England Air Force Base
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Shown below are the most current entries posted by EAFB personnel and families in the EAFB Register. You can also view previous England Register volumes ...
John M Stephens
December 29, 2014
Great Days there at England (1980-1991). Worked 74th and 75th AMUs and finally the Propulsion Branch. I recently returned for a fishing trip.
Just remembering some of the old gang Ricky Breeze, Ron Crowly, Michelle Ellis, Becky Archer, Pat Safko, Jeff Gregory, Kelly Pace.
December 23, 2014
Served at England AFB from 1962 to 1965 in the air police squadron. Did many TDYS from there ... Bush Field Georgia, Whidby Isl. NAS Washington, Celle Germany, Clark AFB Phillipine Islands. Served with some very good officers and men.
Dan Parker, Sgt.
December 22, 2014
Avoinics Techniican on A7-D corsair, worked in the 23 AMS.
Marion F Harper "Bud", Tsgt, Ret
December 14, 2014
23 AMS, Avionics AGE. 1971 - 1975. A7D Avionics. Retired 09/30/75. England AFB Air Force Association 1972 "Airman of The Year"
November 26, 2014
Stationed there in 1970 when F100s came in from Tuy Hoa Vietnam. Stayed there about 7 months til I was discharged JUL 71.
Sgt Sam Satchfield
November 16, 2014
Served at England as my first duty station after tech school. Worked as an A7D crew chief and went on 2 TDYs to Korat and Hawaii.
November 4, 2014
I am trying to find any information from someone who knew Jack D Krause or worked in security at England AFB in late 1968. The family of Jack D Krause would like to hear from you. We are still looking for information on his disappearance from England AFB any help (persons, contacts, etc.) would be appreciated.
Francis ( Butch ) Beck
October 19, 2014
I was stationed there 82 - 84, worked as a crew chief on the A10; I think I was in the 69 squad,
October 9, 2014
Stationed at EAFB from Jan. 1968 to July 1972. Assigned to the Jet Engine Shop. Like to hear for anyone that was there in the shop at that time. A lot of good times.
October 6, 2014
After aircraft mechanic training, I was stationed in EAFB from 1966 to 1968. I enjoyed the wonderful folks and friends, and have many wonderful memories.
I was assigned to the B-26 flight line as an aircraft mechanic (see B-26 photo to the right taken in 1967).
I was trained in Florida on the T-28 for Vietnam duty, but somehow I ended on the A-1 Sky Raiders the "Hobos".
I left EAFB as a NCO Staff Sargeant to the Vietnam war and returned home in S. Texas.
October 1, 2014
From N.C. Served at England AFBe from 1970-1973, A-7D aircraft. Mac, Little George, Cooley.
Fred T.C. Vines, Msgt. Retired
October 1, 2014
I retired at England AFB in March of 1987 after having served 7 years there. I was first assigned to the 76th AMU as specialist flight chief, then to Headquarters squadron as QA engine inspector and then to the Propulsion Branch as branch chief. Upon my retirement, I moved to Sulphur, Louisiana and continued my career in aviation.
Dwight M. Hoover
September 18, 2014
EAFB 23rd AGS was my last duty station (1988-1991). My maintenance experience was on large transport planes. Quite a change moving to these A-10s.
The daily train wreck of activity was a little hard to get used to. Loved the local area and people. Lots to do there. I rode my motorcycle and flew RC airplanes a lot. We lived behind the Coliseum on Hall street.
September 16, 2014
I was stationed at EAFB from late 1966 to July 1969. I worked in the group that operated the Service Club, the Bowling Alley, the golf course, and the base gym.
England was a terrific assignment. I worked the Service Club and the Bowling Alley, as well as a couple of other places on base. The Bowling Alley was a great place to meet folks and I wish I had a nickel for every Falstaff and PBR that I sold to folks from the snack bar there!
While I was at England, the base hosted the Air Force Worldwide Softball Tournament, the SR-71 dropped in for a visit that no one was supposed to know about, and the area got enough snow to coat the streets. I think the locals said it was the first snow in 30 years.
I met some very nice folks from the area who didn't seem to mind what they thought was a thick northern accent ... I'm from PA. The barracks I called home was right behind the bowling alley. As a kid from the PA sticks, I thought it was really interesting to see cotton growing in the field just outside England's back gate.
Some really fun times all those many years ago!
September 15, 2014
Served with 1908 Comm. Squad. May 67-Jan 69.
North Myrtle Beach, SC
Alonzo (Lonnie) Schweers
September 5, 2014
I was assigned to the carpenter shop from Jan.83 to Mar.84. Drop me a line if you were there also.
September 4, 2014
Stationed 1960-1963 - A1C Ground support
Please help me find a fellow airman who was stationed at England AFB in 1966 67. His first name was Robert, last name not known. He worked in finance lived and in the barracks. I lost contact when we got assigned to Viet Nam. I ended up in Panama. I also lived in the barracks. My name is Merlin Cone. We spent a lot of time together after hours.
Thanks for your time and help. Sincerely,
Merlin Cone, Veteran, USAF
Joe W. Mellette Sr.
