Ghedi Air Base
In Italy there are two B-61 nuclear weapon bases: Aviano and Ghedi-Torre. During the 1970s the 7402nd Munitions Support Squadron was responsible for nuclear weapons custodial security for nuclear weapons storage area and priority A aircraft alert area. The parent organization was the 40th Tactical Air Command (TAC) at Aviano Air Base Italy.
Ghedi Air Base is located in the center of the Province of Brescia, in the eastern part of the Lombardia region, southwest of Lago Di Garda (Lake Garda). It is north of the town of Ghedi and south of the town of Castenedolo on road SP 66. Ghedi Air Base is located in the center of the province of Brescia, located in the region of Lombardia. The base is located just outside the towns of Ghedi, Castenedolo, and Montichiari. We are on the north end of the Po River valley, which is the agricultural heartland of Italy. The Italian Alps is approximately 20 Km to the north and on a clear day is highly visible from the base. The area has small industries and rolling farmland. It is the transitioning point from the heavily industrial northwest to the more agricultural northeast and central area.
Eight F-16s of the Turkish Air Force participated in Allied Force operations in 1999. Turkish forces, based at Ghedi Air Base in Italy since 1995, had been supporting Deny Flight operations over Bosnia. Turkish pilots had accumulated over 30,000 hours in these operations alone. For Allied Force, the TuAF has increased its F-16 force at Ghedi by six aircraft.
Montichiari is the closest large town to the base, and there are many small towns and villages that dot the countryside. The majority of assigned personnel live in Montichiari. The other prime locations for finding housing are in Ghedi, Castiglione, Calcinato, and Desenzano Del Garda. The city of Brescia is about 18 kilometers from the base. This is the capital city of the province and is a large industrial center in the region. The city is filled with historical sites and museums, and has many of the features of a large industrial city. The main city has approximately 300,000 inhabitants and is an industrial, commercial, and agricultural center. The firearms factories in Brescia are the oldest and most important in Italy. The city is rich in art dating back to the Roman and Renaissance periods. Desenzano, approximately 18 miles from the base, lies on the shores of beautiful Lake Garda. The lake is the largest Resort Lake in Northern Italy. Desenzano is a very popular resort area and is inundated with visitors during the peak vacation months of the summer. It is also the major port on the lake with boats that traverse the lake to many destinations. Other towns on the lakeshores are Rivoltella, Salo, Gardone, Sirmione, Peschiera, and Riva, just to name a few. There are a lot of interesting and historic sites located nearby. The mileage distances are: Verona 42 mi, Cremona 26 mi, Bergamo 40 mi, Milan 70 mi, Vicenza 80 mi, Turin 156 mi, Venice 110 mi, Florence 187 mi, and Aviano Air Base 180 mi. The province of Brescia offers a varied and interesting landscape from the Alpine Valleys to the blue waters of Lake Garda.
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