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eman_osan
06-04-2013, 06:41 AM
Ater reading BOSS302's thread At-Risk Military Towns. it made me think about all the bases that I was stationed at that are now closed. Here's my list:
Laredo AFB, TX (72-73)
Chanute AFB, IL (73-74)
U-tapao RTNAB, Thailand (74-75)
Brooks AFB, TX (79-83)
Kelly AFB, TX (84-88)

The only ones left for me are Lackland, Keesler, Kunsan and Osan

eman_osan
06-04-2013, 06:51 AM
I forgot Langley AFB, VA (74-77).


Ater reading BOSS302's thread At-Risk Military Towns. it made me think about all the bases that I was stationed at that are now closed. Here's my list:
Laredo AFB, TX (72-73)
Chanute AFB, IL (73-74)
U-tapao RTNAB, Thailand (74-75)
Brooks AFB, TX (79-83)
Kelly AFB, TX (84-88)

The only ones left for me are Lackland, Keesler, Kunsan and Osan

imported_chipotleboy
06-04-2013, 01:22 PM
Lowry AFB, 1987 (ROTC Field Training) -- Locals actually WANTED that base closed down because it was prime real estate. Only a few buildings are still left, the rest has been built over.
McClellan AFB, 1995-1997 -- Good riddance. Locals didn't like the military UNTIL the BRAC announcement came out and they found out how much it would hurt the local community. Base civilians also tried to screw military members every chance they got.

Measure Man
06-04-2013, 04:37 PM
Lowry AFB, CO
Clark AB, Philippines
Albrook/Howard, Panama

JD2780
06-04-2013, 05:17 PM
Sherpas are still used today. They're great little aircraft.

TJMAC77SP
06-04-2013, 05:25 PM
Not stationed there but did a 5 month TDY at Zweibr├╝cken in the spring/summer of 1986 (in wake of raid on Libya). GREAT base. Very low key for a USAFE base during the cold war. Only RF-4s and C-23 Sherpas (which flew parts all over USAFE and you could hop on space-a).

JD2780
06-04-2013, 05:27 PM
Sherpas are still used today. They're great little aircraft. The Army uses them. Well the did, they may have been replaced by C-27

grimreaper
06-04-2013, 06:12 PM
England AFB, LA
Pease AFB, NH
Wurtsmith AFB, MI
Clark AB, PI
Rhein Main AB, GE
Takhli RTAFB, Thailand

Also, while not a base - I was at HQ SAC at Offutt and was the last transporter on the staff when it closed.

Clark, Rhein Main...couple awesome assignments there. Don't know much about Takhli, but I'd guess that was probably cool too.

Calmo70
06-04-2013, 06:17 PM
England AFB, LA
Pease AFB, NH
Wurtsmith AFB, MI
Clark AB, PI
Rhein Main AB, GE
Takhli RTAFB, Thailand

Also, while not a base - I was at HQ SAC at Offutt and was the last transporter on the staff when it closed.

grimreaper
06-04-2013, 06:20 PM
Lowry AFB, CO
Clark AB, Philippines
Albrook/Howard, Panama

You were stationed at Clark? Lucky bastard!

Calmo70
06-04-2013, 06:36 PM
Clark, Rhein Main...couple awesome assignments there. Don't know much about Takhli, but I'd guess that was probably cool too.

Rhein Main was during the mid-seventies when base level tackle football was the BIG thing. Also, my daughter was born at Weisbaden while we were there.
Clark was good because I was doing some kinda black ops stuff - not really - but the duty kept me out of a lot of the petty day-to-day stuff. Also, my son was born there (yea, I don't have any American kids). The downtown stuff at Clark I pretty much stayed away from - had the family there.
Takhli - Thailand as a 19 year old unmarried - yea I had a great time there.