July 28, 2014
I was stationed at EAFB from Jan 1966 to July of 1967 with the 317th ACS. Asst Crew chief on a C-47 45-1009 known as Balls 9. Would like to hear from any other personnel that were stationed there at this time. My how time does fly.
Anna Hopkins Whitelaw
July 27, 2014
Was married to Fred C Hopkins and we were stationed there back in the 70s.
Frederick J. Middledorf
July 26, 2014
I was with the Security Police Squadron there at EAFB from about 1967 to early to late 1969. When I got to EAFB I was assigned to the 834th security police Sq. which later became the 4410th. I was there when the SR-71 landed at our base and was one of the Airman that was assigned a post inside the hanger where it was being kept at the time to provide security. I remember Maj.Richardson, our Sq commander. At the time I was there we had C-123's, A-26's, C-47 gunships, a few C-130's and A-37 fighter.
Every Friday was Air Commando day, and wore the bush hat with the blue scarf. One Sgt. I remember was Sgt. Dowden who always smoked a big cigar.Some names that I remember that I was also in the security police with were Jose Garcia, Les Santos, and my best friend David Rossi. They were all great guys and really enjoyed my time at England Air Force Base.
Franklin R. Cornell
July 20, 2014
I was with Roads and Grounds from 1959 - 1962. Cut more grass than I care to remember.
July 7, 2014
Crew Chief on C-123s from 1967 to 1968.
Charlie J Dunham
July 5, 2014
I was at EAFB Nov. 1964 - Sep. 1967. I have some old photos if can locate them. I now live at Hemphill, Tx.
July 5, 2014
I worked in the rapcon and tower on England AFB. I had a good time.
Donn [Mike] Gleason
June 28, 2014
Served in civil engineering squadron from 1974 till 1975. Had supervisor ed nugent. nco david Holstein, russell dorritie. deiss.
Donn - Lincoln Illinois
First active duty assignment was during 1982-84 with 76th AMU in Weapons Section - Red Weapons - Worked for Lonny Evers. Working on the Warthog was a great assignment for a new airman. I landed back on the base in 1995 with a C-130 in Air Guard. The base looked amazingly smaller than I remembered.
I made some friends for life there at EAFB. I enjoyed all the people I met there. So many memories of this base, thanks for making this memorial website.
I always enjoy hearing from any of my old maintenance co-workers, especially from Red Weapons. Keep in touch.
Editor's Note: View the photos submitted by Jeff from EAFb in 1982-1984
June 17, 2014
Looking for an old challenge coin one that would have been received in late 70s early 8os.
June 15, 2014
Stationed at EAFB From 1/74 to 12/78
June 12, 2014
Loved the Base and the memories there were awesome. Great Friends!!!
June 5, 2014
Searching for any information on Jack T Krause who went missing from England AFB in late 1968 to date.
Sgt John Soderman
May 25, 2014
May 24, 2014
Served at EAFB
May 22, 2014
I was stationed there from the latter part of '66 thru the summer of '68. Loved every moment of it. Would like to visit some time.
Stephen M Brown
May 16, 2014
Stationed at EAFB
May 7, 2014
Stationed at EAFB from '74-'78. Deployed to Barber's Point Hawaii (1975), Taegu Korea (1977), and multiple deployments to Nellis AFB (red Flag).
May 5, 2014
Stationed at England AFB from 1983-86 as the Staff Weather Officer, Detachment 5, 3rd Weather Squadron. We were located at the east end of the Base Operations building.
May 4, 2014
My uncle was USAF Colonel George W. Oliver. His biography is included below.
He was killed in a crash of an A7D Corsair at England AFB in September 1977. He was Vice Commander of the 23rd Tactical Fighter Wing at the time.
I attended the funeral along with my husband, my mother (his sister) and my aunt (his sister). We met with the base Commander Colonel Wieland.
I can’t find anything about the crash anywhere. It seems to be a mystery. I would like for his outstanding record to be added to your history of the base. At the time of his death, he was about to be promoted and take over command.
If anyone has information about Colonel Oliver, please reply and let me know any info you may have. Uncle George died when he was 45 years old. My son, who was born on George’s birthday also has passed away from cancer at age 45. This is very near to my heart.
Thank you in advance.
Julius (Joe) Untersee
April 9, 2014 at 23:09:06
April 4, 2014
I was stationed at England from Jan., 1958 till Dec. of 1959, and served with the 622nd, 366th and went TDY with one squadron of the 401st.
I took my new bride to England in Oct. of 1958. We both grew up in Minnesota and enjoyed our time in Alex. Have been back once since then and the interstate had changed those parts of town we were familiar with.
MSgt Glyn Laird, USAF, Retired
March 31, 2014
When I returned from Vietnam in 1967, I was assigned to England AFB, Louisiana to the 319th Special Operations Squadron (SOS). This unit operated and maintained C-123K Providers. One of our C-123s had a Fulton Surface-To-Air System (STARS). Two V-shaped welded horns were attached to the nose of the airplane. Later this system was revised and installed on the MC-130E Combat Talon. This system was used in retrieving personnel on the ground. It involves using an overall-type harness and a self-inflating balloon which carries an attached lift line. The C-123 engaged the lift line, and, now, the MC-130E engages the line with its V-shaped yoke and the individual is reeled on board. Red flags on the lift line guide the pilot during daylight recoveries; lights on the lift line are used for night recoveries. Recovery kits were designed for one and two-man recoveries.
