Creech Air Force Base is an air base located in Indian Springs, Nevada, USA, about 35 miles north of Las Vegas. Las Vegas, NV (12 miles), Los Angeles, CA (272 miles) is the closest city. The base serves United States Airforce Currently Detachment 2 of the 98th Range Wing Operations Group is stationed at the base. The base is about 1.1 million acres in area. No troops are based at this base.
The base is a practice field for the thunderbirds. It also is the main predator base. It was previously known as Indian Springs Air Force Auxiliary Air Field while it was a part of Nellis Air Force Base and started operations in 1942. Creech AFB is named after General Wilbur L. "Bill" Creech, who is considered the Father of the Thunderbirds for his early support of the program The housing facilities of Nellis AFB is used. Shadow Creek (Golf Courses), Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Rainbow Casino are some of the attractions near the base.
There are no educational institutions established at the base. The base also has 'Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Center for Excellence' that is used for training the officers for managing UAV's. RQ-1, MQ-1 & MQ-9 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles can be found at the base The base is located at a small town on Indian Springs that has a population of about 1000 persons. One of the predators operated by this base was responsible for killing a top al-Qaeda leader in Iraq. The base is playing a major role in IRAQ & Afghanistan wars. The mission was a practice field for fighters. It does not have a commander of its own. Instead, the base is under the command of the Nellis Air Force Base commander.