Category Archives: Military Bases

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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who served in Europe during World War I. Unlike other cavalry officers of his time, Chaffee believed the cavalry was outdated and lobbied for the use of armored tanks.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 […]

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Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point

History Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point originated in 1941 when Congress authorized the clearing and construction of an 8,000-acre site in North Carolina. Later that year, the December attack on Pearl Harbor introduced a compelling sense of urgency to complete the complex. Five short months later, in May 1942, the facility was commissioned […]

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Fort Hood

History Known originally as Camp Hood, Fort Hood was named after a Civil War Commander, Confederate General John Bell Hood. Established in 1942, Camp Hood tested and trained with World War II tank destroyers to defend against German mobile armored units. During 1943 and 1944, approximately 95,000 soldiers lived and trained at Camp Hood. As […]

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Marine Corps Base Hawaii

Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH) is a U.S. Marine Corps base facility in Oahu. In 1918, President Woodrow Wilson designated 322 acres on land on the Mokapu Peninsula for military purposes. At the end of World War I, ranchers leased the land; however, the government reactivated the property for military use in 1939. Acquisition of […]

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Columbus Air Force Base

If your spouse has PCS orders to Columbus Air Force Base, get ready to enjoy this posting. This small southern city of Columbus lies where the Tombigbee, the Buttahatchie, and the Luxapalila Rivers, about 45 miles from Natchez Trace Parkway. Columbus calls itself the Friendly City, but it is also known by the more colorful sobriquet […]