Training involved using a life-sized dummy, which weighed approximately 200 pounds. We named the dummy George and kept him on board the airplane. If you went aboard the airplane at night and forgot that George was strapped to one of the cargo-bay seats, it was a bit disconcerting. Anyone out there remember this airplane?
The two years that we spent at England were good ones. My sons and I spend time camping and fishing Lake Cotile. Also we hunted deer and squirrels in the west Bay Wildlife Management Area west of Oakdale, LA.
I left EAFB in 1969, and was assigned to Hulburt Field, Florida to become an Instructor on the C-123 airplane; I left Hurlburt in 1971 and was assigned to Keesler AFB, MS where I served as First Sargent in the 3381st School Squadron and retired on 1 February 1977 after twenty-three years of active service.
March 24, 2014
Stationed at England AFB from 1983 - 1985. PMEL
David L Williams
March 22, 2014
Served with the 3rd TAC Wing 1964-66.
Hometown at time of enlistment, Hunt, NY.
Currently reside in Wyoming, NY
March 16, 2014
My name is Mark Downing, and am looking for people that served in the Transpertation sqd. 1982 - 1986
March 12, 2014
Stationed at England AFB from 1982-1987
February 25, 2014
23 CRS, PMEL, 1984-1992
February 21, 2014
I was stationed at EAFB from July 1968 till Feb. 1969 after returning from Vietnam. I got married in Wisconsin and my new wife and I drove down to the base. She got pregnant right away and had morning sickness so bad that she finally had to fly back to Wisconsin to stay with her parents till she got over it. She had spent alot of time in the base hospital up till then. Everyone at the hospital was very helpful and understanding and her doctors name was Dr. Booher (don't remember his rank). He was a very nice guy. My wife and I have been married 45 years.
The wife used to like shopping at the BX.
I was with the 4412th Combat Crew Training Sq. as a Loadmaster/instructor on the AC-47.
Sgt. Clement Stankiewicz
February 18, 2014
Served at the base hospital early in 1970 on TDY as an x-ray tech with Mr. Franks. Only there for 45 days but met a good friend who remains as a friend for 44 years. Was best assignment for the people and the city of Alexandria. Left after getting orders to go to Cam Ranh Bay, RVN.
Tony W. Taylor
February 10, 2014
I was born on this base April 1962. Was wondering if anyone knew where the base hospital was during that time.
February 2, 2014
We were stationed at EAFB from 8/84 to 8/86. Spent many hours at the Base Rec area but can't remember the name. HELP!
Robert (Bob) N. Lewis
January 30, 2014
I was able to fly with my son Capt. Trask while I was the Senior Enlisted Advisor (SEA) with the 23rd.
Jerry Dodd (
January 24, 2014
Assigned to EAFB 8/79 to 5/82.
Martin Giblin, MSgt USAF Ret.
January 21, 2014
Was stationed at EAFB from Jan 71 to Feb 74. I was an Air Traffic Controller with the 1908 Comm. Sq. Met my wife in Pineville, lived in Tioga. Had many friends there. It was a good place to be.
January 21, 2014
Worked in P.O.L. Nov.64 - Mar-67. Then to NAM, till Mar.68. Lived in Buffalo till November of 2009, now in Lexington, S.C.
January 12, 2014
I was stationed at England AFB from January 1972 until my separation in 1977. I worked as a jet engine tech. I had some wonderful memories of this base.
Antoine Batiste (
January 9, 2014
I was born at England Airforce Base 11/21/71. I remember many great friendships formed, and as I got older was in Bolton High Schools AFJROTC program. We received tremendous support support and leadership training that has served me well.The base was also the site of our annual leadership school where we were able to stay in the dorm. This was an experience of a lifetime
Brad A Holmberg
January 5, 2014
I remember going to England AFB around 1988 or so. I was stationed down the road at Fort Polk La. I was an 11 Bravo in the US Army.
I also flew to Panama in 1989 from England AFB. Upon my return from Panama I remember kissing the Tarmac at England AFB.
Sgt. Harold (Butch) Bolding
January 4, 2014
71-75 23rd Supply Squadron. Deployed with group to Korat,Thailand 73.
Golf & Softball teams. Great Times!
Charles O Roberts
December 28, 2013
I was a MARS operator from late 1964, thru early 1966 at EAFB. From there, I was assigned to Andersen AFB, Guam, as the MARS operator until the end of 1967.
December 26, 2013
I was stationed at England AFB from 1967 to 1969. I worked at the Equipment Management Office (EMO).
Kimberly Register Elmore
December 23, 2013
My Dad, George Register, was stationed at EAFB from 1981-1986. This was one of the best periods of my life! Playing in the bayou right by our house on base, all of my friends at EAFB Elementary School, spending summers in the base pools and camping at Cotile.
It was an awesome way to grown up and I really miss it! My Mom, Regina, worked in plant management at the hospital. Does anyone else remember when the school caught fire?
Nicholas M Williams
December 17, 2013
I was stationed at EAFB from Aug 1962 - Aug 1964. Married my 1st wife and my daughter was born in the Hospital. I was a crewchief on F-100's 401st TFW. Took many a trip to Ville Platte when I was single. Many good memories, some not so good!
