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Altus Army Air Field serves as the training base for “Advanced Flying” for twin engine aircraft, 1944. Altus Air Force Base began as a twin engine training base in World War II and since then has supported many air mobility, missile, and training missions as well as routinely deployed Airmen and aircraft overseas and to humanitarian missions. (Courtesy Photo) Altus AFB: evolution of a training base
Dec. 7, 1941; a day that will live in infamy. The attack on Pearl Harbor plunged the United States into war. At the time the entire U.S. military had roughly 450,000 active duty members and the need for more troops was answered.Fast forward two years and another call went out, this time not for people, but for land to train fresh troops for flight.
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Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland dates back to July 4, 1942, when the War Department separated part of Kelly Field west of Leon Creek and made it an independent installation, naming it the San Antonio Aviation Cadet Center. The Army re-designated it as the Army Air Forces Military Training Center Feb. 1, 1946, and gave it the basic military training mission for the Army Air Force. 502nd Air Base Wing: Supporting the largest installation in the first command
As Air Education and Training Command recruits, trains and educates thousands of civilians and Airmen to become experts in a broad range of important skills, there is an indispensable member of the AETC team behind the scenes at Joint Base San Antonio supporting the command's success: the 502nd Air Base Wing. As the host wing at Joint Base San
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Aircraft mechanic students relax outside one of the dormitories in 1941, at Keesler Field, now known as Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. The dormitory was located south of where the present-day service station and shoppette are located.  Ninety-year-old Thomas Adams Jr., a member of the first class of aircraft mechanic students at Keesler in 1941, made a visit to the base Dec. 7, 2011, on the 70th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.  Adams has made his home in Pass Christian, Miss., since 1966 when he retired with 25 years of service in the Army Air Corps which was later name Air Force.  (Courtesy photo) Missions and memories: Keesler’s first 75 years
“I think the most significant thing I did during my military career was in 1973,” recalls retired Chief Master Sgt. Lonnie Arnold. “Troops returning from Vietnam were being delivered here and it was our job to help repatriate them; get them settled into lodging, link them back up with their wives and kids, make sure they felt welcome. It was hard
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Sheppard Air Force Base's airfield and hangars are shown under construction in 1941. Some of these hangars are still in daily use today, housing crew chief technical training courses for various fighter and heavy aircraft. (Courtesy Photo)
Sheppard Celebrates 75 Years of Excellence
In July 1940, two Army Air Corps officers stepped off a plane into the sweltering summer heat of north Texas.Maj. Oscar Beal and Capt. Joe Miller had been sent to evaluate nearby Call Field, which had been a World War I flight training base, as a potential location for a technical training school. The community responded immediately, acquiring
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