Thanks for taking the time to journey back to the past, at England Air Force Base! We hope you have enjoyed this brief look at the air base as it existed before its closure in 1992.

We ask those former personnel of EAFB and/or their families to sign the EAFB Register and let us know of their memories of their service at that fine facility. If you have photos to share, please email them to

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David Jayne 
December 31, 2012

Watch F-100 Super Sabre videos of U.S.A.F. Captain Robert L. Ward during his active duty at England Air Force Base in Alexandria, Louisiana

I left Phan Rang Air Base in October, 1970, coming back in support of F-100s.

Was there for about a year. Great assignment.

Kevin Parker
December 21, 2012

I was stationed here from 1976 to 1980 as a crew chief on the A7 Corsair aircraft. I have a warm place in my heart for my friends that I served with.

Kenneth Tolar ( nick name Beaver )
December 20, 2012

I was stationed there from March 1956 to May 1959, and was a weapons mech with the 390th fbs great memories. Thank you.

England Air Force Base

John Arnold
December 18, 2012

I was stationed at England AFB from 1980 to 1982. Met and married my wife (we were married in the base chapel). I was an SP assigned to the 23rd SPS.

Arthur (Andy) Blodgett Jr
December 12, 2012

Was rotating out of England (UK) when I got orders for England AFB, one of the nicest AFB I was ever stationed at. Was in the 74th AMU Specialist Flight 86 87 88, then on to the shop Chief in the jet Engine shop 89 90.

Was the best bunch of Guys and Gals, hard workers, quality work! We were the only wing in the AF during Desert Storm that did not have a single maint related engine change. Best shop in AF according to Maj General Rodgers, 9 AF Commander 1989! My Wife Jeannette and my children enjoyed our stay. Any old Tigers I may know, drop me a line!!!  

Cheyenne Smithers
December 11, 2012

My dad was stationed there from 1978-80.  Good friends, good memories.

A-7 Corsair
The airpark at the entrance to England Air Force Base

Dave Corvino
December 11, 2012

I was stationed there from April 1978 to December 1981. I worked on both the A-7D Corsairs and the A-10 Thunderbolts. Now residing in Summerville, SC.

Gary D Huber
December 10, 2012

Assigned 401 Tac Hospital, Nov 1962 - Apr 1966.

Ernie Green
November 26, 2012

Worked at the base hospital: Surgery Clinic & Med/Surg floor. '83-'84. Minoa, NY

Kerry Douglas
November 26, 2012

Served in the USAF as a WAF. 271 Base Ops and Wing Headquarters. Many wonderful memories of those days long ago.

Steven Millett
November 24, 2012

Was a Weather Observer 1975 -1977. Was a wonderful place to live. Spent a lot of time out at Claiborne Gunnery Range.

Howard Jenkins Jr
November 18, 2012

Stationed at EAFB 1984-1990 in the 23rd transportation Sq.

Helped repair the planes for the air park. Have pics and Alex Town talks newspaper pics of the last Flying Tigers that visited England AFB.

Ronnie Carr
November 17, 2012

There from 61 to 65. Worked on refuelers and fire trucks ... fond memories ... now live in Texas.

James R Ruxlow
November 16, 2012

I worked at Base Comm, also at radio maintenance and MARS. Took care of base cable TV, Officers Club sound system and did plans for the base alert system. Does anyone know any info on Major Rogers of Base Comm?

F-100 Super Sabre parked on the tarmac near the control tower at England AFB
F-100 Super Sabre parked on the tarmac near the control tower,
England Air Force Base

Jean Bollinger
October 22, 2012

Assigned to 401st CAMS '61-'63, deployed to Ramstein West Germany & Opa Locka FL; returned with 3rd FW, 510th TFS '64-'65 ... deployed to SEA ... separated Oct '65.

Great times maintaining F-100s!

Carlene Falls Shuford
October 15, 2012

My father, Carl Franklin Falls, was stationed in England from June 1958 until April 1959.  I am looking for anyone that may have known him. He was from North Carolina. 

Lee Reibsome
October 8, 2012

23rd Tactical Fighter Wing patchEngland Air Force base was my first and last duty assignment.  I arrived in September of 1983 and separated from the Air Force in March of 1991, after returning home from the Persian Gulf War.  I worked as a Personal Affairs Specialist where I met a lot of great friends on base and the community while stationed there.