December 14, 2013
I was born at the "Old EAFB Hospital" in 1960. I can remember the 25 cent movies, the commissary where you proudly showed your ID at the door and where I eventually came back to 15 years later to be a lifeguard at the NCO pool. I miss those simple times.
I remember revelle at 5:00pm. Cars stopped and people faced the flag and saluted ... simple times that I will never forget. God Bless the Men and Women who served and are still serving.
December 12, 2013
I was a pilot in one of the F-100 squadrons that flew from Phan Rang AB, South Vietnam to England AFB in September 1970. We hopped across the Pacific from Vietnam to Guam to Hawaii to Clovis, New Mexico, and then on in to Alexandria, LA.
After arriving at England AFB, my Vietnam squadron (612 TFS) was transferred to the 68 TFS. I continued to fly the F-100 there for about another year until they were phased out for the A-7. At that point, I was transferred to the 6th SOTS and then to the 427th SOTS to train the young South Vietnamese pilots in the A-37.
I was there from Oct 1970 until Dec 1973 when I left the Air Force after 7 years of service. My wife & I lived in an apartment at 4047 Heyman Lane in Alexandria for the first year. We later built a house in Pineville and lived our last 2 years over there.
We used to have a lot of fun riding our dirt bikes down some of the powerline trails outside of town. Still remember the catfish and peanuts at Grandma's House, before it burned down.
Relocated to Arizona after leaving the Air Force and took my kids through Alexandria on a vacation back in 1989. Even visited the house we built in Pineville.
December 8, 2013
The chapel at England Air Force Base
EAFB has many memories of work and play. The chapel family picnics which ended with an egg toss and plenty of food and good times. It was a sad when both chapel groups gathered to officially close the base chapel as a military place of worship and fellowship.
I worked the base hospital and saw changes. We had the first ER with all EMT's working. Before PA and Nurse Practioners were ever thought of in the civilian community, EAFB had their own working. Some of the doctors from the base hospital are now practicing in Alexandria.
Does anyone remember when the great crawfish boil for the hospital took place? There were people from Louisiana teaching others how to peel and eat crawfish.
Much has changed on the old base, but many have fond memories of EAFB.
December 3, 2013
I was stationed at EAFB for a better part of my career with the hospital. It was a good tour of duty and have since retired and live in Alexandria.
Much has changed on the old base. The OClub is now a privately owned resturant with an adjoining hotel. The base tower area is now AEX International Airport. Some of the base housing has been demolished. The commissary building was demolished along with the old base theater. NCO Club is due to be remodeled for a private office company.
AEX International Airport, at the site of the former
England Air Force Base (staff photo)
Enlisted housing is now England Oaks - a gated retirement community. Officer housing is being leased to individuals The hospital building and the base school are empty. The state had taken over the hospital and made it into one big ambulatory care center and later closed when the state decided it could not support it. The back gate pavillion was leveled to make room for the new golf course. The JRTC occupies part of the old base. One of the fighter squadron buildings is now civil air patrol.
There is a new club house for the golf course. The base chapel is now a private church. The large stained glass window was removed and sent to another base. The super playground was demolished for whatever reason.
EAFB won every competition it participated. Peason range is still being used for target practice.
It was a sad day when the base was closed.
James R. Ruxlow
December 2, 2013
1908 BASE COMM....DUTY WAS LISTED IN THE COMM CENTER, MARS, RADIO MAINT. AND RAN THE SOUND WAGON, OFFICERS CLUB SOUND SYSTEM AND DESIGNED 1ST BASE ALERT SYSTEM
December 1, 2013
My father James J. Huffman (now deceased) trained for his military position on a B-17 for his part in WWII at this Base.
I enjoyed the tour. Thank You!!
Richard J. Burman
November 23, 2013
I was assigned to the 4412 group with C47's & A37's when I came back from Vietnam in 1967. I spent a year there and then was discharged in Feb 1968. Was a great place.
November 19, 2013
Douglas AC-47D IG 916 of the 4412th Combat Crew Training Squadron, 1st SOW, England Air Force Base, June 1, 1969
My first assignment out of Tech School was to EAFB. I was there from Sept 68 to Dec 69 and served as a aircraft mechanic on C-47 tail number 009 or as we affectionally called her "balls 9".
I was single when I arrived and hit all of the clubs including The Evangeline Club in Ville Platte LA where I saw Percy Sledge and BJ Thomas. I met my wife of 43 years while there so I have very fond memories of the area.
Some of the names I remember that were friends are Reggie Rozelle, Bob Westelle (both of whom were with me the night I met my wife) Roy Reese, and Charles Gobeo. I would like to make contact with any of these guys or anyone else I served with while there. It is very hard to believe it has been 45 years!!!
November 19, 2013
I worked at the base hospital from 1971 to 1974 in Medical Records. Good ole days. Love to make contact with anyone from the hospital. Not so good remembering names anymore (senility? ha) but can really recall and think of many there.
November 13, 2013
Stationed there 1981-1985
Sidney O. DeLoach
November 11, 2013
I was stationed at England and worked in operations between 1970 and 1972. I lived off base with my family on Foisy Ave in downtown Alexandria. I loved the city and the wonderful people.
