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Installation Overview --Lajes Field, Portugal

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Installation Overview --Lajes Field, Portugal

Col. JL Briggs, 65th Air Base Wing commander, right, and Chief Master Sgt. Laten Williams, 65th ABW command chief, go through the obstacle course during Annual Combat Dining

Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force; photo by: Staff Sgt. Timothy Sanford

The 65th Air Base Wing is the American unit stationed at Lajes Field, Terceira Island, Azores, Portugal. This U.S. Air Forces in Europe unit is the largest U.S. military organization in the Azores. The wing plays a vital role in the Global War on Terrorism by enabling the expeditionary movement of war fighters, warplanes, and global communications to Combatant Commanders and supporting Joint, Coalition, and NATO operations as part of U.S. and Allied Air Expeditionary Forces.

There are approximately 1,793 DoD personnel and their families as well as Portuguese military personnel.

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