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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Lubbock in Lubbock County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Reese Air Force Base

Reese Air Force Base Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, April 29, 2014
1. Reese Air Force Base Marker
Inscription.  Ten years of concentrated efforts by city officials led to the establishment of a U.S. Army Air Corps Advanced Flying School at Lubbock in the summer of 1941. Built ten miles west of the city, where barracks, runways and other military facilities replaced cotton fields and grassland, the base officially opened in January 1942. Renamed Lubbock Army Flying School the next month as the first class of cadets arrived, the base provided training to more than 7,000 World War II pilots by the time of its deactivation in 1945.

During the post-war years reserve units used the facilities here, and barracks were converted into housing for returning veterans and their families. By 1949 the base was reactivated and renamed in honor of First Lt. Augustus F. Reese, Jr., a Shallowater, Texas, native killed in action during World War II.

Designated a permanent installation by 1950, Reese Air Force Base was transferred to Air Training Command in 1958. Thousands of pilots were trained here in the following decades, but by the 1990s the base was slated for permanent closure, leaving a 56-year legacy of excellence. More than 25,000 men and
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women earned their wings at Reese, including more than 600 international students from 40 allied countries.
Erected 1997 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 12039.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceWar, World II. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1942.
Location. 33° 35.604′ N, 102° 1.601′ W. Marker is in Lubbock, Texas, in Lubbock County. Marker is at the intersection of Research Boulevard and South Reese Boulevard, on the left when traveling north on Research Boulevard. Marker is on the southwest corner. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lubbock TX 79416, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Reese AFB Texas (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Carlisle Cemetery (approx. 3.1 miles away); Bledsoe Santa Fe Depot (approx. 4.6 miles away); Isham and Texana Tubbs House (approx. 4.8 miles away); Arnett House (approx. 5˝ miles away); a different marker also named Arnett House (approx. 5˝ miles away); Wolfforth Cemetery (approx. 6.1 miles away); Dagley Field (approx. 7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lubbock.
Reese Air Force Base Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, April 29, 2014
2. Reese Air Force Base Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 11, 2014, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 783 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 11, 2014, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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