The 47th Mission Support Group (MSG) is charged with taking care of the daily operational needs of Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. The mission of the MSG is to provide the highest quality support, most responsive customer service, and the best morale, welfare, and recreation programs to enable graduation of the world’s best pilots, deployment of mission-ready warriors and development of professional and confident leaders.
The history of the 47th MSG dates to Aug. 22, 1948, when the 47th Air Base Group (ABG) was activated and assigned to the 47th Bombardment Wing, Light. The wing flew the B/TB-26 Marauder and C-47 Skytrain aircraft from Biggs Army Air Field in El Paso, Texas, and later at Barksdale Army Air Field, Louisiana, until October 1949.
The wing and group were then assigned to Langley Air Field, Virginia, until March 1951. The 47th ABG was then assigned to 17th Air Force at RAF Sculthorpe, England, until its deactivation in August 1962.
From 1948 until 1962, the mission of the 47th ABG was to provide base housekeeping services and support functions associated with the operation and administration of the base. Components of the group included air police, services, communications, field maintenance, finance, food services, motor vehicle, supply and even tactical hospital and crash boat rescue support for the wing's varied missions.
In September 1972, the group was reactivated at Laughlin, under the redesignated 47th Flying Training Wing.
Today, through four squadrons and two flights under the 47th MSG, they provide mission support to 28 units and over 5,700 personnel, with oversight and protection of assets valued at $1.3 billion, 808 facilities/infrastructure assets, 9.5 miles of runways/taxiways on 5,300 acres.