I was also fortunate to meet and marry an Alexandria girl, so I get to visit the area every few years with my family.  It's always a pleasure flying into the base and showing my children where I lived and worked so long ago.

It was a sad day when they decided to close the base but the great memories from being a member of the 23rd TFW will always be with me.

Walter (Tom) Whelchel
October 8, 2012

EAFB was my first duty station (1973-1974) after Tech School at Chanute. No one on here has mentioned the T-38 but I worked in-shop on the T-38 and A-37 engines. EAFB and Alexandria was a great place. Met a fine young lady there and wonder what happened to her. Had some good times and even saw Elvis at the Civic Center.

Alecia Warren
October 6, 2012

My dad, Dale, was stationed here. I grew up on that base...and loved every minute. From the Super Park, to Mrs. Hogie and Mrs. Tullos, to the pool where our good friend JC tried to bake like a chicken when he got electrocuted ... he sure did have a good sense of humor about that! Then there were the nights my sister Andrea and I would play outside with Ricky, Danny, and Megan Davis. I will never forget our times at Juniper Court....and the great family we were at England Air Force Base.

We need a reunion!

K Barton
September 18, 2012

My husband, Mike Barton ("Crawdaddy" to some), was stationed there '83-'86 flying in the 75th FS under Commanders Lt Col Robert G. Coleman II, and Lt Col Roger R. Radcliffe.  He was also on the Gunsmoke Team.  I taught second grade at the base elementary school.

Dale Davis
September 17, 2012

I was stationed at EAFB from 1978 to 1980, assigned as a Unit Orderly Administrator, then as a Legal Services Specialist.

It was an excellent base, with great service men and women attached to it. Thank you for the experiences I gained at this facility.

Rowland Link
September 15, 2012

I was stationed at EAFB 1954 to 1957 as an officer and pilot.  Also ran the Officers Club for several years.  Lots of good memories. I had the pleasure of knowing Col. England and his lovely wife.

Spencer Archibald
September 13, 2012

Greetings, my name is Spencer Archibald, and I arrived at EAFB in november of 1984 as an airman 1st class.

I very much surprised by the quietness of Alexandria, LA after i arrived there from my St John Virgin Islands. Every one there loved my accent and they always thought that i was Jamaican. I used to work at the hospital pharmacy. The staff at the hospital was very good and I made a lot of friends. Since I was miles away from home, people who would come to the pharmacy would invite me to their homes for holidays, especially Christmas and Thanksgiving and really make me feel at home. I remember in 1986 when the space shuttle crashed and exploded on its way up; it was a very sad day at EAFB.

The memories will always be so great and vivid, I don't think that I would have another experience like that; it was very special. The doctors I remembered are COL. Dexter Dewitt, COL. Bates, Dr. Deeweird, Dr. Walters etc. Leopold Gouchaux was the pharmacist and he was very funny.

Again, thank you all for the memories.

Spencer Archibald, POB 1046, St John Virgin Islands 00831

George H Fuller
September 13, 2012

P-51s shown at England Air Force Base
P-51 aircraft at England Air Force Base

I was sent to the Alex AFB  in Mar 1953. There was only 6 active duty maint men assigned the Natl Gard from I think from Neb and Kan. They hadn't heard of the 366FBW being sent there.

They were flying P-51Ds and I was assigned to the 391 FBS. I crewed a P51 till the F-86F arrived. I crewed 52-4913 thru the Gunnery meets and participated as part of the TAC gunnery champs to Nellis AFB. I crewed for Col. Timothy F O'Keefe until Capt Claire P Chenault was one of the TAC Gunnery Champs in 1954.

Would like to converse with anybody about that Alex AFB time period. I retired as a CMSGT in 1980. I did return to Alex with the agressors in 1979 against the A-7s there.

Great memories - George Fuller 

Gary White
September 11, 2012

I served as a weapons mechanic on the A37 at England AFB from 1969-1972.

Michael Watkins
September 3, 2012

I was there in 1971. I can be contacted on facebook.

My first duty station was England, what a great time I had. The people of Alexandria were special and friendly. Had great friends and good times with Jim, Doc, Robbie, Shelly. Lots of "porch time" and great stories that were shared of home towns.

Anyone remember the 'Tiger Den'? Served 1966-1968 with CES at England, it was a special time and place for me and I have many fond memories of the people I shared time with. Would like to find some of the special guy's from ENGLAND.

