Ramey Air Force Base

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Ramey Air Force Base
Shield Strategic Air Command.png
Part of the Strategic Air Command
Located in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
13 October 1993
Ramey AFB is located in Puerto Rico
Ramey AFB
Ramey AFB
Coordinates 18°29′40″N 067°07′46″W / 18.49444°N 67.12944°W / 18.49444; -67.12944Coordinates: 18°29′40″N 067°07′46″W / 18.49444°N 67.12944°W / 18.49444; -67.12944
Type Air Force Base
Site information
Controlled by Formerly the Strategic Air Command
Site history
Built 1936
In use 1936–1971
Garrison information
Garrison None – base deactivated in 1973

Ramey Air Force Base is a former United States Air Force base in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. It was named after Brigadier General Howard Knox Ramey. Following its closure, it was redeveloped into Rafael Hernandez Airport.


World War II era

During World War II, the following squadrons were assigned to the airfield:

417th Bombardment Squadron, 21 November 1939 – 13 April 1942 (B-18 Bolo)
10th Bombardment Squadron, 1 November 1940 – 1 November 1942 (B-18 Bolo)
12th Bombardment Squadron, 1 November 1940 – 8 November 1941 (B-18 Bolo)
35th Bombardment Squadron, 31 October-11 November 1941 (B-18 Bolo)

Cold War era

As: Antilles Air Division, 12 January 1948 – 22 January 1949

Realignment and closure

Ramey Air Force Base deactivation began in 1972 and final closure in 1973. The U.S Coast Guard and the United States Armed Forces Reserve Component has keep military presence within the former Air Force base. Many Federal law enforcement agencies such as the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the United States Border Patrol Ramey sector and the CBP Air and Marine Operations Caribbean Branch operate at Ramey. Areas of the base were transferred to the local government such as the air field to be redeveloped into Rafael Hernández Airport.

Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen

In 1971 the United States Coast Guard relocated its activities from the former U.S. Naval Air Station Isla Grande to Ramey. As a result Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen was opened the same year. Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen has many facilities at the former Ramey AFB including a coast guard housing area, DoDEA Ramey School, and a Coast Guard Exchange.

Punta Borinquen Radar Station

Punta Borinquen Radar Station is a Puerto Rico Air National Guard facility home for the 141st Air Control Squadron.

Army Reserve and Puerto Rico National Guard

The United States Army Reserve operates the Ramey Army Reserve Center. The Puerto Rico National Guard has some units and facilities at the former Air Force Base.

See also


 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

  • Maurer, Maurer. Air Force Combat Units of World War II. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office 1961 (republished 1983, Office of Air Force History, ISBN 0-912799-02-1).
  • Ravenstein, Charles A. Air Force Combat Wings Lineage and Honors Histories 1947–1977. Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama: Office of Air Force History 1984. ISBN 0-912799-12-9.

External links

  • Ramey AFB Historical Association
  • Airport information for TJBQ at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.
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