Hunter AFB, GA
During the 1950s the 2d Bombardment Wing was located at Hunter Air Force Base, GA equipped with B-47 bombers. The 308th Bombardment Wing (Medium) was deployed at Hunter Air Force Base, Georgia in the mid-1950s, operating the B-47 bomber. The Air Force Directorate of Installations recorded accelerated tests for "tar-rubber" runway and airfield pavement at Hunter Air Force Base in early 1952, in hopes of developing a pavement less costly than concrete.
When the Air Force closed their base at Hunter Field in Savannah in 1967, the Army promptly assumed control. Hunter Army Airfield (HAAF) is located in Savannah, Ga. It covers about 5,400 acres. The HAAF area consist of a cluster of sub-communities in Chatam County. Hunter Army Airfield is located along White Bluff Street between DeRenne and Abercorn Streets. It is the largest Army Airfield in the Continental United States. Home of the 1st Ranger Battalion, 160th SOAR, and many supply units of the 3rd Infantry Division, these units have deployed to places such as Grenada, Panama, Saudi Arabia, and Bosnia from HAAF.
In conjunction with the flight training being conducted at Fort Stewart, the U.S. Army Flight Training Center came into being in 1967. The helicopter pilot training was rapidly accelerated and pilots were trained and soon sent to duty all over the world, with a large percentage seeing active duty in Viet Nam. Hunter Army Airfield, part of the Stewart/Hunter complex, is also the home of the US Coast Guard Station, Savannah - the largest helicopter unit in the Coast Guard. It provides Savannah and the Southeast United States with round-the-clock search-and-rescue coverage of its coastal areas.
Home to the 3rd Mechanized Infantry Division, Fort Stewart is located in southeastern Ga. near Hinesville, and is the largest Army installation east of the Mississippi River, covering close to 280,000 acres. Its sister installation, Hunter Army Airfield, lies in Savannah. Together they comprise a city unto itself, with 57,000 soldiers, civilians and family members working together in support of the Army mission.
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