Steve K Admonis

August 31, 2012 6:03 PM


I was stationed there from October 1967 until October 1971. My first time away from New York and I must admit it was a bit of a culture shock.

However , the people from Alexandria were very warm and gracious. This made it a lot easier to adjust to a completely different set of surroundings. I enjoyed my time there immensely. While there besides making a lot of new friends, I met a southern belle who to this day is the love of my life. So of course I have nothing but love in my heart for my time there.

August 29, 2012 8:48 PM

England was my 1st assignment in the "real" Air Force! Fresh from Sheppard Tech School, was ready to take on the world! I was part of the Flying Tigers (23rd CSG)&(23rd TFW) I loved those pocket patches on our "pickle suits"! Added a touch of class to a drab military uniform! I worked in OMS from 1975~1978...never got to go anywhere for real, but managed to "go to Germany" twice during mobility excersises...stood behind a rope with a sign "Germany" on the flight! Worked on them ugly-assed A-7 Navy planes...?!? I use to work EOR at night and would just love to watch those hotshot Marine pilots do their afterburner takeoff! Very cool stuff! Alexandria was a very friendly town, liked it a lot!

Anyone out there remember a guy Skip Henry? I lost my wallet when I got out, so all those phone numbers & names were lost...I remember my CO was Lt. Col. Nunn, 1st Sgt. was Ponthieu or something like that! Lived off-base in town. Had a Honda 500 motorcycle at that time...anyone remember "The Lighthouse"??? lol Made "buck" sgt. Tried to find the Flying Tiger patch here in town, but it was from WW2 days, I didn't feel I had "earned" the right to wear it, so I had to was the last one! If anyone can find me a Flying Tiger patch from the 1970's, drop me a line!

Almost forgot ... Willie Nelson was there at the Rapides Parish Coliseum back in 1975 or 76? I got his autograph on one of them old Lone Star Beer posters in the 70's! (hard to find, btw) How many of you watch that TV show "Cajun Pawn Stars" simply because you were stationed here? lol

Steve Edwards
San Antonio, TX.

August 23, 2012 3:25 PM

My father Harry James Burbank was stationed at England AFB 1958 - 1963. I was born there. I have been writing down family information and had to look up this site. Even though I left when I was 5, I do have some fond memories of base living!

Kim Frick

August 15, 2012 11:05 AM

James serPenne, Waterloo, Iowa

Served at EAFB late 1968. Stationed here no more than 6 months. After returning stateside from Clark Air Base. PHILIPPINES. DOES ANYONE REMEMBER THE PARACHUTE CLUB? I went through. The escape and evasion.

July 29, 2012 9:36 PM

I was stationed at EAFB in 1962 with the 622nd Air Refueling Squadron as an Airborne Electronics Repairman. (AFSC 30151). This was my first duty station and what a great one it was. I fell in love with Alexandria and its people, and although I spent only 1 year there, I had some of the best times of my life.

I went back a few times in the 90's and boy how it changed. I still recognized some of the areas, but it just didn't have that same feeling.

If anyone remembers me from back then, please contact me.

Henry J. Fried (Hank)
Diamondhead, MS

January 24, 2011 5:01 PM


I was stationed at England A.F.B from 1987-1990. I was in Red Section, 76th AMU Specialist Flight/Avionics. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. I truly miss the unique experiences and the wonderful people I met along the way.

Let's get back in touch =]

Becky Templet
Houston, TX

February 8, 2011 5:27 AM

This was my first permanent duty assignment and also my favorite because I met my beautiful wife of 30 years here. I arrived in 1973 and left in 1979. I was assigned to MMS as a bomb loader on the A-7
Please contact me if you remember me.

Henry Garcia (Hank)

February 11, 2011 12:16 PM


Alot of great memories from Alexandria and EAFB. I was stationed there with 23 CRS Photo/Sensor shop from 1986-1990. Met alot of friends riding sportbikes and had alot of fun. Great place...

Mike Sowell
Vicksburg, Ms.

February 18, 2011 10:02 PM


A-7 Corsair

I was stationed at England from 72 til 76, and again from 79 til 80! I loved the base and town! I made some really good friends there! I was in "Red" section, 76th!

