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Old 05-01-2013, 12:08 PM
Location: USA
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Originally Posted by Mouldy Old Schmo View Post
Did any of you grow up on or near a now-gone military base? God bless.

Hmm..let's see...

Fort Sheridan, Ill, visited my brother stationed there in the late 70's...closed since early 90's I think.
Naval Training Center, Orlando, Fl.....evacuated there during a hurricane (David?) hit Patrick AFB in '78.
Used to visit George AFB (while stationed at EAFB nearby...played against their base soccer team), now closed.
Norton AFB, San Bernardino, Ca....used to hang around the area....nice NCO Club.
March AFB, Riverside, Ca......used to hang around there as well.
Was stationed at Kelly AFB, now an Industrial Park...I think....BRAC took care of that.
Brooks AFB, Tx.....now known as Brooks City Base....what is that??
Bergstrom AFB (Austin, Tx)...again, BRAC took care of that.
Homestead AFB, Homestead, FL.....it is now an Air Reserve Base, my previous place om employment.
Dobbins AFB Marietta, Ga...now an Air Reserve Base.

hmmm....that's all I can remember for now.

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Old 05-01-2013, 01:00 PM
Location: Cape Cod
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I remember the South Weymouth naval air station in S. Weymouth MA. that finally closed in the late 90's . Over the years the south shore of Boston had really been built up with housing and it seemed like an accident waiting to happen with having a plane crash into such a densly packed area. But in its heyday it was fun to see the huge transports climb into the sky or to hear the fighters heading out. They also had a popular airshow every year. Budget cuts, constant complaints of noise from more and more neighbors doomed it. The last I heard they were thinking about putting a mall in there.
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:32 PM
Location: Western Bexar County
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Originally Posted by Ted Bear View Post
...Spent a LOT of time at Wilford Hall Medical Center...at Lackland...still there?...
Wilford Hall Medical Center (WHMC) is still there; however, with the build-up of Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) and the building of a new 3-story super clinic next to WHMC, it is fast becoming a shell of what it once was. There are no more hospital beds (except for some same day surgery) and the emergency room is now an Urgent Care facility. After the new clinic is finished, they will tear down WHMC.
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:09 AM
Location: Where I'm At
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1. Ft Benjamin Harrison, Indiana (attended 75B/Personnel Administration Specialist AIT there). It was the first time I ever saw "real snow," as snow in the South usually melts before it ever hits the ground.

2. Presidio of San Francisco, California (Med Co B, Letterman Army Medical Center (LAMC): my first duty station). It was the first time I ever saw transvestites (some were actually prettier than most women I knew ), openly gay people, homeless people, and the best burrito I've ever tasted in my entire life.

I just wish I could remember the name of the restaurant that made those burritos. They were so large you'd actually have to eat them with a fork !
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:50 PM
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Fort Ord, CA. I didn't grow up there, but lived on Post for awhile.
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Old 05-02-2013, 06:50 PM
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My Dad used to take me to the Mare Island navel shipyard when I was a kid. That place was amazing.

My Dad did boot at Fort Ord in the early 60's.

Took the kids to Castle ABF many time to see airshows and visit the museum. They loved the " haunted" B-29A Super Fortress.

All closed now, well except for the museum.
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Old 05-03-2013, 12:34 PM
Location: West Texas
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Boot camp at Recruit Training Center San Diego Ca. closed
A school at Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) Millington Tn. closed
Naval Air Station Dallas Tx. closed
Naval Air Station Dallas Cecil Field, Jax Fl. closed
Also both squadrons I was attached to have been decommissioned.
Kinda sad
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Old 05-03-2013, 01:39 PM
Location: Blackshear, Georgia
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Ft Benjamin Harrison, IN...took the Military Personnel Officer course there Jan-Feb 78..the year of the great blizzard.

Fort McClellan, Alabama !978-1982. worked in the office of the Adjutant General as a Military Personnel Technician...Went by there a couple of years ago..brought back some good memories..Noble Army Hospital, where my youngest daughter was born, is now a Homeland Security outpost.
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Old 05-04-2013, 07:12 PM
Location: Prescott Valley,az summer/east valley Az winter
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barbers pt. Hawaii~ stationed at Sangley Pt. Philippines when it closed, Clark AFB, Moffett Field, California, USS Midway now a museum, Several more places already listed above.
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Old 05-04-2013, 08:05 PM
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U.S. Naval Station Treasure Island, Ca and Alameda Naval Air Station. When I was a kid the Enterprise and the Forrestal would hold open houses, the first time I ever saw the Blue Angeles was at Alameda. Later I would go to USCG basic training at Alameda and when I was stationed on the USCG Rush we were docked at Treasure Island. Loved them both. How wouldn't want to be stationed in the middle of SF Bay. San Francisco Bay, the Golden Gate and the Pacific northwest is just so steep in naval history from Sir Francis Drake, the great clipper ships, the war in the Pacific that sailing out of those two bases could help but make you feel a part of that history.
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