Country: Belgium Region: prov. Antwerpen
Locale: Peer Kleine Brogel
Latitude: 51° 10' 0" N Longitude: 5° 28' 0" E
Area use / Military Branches: 10 Wing Tactique
Base aérienne Général-major aviateur Ivan Du Monceau de Bergendal, Kleinebrogel
- 10e Wing Tactique Historical:
Base constructed 1951
1954. 10 Fighter bomber wing ops with F-84 Thunderjets at Kleine Brogel (31, 27 and 23 sqns).
1955. Transition F-84E and F.
1956. Ops with F-84F Thunderstreaks.
1960. Starting permanent nuclear Quick Reaction Alert phase.
1964. Conversion F-104G Starfighters.
1973-1975. Hardened facilities constructed on base.
1981 - current. F-16A Falcon.dual role
There are 26 Protective Aircraft Shelters (PAS) on base. 11 of which equipped with WS3 nuc weapon vaults with a max.capacity of 44 weapons. Operational status as of 1992. Prior to that, all nuc. weapons (B43 and early B61 types) were stored in an off-base Weapons Storage Area at grid 51°11'22"N 5°28'43"E. Former QRA with 4 aircraft armed and ready was at grid 51°10'40"N 5°28'58"E (US Nuclear Weapons in Europe. A revision of post-Cold War policy, force levels, and war planning May 2012).
The base is hosting USAF 701 Munitions Support Sq supporting the Fighter/Bomber Wing in case of war and responsible of receiving, storage, maintenance, custody and control of USAF special weapons until the authorized release message. The unit strength is appx 140 personnel divided into a staff and 5 flights. Last known NSI's were in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2013.
10th Wing http://www.mil.be/fr/unites/10e-wing-tactique
F-104 Starfighter http://www.combataircraft.com/aircraft/ff104.aspx
F-16A Falcon http://www.combataircraft.com/aircraft/ff16a.aspx
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