I was a crew chief on the A-7 and A-10! I am retired from the Air Force, 22 years, and also retired and living the good life! I am going to visit the base this summer! I can't wait to see it!

March 6, 2011 4:23 PM

I was born at England Air Force Base Hospital in May of 1972. I am looking for pictures of the hospital or the physical address of the hospital. We moved to Omaha, Nebraska when I was 3 so I dont remember anything about the base :(

I did look up our old address on Packard Drive but cannot see too much from the view on BING maps. If anybody has any pics please contact me.

Elizabeth Ratliff

March 6, 2011 4:24 PM

I was stationed at EAFB from 1966 to 1969 with the 8th ACS Photo reconnaissances and Base Photo Lab.I would like to hear from anyone who served with me at that time. I also served with the 12th RITS in Viet Nam 1969 to 1970.

Sgt Richard Stowe
Osakis MN

March 13, 2011 10:04 PM

We were stationed at England Air Force base with my Dad Tech Sgt Gordon Kennedy for 3 years 83, 84, 85

I remember gping to the pool and bowling alley a lot. and of course the Flying tigers!

Karee(Kennedy) Bailey
Oxford Al

March 16, 2011 11:22 PM


I currently live in New Jersey. I was stationed there from 89-91? I enjoyed everyday of my stay there. I still tell people to this day that the nicest people in our country live in Louisiana. I was a physical therapist assistant at the hospital. I played softball and football there with Kurt Nagel, only person I remember. The hospital was a great place to work with great people to work with.

The people of Alexandria were very hospitable to me as a military person and I had more friends from there then I did in the military. Loved my time there and have fantastic memories. Thanks

March 28, 2011 12:02 PM


I was stationed at England 1964 thru 1966 with the 615th tfs Loved it. think aboutit a lot

John L. Lawson, Orlando, Fl.

April 5, 2011 1:18 PM

I was stationed at England AFB in 1963-1966. I worked in civil engineer squardon. Lived off base on White Street. Made a lot of friends there, would like to hear from them. Had alot of good times in Alexandria. Thanks

A/1c Johnnie Johnson

April 18, 2011 11:53 PM

Thank you for all your work in maintaining this site. I didn't serve but I own a Cessna 150 that was once owned by the Aero Club at England AFB. I would be interested in hearing from anyone who maintained or flew it. If anyone is interested, I could send a photo. Thanks

Keith Jones
Brandon, MS

April 21, 2011 1:09 PM

I was stationed there from 1988 til it closed in 1992. Loved the base and the area. It was a sad thing to see it close. I worked for the 23 CRS Propulsion Shop out at the Engine Test Cells. I work as a GS-9 up here at Barksdale AFB now. Nice base but it can't compare to England.

Keith Sams
Bossier City, LA

May 6, 2011 6:30 AM

I was at England AFB 1964 to 1966. A lot of that time I was TDY to Japan, Viet-nam & Clark AB, PI. I have a lot of fond memories about the Base. First and always is the fact that the Pay-Phones were still 5 cents (Local). I was Sgt/E-4 Chief Clerk, 3rd Tac Fighter Wing & 531st TFS; Also 90th TFS. I recall the "Grey-Ghost" getting me to and from the Base. I spent a little time at "Leroys Lounge".

I had a Part-Time job at a couple of Radio Stations; KFBC and KALB. I was sorry to hear that the Base closed, I had always planned to visit, as I did to some other bases I was stationed at. I now live in New Jersey, with my Korean wife of 40 some years, and I'm long retired. Patrick J. Santell. If the name "rings a Bell", feel free to E-Mail anytime.

May 15, 2011 1:51 PM

I was stationed at EAFB in 1976 and worked as a Maintenance Analysis Specialist for the 23rd TFW. Loved my time in England and the friends made. Looking for photos from the 70's.


Hubert (Huey) Cavalier
Napoleonville, LA

May 18, 2011 9:51 AM

I was stationed at England AFB from 1963-1965, in the Air Police Sqd.. In Sept.1965 I got PCS orders for Viet Nam and was stationed there until my discharge in 1966. There were a good number of Airman from England AFB set to Viet Nam as PCS. All of my memories of the Air Force, England AFB, Viet Nam, and the Airman I served with are the greatest memories from my past,

A2C Tod S. Quick, San Antonio, TX June 2011

June 12, 2011 2:09 PM

My dad was stationed there while I was in 2nd through 6th grade, (we left in May of '72). One off my uncles was stationed in Arizona and flew his F-100 across to re-enlist my dad. One of the coolest things! He wasn't suupposed to, but lit the afterburners taking off.