November 7, 2013
Assigned to the 1908th Communications Squadron and worked in the Communications Center from Mar 76 - Aug 79.
Barracks, England Air Force Base, Alexandria, Louisiana
Martin (Zeke) Zellers
November 6, 2013
I was stationed at England AFB from 1955-1963. 622 AREFS (Boom/Reel Oper.) What a great assignment. Great people on and off base. Great food off base. On base food, can not describe it, but we ate it and were glad we had it. Open bay barracks when I got there. The Air Force did build us some better ones.
Went to Japan and when I left there I came back to the states and went into SAC KC135's. I visit Alex from time to time ... have great friends there. The fly by of the KB-50ss in 62 I remember well ... I was there that day. What a sight to see. They did the bomb burst ... better than the T-birds.
October 30, 2013
There from late 63 to 67. Worked in the bomb dump. Great memories with friends, some I still have contact with. First duty station out of tech school
Glenn R. Pelham
October 12, 2013
First duty assignment March 1965 to April 1967. Fire Department. Many memories.
Movie theater, England Air Force Base
October 2, 2013
I was stationed at EAFB from January 1973 until December 1975 where I was a Precision Measuring Specialist (PMEL). I am looking for others that worked in the PMEL lab during this period. I also served a TDY at Korat Thailand late in 1973.
October 2, 2013
Served at EAFB
September 24, 2013
SMS retired. Darn near the best tour I had at EAFB LA, 23 RD TRANS SQDN VEH MAINT.
September 22, 2013
Worked in weapons release 1974 - 1976, 23rd tactical fighter wing. Miss this place, got to know some really great people. Would love to hear from anyone who remembers me.
Gas station, England Air Force Base, Alexandria, Louisiana
Michael A. Tisher
September 20, 2013
My dad was stationed at England, and after his retirement, chose to settle in the area.
So, I grew up in the area with fond memories of the BX, commissary, and the hospital.
After I became an adult, it closed, but was glad that it served its purpose well since I knew it helped save my parents a lot of money.
September 11, 2013
Would like to talk with guys from 401st field maintenance. I was a jet engine mechanic there, from 1962 to 1966. NCOIC was master sergeant George Klassen. I was an airman 2nd class. Would love to hear from you.
Brenda (Ritter) Hawkins
September 4, 2013
The chapel, England Air Force Base
Comments: I was too young for memories but my sister and I was born on the base when our dad was stationed there.
I was born in 1957 and she was born exactly one year later in 1958 on Sept 12. Our dad was Staff Sergent Robert E Ritter and he was from Missouri.
I have never been to the base but I am planing a trip to Alexandria to visit family and I am going to make a visit to see my birth place. I would love to hear from anyone that may have known my dad back then! So glad I found this site!
September 2, 2013
Served with the 23d CES here from 1972 to 1975. I was assigned here immediately following my commissioning from ROTC. Our first two children were born while we were stationed here. My wife and I both have fond memories of the base, the town and surrounding area.
The England Air Force Base Tower
August 25, 2013
I was assigned to the 23rd m.m.s.in 1973 and did artwork for the nco club. It was a huge bengal tigers head, a P-40 Warhawk and an A-7D Corsair. I always wondered what became of it.
August 21, 2013
I was stationed at England with the 6th SOS Jan 72-Dec 72, worked Weapons.
August 20, 2013
Stationed England AFB from Sept 84 to March 86. My time was spent in the 75th TFS. I was the New Englander which everyone loved to hear my voice over the loud speaker with the New England accent.
Dick Danielson SSGT
August 12, 2013
Comments: 366th Motor Vehicle Sqdn 1953-1954
A2C Quick, Tod S.
August 3, 2013
Reviewing England AFB memories again today 8/3/2013. My son is on leave for a month headed to Italy for a PCS and he is an AP too. I remember Airman Gore and Sgt. Hurley.
July 24, 2013
I am trying to locate pictures of the England AFB Recreation Area at Cotile Lake. Please contact me if you can direct me to such pictures. Thank You.
July 22, 2013
First assignment out of Tech School ... March 1973 to May 1976. Assigned to the 23rd MMS Gun Services Shop and deployed TDY to Korat in July 1973. I can remember the deployment exercise that was held on base ... many C141's and an occasional C5 landing and taking off every day until the exercise was over. Great group of people
Donald L Boitnott
July 20, 2013
I was assigned to the 614th Lucky Devils, in 1957, as a radio repairman (30150). Later assigned to the 401st A&E Sq. Shipped out to Guam in 1959.
Gary D. Cooper
July 18, 2013
I worked in the NCO club during 1951-52 as a waiter while in high school. Sgt Guinn was the manager at the time. I lived on Bayou Rapides Road directly across from the bridge from the base from 1945 to 1952 when I left to attend college in Los Angeles.
I knew the history of the base during WW2 and at least one crash of a P-40 during that time. I also remember a Lt. Vincent Dean assigned there and many of the groups that served there at the time. They were good groups in general. I have no pictures though; couldn't afford a camera.
