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What does the acronym BW mean in the United States Air Force?


BW is the United States Air Force acronym for Bomb Wing. Currently, Air Force bomb wings fly the B-1, B-2 or B-52 bombers. A bomb wing typically has at least one operations squadron that handles flying missions. The wing also has support squadrons as deemed necessary to perform the unit's mission. These support units include a headquarters squadron, medical, personnel, finance and other units as needed.

As of 2012, there are currently seven wings designated specifically as "Bomb Wings" in the United States Air Force. Six of these wings are active-duty units, while one wing is an Air National Guard unit. These units fall under the control of the Strategic Air Command Major Command (MAJCOM).



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