We lived in base housing my last year ... they were the new ones (back then). I loved those years and the area. Thanks for the site!

June 12, 2011 7:52 PM

I was stationed at EAFB fron 1969 to 1971. I worked on A-37s. Nav. and radio equip. repairman. I had some good times there. Tom Moore Prior Lake, MN

June 20, 2011 11:13 AM

I'm from the "old school" which makes me ancient! I was a co-pilot in B-17 Phase Training in early fall of 1944, We ended up in England in the Mighty 8th, flew fourteen missions ending our tour bailing out in Poland after a Dresden mission.

June 25, 2011 4:18 PM

23rd Tactical Fighter Wing patchI was stationed at EAFB from August 1968 to May 1971 with the 23rd Tactical Fighter Wing. I have many fond memories of the base and community. I was single in those days and so one did not have to look to hard to enjoy the after hours.

I was an Air Operations Specialist in base ops and later assigned to a squadron. I visited the base in 1993. I recognized a lot of the buildings and was able to locate the barracks I lived in.

July 1, 2011 3:29 PM

I was stationed at EAFB from March of 69 to Dec. 70. 4406 CCTS later changed to the 437th SOTS. I was the NCOIC the day it switched over. I really enjoyed this assignment. I not only played on the squadron softball and football team, myself and two others coached the 4406th little league team that won the base championship in 1969.

Great memories and friends forever.

Sgt. James Hendershot
Medina, Ohio

July 17, 2011 1:24 AM

England AFB Movie Theater
Base Theater, England Air Force Base

My father, Clayton Heinlen, was base commander at England from 1969-1972 when he retired due to health issues.

He was on flying status til his first heart attack. I graduated from high school while we lived there, and I agree with the other posts, it was a great base and a super friendly town.

I had a horse at the base stables, and we would ride under the landing lights as planes were landing and taking off!

I also remember the base movie theater, and the pride I felt when the Star Spangled Banner was played. Such good memories!

Went on to marry a AF pilot ... it gets in your blood I guess!

August 5, 2011 10:42 AM

Our family used this base when I was growing up. My best friend lived here for many years and I would go out to see her in plays and we would swim. Later when my husband (deceased) was in Nam, the children and I used the base too. I am so glad that someone had the foresight to turn it into something viable when we lost the base.

August 6, 2011 3:50 PM

Robert E. Allen MSgt. USAF (Ret.)former 23rd CRS 76th (red section)
2927 Stearns Ave.
Wichita Falls, Tx. 76308-4116

August 11, 2011 2:52 PM


After returning from Wheelus AFB in Libya North Africa, my last six months of my 4 year AF career was spent at England AFB from Jan to June 1968. I worked as crew chief on A37's. One thing that sticks in my memory is a massive ice storm that coated everything in ice. Really beautiful to see but hard to walk or drive in.

Presently living in Lakeland Florida.

August 14, 2011 7:27 PM


I was stationed at England from April 1976 to September 1978. I worked in the Consolidated Base Personnel Office ("CBPO"). Chances are if you arrived during this period, I probably did your in-processing paperwork.

I left under a program called PALACE CHASE and did the an extended time in the ANG in Houston.

And btw, "nobody asked, I didn't tell." :)


August 21, 2011 7:05 PM


I was stationed at EAFB '75-'79. I was a crew chief on A-7Ds (Red Section). Very fond memories of the people I served with, as well as the people of Alexandria and Pineville. I was sad to find the base was closed. My favorite base.

Michael Plott
Springfield, VA

September 5, 2011 9:56 AM


England, AFB was my only duty assignment, 834th Supply Squadron. I lived in Pineville when I first arrived then moved into Alexandria and then moved into a house not very far from the main gate. I was there from 1967-1970 and worked at Base Supply in Routine delivery and then to Priority Delivery.

I made friends that will stay with me always, but there is one that I cannot find. He worked at Base Supply in Receiving and his name was "Fitz" Fitzhugh. I have done I all I can, but without a first name, I have hit a road block. If you know of him or can get me in contact with him please feel free to use my email address from: SGT. Riley Chandler, Garland, TX.

