Ramey Air Force Base

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Ramey Air Force Base
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Part of the Strategic Air Command
Located in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
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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 United States Army Air Forces Brigadier General Howard Knox Ramey. Following its closure, it was redeveloped into Rafael Hernandez Airport.

History

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 (Douglas 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

Remanding military presence

In 1971 as a result of the closing of U.S. Naval Air Station Isla Grande the United States Coast Guard relocated its activities to Ramey. The Coast Guard took possession of an outstanding hangar, a part of the Air Force housing area and the DoDEA Ramey School for the newly formed Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen. The Coast Guard Exchange operates a PX near the coast guard air station. The Punta Borinquen Light was also transferred to the Coast Guard. Punta Borinquen Radar Station near the Ramey golf course is a Puerto Rico Air National Guard facility home for the 141st Air Control Squadron. The United States Army Reserve operates the Ramey United States Army Reserve Center. The Puerto Rico National Guard has some units and facilities at the former Air Force Base. Military retirees choose to settle in the area mostly because of the Ramey golf course and services they are entitled to at the coast guard air station.

See also

References

 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

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