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CJSmith
06-09-2013, 08:10 AM
Most of us know the familiar bases, but there are a few that pop up that leave you scratching your head. Some are just GSU's while others are just tiny bases with a unique mission. I saw this article for Ghedi AB and it made me wonder what else is out there? http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123351725

What are some weird remote bases you've heard of or were surprised existed?

BOSS302
06-09-2013, 08:23 AM
I was surprised that we still had a base in Spain (Moron AB). Interestingly, Spain does not allow the U.S. to raise the American flag at Moron AB except for once per year. I remember reading the article and searched for it, but could only find an article that discusses the same topic for Naval Air Station Rota, Spain.

ROTA, Spain (NNS) -- Military members aboard Naval Station Rota, Spain commemorated Independence Day with a flag raising ceremony July 1.

"It is rare, a moment like this where we can all come together and watch the raising of an iconic symbol that has united our fellow Americans for generations," said Capt. Bill Mosk, NAVSTA Rota commanding officer.

NAVSTA Rota resides on a Spanish-controlled installation, where the U.S. Navy, Air Force, Marines and Army live and work as guests. While raising the flag is a daily occurrence on U.S. military bases around the world, NAVSTA Rota is only permitted to fly the U.S. flag with special permission from the Spanish admiral-in-chief because of the Agreement for Defense Cooperation, the governing document between the U.S. and Spain regarding this base.

"The flag stands for our land and our people," Mosk said. "It represents our highest principles, our way of life and our heritage - including the sacrifice of those who have bled and died for our freedom. Cherish this special moment, and stand reminded why we are here - to defend the greatest nation on the Earth."

This year's ceremony saw a larger gathering of military members than previous years. The U.S. Army's 4th Infantry Division, Combat Aviation Brigade from Fort Hood, Texas, is at NAVSTA Rota conducting a helo-transload operation on their way to a yearlong deployment in Afghanistan.

"This is what we all have in common," said Spc. Rachel Eckman. "This is our flag and it gives you goose bumps to watch it rise."

For Yeoman 1st Class (SW/AW) Earl Mcfarland assigned to NAVSTA Rota said the day was special for him. Mcfarland recently transferred here from USS Anzio (CG 68) where he was accustomed to colors every day.

"It was strange coming here and not seeing the flag flying," said Mcfarland. "Today, seeing it rise, felt good and very patriot. Every time I have walked by this morning, I've stopped and looked at it with the same feeling over coming me that I felt during the ceremony. It really is a beautiful sight."

The flag will fly over the base and receive honors every morning and evening through July 4.

The Post Man
06-09-2013, 08:24 AM
There is a small GSU in London called Blenheim Crescent. Best assignment ever.

BOSS302
06-09-2013, 08:25 AM
There is a small GSU in London called Blenheim Crescent. Best assignment ever.

I applied for a Special Duty there (Postal). Apparently it is a hot assignment in the Postal community, so unless you already have your "foot in the door" in that AFSC, you aren't getting it. The locale is outstanding, the job involves working at London-Heathrow in civilian attire, and the OHA/COLA is incredible due to the cost of the London area.

Chief_KO
06-09-2013, 11:56 AM
There used to be alot of little radar sites that were mini-bases. Back in the 80's 1st Combat Evaluation Group (1CEVG) SAC built up a lot of the sites in the western plains. The newer "bases" (dorms, housing, community center, commissary, bx (overgrown shoppette) were in town and the radars and ops buildings were normally outside of town (sometimes up to 70 miles). The "older" bases did not have any housing.
Holbrook AZ, LaJunta CO, Forsyth MT, Dickenson ND, Bell Fourche SD, Wilder ID, Powell WY, Havre MT, Bayshore MI, Richmond KY, along with others I can't remember. Each had a support base, usually 200+ miles away that provided dental, PMEL, finance, etc. When I was at Holbrook, Luke AFB was our support base and annual dental exam/treatment was a 3-day TDY. When I was at Forsyth, I WAPS tested for SSgt at Ellsworth.
Population at each site was around 75-100 AD. All are closed now, although a few sites are open with the radars operated/maintained by contractors.