September 6, 2011 2:22 PM


Rapides General Hospital, Alexandria, Louisiana

My name is Kelly, my ex-husband Keith was in AGE squadron at EAFB! We were stationed there from 1987-1991.

My youngest son (age 24) was born at Rapides General.

I have some great memories of Louisiana in my early adulthood- thanx to FB, I now am in touch with four people that I shared some fond memories with at EAFB!

We lived at 4121 Royce Drive, on base housing. Will always remember the whistling sound of the mighty A10's flying overhead! Flying Tigers!

September 11, 2011 9:17 PM


My last duty station was "Alex", 23rd TFS, back in '75. My first gig on A-7's and for my afsc(egress), what a dream. Really enjoyed my stay there, decent base housing, good facilities and people. Lake Cotile was where I spent alot of time, great Bass fishing and picturesqe. Really nice little towns, alex,pineville and monroe ... sure it's all changed now. Oh yeah, sure did like the "real" dirty rice, crawdads and fish frys "Lousiana style"

Mike Finley
Venice, Fl.

September 23, 2011 7:42 AM


My name is Shelia Rogers Oliver. My dad was SSGT James E. Rogers from Tioga,La. where he is buried. I left a post earlier on here about my dad who was a firefightet back in the middle 50's to early 60's. at EAFB. September 25, 2011.

September 25, 2011 4:08 PM


I was stationed at EAFB from 1966 1969 with the 1ACW. I didn't see any mention of the sharpest sqadron ever, the Air Camandos. We worked on the ac47s, a26, t28, a1h, and later the a37. I worked as a weapons mechanic mostly with the 850 th MMS. I spent a few hrs at the La Patite with Joany Blessing and friends, and rolled a car at Lake Valentine. Love and miss my Cajon friends.

Willy Wise
Drummond, Montana

September 26, 2011 11:16 PM


I was stationed at England AFB from 1955 to 1958 and a member of the 4458th USAF TAC Hospital. I still have many fond memories of the people I served with and met.

October 7, 2011 3:49 PM


I was stationed at England AFB from 84-88, worked out of 23rd supply POL driver. Had a great time at England a lot of good memories and good friends would love to talk to some. I now live in WV

Mike Steele
Boaz WV

October 27, 2011 10:11 PM

My name is Scott Hall, my family and I arrived at England A.F.B. when my father, "MSgt Robert R. Corley" (retired) got his orders. We moved from Tucson to Alexandria in 1980. Myself and most of the family are still in the Central La. area. It's Home!!
Here is my small E.A.B. group on facebook.

October 31, 2011 1:51 PM


Lived on Royce Drive from 70-73 as a dependent. Stationed as a SSgt USAF AD and lived on Packard Drive. So many fond memories at Alex!!

November 13, 2011 9:22 PM


David Pelfrey Williamsport, Ohio great initial assignment 1966-1968 lots of terrific memories

November 16, 2011 7:55 PM

Airman First Class
Horace A. Minton
641 kincaid cr. sw.
Lenoir, nc. 28645

I was stationed at EAFB from Aug.
63 until Dec. 65. I was in the 622nd refueling, and then the 3rd tactical fighter wing. My job was inventory management. I truly enjoyed my days aroung Alex. and EAFB. I also loved the Air Force.
If someone recognizes me please make contact.

November 23, 2011 9:56 PM


I was stationed there from 1980 till 1982 in the munitions area. I was a 461 MMS. Met some fun people back then. Any body ever know Scott George or his buddy Cliff. Let me know if you do. Thanks!

November 27, 2011 8:02 AM


England AFB was my first duty assignment after Tech school. I was there from 1980 to the end of 1981. Great assignment. Too bad it had to close.

November 28, 2011 5:42 PM


I arrived at England AFB as an Airman 3rd Class...fresh out of Aircraft Electricians Tech School at Chanute.

I was assigned to the 4412CCTS and the C-47's.

Went over to FMS Electric Shop for a few months when the base decided to do away with the OMS shops.
Worked on the C-47's, the C-123's, the A-26's, the A-37's, and the lone T-29.
Then it was back to the 4412CCTS.

Saw the Pregnant Guppy fly in and out a periodically and also witnessed the precautionary landing of an SR-71 which was sequestered in the FMS shops area.

I remember the A-26 that had a gear problem and crashed on the runway...
It was laid up on the Wash Rack for about a year.
It was Col. Thomas the Base Commander at the time who decided to make it a base project to restore it to flying condition.