Slyoldawg
06-04-2013, 07:57 PM
Torrejon AB Spain. I was stationed there before the base was opened in September 1957. We worked at Getafe, a Spanish AFB before Torrejon opened. After Torrejon I was transferred to Wurtsmith AFB in Oscoda MI where SAC had just taken over the base from ADC. (Air Defense Command) and spent nearly 100 million bucks to upgrade the base for B-52 and KC-135 operations. After all those millions to build these bases the doors were shut on them. The government sure knows how to wisely spend the taxpayers hard earned money. The first base I was assigned to after tech school was Eglin Field 3 between Crestview and Ft Walton Beach. That one was closed after all the B-17s were shot down over the Gulf.

LogDog
06-04-2013, 08:03 PM
Bases I was assigned that are now closed:

Myrtle Beach AFB, SC (75-79)
George AFB, CA (79-84)
Hahn AB, GE (84-86)
RAF Alconbury (86-88)
Williams AFB, AZ (92-93)
Bitburg AB, GE (93-94)
McClellan AFB, CA (97-01)

Absinthe Anecdote
06-04-2013, 08:11 PM
Sherpas are still used today. They're great little aircraft.

I like their morale coins better!

One of those things actually stopped me from killing myself once, true story.

ChiefB
06-05-2013, 01:57 AM
Ater reading BOSS302's thread At-Risk Military Towns. it made me think about all the bases that I was stationed at that are now closed. Here's my list:
Laredo AFB, TX (72-73)
Chanute AFB, IL (73-74)
U-tapao RTNAB, Thailand (74-75)
Brooks AFB, TX (79-83)
Kelly AFB, TX (84-88)

The only ones left for me are Lackland, Keesler, Kunsan and Osan

Like Attila the Hun... everywhere you went signaled it's demise. :madgrin

OtisRNeedleman
06-05-2013, 02:24 AM
Was at Lowry for a couple of months for basic intel officer school. Man, was I glad to leave that place. One of my classmates left in a box. He killed himself in the VOQ over the Christmas holidays.

ChiefB
06-05-2013, 03:38 AM
Assigned PP: Base/Unit closed deactivated/renamed
Amarillo AFB Tx (Closed)
Loring AFB Me (SAC) Closed
Wheeler AFB Hi (Given to U.S. Army)
Udorn RTAFB Thailand (Closed)
Korat RTAFB Thailand (Closed)
Carswell AFB Tx (Given to USN)
Landstul AS Ge (Given to US Army)
Palmerola AB Honduras (Changed to Soto Cano AB)
HQ SAC Offutt AFB Ne (Became STRATCOM (Joint))
55SRW/2nd ACCS (SAC ABNCP) Offutt AFB Ne (Deactivated)
9th ACCS (CINCPAC ABNCP) Hickam AFB Hi (Deactivated) Mission assumed by USN TACAMO (E-6B)


TDY: Base/Unit closed/deactivated
Homestead AFB Fla (Destroyed by hurricane)
Clark AB Philipines (Destroyed by volcano)
Tan Son Nhut AB VN (Captured by NVN)
Zweibrucken AB GE (Closed)
Hahn AB GE (Closed)
Weisbaden AB GE (Closed)
Rhein Main AB GE (Closed)
Bitburg AB GE (Closed)
Keflavik AB Iceland (Now NAS)
RAF Bentwaters UK (Closed)
RAF Brize Norton UK
SAC Xray Hickam AFB Hi (Closed)
Soesterberg RNAFB NL (Closed)
Dow AFB Me (SAC)(Closed)
Westover AFB Ma (8th AF SAC) (Closed)
Albrook/Howard AFB Panama (Closed)
Bergstrom AFB Tx (2nd AF SAC) (Closed)

A hell of a lot of great places no longer available for assignment... some not so much.

eman_osan
06-05-2013, 03:56 AM
Damn Chief!! And you called me Attila the Hun (lol). I didn't even think about the TDY locations that have closed. I've got several yours on my list.


