Category Archives: Military Bases

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Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni

Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni isn’t a very large base. Marine bases usually aren’t. Their cousins in the Navy and Army usually have the mega-installations, but that doesn’t mean the Marine bases aren’t some of the most friendly, professional, and fun postings anywhere. It hosts lots of cultural activities, entertainment, and fun for the families. For the […]

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NSA Capodichino

The Naval Support Activity Missions The mission of NSA Capodichino coordinates provisions, logistics, and administrative support to authorized U.S. personnel attached to NATO Commands in the Naples area. The command is about 60 miles south of Gaeta and 145 miles from Rome. NSA Capodichino is host to more than 50 U.S. Naval and NATO commands and about 8,000 people. The site of Naples’ civilian […]

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Moody Air Force Base

History The Moody Air Force base originated around 1940 when Lowndes County and Valdosta, Georgia residents wanted to assist the United States defense program. First named Valdosta Airfield, the airfield was renamed Moody Airfield in December 1941, after Major George Putnam Moody. Construction started in July 1941 and included 160 buildings. There were 72 barracks, […]

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Camp Varnum

History Original established as Fort Varnum (1941-1948), Camp Varnum served as a point of coastal defense and training site during World War II. In 1942, the Fort was named after the famous Brigadier General James Mitchell Varnum, who served with distinction in the late 1,770s. From 1942-1944, a portion of the Fort was utilized as […]

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NWS Earle

History Naval Weapons Station Earle was founded because of the need to establish a safe base to load explosives near the Port of New York. The declaration of World War II increased explosives shipments from Caven Point Army Depot in New Jersey City, New Jersey, since this was an existing central location for the country’s […]

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Redstone Arsenal

History Originally established in 1941, Huntsville Arsenal served as part of the mobilization effort supporting United States involvement in World War II. Early on, the arsenal produced many chemical weapons including mustard gas and others. The facility also produced tear gas, smoke devices and small solid-fuel rockets to support the soldiers during warfare. Throughout World […]

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McClellan AFB

History McClellan Air Force Base (AFB), established in 1935, got its name from Major Hezekiah McClellan, who was a pioneer in arctic aeronautical tests. In 1938 the base was renamed Sacramento Air Depot and expanded to accommodate the mission of repairing and overhauling P-38 and P-39 fighter planes. In 1941, after the Pearl Harbor attack, […]

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Fort Chaffee

History Originally known as Camp Chaffee, Fort Chaffee was named after Adna Chaffee Jr., an artillery general officer who served in Europe during World War I. Unlike other cavalry officers of his time, Chaffee believed the cavalry was outdated and lobbied for the use of armored tanks. Founded in September 1941, Camp Chaffee was part […]

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Camp Beauregard

History Named for the Confederate General Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard, in 1917 the Camp Beauregard Army post came about to support training U.S. troops for World War I. In 1919, the Army abandoned the camp by giving it to the state of Louisiana. In 1940, Camp Beauregard again became a training area to support World […]

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NAS Pensacola

History The site of Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola has a vibrant history, dating back to the 16th century, when Don Tristan de Luna founded a colony on the bluff. In 1825, President John Quincy Adams recognized the military advantages of the Pensacola harbor, as well as plentiful timber resources nearby to support shipbuilding. Construction […]