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Old 04-30-2013, 03:03 PM
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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Did any of you grow up on or near a now-gone military base? God bless.
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Old 04-30-2013, 05:05 PM
Location: TX and NM on the border of the Great Southwest.
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I didn't grow up near it but I was there for basic training. i.e., Amarillo AFB.
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Old 04-30-2013, 05:20 PM
Location: SW OK (AZ Native)
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Been stationed at three that were part of the 1988 and 1991 BRAC: Williams AFB, AZ, which I also grew up near, England AFB, LA and George AFB, CA. Also have flown civilian out of the old Ardmore AFB, OK, Mathis/Carr Field (San Angelo), Childress AAF, TX and Wolters AFB (Mineral Wells, TX).
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Old 04-30-2013, 05:23 PM
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I grew up near, and my dad worked at, McClellan Air Force base near Sacramento, CA. Visited him on base numerous times, and went to the base 'open-house' events many times.

I also remember very nice gate guards that let me use their phone when my car broke down a block or so from the back entrance

It's since been closed and is now a business park I believe.
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Old 05-01-2013, 01:36 AM
Location: Chesapeake Bay
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Ft Monmouth (NJ). Didn't grow up near but was stationed there (1980). It closed in 2011.
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Old 05-01-2013, 01:40 AM
Location: Southern New Hampshire
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Alconbury in England, Bergstrom in Austin TX, and Pease in Portsmouth NH.

I know rationally that we don't need all those bases any more, but when I hear of the closing of a base where I used to live, I do feel like a piece of my childhood is gone.
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Old 05-01-2013, 06:44 AM
Location: Hawaii/Alabama
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I didn't grow up near a facility but we had ties to Ft. McClellan, Al and were stationed in Frankfurt am main, FRG. I was an MP on the Abrams complex (V Corps HG) and my DH was an road MP in Frankfurt(284th MP- Gibbs Kaserne).

I am really sad about Frankfurt and we visited the area and while it was so familiar it just felt so strange.
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Old 05-01-2013, 07:26 AM
Location: The South
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Basic at Ft Chaffee, Closed. Signal school at Ft. Monmouth, Closed. Returned from Korea, assigned to Ft. Ord, Closed.
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Old 05-01-2013, 10:05 AM
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Back in the 70's i had MAJOR surgery on my spine at Westover SFB. It seemed modern, and extensive.

Hard to believe it is gone.

I was permanently assigned to Griffiss AFB at the time. Closed.

Spent a LOT of time at Wilford Hall Medical Ceneter...at Lackland...still there?
Rehab and evaluation at Wright Patterson...still open i think.
Got hurt at Tyndall.....they are still there too.
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Old 05-01-2013, 11:26 AM
Location: :~)
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Myrtle Beach AFB was a great base.
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