Also remember the 2 accidents with the A-37's and VNAF pilots...

Also remember having a room to myself in one of the dorms right next to the Chow was real nice and peaceable like...
That is until 'a new guy' shipped in from Clark and had his motorcycle shipped back to the States in pieces.
He put it back together in his room right next to mine!

We had the WAF of the year competition held there as well.

It was a great 2 years of Louisiana hospitality

left for NKP in May of 1969.

Bob Gallagher
Teaneck, N.J.

December 13, 2011 11:22 PM

Scott L. Davis
Veterinary Services

I was assigned to England AFB from 1996 to 1980 after graduating from Tech School at Brooks AFB in San Antonio as a Veterinary Specialist. I was assigned to the Veterinary Services Office on base which fell under the Hospital Squadron and divided my job responsibilities between working with the base veterinarian in the clinic in surgery and immunizations on personel pets and inspecting food arriving on base at the satelite office at the receiving dock of the commisary and inspections of the various food service facilities on base (Airmans Dining Hall, NCO Club, Officers Club, Theater Snackbar, Base School, Bowling Alley Snack Bar, Airmans Club, Vending Machines and The Four Seasons Store).

I also traveled to local food processors who supplied food to the base such as a dairy in Metarie and an egg farm in Monroe and a Chitlin and Cracklin processing plant in Slidell to name a few doing remote inspections. My training and my experience gained at EAFB as an inspector was invaluable and 30 plus years later I am still working as an inspector - Now as a State Health Inspector for my home State of Maine.

While stationed at EAFB I lived in Pineville for a couple of years and then moved closer to base to a garage apartment on Levin Street in Alex where my rent was a whopping $65.00 per month. I truly enjoyed my years spent at EAFB and was deeply saddened when I heard that the base I had been assigned to had been closed.

I'd love to hear from any other Vet Specs. who were stationed at EAFB durring the years I was stationed there - you know who you are. You'll find me by Googling my name and Maine Health Inspector.

Scott L. Davis
Waterboro, Maine

January 15, 2012 7:35 AM

I lived on the base from 86-90. My father is Captain Carl Walker (C.E.S.) I was 5-9 when we lived on the base. I have a lot of fond memories. Playing t-ball on the ball fields. The gardens in the back of the base. Riding my bike to see my friends on the apartment side of the base. The air show and the Thunderbirds. Going to see Back To The Future 2 at the theater.

I miss those days sometimes. Living near Chattanooga now and am a Police Officer.

January 15, 2012 10:47 AM

I was stationed at England from 1966 to 1970 and was in civil engineering.
Had a lot of good times with a lot of good friends. Sorry to say I have lost touch with all of them ... would be great to get in touch with some of them.

John Hobbs
Leakey, Texas 78873

January 29, 2012 5:58 PM

Does anyone remember my dad, Staff Sargent ACE SISSON? He died on base on August 3rd 1979. I was 4 years old and can still remember how wonderful this base was. I am trying to connect with anyone that knew him.

Sincerely, Christy from Blue Ridge Va.

February 3, 2012 12:22 AM

I was a weather specialist at England AFB form 1981 to 1983. just looking for a few friends i made there.

Bob Berigtold

February 4, 2012 6:42 PM


Thanks for the wonderful site and the trip down memory lane! I was stationed at Alex from 18 Jun 81 until 12 Dec 87. It was my first permanent duty station after I completed my A-10 training at DM. I flew Hogs first with the 75TFS, and then the 74TFS.

Alex was a young attack pilot's dream ... Claiborne Range was just 10.5 NM to the southwest; Peason Ridge was a mere 38 miles west; Jena MOA was just to the north; Hotrock MOA was just to the south; India MOA was just west of Peason (right over the top of Toledo Bend).

In short, the training airspace was unmatched by any I saw in my 23 AF years, except for Nellis. And the base was one big family -- we were all "rowing in the same direction" to accomplish the 23TFW mission.

I'll never forget the beautiful mimosa trees, mudbugs at Tunk's Cypress Inn on Lake Kincaide, turtle hunting on the Red River, and bass fishing everywhere.

The rich Flying Tigers legacy inspires me to this day. Whenever I have trouble falling asleep at night, I close my eyes and let my thoughts drift back through time to my Shangri La -- England Air Force Base.

