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Units based at MacDill

If MacDill Air Force Base closed, 8,912 jobs would be lost _ 6,758 military positions, 1,066 U.S. government civilian positions and 1,088 civilian positions for private contractors on the base. In addition, 587 Florida National Guard members and reservists now attached to MacDill might have to be transferred elsewhere. Here is a list of the major units stationed at the base:

U.S. Air Force 56th Tactical Training Wing: responsible for F-16 fighter training.

U.S. Central Command: responsible for strategic military planning in the Middle East and parts of Africa and Asia.

U.S. Special Operations Command: responsible for special forces, such as the Green Berets and Navy Seals, worldwide.

56th Combat Support Group: operates and maintains MacDill Air Force Base.

Detachment 32, Third Weather Squadron: provides meteorological support for MacDill and the Avon Park bombing range.

Field Training Detachment 311: provides training and maintenance for the training wing.

71st Tactical Training Squadron: a mobile, combat-ready radar unit.

1st Weather Squadron: provides weather services for Central Command and Special Operations Command.

Joint Communications Support Element: rapidly deployable tactical communications unit under control of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

128th Communications Group: manages, operates and maintains communications-computer systems and air-traffic control systems for the training wing.

37th Aeromedical Evacuation Group: a ready-reserve medical evacuation group able to provide service worldwide.

290th Joint Communications Support Squadron: Florida Air National Guard unit that provides support for the Joint Communications Support Element.

56th Tactical Training Wing Management Engineering Team: advises and assists the wing on use of staff.

56th Medical Group: provides hospital, pharmacy and outpatient clinic services.