Bolling Air Force Base

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Bolling Air Force Base
Part of Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling
Located in: Washington, D.C.
Bolling AFB - gate.jpg
Bolling Air Force Base main gate
Bolling AFB is located in the District of Columbia
Bolling AFB
Bolling AFB
Location of Bolling Air Force Base, D.C.
Coordinates38°50′34″N 077°00′58″W / 38.84278°N 77.01611°W / 38.84278; -77.01611 (Bolling Air Force Base)
TypeAir Force Base
Site information
Controlled by United States Air Force
Site history
Built1917
In use1917-Present
 
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Bolling Air Force Base
Part of Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling
Located in: Washington, D.C.
Bolling AFB - gate.jpg
Bolling Air Force Base main gate
Bolling AFB is located in the District of Columbia
Bolling AFB
Bolling AFB
Location of Bolling Air Force Base, D.C.
Coordinates38°50′34″N 077°00′58″W / 38.84278°N 77.01611°W / 38.84278; -77.01611 (Bolling Air Force Base)
TypeAir Force Base
Site information
Controlled by United States Air Force
Site history
Built1917
In use1917-Present

Bolling Air Force Base was a United States Air Force base in Washington, D.C. In 2010 it was merged with Naval Support Facility Anacostia to form Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling.

History[edit]

Bolling's property has been a Department of Defense (DOD) asset since 1917. From its beginning, the installation has included the Army Air Corps (predecessor to today’s Air Force) and Navy aviation and support elements. The tract of land selected for the base was scouted by William C. Ocker at the direction of General Billy Mitchell. The base began near Anacostia in 1918, as the only military airfield near the United States Capitol and was originally named The Flying Field at Anacostia on 2 October 1917. It was renamed Anacostia Experimental Flying Field in June 1918.[1]

Not long after its acquisition by the military, the single installation evolved into two separate, adjoining bases; one Army (later Air Force) and one Navy. Bolling Field was officially opened 1 July 1918 and was named in honor of the first high-ranking air service officer killed in World War I, Colonel Raynal C. Bolling. Colonel Bolling was the Assistant Chief of the Air Service, and was killed in action near Amiens, France, on 26 March 1918 while defending himself and his driver, Private Paul L. Holder, from an attack by German soldiers.[1]

In the late 1940s, Bolling Field’s property became Naval Air Station Anacostia and a new Air Force base, named Bolling Air Force Base, was constructed just to the south on 24 June 1948.[1]

Bolling AFB has served as a research and testing ground for new aviation equipment and its first mission provided aerial defense of the capital. It moved to its present location, along the Potomac in the city's southwest quadrant, in the 1930s.[1]

Over the years, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and National Guard units, as well as DOD and federal agencies also found the installation to be an ideal place from which to operate.[1]

Although fixed-wing aircraft operations ceased, the installations continued their important service to the country and the world, serving in many capacities, including service with the Military Airlift Command (MAC); the headquarters for the Air Force District of Washington; the Air Force 11th Wing; Commander, Naval Installations Command, Naval Media Center (now, Defense Media Activity-Navy) and many other military commands and federal agencies[1]

The Air Force District of Washington (AFDW) was created and activated at Bolling on 1 October 1985 with the mission of providing administrative support to Air Force members. On 15 July 1994, AFDW was inactivated, but was reactivated 5 January 2005 to "provide a single voice for Air Force requirements in the National Capital Region" according to the base's website.[1]

Major commands assigned[edit]

Bolling Field, mid-1920s
Bolling Field and Anacosta Naval Air Station, mid-1940s
The last fixed-wing flight out of Bolling Air Force Base, 1962.
Redesignated Air Force Combat Command, 20 June 1941
Redesignated: Strategic Air Command, 21 March 1946
Redesignated Headquarters Command, United States Air Force, 17 March 1958

[2]

Major units assigned[edit]

Redesignated, Transatlantic Sector, Air Transport Command, 21 February 1942-15 April 1943
Redesignated Air Force Base Unit 1, 1 April 1944-1 April 1948
Redesignated: 503d Air Force Base Unit, 27 September 1947-1 April 1948
Redesignated: Headquarters Command, USAF, 17 March 1958-1 July 1976
Redesignated: 1111th Special Air Mission Squadron
Redesignated: 1299th Air Transport Squadron, 10 March 1948 - 10 July 1961
Redesignated: 1100th Special Air Missions Group
Redesignated: 2310th Air Transport Group, 10 March 1948-29 November 1952
Redesignated: 1100th Air Base Group, 30 September 1977-15 December 1980
Redesignated: 1100th Air Base Wing, 15 December 1980-15 July 1994

References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

  1. ^ a b c d e f g CNIC Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling
  2. ^ a b Mueller, Robert, Air Force Bases Volume I, Active Air Force Bases Within the United States of America on 17 September 1982, Office of Air Force History, 1989

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