Assigned PP: Base/Unit closed deactivated/renamed
Amarillo AFB Tx (Closed)
Loring AFB Me (SAC) Closed
Wheeler AFB Hi (Given to U.S. Army)
Udorn RTAFB Thailand (Closed)
Korat RTAFB Thailand (Closed)
Carswell AFB Tx (Given to USN)
Landstul AS Ge (Given to US Army)
Palmerola AB Honduras (Changed to Soto Cano AB)
HQ SAC Offutt AFB Ne (Became STRATCOM (Joint))
55SRW/2nd ACCS (SAC ABNCP) Offutt AFB Ne (Deactivated)
9th ACCS (CINCPAC ABNCP) Hickam AFB Hi (Deactivated) Mission assumed by USN TACAMO (E-6B)


TDY: Base/Unit closed/deactivated
Homestead AFB Fla (Destroyed by hurricane)
Clark AB Philipines (Destroyed by volcano)
Tan Son Nhut AB VN (Captured by NVN)
Zweibrucken AB GE (Closed)
Hahn AB GE (Closed)
Weisbaden AB GE (Closed)
Rhein Main AB GE (Closed)
Bitburg AB GE (Closed)
Keflavik AB Iceland (Now NAS)
RAF Alconbury UK (Closed)
RAF Bentwaters UK (Closed)
RAF Brize Norton UK
SAC Xray Hickam AFB Hi (Closed)
Soesterberg RNAFB NL (Closed)
Dow AFB Me (SAC)(Closed)
Westover AFB Ma (8th AF SAC) (Closed)
Albrook/Howard AFB Panama (Closed)
Bergstrom AFB Tx (2nd AF SAC) (Closed)

A hell of a lot of great places no longer available for assignment... some not so much.

hugomk
06-05-2013, 09:20 PM
England AFB (91-92)
McClellan AFB (92-93)

BOSS302
06-05-2013, 10:51 PM
RAF Alconbury UK (Closed)
RAF Bentwaters UK (Closed)
RAF Brize Norton UK


Hey sir, don't know if you weren't aware but RAF Alconbury is very much open! I have some friends stationed there right now. I also found this (Wikipedia article entry):

Beginning in the 1960s, the Airman's Club at RAF Alconbury was said to be one of the best nightclubs in the United Kingdom. It became known as the "Aquarius Club". In the mid-1960s mainstream entertainers often performed there. By the mid-1970s, the "AQ Club", as it was also known, was considered to be one of the finest disco dance clubs.

Each Friday and Saturday night two or three bus loads of women, primarily from the Huntingdon area, but also from the Northamptonshire towns of Kettering and Corby (the "Corby Commandos") and Leicester or ("Leicester Molesters") would be allowed on the base to go to the club and socialise with the young American Airmen. The round-trip bus fare was only 50 pence, and quite a few ladies were regular visitors.

The origin term "Commandos" is uncertain. The legend goes that woman's entrance fee was usually paid for by the man who signed to escort her. But before signing in was required, the first 50 women were allowed in free of charge. This created a rush to be one of the first into the club. It is alleged that one evening, an airman saw the bus arrive and seeing the women fighting to get into the club, said to his buddy "Look at them, they look like a bunch of commandos."

Normally the club would be standing-room-only with men and women in their twenties enjoying the disco music, pizza, slot machines, beer, cocktails, and members of the opposite sex in an environment that matched the best clubs in London at the time. There was a yearly membership charge to Airmen but there was no cover charge to enter the club and the prices of food and drink were much less than in London.

Many single men and women met their future spouses at the Aquarius club. Although the Alconbury NCO Club also had music and dancing, the environment at the Aquarius Club was more geared towards the single Airmen and was much more fast-paced. The ratio of women to men was often two-to-one at weekends.

Sounds like a completely different Air Force from the one today!

LogDog
06-05-2013, 11:12 PM
Hey sir, don't know if you weren't aware but RAF Alconbury is very much open! I have some friends stationed there right now. I also found this (Wikipedia article entry):

Beginning in the 1960s, the Airman's Club at RAF Alconbury was said to be one of the best nightclubs in the United Kingdom. It became known as the "Aquarius Club". In the mid-1960s mainstream entertainers often performed there. By the mid-1970s, the "AQ Club", as it was also known, was considered to be one of the finest disco dance clubs.

Each Friday and Saturday night two or three bus loads of women, primarily from the Huntingdon area, but also from the Northamptonshire towns of Kettering and Corby (the "Corby Commandos") and Leicester or ("Leicester Molesters") would be allowed on the base to go to the club and socialise with the young American Airmen. The round-trip bus fare was only 50 pence, and quite a few ladies were regular visitors.

