration, minimum required liability insurance, and a valid driver’s license.
It’s best to expect these requirements and carry all paperwork with you for your first visit to the base. It’s best to visit the main gate and get directions to the visitor control center for your first trip to Creech.