Jim Gilmartin (
July 15, 2013
My name is Jim Gilmartin, and I was at EAFB from Mar. 1965 - Sep. 1968 in 834 CSG (data processing). Met a lot of great people, and had a lot of fun playing for the base softball team (we were 9th AF champs in 1968). I also enjoyed playing flag football, bowling & hanging out at the bowling alley. My daughter was born at the base hospital.I remember those days so fondly and would love to hear from anyone who was stationed with me.
Sgt. Steven R. Collier
July 8, 2013
I was stationed at England AFB from 02/1971 to 04/1974. I had a lot of great memories while I was there, and am very proud to have served my country which I love very much.
My only regret is that I did not take very many pics of the base where we were allowed to. I wish I could get authorized escorted permission to take some pics of buildings and areas I hold in my memories. I wonder if they still have any records of those who were in the civil engineer squadron with me at that time. I would like to get a starting point of how to get in touch with some of them
I remember during the spring of 1973 or close to that, we were having a severe electrial storm. I was patrolling the south parking apron, when I came upon a large jet fuel leak under a couple of planes, and also someone left the canopy up on one of the aircraft. I radioed in and they sent out the fire trucks and SPs.They said I was going to be put in for the accommdation medal for being so alert and averting a potential crisis, but I guess It just fell through the cracks. I was just glad to be at the right place at the right time.
SGT. Steven R. Collier
June 30, 2013
Grew up in Alexandria. Graduated Bolton High 1966. 1968 stationed at EAFB before going to Viet Nam. Air commando AC & EC47.
June 27, 2013
Stationed 70-72, came back with F-100s from Phan Rang. Worked part time as waiter at Grandma's Catfish House. Fished Cotile lake.
June 24, 2013
EAFB was stateside home between rotations to SEA '71-'75. Alex was always a blast. Grandma's Catfish House. I worked mids AMMO line delivery and will never forget the summer night a C5 landed and took away a bunch of Tweety Birds ... an eery experience. Strange, as a short timer I couldn't wait to get out of AF but now wish I could revisit. Glad for this site.
June 22, 2013
I love looking at the old pictures and seeing if I remember anyone. I was in transportation 1982 to 1986 @ England Air Force Base.
Gregory W. Scott
June 22, 2013
Served three tours of duty at England AFB including deploying to Operations Desert Storm/Shield from there. They had to close the base to get me to leave. It was my favorite base of my Air Force career.
James (Jim) Greiner
June 21, 2013
I arrived at EAFB in January of 1983, and my first impression of the base wasn't the best, after the 3 days of driving with my now ex-wife and her 2 cats, the gate guards first words were "Who di youpiss off to get sent here!" Not hello welcome to EAFB. I did have some good times while I was stationed there, I worked in the 23rd EMS A/R Shop and did my rotation running the Wheel and Tire Shop too.
Most of the friends that I made while stationed there were from the A/R shop and a few from the dorm that I lived in after splitting up with my ex-wife. My tour there was kind of short due to the divorce, I took a permissive reassignment to Luke AFB in Arizona a little over a year after arriving at England. Some of the people that I ran around with were Jeff Grewe, Steve Hawes, Kenny Hebert and Tom Clouher, Jeff and my pathes crossed several times during our careers and Steve lives here in Oklahoma and we both work on Tinker AFB on our second careers.
June 18, 2013
1979-1983 Worked out at the bombing range in the Kisatchie National Forest. Worked with Rick Borman, Craig Smith, Jim (?) Erickson, Larry Goss, Byrd, Trimble, lots of pilots up in the towers, weather tech launching ballons. Many great times in the bayou! Great food at the mess hall, many friends at the barracks ... shoot me an email if you knew me or anybody I worked with.
June 17, 2013
I was stationed at EAFB from 87-90. I worked Avionics and Weapons Control Systems on A-10's in the 76th AMU - Red Section Specialist Flight, and I lived in Room 101 of Karachi Hall. I can't say it was always fun, but I've never regretted any of my experiences there, and I'm proud to have been a 23rd TFW Flying Tiger!
Ralph W. Schall
June 2, 2013
I was stationed there 3 different times: 1964-1965, 1975-1976, 1979-1982. Retired in 1982 at England. Now live in Orange Park, Florida. Retired
June 1, 2013
74th/75th TFS Life Support. Met my wife there AIC Sharon Kelly who is now retired Maj Sharon D. Gaylord.
Lori A. Chapman
May 28, 2013
I served on England AFB from 1990-1992. I worked in the hospital as a Dental Tech. I was also on the Honor Guard. I came to love the base and the small towns there and especially the friends I made there. I hope to reconnect with them. It was a sad day when this base closed. I often wonder what became of it.
Eldon R. Yost
May 24, 2013
Was stationed at England twice. First tour was 69 to 70 and back in 73 until 75. Worked on C47's on the first round and in transit alert on the second tour.
May 22, 2013
April 1983 - closing Dec 1992. Communications Sq.
Robert W. Hutchins
May 21, 2013
I was stationed at EAFB from March 1988 - August 1991. I was a weapons loader (46250) 3 man in the 76th AMU (Red Section). I deployed with the 23rd during Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
AEX International Airport, at the site of the former England Air Force Base
May 21, 2013
First duty station out of tech school. Being from Seattle it was a bit of culture shock at only 18 years old. Worked in black section 75th AMU on the A7D Corsairs then the A-10' s also. I guess it was in the summer of 1980 I arrived. I volunteered to go to Suwon airbase in Korea to get out of Louisiana.