The origin term "Commandos" is uncertain. The legend goes that woman's entrance fee was usually paid for by the man who signed to escort her. But before signing in was required, the first 50 women were allowed in free of charge. This created a rush to be one of the first into the club. It is alleged that one evening, an airman saw the bus arrive and seeing the women fighting to get into the club, said to his buddy "Look at them, they look like a bunch of commandos."

Normally the club would be standing-room-only with men and women in their twenties enjoying the disco music, pizza, slot machines, beer, cocktails, and members of the opposite sex in an environment that matched the best clubs in London at the time. There was a yearly membership charge to Airmen but there was no cover charge to enter the club and the prices of food and drink were much less than in London.

Many single men and women met their future spouses at the Aquarius club. Although the Alconbury NCO Club also had music and dancing, the environment at the Aquarius Club was more geared towards the single Airmen and was much more fast-paced. The ratio of women to men was often two-to-one at weekends.

Sounds like a completely different Air Force from the one today!
But there aren't many people there like there were when I was there in the late 80s. Biburg closed but the commissary, exchange, base housing, and some agencies are still operating out of there. Bitburg fell under the umbrella of Spangdalhem.

RobotChicken
06-06-2013, 01:27 AM
96th Aero Squadron, Amanty Airdrome.:plane (for my mom's dad)

wildman
06-06-2013, 02:09 AM
Okay. Otis AFB Mass, March AFB Calif, Lowery AFB Colo, Sembach AB Germany and Reese AFB Tex. I think Kadena AB Japan is still open. Dang only one is still active. 1971 - 1988 (U.S.A.F.) 1966 - 1969 (U.S. Army) Fort Ord Calif, Fort Bliss Tex and Saigon Vietnam. I think Fort Bliss is the only one still open.

Always,
Wildman

RobotChicken
06-06-2013, 02:20 AM
Okay. Otis AFB Mass, March AFB Calif, Lowery AFB Colo, Sembach AB Germany and Reese AFB Tex. I think Kadena AB Japan is still open. Dang only one is still active. 1971 - 1988 (U.S.A.F.) 1966 - 1969 (U.S. Army) Fort Ord Calif, Fort Bliss Tex and Saigon Vietnam. I think Fort Bliss is the only one still open.

Always,
Wildman
Did Lowry '75,Nav intell,Sembach the 'tower com'.

LogDog
06-06-2013, 02:33 AM
Keeping with the spirit of this thread, how many bases were you at when they closed.

For me:
Williams AFB, AZ
Bitberg AB, GE
Mather Hospital, CA (transferred to the VA in 1999)
MCclellan AFB, CA

RobotChicken
06-06-2013, 02:42 AM
Ramey,Fort Allen. A few ships,etc. (and a few Perdue sites with 'landing fields')

ChiefB
06-06-2013, 07:54 AM
Hey sir, don't know if you weren't aware but RAF Alconbury is very much open! I have some friends stationed there right now.

You are correct, sir. I'm glad it is still open because the surrounding countryside and villages were wonderful and the base was great.

Thanks for the correction and the history piece, I liked it. By the time I was there the original "Commandos and Molesters" were Grannies.:squint:

imported_SergeantJack
06-16-2013, 06:06 PM
Castle AFB, CA, 1992-1995 - my first base.

I was also at McChord for about two months before it became the useless monstrosity that is Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Playfair
06-17-2013, 02:44 PM
Craig AFB, AL (born there, dad was AF)
Homestead AFB, FL (destroyed by a hurricane, not much there now)
Torrejon AB, Spain (dad was in the AF)
Austin AFB, TX (again, dad was in the AF)
Medina Annex, OTS, TX (when i came in)
Mather AFB, CA (nav school)
Castle AFB, CA (student and instructor)
Barksdale AFB, LA (KC-135A models - all left)

Seems so many have come and gone. It's hard to keep up with it.

Monkey
06-17-2013, 03:11 PM
KI Sawyer, MI - I have no desire to ever go back and see what came of that place.