Robert "Muck" Brown

February 10, 2012 12:17 AM


I was stationed here in 1972-1973, 23rd.TFW. Looking at the pictures brought back some good times there.

Sgt.Tom Singer
Iselin, N.J

February 13, 2012 9:32 AM


I was stationed aEAFB 3 different times first time in oct 1964 to apr 1966 with the 615 sqd. again in oct 1975 till dec 1976 went to korea spent 3 years and back to england until retirement in may 1982 went to torrejon spain with the 613 squids. i now live in orange park fl.

February 27, 2012 6:23 PM


Kaylah Vaughn

My grandfather, Leland Brooker, was stationed at EAFB in '64, '65. TDY to Clarke Base then Da Nang in '64. 401st Tactical Wing 615th Squadron. Anyone knowing him or anyone else in 615th squadron he could contact, please let me know.

March 15, 2012 11:59 AM

Richard Carpenter

My Dad, William Bill Carpenter was stationed at the base sometime between 1953-1955. I think one of his friends there was a William Patton. My dad used to box and talked about one time going to Abilene TX. I think when he was at this base he drove around VIPS.
Bill is from Cincinnati, OH

contact Richard Carpenter
Cincinnati, OH

March 26, 2012 5:52 PM

When all is said and done, all my assignments meant something. But England AFB will always remain special as being my first assignment out of Tech School. I was assigned to the Hospital from 1978-1980 and worked on the Med-Surg Ward for a few months before being asked by then Chief Nurse Col. Hamburger if I wanted to work in the ER and be attached to the 76TFS.

Spent the rest of my time working in the ER with some great people. Some of whom I remember like; Carlin Gabby, Ricky McCrory, John Baker, Dee Whiteford and others such as Dr. Barile, Dr. Gilo, Theresa Guyotte and her husband Rick Luciano. They had a daughter named Kelly AnnThere was also Rick McConnon, Marc Lewis, Capt. Jones, Mrs. Cummings, and LtC. Richardson. There was also a girl who worked in the Dental Clinic with the name Mary Lou Eggert. That was a girl I should have been better friends with. Then there were two girls, sisters, who played guitars and sang in the church choir. Sorry for those I missed, it was not intentional.

Went to see the band LeRoux play at one of the local colleges. I can remember harvesting pecans by the base hospital and baking apple pies at a co-workers house in the housing area across from the hospital.

Man, I could go on and on, it was that good. Went back many years later when I had crossed trained as an Aircraft Loadmaster on C5's and we flew onto the base to move various Army units to their exercises, etc. The base had changed a little, now an Air Park, but my memories had not.

I have some pictures of the hospital that have survived from that era, and I look at them every so often.

Frank Domenichella

April 4, 2012 8:16 PM

My Name is Michael V. "Bubba" Gagliano. I was stationed at EAFB from Dec. 1970 until April 1971 when I went to Eielson AFB in Fairbanks, Alaska.

I was a radio operator in the MARS station, behind the runway. My Sgt. was Marty Duggan from New York City. We had another SGt named Dudley Smiley from Tennessee. I live in Baton Rouge, La. I really enjoyed being there and fond memories of the base, and the people of Alexandria. Email me at if you remember me.

May 8, 2012 3:36 PM

My daddy was stationed at England from 1955 - 1961, when he was transferred to MacDill AFB. My sister and I were born at Rapides General. I have lots of memories of hanging out with him at work; you can't do that now. I used to sit on the edge of the tower and watch the crew chiefs preflight the F-100's.

We met a lot of good people there and some were considered our extended family. Wish I could find all the old fishing spots we used to go to.

I went back in 1996 and got immediately depressed. All the closed buildings, no activity on the flightline, no one in uniform. The supply huts across from the hospital where dadddy worked (614th) had been demolished.

The old base served well.

Bill Anderson
Terrell, Texas

May 18, 2012 12:42 AM

We transferred to EAFB in Nov '70 after two years at Clark AB. Dad retired (SM/Sgt Al Quinn) in July '71 and we moved to CA and eventually ended up in TX, where I now live. Attended ASH as a junior and lived on base on Daoust (SP?) Street directly across from the golf course.

Lovely people, great food, lots of beautiful scenery! Now living in Longview, TX.

Jim Quinn

May 21, 2012 4:53 PM


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