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Three Towers (October 2005)

Three Towers (October 2005)

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Don 05-Jun-2016 20:56
Much like Dave, I was stationed at George from 12/66 to 01/70 assigned to the 479th A&E Sq. in the Radar Navigation Shop, and later assigned to the 434th TFS. I first lived in the 3 story concrete barracks next to Mess Hall close to the BX and later in the wooden barracks close to the 434th hangers. Went to Victor Valley College for a year which allowed me to meet both civilians and other GI's that I would otherwise never met and have a greater connection to the Victorville community. I also worked in the BX Gas Station and met others who just loved working those long hot Saturdays in the Summer! Got orders for Viet Nam in Apr 69', but orders cancelled when they realized I had less than a year left to serve. I finished college and worked for 25 years with Litton and Teledyne who made many of the Avionics on the F-4 . I have visited GAFB on occasions, and shared the depression expressed by you all . I now live in the CA Bay Area and have visited Mare Island and Alameda NAS which were also closed and likewise have become ghost towns... but these bases come back to life a little through our memories ! Good luck...please email if you have time.
PETE 10-Oct-2015 18:25
Was there in 67. A&E. ECM shop then off to Korat. Great base. Too bad it's gone.
Dave 29-Aug-2013 05:57
I was stationed at George from 03/67-02/70,beginning with the 479th A&E Sq. and later when they went to the Squadron concept, the 434th TFS. Lived first in the three story barracks near the bowling alley and later in the wooden barracks near the squadron's hangar. Spent most of my Air Force life there and had a lot of fun, on and off base. I grew up there, enjoyed the desert and remember all the good guys I worked and lived with, sorry to see George die like it did.
Audrey 15-Jan-2010 15:00
I lived at George during 1970 and 1971. My dad was stationed there and I attended the 5th grade. We lived on 127 Texas Dr. on the edge of the base and as kids we played on "Turtle Rock" and climbed in the gigantic culverts. People would regularly patrol the area for rattlesnakes and kill them. After that, we moved to Virginia where my dad was re-assigned to work at the Pentagon and I wish we could have stayed at George. I will never forget the year we spent in California, the people were so friendly and Southern Calif. is so beautiful!
Guest 20-Dec-2009 01:24
My dad was stationed at george from '79 to almost it's closer in '91 Then was shipped to Mt Home. I remember GEorge well. went to school At bother George elementary and at shepherd elementary. I remember Kids world and Jack and jill preschool. It was a thriving base with a lot of great people. I was sad to hear that the water tower was demolished and through the internet heard it fell on tac emblem insult to injury if you ask me. maybe some day George will be used again if anything maybe as a working museum
Don Horneff, E-5 MMS 18-Aug-2009 20:20
I was at George AFB twice, late '69-'70, and then again when I returned from Kadena, Okinawa, '72-'73. Was attached to the bomb dump, then did mid shift crew chief on hot flightline delivery at north end of ramp. I stayed in both the newer concrete block 3 story barracks on my first stay, and then in the older wooden ones on my second. I can't believe how the base has been left to the dogs. Many fond memories of my tour there.
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