Scott Air Force Base is named after Corporal Frank S. Scott, the first enlisted person to be killed in an aviation crash. The base is operated by the 375th Air Mobility Wing (375 AMW) and is also home to the Air Force Reserve Command’s 932d Airlift Wing (932 AW) and the Illinois Air National Guard’s 126th Air Refueling Wing (126 ARW), the latter two units being operationally gained by the US Air Force’s Air Mobility Command (AMC).
During World War I, 624 acres (253 ha) of land near Belleville, Illinois became a new airfield. The government announced it would name the field after Corporal Frank S. Scott on July 20, 1917; Scott was the first enlisted person to be killed in an aviation crash. Scott remains the only base in the United States named after an enlisted member.
Scott Air Force Base is home to the headquarters of many major military organizations, including:
- United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM)
- United States Army Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC)
- Air Mobility Command (AMC)
- Eighteenth Air Force (18 AF)
- Air Force Global Logistics Support Center (AFGLSC)
- Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization (DITCO)
- Air Force Network Integration Center (AFNIC) * formerly the Air Force Communications Agency (AFCA)
The 375th Air Mobility Wing is the host to more than 30 tenant units, including the Air Force Office of Special Investigations 3rd Field Investigations Region, the 932d Airlift Wing (Air Force Reserve Command), the 126th Air Refueling Wing (Illinois Air National Guard), and the 3rd Manpower Requirements Squadron (Air Force Manpower Agency).