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  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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