Quick History

Francis E. Warren AFB is the longest continuously active base in the USAF inventory; it is also home to the most powerful missile wing in the free world.

In 1867 Fort D.A. Russell was established to protect workers building the western link of the trans-continental railroad. Over the years Fort Russell (later Fort Warren in1930) was host to units of infantry, cavalry and field artillery.

The Air Force assumed command in1947 and in 1949 the fort was renamed F.E. Warren AFB. During the first ten years as an Air Force base, the installation was used as a training facility. In 1958 the 4320 Strategic Missile Wing was established with responsibility for the first twenty-four Atlas missile sites under Strategic Air Command (SAC). On 2 Sep 1960 the 564th Strategic Missile Sqn at F.E. Warren AFB was declared the first fully operational ICBM squadron.

Two years later the new ICBM Minuteman replaced the Atlas. On 1 July 1963, the 90th Strategic Missile Wing was activated. The wing was redesignated the 90th Space Wing on 4 Sep 1997.

Since 1986, F.E. Warren AFB has maintained 150 Minuteman IIIs and is home to the Air Force’s only 50 Peacekeeper ICBMs.

From the early days of the United States western expansion, through two world war’s, the cold war and beyond, F.E. Warren AFB has been in the forefront of America’s proud military history. F.E. Warren AFB remains a major presence in our nation’s military defense.

Warren was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. The red brick buildings, built between 1885 and 1930, remain structurally unchanged and are currently occupied by members of the Air Force.

The Base Cemetery is the final resting place of more than 850 deceased military personnel and dependents. Burials date from November 1867 and include an Italian and 8 German POWs who died here during WWII

The Warren ICBM/Heritage Museum, and the Warren Military Historical Association take this opportunity to invite you and your family to visit the museum and to become a member of the association.

The museum is located in historic Building 210 which was the Army commander’s headquarters at the turn of the century. You will find exhibits in the first floor rooms, as well as building 211 which is an annex to the museum, depicting the history of missiles and that of the 90th Space Wing. On the second floor are uniforms of the past and displays which depict the life of officers and their families at the turn of the century.

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