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Entry Gate by Hospital
Bill Collinson

Entry Gate by Hospital

George Air Force Base

I believe after reading a number of posts and e-mails that this was once considered the Main Gate of GAFB. This is back by the Hospital and an area of housing, Elementary School, Church, etc. Most likely this picture was taken sometime in 2005.

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Stephen Rehm 10-Sep-2014 20:59
Hey Don, we lived at 622 Utah street from 67-69. My parents were Robert (bob) & Josephine Rehm. My Name is Stephen and My sister is donna. We must have passed paths many times. My father was an AGE mechanic on flight line.
Don 14-May-2014 16:52
Iwas at George frm sept 65 to apr 71. Was base disaster preparedness tech.lived at 652 Utah ave.IWas a first responder for the XB70 crash north of the base. We had a son born at the old hosp.Helped Victorville build the city emergency prepadedness with mr bill milton. This was a great place.


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Alex 22-Apr-2014 19:38
is george airforce open to the public???
RFraley 06-Feb-2014 01:21
Waved a ton of cars through this gate ............ 82-87 R.Fraley
Rachel Young 26-Jan-2014 16:40
George AFB was a wonderful community to live in. I remember fondly. We lived in 3 different homes on the base. We had wonderful friends and co-workers. I too took a drive thru the base and posted pictures. It was very hard driving thru the base, it was like someone ripped part of my heart out. Two of my children were born there. We were there from 82 thru 92. RIP George AFB
RICK SCHLECHT 26-Jan-2014 04:50
Seeing the 'Main Gate' is like seeing an old long lost friend... seeing GAFB in this 'rundown' state, however, is akin to watching a loved one on a hospital bed dying of cancer... sorry to be dramatic, but this base was once a small, vibrant and tightly-knit community of a 'select' Air Force family - I hate seeing 'our' [former] home looking like this. GAFB was my 'first' Air Force duty assignment [after 3 years with the Army..] and spent nearly two years here as a jet mechanic for the 37th CRS from 1981-1983... won an incentive ride on board the Wild Weasel F4E Phantom II with Captain Terry Markovic in January of 1982... got to fly it for about 10 minutes.. "Ah yes, the fond memories of a wonderful life in the Mojave Desert I will always cherish..."
Guest 06-Dec-2013 19:21
I was born at George in 1966 as was my brother in 1968. Dad went from George to Danang and was there 1969-70 - then we went to Japan and Okinawa - settled not to far away in Tucson.
Guest 06-Dec-2013 19:21
I was born at George in 1966 as was my brother in 1968. Dad went from George to Danang and was there 1969-70 - then we went to Japan and Okinawa - settled not to far away in Tucson.
Dan 23-Oct-2013 14:23
I was stationed at George 1956-1960. I was a pharmacist. Lots of good memories. I just got back from a visit to GAFB. I flew my Cessna 172 from MO to CA just to be able to land on runway 21. Went to see Apple Valley Inn, I used to sing there on the weekends sometimes. Newt's house is a mess. I saw it when it was beautiful, real shame.
George Garcia 30-May-2013 01:08
Thank you for all the memories. George AFB was also my first assignment from 1976-1997 in the Transportation Vehicle Maintenance.
sgt terry townsend 14-Nov-2012 18:15
Was there Sept 78 till Jan 81 left to go home 15 min after Reagan was sworn in as president , that gate was the last thing I saw in my rearview mirror, one day I hope to return to see the ruins. I was a crew chief on 69-0566 f4g wild weasel
Dana Allin 08-Sep-2012 21:40
Dana Allin
I started kindergarten at George in 1952. My dad was stationed there from 52' to 61' then we were transferred to Itazuke, Japan. When that tour was over in 63' we came right back to George. We always lived off base (Victorville the first time and Apple Valley the second time) I still love the area, the high desert is beautiful. My sister and I have been back several times to visit the area for class reunions. We took our tours of the base each time..and cried our eyes out. A LOT of memories for us there. Thanks you so much for this pictorial.
