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Scott History: 1990s

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  • 375th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs

The 90s saw multiple organizational movements and realignments that impacted Scott Air Force Base’s purpose and mission.

Starting in the early 90s, the 375th Aeromedical Airlift Wing and the United States Air Force Medical Center Scott were realigned under the 22nd Air Force while the 375th Aeromedical Airlift Wing was re-designated as the 375th Military Airlift Wing.

The shift of worldwide aeromedical airlift control left Scott AFB when the Military Airlift Command realigned the units under their respective host wings and became Air Mobility Command. In this single move, Scott AFB added operational airlift alongside of its aeromedical evacuation mission. In the 90’s the Base Realignment and Closure Committee recommended the 126th relocate to Scott AFB.

By the late 90s, the 126th was added to the Total Force Association partnership at Scott. The construction began in April of 1998, and by July of 1999, the 126th ARW officially raised the American flag, marking Scott AFB as its new home. Finally, the construction of the MidAmerica Airport began, adding another partnership and increased capabilities to the base. With Scott becoming the hub to many major operations, multiple events were coordinated that resulted in worldwide impact. Scott planned the logistics of Desert Shield, later called Operation Desert Storm, through the U.S. Transportation Command and deployed Scott AFB members in support of the operation.

In 1993, Scott AFB personnel helped with flood relief during the Great Flood. In 1994, Scott personnel deployed in support of Operation Support Hope (Rwanda), and in August 1998, a C-9A and crew from Scott AFB helped return the remains of Americans killed in the bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya. During July 1999, while U.S. Transportation Command coordinated logistical support for Operation Allied Force, members from Scott AFB deployed to support the operation.

Additionally, a multitude of base construction occurred to increase the quality of life. In early 1994, they began work on the 300-acre, $95-million, 818unit, Patriot‘s Landing housing area. Located southwest of the Belleville Gate, Patriot’s Landing replaced the Cardinal Creek Village housing, formerly Wherry Housing, which had to be removed for construction of the Mid-America Airport and 126th Air Refueling Wing facilities. The grand opening took place in 1998. In addition, the Air Force‘s first 1+1 dormitory, private room with shared bathroom and kitchen, for enlisted members was completed on Scott AFB in 1997. The Scott Club opened in 1997 and was later renamed the Scott Event Center in 2016.