I told myself I would never go back. I have though; I traveled to Alexandria to see what I could see of what is left of the base. I remember working with Bill St. John, Mark Staszkow, and Hugh Gregg Webb, and Art Comacho as well as many others. I can't believe how fast the time has gone.
May 18, 2013
I was a member of the 1908 Communications Squadron from 1963 to 1965.
May 18, 2013
Mark smith (
May 17, 2013
E4 stationed 1970 to 1972. Hospital supply. Fond memories of the base.
May 10, 2013
E-5 stationed at EAFB 1981-1985. 75th AMU. A-10A crew chief for S/N 80-0175
Jerry Lavergne, 23 SPS Retired
April 26, 2013
Stationed at England from 1983 till closure.
April 16, 2013
Assigned to EAFB after basic training in May 1963 to 401st Air Police. Left England November 1965 pcs to Bien Hoa Viet Nam. Enjoyed my time at England AFB. Learned a lot. My first child was born there. Liked police work and went on to be a Texas State Trooper for 20 years.
Robert A. Clemons
April 15, 2013
I was stationed at EAFB in the 76th AGS (Red) from 1977 to 1981 and again from 1984 to 1990 in the 75th AGS (Black). I was NCO Of The Year 1988. I went to LSU-A and earned my RN degree just before being shipped to Saudi Arabia for the Gulf War.
I received my commission as 2nd LT during the Gulf War and was sent Wilford Hall in San Antonio where I ended up taking an early "out" in 1992. After loading bombs on the A-7 and the A-10, I am now a Registered Nurse at the VA in Pineville, LA. I have a LOT of memories at England Air Force Base. Some good and some not so good.
Robert (Bob) Clemons
Mark L. Clemons
April 10, 2013
Great memories at EAFB as my first assignment in 1982. I left in 1985 but still go back every so often.
Great place to live and to raise a family.
April 8, 2013
31651L Stationed there in 1977.
April 5, 2013
My father, Stanley W. Brooks, was stationed at the base in 1958. My family lived off base near Ipswich. I am trying to locate the address for the home we rented in the country as I am planning a trip to England. Can you help? Thank you - Cathy Brooks Lemos
April 4, 2013
I was stationed at EAFB twice in my career. The first was from 1980 to 1984. I worked in the Metals Processing shop. SSgt Bob Cheney was the shop chief and SSgt Jerry Sanders was the Assistant. My second tour was from 1988 until 1990. I worked in the 23 EMS machine shop which eventually combined with Metals Processing to form the Aircraft Metals Technology shop. Great bunch of guys. TSgt Bubba Frinks and TSgt Walter Moss. Overall the best assignment of my career. It's a shame it had to close.
Thomas S. Moore Sr MSGT (Ret)
April 4, 2013
I was a Flying Tiger Aug '83 - Nov '85 in the Base Fire Dept. Is Midight Chow ready? LoL
Michael H. Hurley, MSgt[ret]
April 4, 2013
Comments: May 1961-1965, police investigator. CSAF and COIN deployments to SEA and Europe.DanangRVN, BanUTapao, Thailand, TonSonNhut  ... England AFB, best assignment ever had.
April 3, 2013
At EAFB 1971/1972. Met my wife of 40 years in town. Going back home this week to see her family and the base is now the Airport. Flew in there last year and it is really strange. Living in AZ. Jim
March 31, 2013
St. Francis Cabrini Hospital, Alexandria, Louisiana
My father was stationed at EAFB in 1954, following his tour in Korea. My father's name was Harold E. Von Dran and he was stationed at EAFB from 1954-1957? He was a MP. He met my mother in Alexandria when he went to a diner downtown. They were married in October 1954.
I was born at St. Francis Cabrini Hospital in August 1955. My sister was also born there in August 1956 and my brother in October, 1957.
Our family lived in Alexandria until my Dad was stationed at Scott AFB, IL. My mother's family is from Rapides Parish, so I have visited EAFB several times before it was closed.
Leo Roble A1C 401 COMS
March 21, 2013
I was at England from Jan. 1960 to July 19 1963. After my enlistment, I went to Twinsburg, Ohio. Been there for 48 years.
March 21, 2013
My Father MSGT. Daniel Almeida (deceased 1976) was stationed at EAFB, 1908th Communications Squadron in the 70's.
I grew up on Cedar Ct. in New Base housing, of which only the Ct. I lived on now still stands. Such a sad site to see all my friends' housing now torn down. My teenage years growing up in Alexandria and EAFB are the best years of my life, with many fond memories. I went to Peabody High School and Alexandria Senior High for a short time. How I wish I could go back to those fun filled days. Happy to know that so many have such fond memories of EAFB. I am now living in the Dallas area while my family all still live in Louisiana.
March 12, 2013
I was stationed there from 82 to 86. I worked in the POL shop delivering jp-4 to all those A-10s. I have a lot of good memories of England AFB. I miss it a lot.
Timothy S. Mortensen Sr.
March 11, 2013
I was stationed at England AFB from June 1986 to Oct 1987 in Civil Engineering. It was my first duty assignment after basic training. I was a direct duty assignment. I am always looking forward to running into someone I was stationed with.