Guest 12-Jul-2012 01:31
When my dad was mustered out of the Air Force in 1961 at Itazuke Air Force Base in 1961, my family was flown back to the States where we landed at George Air Force Base after a long flight from Tokyo, Japan, to the States. We spent three weeks at George Air Force Base waiting to meet up with my older brother who was left behind in Japan to finish high school. That's one of the nifty things the Air Force did for dependents back then.

My memories of those three weeks was the constant winds that blew daily out there in the California desert.
Guest 02-Jul-2012 16:58
George AFB was my home! I was a dependent and my dad got stationed there when I was 7. He retired when I was 18 and I was very sad to move from our home on base. George was my home and I have many memories there. He moved to Hesperia and we still used the base for years. I married a serviceman who was stationed at George and moved several times with him. When I was told by my mom the base was closing, it hurt. Now it is a ghost town and it kills me to see how it was destroyed for military practice. My home was one destroyed. Thank you for putting up this site, it is nice to see where I grew up!
Guest 25-May-2012 15:39
I can't believe what they did to this base i lived there from 77-88 went to george school and sheppard school hook jr high and victor valley sr had two sisters who went to high desert high school [high desert high !!!!!]can't count how many times we went to mojave river [wow how i miss my old home] the base pool early in the summer mornings watch the shadow of the water tower go by allways music and the smell of coconut sun tan lotion i remember some of the hottest bodies laying at that pool [flash back] and the squadron parties at the base park what fun days i used to go into base headquaters at the flag pole across from the gym and check out the model planes man they had alot me and my sisters and friends went to see grease and saturday night live at the movies and many other ones houses i lived at where 107 idaho street,644 carolina ave'and 13 wyoming...some people we knew ,,,david and robert sherwood /greig sevy/ booker washington/tracy miller damn wow long black hair/tracy smith/both of which are british me to same with david and robert steve,kevin,and cris welch i remember the white chow mitch and there sister pot head yeah:::: had some cool friends alot are metioned fred and mike and angeia krumsiak and amy martian trish janatelly i think i killed the last name thanks THANK YOU GEORGE AFB HOME OF THE WILD WEASELS.i will never forget the time i spent there and all the good people that where there.....jerzy boczkowski..
Lane Cross 04-May-2012 15:56
I was stationed there from Nov 73 to August 75 and was with the 35th OMS. I used to play in a band at the 35th OMS barracks on the weekends (I was the drummer) and made a lot of friends there. I've been to GAFB a couple of times to see what's become of it and I have wondered what ever happened to everyone over the years. Wow. Thanks for putting this up although it's sad to see what's become of the base. The old OMS barracks are now gone and back in the day, they were the "modern" barracks.
Guest 03-Mar-2012 14:44
I am so excited to find this site about GAFB!! My, now ex-husband, was assigned to George straight out of Tech School in 1990, and we were among the last to leave when it closed. Felt like we had arrived on another planet. Oh how I hated that desert at first! At the time we had a one year old and no money to really do anything, so every night we would put our son his stroller and walk..I can see a portion of our path in this picture. We lived just down and on the left (directly across from the hospital where my husband worked). I have thought of this place a billion times and wondered what ever became of it. Thank you so much for creating this site, even though it makes me sad to see this beautiful base in such ruin. For those stationed at GAFB from '90 till it closed-my husband was Airman John S Hancock and worked in the med group.
B. A. Mccullough 27-Feb-2012 20:06
B.A. Mccullough
GEORGE AFB was my first station also. I also arrived at night, had a rude awakening the
next morning when I saw what the Mojave dessert. Could not believe I was sent to such a
desolate area. Hated the base, but grew to love the great dessert. I was assigned to base
civil engineering, heavy equipment shop for 2.5 years, then on to Korea. I was sort of
sad receiving the news of the base closing, made so many friends while stationed there.
Great to see the pictures you have posted, they bring back so many memories from 1967 to
late 1969.
Thanks Mack.
ateve (lavelle) Hopkins 24-Dec-2011 17:15
I was stationed there twice during my 8yrs as a Security policeman, 2nd time as Dog handler. These photo's bring back many memories while waving traffic, routine patrol on Flt line, and being one of the last dog handlers to serve under the 479th SPS. I was then sent to Seymour Johnson AFB, and onto Viet Nam as dog handler. My NCOIC at that time was Ssgt Thomas who I will never forget along with my dog Deutsch X614. Thank you for bringing back many memories, both there and in Adelanto with Mr Ed Rhoades.