The Post Man
06-09-2013, 01:14 PM
I applied for a Special Duty there (Postal). Apparently it is a hot assignment in the Postal community, so unless you already have your "foot in the door" in that AFSC, you aren't getting it. The locale is outstanding, the job involves working at London-Heathrow in civilian attire, and the OHA/COLA is incredible due to the cost of the London area.

The MCA job at Heathrow is not to shabby, but there is actually a little Det within the M25 called Blenheim Crescent. It is a two deep APO location for postal. I have only seen it advertized once on AMS but the spot was already taken. It is definitely a camping location.

imported_chipotleboy
06-09-2013, 06:38 PM
Pinedale Seismic Research Facility near Boulder, Wyoming. It's a small, 8 person detachment that does testing of seismic sensors used for long range detection of nuclear explosions. Ideal place if you're into outdoorsy stuff. It's 60 miles south of Jackson Hole, 100 miles from Rock Springs, 230 miles from Hill AFB (the support base). There is a really good fishing stream right across the highway from the detachment site. All sorts of wildlife. Nothing like being surprised by seeing a moose cross the road on your way to work.

Most of the assigned members live 20 miles away in Pinedale, Wyoming. The Air Force used to have a dorm there in town. However, they briefly closed the detachment in the early 90s and gave away the property. The dorms became an office supply store. The store still has the large shower room in the back of the building. The detachment reopened, minus the dorms, two years later when they realized they needed a test site for participating in the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. Now the assigned members live in contract housing.

Absinthe Anecdote
06-09-2013, 07:21 PM
I’ve heard of AF Medical specialists getting assigned to Singapore to support a small Navy Det that is there, dream location.

There are also some really strange places in Australia that WX guys go to, not all that stuff in Alice Springs either but a solar radiation monitoring site in the northwest portion of the country. There was a forum member who used to post from there.

VFFTSGT
06-09-2013, 07:51 PM
I applied for a Special Duty there (Postal). Apparently it is a hot assignment in the Postal community, so unless you already have your "foot in the door" in that AFSC, you aren't getting it. The locale is outstanding, the job involves working at London-Heathrow in civilian attire, and the OHA/COLA is incredible due to the cost of the London area.

Think that is true for almost all of them...I tried getting into postal as a Staff and couldn't ever win the lottery. One of my Airmen tried though and he won the first time he tried.

Postal does have some nice locations and if someone wants to increase their locations they can travel to...pulling a postal tour as an Airman is a way to open that door in the future.

Mcjohn1118
06-09-2013, 08:07 PM
Pinedale Seismic Research Facility near Boulder, Wyoming. It's a small, 8 person detachment that does testing of seismic sensors used for long range detection of nuclear explosions. Ideal place if you're into outdoorsy stuff. It's 60 miles south of Jackson Hole, 100 miles from Rock Springs, 230 miles from Hill AFB (the support base). There is a really good fishing stream right across the highway from the detachment site. All sorts of wildlife. Nothing like being surprised by seeing a moose cross the road on your way to work.

Most of the assigned members live 20 miles away in Pinedale, Wyoming. The Air Force used to have a dorm there in town. However, they briefly closed the detachment in the early 90s and gave away the property. The dorms became an office supply store. The store still has the large shower room in the back of the building. The detachment reopened, minus the dorms, two years later when they realized they needed a test site for participating in the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. Now the assigned members live in contract housing.

I always wondered what was there. There always seemed to be 5-6 locations mentioned for a volunteer stabilization tour: Loring, ME, Boulder, WY, Minot and Grand Forks, ND and I think Cannon, NM was there as well. You had to volunteer to serve 4-5 years there. Anyone know what was at Loring, ME?

Chief_KO
06-10-2013, 12:18 AM
I always wondered what was there. There always seemed to be 5-6 locations mentioned for a volunteer stabilization tour: Loring, ME, Boulder, WY, Minot and Grand Forks, ND and I think Cannon, NM was there as well. You had to volunteer to serve 4-5 years there. Anyone know what was at Loring, ME?

Loring AFB was a big SAC base with B-52s (along with other things) I think it closed in the BRAC days in the 1990's. We also had a small radar bomb scoring/electronic warfare radar site in Ashland Maine, not sure how far it was from Loring.