March 8, 2013
Served on EAFB in 1962
James Brewer (
March 5, 2013
1974 to 1978 23rd oms red section. Worked with Ssgt. Howzie most of time on night shift. Had some good times. My oh my, has time flown by.
John Regen, USAF E-7 Ret.
March 3, 2013
Arrived at EAFB May '64 and left w/3rd TFW to Viet Nam in Nov '65. Loved the city of Alex, and the surounding country. Wish I was back.
March 2, 2013
My father Edwin W. Hoy was stationed here in WWII. He used to come to the USO in Baton Rouge where he met his wife (my mother). After getting married, they moved back to his home in CO for several years before relocating back to Baton Rouge in the 50's. Dad worked for Copolymer in Baton Rouge until his retirement in 1985. He passed away in 1993.
February 23, 2013
Red section 1974 to 1978. 23rd OMS crew chief.
February 19, 2013
Stationed there from 85 thru 88 in the 23rd Transportation Squadron as the Admin Specialist in Vehicle Operations, and then Vehicle Maintenace before serving in the Orderly Room before getting out.
Great bunch of people I worked with/for ... Haven't made it thru all the registers but do remember Tech SgtHoward Jenkins who posted a few months back. Tech Sgt Don Jordan, SSgt BoB Griffith, and Sgt Mark White are just a few of the many I would love to get in contact with.
February 9, 2013
I'm the eldest son of MSgt. Terence Riester, missile maintenance. We lived on base from 1970–1972. At that time, students were bused to local schools to help with school integration. I remember playing softball and kickball in the field behind our housing unit on Royce Drive. Thanks for the "look back". I was hoping to drive through and show my daughter a bit of my past during a road trip this summer.
February 9, 2013
I was stationed at England in 1967 after service in Vietnam. I was assigned to the Air Police. Our squadron commander was Maj. Jesse Richardson, one of finest officers I ever met. The event I remember most was the day the SR-71 made a emergency landing in November of 1967. It caused lots of excitement. England was very laid back at that time and I enjoyed my time there.
Michael F. O'Brien
February 8, 2013
Worked in base supply and then with Special Services. Had a great time and now reside in the area.
February 8, 2013
USAF crew chief stationed at England AFB 1985-1987 - 75th AMU
January 22, 2013
Last year, I lost the best friend of my life. His name was John Rutherford from Corsacana, TX. We all called him "Rudy" while we were stationed at EAFB. He was with the 391st and so was I.
I worked at the base newspaper as a cartoonist and writer in the mid 50's. John and I remained the best of friends over 52 years visiting one another and our respective families as often as we could. If you knew him as well as I, you would know he had to be the finest, most generous person a man could know. If you knew him, let me know so I can put you in touch with his wife and family.
Stanley R. Krackowski
January 20, 2013
Enjoyed my tour at EAFB and the friends I made. Met my wife and married in LA. We now live in Cedarville, MI but still have found memories of LA.
January 14, 2013
I was at England AFB from Oct. 1976 to July 1980. Was a A7D crewchief in red section. Have a lot of fond memories of the base and of the people I met and worked with there. Some of the people I worked with were: Bill Jeffries, James Tucker, Jim Sullivan, Randy Correll, Cliff Guinn, Speedy (Nolan) Gonzolus, Clay Tucker, John Cavannah,Paul Kesler, Lou Rowles, Gary Green, Gerald Rowell, Monte Niekirk, Terry Anderson, Claycomb, and a bunch of others. Some I can only remember 1st names. Some I can only remember last names. An hour from now I'll have remembered 10 more names I should have put on here. LOL!
I hope everyone that got to serve at England has at least a few fond memories of it. It is a shame that it is gone. Hope everybody is doing fine. Rick Eslinger 555 S. Hickory St. Schell City Mo. 64783 Feel free to call or write. I would love to hear from anyone I knew there or any of their family. God Bless.
January 11, 2013
England AFB was first duty assignment after Lackland from April 1966 until Dec. 1967. Was in 834th Cmbt. Supt. Group, later to be named 834th Services Sqdn. I worked at the Airman's Dining Hall. Spent lots of off time at the base bowling alley near my barracks. Met my wonderful wife while stationed there. We married in Cottonport, La. when I returned from Tan San Nhut Air Base, Vietnam in Dec. 1968. Then I finished my service at McChord AFB in Washingston State.
So many good memories of Louisiana. We return to visit our Cajun in-laws as often as we can. Now call Oregon our home. Had a couple of really good buddies while at England. Will make sure to visit the old base next time we are in Louisiana.
January 4, 2013
I was stationed at England AFB from 1970 to 1972, and worked in the 4403rd CCTW Information Office, which became the Public Affairs Office while I was there. Our offices were originally in the old headquarters building, kitty-corner from the new headquarters, then moved to the new headquarters - immediately at the top of the stairs.
On a visit last year, I could look from the parking lot right to where my desk used to be. I married a woman from LeCompte, and, as it was 1972 and we were interracial, we took an assignment to Chicago. I came back a few times on visits between assignments, but had not seen the base since it closed until last summer. I was saddened to see how much was still unoccupied, but happy to see how much actually was still productive.