Guest 17-Sep-2011 14:31
Yes, that is the "main" gate. I also drove thru it hundreds of time from 72-74. My barraks were off to the left by the water tower.
Guest 09-Sep-2011 21:41
My dad was stationed here as a Chaplain from 73-76. My brother and a neighbor once rode their Big Wheels through this, the main gate, so they could be saluted. George was an oasis to us as well. Thank you for posting pictures.
Guest 07-Sep-2011 04:26
Gary Earl (jr),
Thanks for the pics Bill! I remember when my wife and I stopped by (out of curiosity) on the way back to Utah and I almost didn't dare drive onto the base even though the gate was unmanned. I remember watching tumbleweeds blowing out in the desert. I loved to go to the Roy Rodgers Museum and good ol' Trigger! When my dad (Capt. Gary Earl) was being sent to Germany supposedly my mom told him that was fine but her and the kids wouldn't be there when he got back... So he got out of the regular AF, we moved back to Cache Valley Utah where he was able to get on with Hill AFB in Roy, Utah and retired as a Lt. Col. with one of the F16 wings there... Anyway, good times! :)
Guest 07-Sep-2011 02:42
Stationed here in 1982 with my husband. I was attached to the hospital and my husband 57CRS Machine shop. Our 2nd and 3rd child was born here. We lived in 3 different houses as our family grew and left there during the base closure. My kids still talk about George and my husband and my self lead a great life there. Miss it tremendously. Drove in and out of the many times. Delivered Christmas cookies to the MP's on duty for holidays for many years.
Guest 19-Jul-2011 18:46
Yes, this was in fact the old main gate. Being assigned to 35th Security Police Sq, I worked it many times. Off to the immediate right, now a vacant lot, was where the visitors check in center was. (K.Johnston, 35th SPS, 1977-78)
Sarah McConahy Ziemer 08-Jul-2011 05:31
I lived on base from age 7 to almost 14 (the best, most memorable years of childhood). I always thought of George as a beautiful oasis in the desert. We took lots of long road trips, and the sight of the front gate always meant "We're home!"
BILL BURK 18-Jun-2011 17:10
STATION THER FROM 1962-66 831ST AIR POLICE K-9 SECTION BILL BURK
BILL BURK 18-Jun-2011 17:09
STATION THER FROM 1962-66 831ST AIR POLICE K-9 SECTION BILL BURK
BILL BURK 18-Jun-2011 17:08
STATION THER FROM 1962-66 831ST AIR POLICE K-9 SECTION BILL BURK
Guest 06-Feb-2011 03:31
That is indeed the Main Gate of what was GAFB. I was stationed there from June 1973 to August 1978. One of my children was born there in 1975. I was assigned to the 35th AMS in bldg 560 during my stay and worked both F-4's and F-105G's. I have nothing but good memories of George.
Karen 02-Feb-2011 23:46
My ex husband Donald Washington use to main this gate 1978-82
Guest 19-Dec-2010 04:23
Definitely the main gate from 1976 through 1980. Went through it hundreds of times...
Jim Williamson 15-Aug-2010 02:09
Jim Williamson
George air plain patch was my first duty.
I was assigned to the 435th Fighter Day Sqd Later changed to TFS.
I remember signing in Aug 8 1956,it was about 100+ in the shade and no shade.
I was a crew chief on F-100s and later transfered to 476th TFS, and in late 57 or
58 we got the F-104s. That was one fine bird.
We used to go skating in San Bernadino Harry's Roller Rink,lots of nice young ladies.
My wife and I lived in an apt in Adalanto,and I worked part time at the Mobil station
on hyway 395.
Greg Smith 16-Jun-2010 06:37
I too was a first timer at GAFB. It was my first duty station after basic and tech school. I arrived in june of 1977 and stayed till Sept. 1979. I flew into Ontario and someone from base transportation came and picked me up. it was late when we arrived and did not see much of the base till the next day. I remember looking out my temporary BOQ and it was 115 degrees. My 2 years there is still unquestionably some of the best times of my life
Guest 13-Jun-2010 23:39
This was not the Main gate from at least 1988 to 1991.