Bunch
06-10-2013, 03:54 AM
Not trying to be a buzzkill or a thread cop and while this thread can generate some awesome responses a will plead to everyone to keep OPSEC in mind, if for anything for the safety of those that could become potential targets abroad.

RobotChicken
06-10-2013, 03:54 AM
Not trying to be a buzzkill or a thread cop and while this thread can generate some awesome responses a will plead to everyone to keep OPSEC in mind, if for anything for the safety of those that could become potential targets abroad.

Don't worry about us; all they have to do is call 1-800-SEC-RUSS and ask the White House operator for a 'weekend update' on an airstrike near you!

TREYSLEDGE
06-10-2013, 06:48 AM
I was surprised that we still had a base in Spain (Moron AB). Interestingly, Spain does not allow the U.S. to raise the American flag at Moron AB except for once per year. I remember reading the article and searched for it, but could only find an article that discusses the same topic for Naval Air Station Rota, Spain.

Something similar in Turkey. Although US facilities are allowed to fly the US Flag, they must get approval from the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Turkish General Staff to fly it at half staff. Because that approval takes so long to be coordinated, it rarely is approved before the designated half staff fly day.

Mr. Happy
06-10-2013, 02:06 PM
Went to Gamisch in the German Alps a few times while stationed at Ramstein, and while I knew it was a military ran facility, I was quite surprised to find out that there was actually a small US Army post down the road...I think it was called Artillery Kaserne. Talking about a dream assignment; the most beautiful scenery I've ever seen anywhere.

Kicker47
06-10-2013, 02:11 PM
Cavalier AFS looks like an awesome place to be stationed.

js7799
06-10-2013, 02:18 PM
I was surprised that RAF Alconbury, and really all of the smaller UK bases, exist. You really only ever hear about Mildenhall and Lakenheath.

Measure Man
06-10-2013, 03:24 PM
Antigua Air Station...went TDY there once. Pretty sweet gig.

MaintChief
06-10-2013, 03:47 PM
Loring AFB was a big SAC base with B-52s (along with other things) I think it closed in the BRAC days in the 1990's. We also had a small radar bomb scoring/electronic warfare radar site in Ashland Maine, not sure how far it was from Loring.

I was at Loring from 82-87. Ashland had a STRC. It was about an hour's drive from the base. There also used to be a radar site at Caswell, which was also just outside the base a couple of miles. Loring was huge...we had 18 B-52's, 30 KC-135's, a F-106 det. The base was originally set up for the B-36. The ramps had plenty of space.

Dickie
06-10-2013, 05:08 PM
Kirtland AFB, the base the Air Force forgot. Unless theres an inspection.

jondstewart
06-12-2013, 03:30 AM
Balikesir, Turkey, a remote 1 year NATO base. Iraklion Greece. I was at Moron, Spain during Desert Storm, kind of a boring place, but Sevilla is a charming old city.

My hometown of Austin, Texas had Bergstrom AFB that later became the airport. Imagine Austin having a military presence!

And the radar sites I work at in Alaska used to be old Air Force bases during the Cold War, except most of them tore down the old structures in the 1980's and replaced them with composite or dome buildings.

wildman
06-12-2013, 03:38 AM
Went TDY to a German AB, Memmingen AB in late 1979. This was one of the neatest places I was to ever encounter while in the military. My main job was to monitor the PRP and HRP programs if anyone remembers them.

Always,
Wildman

jondstewart
06-15-2013, 03:35 AM
Went TDY to a German AB, Memmingen AB in late 1979. This was one of the neatest places I was to ever encounter while in the military. My main job was to monitor the PRP and HRP programs if anyone remembers them.

Always,
Wildman

Never heard of that one! Heard of Bitburg, Sembach, and Rhein-Mein, though. And been to Rhein-Mein, which was pretty much an extension of the Frankfurt airport.

I remember hearing about two basic training bases that have been long gone: Amarillo AFB, Texas, which I assumed trained folks from north Texas and the Rockies, and Sampson AFB, New York, which trained the Yankees, LOL. Amarillo closed sometime in the 1970's and Sampson closed in the 1960's

Measure Man
06-15-2013, 04:42 AM
My hometown of Austin, Texas had Bergstrom AFB that later became the airport. Imagine Austin having a military presence!.

I went to NCOA at Bergstrom...what a great city!