BELINDA BAKER 24-Mar-2010 20:13
I JUST GOT CHILLS, AS I STARED AT THE MAIN GATE. MY EX-HUSBAND DID A THREE YEAR
TOUR OF DUTY I GUESS HERE. ALTHOUGH, WE ARE NO LONGER MARRIED, THE MEMORIES
I STILL HAVE. OUR SON, WHO IS NOW (24) WAS BORN AT THAT VERY HOSPITAL AT GEORGE AIR
FORCE BASE IN 1986. I STILL REMEMBER IT LIKE IT WAS YESTERDAY. I USED TO DO MY
GROCERY SHOPPING AT THE COMMISARY. EVERY TIME I WOULD DRIVE UP TO THE MAIN GATE,
THE GUARD WOULD CHECK THE STICKER, THEN SALUTE ME THROUGH. I REMEMBER ONE TIME I
WENT TO A PARTY ON BASE AT SOME NEW FRIENDS THAT I HAD MET THERE, AFTER DRINKING
MORE THAN I SHOULD. AS I WAS ABOUT TO LEAVE THE BASE, THEY HAD SET UP SOME TYPE
OF OBSTACLE COURSE OF PYLONS RIGHT BEFORE THE GATE. I SOMEHOW MADE IT THROUGH
WITHOUT ANY TROUBLE. I JUST REMEMBER THINKING, HOW AM I GOING TO EXPLAIN THIS
TO MY HUSBAND, WHY I WAS AT A PARTY ON THE BASE? ANYWAY, MY SONS BIRTH IS WHAT
I REMEMBER AS MY FONDEST MEMORY THERE. THANKS FOR LETTING ME GO THROUGH THAT GATE
ONE LAST TIME.
Guest 18-Feb-2010 00:50
Len Mitchell
I too was a first-termer straight out of basic training at Lackland AFB, and George was my first posting. I arrived at George in November 1965 in the middle of the night, after flying from LAX to the Apple Valley airport on Frontier Airlines. It was deep dark and I had no idea where I was, but knew it was trouble. The next morning, after a night spent in temporary BAQ, I got the full view of the base and its desolation--the cold, heat and the wind!!! I used every chance I got to get off the base to visit L.A, and often hitch-hiked in my 1505s and field jacket to catch a ride because after a while, Greyhound went on strike, and hitch-hiking was faster to get away.
I was assigned to the 831st CSG and worked as a 70250 admin clerk in DH No. 2. I too remember Col. Trimble when he flew a F-4 over the base upon being promoted to BG. I also was there when the XB-70 bomber and a F-104 chase plane collided. In 1967, the Air Force re-designated E-4 A1Cs to Sergeant E-4 (my rank). I deployed to Vietnam from George in 1967 and returned a year later before receiving an early discharge in January 1969 due to the Air Force cutting back its personnel. I spent three years at George, Vietnam aside, and it was a love-hate relationship with the base that I shall never forget. Mid-60s music always takes me back to George.
Guest 19-Jul-2009 14:02
Wow! What a walk down memory lane! I was stationed here in July 1969 - my first duty station after basic and tech school training. I flew to LA from the east coast and took a bus from San Bernardino to Victorville. When we reached the crest of El Cajon pass and I saw the high desert for the first time I knew I was in DEEP TROUBLE. This place was literally in the middle of NOWHERE!! Eerie looking at this pictures - thanks for posting. B. Byrd Houston
John Williams 16-Mar-2009 04:38
I can't begin to count the number of times I drove through this old "Main" gate in the late 1960s. It was my first post as a second balloon. There was a big sign in front that read< "Home of the 479th Tactical Fighter Wing"--We Fly Harder. Col Harry Trimble was the wing commander in those days, a tough bird himself but one who was integral in helping the squadrons teach young pilots the skills they would need in Vietnam. Everyone, from the guys in maintenance, ordnance, supply, ops, admin--everyone, will remember George Air Force Base and the community around it. Your photos gave me a 'catch' in my throat and heart but if I close my eyes I can still remember those days and nights of 40 years ago where I spent so much of my early adulthood. Thanks, Bill.
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