Comments: I was stationed at England AFB from 68 to 72
November 10, 2005
Amanda (Early) Rinearson
Comments: I grew up in Alexandria. I lived there for 13 years. I lived on 5804 Skylark Avenue, in the Grundy Cooper Addition. My Dad was in the air force and was stationed to Tucson after England AF base closed. If any of my childhood friends see this, please e-mail me. I love and will always love the city of alexandria, my hometown.
September 27, 2005
City: new york city
Comments: I WAS STATIONED AT ALEXANDRIA AFB IN MAY 52 UNTIL DEC 52 BEFORE GOING OVERSEAS. IS THERE ANY PICTURES YOU HAVE AT THAT TIME?
September 26, 2005
Comments: I was stationed at England AFB from 1975-1977. I have nothing but fond memories of Alexandria & its citizens. Very hospitable indeed !!! They made us Airmen feel like we were home.
My fondest memory was seeing Elvis at the Rapides Parish Coliseum ...six months after that he died ! I used to go to the local wrestling shows there every Tuesday night...lol..I still remember a local favorite" Grizzly Smith " was one of my favs.
I happened upon your site researching what became of the 23rd Tac Fighter Wing and I'm glad I did, it brought back wonderful memories ! I'm putting this in my favorite places and will check back every now and then.
September 6, 2005
Comments: I got married in 1988 and moved to England AFB (we actually lived on Rapides Station RD and then moved several times within the city, ending up on Dottie Lane in Boyce) where my (ex)husband was stationed. Our children were born at St Frances Cabrini Hospital in 1989 and 1991. He spent time in Saudi during the Gulf War and in July 1992 we moved to Shaw AFB in SC.
We were part of the base closing: (I have always wondered what happened to the base and Alex.). My daughter, who is 13, would love to go back someday and see the place where she was born. I guess we will be making a trip in the future...I stumbled across this site and want to thank the person who is responsible.
I loved the pics of the AFB and surrounding areas. Ironically, the first picure of the AFB is the airpark, which my ex helped construct.
He also helped build the Super Playground ... not sure if that is still there <sigh> I even got a bit melancholy ... Thank you! If anyone can give me info on what happened to the base, etc I would greatly appreciate it. (see England Airpark)
September 6, 2005
City: Crossville (Fairfield Glade)
Comments: I was stationed at Alexandria Air Force Base and later England Air Force Base 1952 and 1953. I was one of the Base Telephone operators with the 366th, comm. Sq. 366 FTR, BMR wing. And later was assigned to 124 AC&W SQ. 157 TAC GP.
September 3, 2005
Comments: I was stationed at England from March 1969 till November 1970. I was in the 4406 CCTS later changed to the 437th SOTS.
September 2, 2005
Comments: Fondly remember my young days, when my father was stationed at England Air Force Base. We lived in Alexandria and rented from a family related to the Bishop at that time. I went to St. Francis Xavier before my father was transferred to Europe. It was a great time ... I used to pick pecans on base and we had many friends in the base housing there, that remained friends forever.
September 2, 2005
Walter R. Slattery
City: New Canaan
Comments: I SERVED AT ALEX IN THE SUMMER OF 1944 AS A NAVIGATOR ON B-17'S, LEAVING IN SEPTEMBER FOR LINCOLN, NEBRASKA WHERE WE PICKED UP A NEW B-17 AND FLEW IT TO THE ETO WHERE WE SERVED WITH THE EIGHTH AIR FORCE.
August 29, 2005
Comments: I was born in the old Rapides General Hospital in 1956.
My Father was stationed at England AFB at that time. We lived there until 1961 when he was transferred to Florida. Have a lot of memories of Alexandria/Pineville area.
Have been back several times and it is hard to believe what time has done to the area. It's almost impossible to go to the base and not choke up at how it has changed.
Saturday, August 27, 2005
Daniel M. Banks
Comments: I was assigned to the 622nd Air Regueling Squadron from Feb 58 to Feb 64.
Friday, August 26, 2005
Comments: My husband was stationed at England AFB back in 1967-69. Remember Joe's at the Rotary and the clubs. I worked for Alexandria Seed Co. during my stay. The Cade family are great people. Enjoyed the Mardi Gras too! Great site!!
Monday, July 11, 2005
City: Willow Springs
Comments: What a great site! My family was stationed at England AFB from 1970 to 1973. I have a lot of great memories of the base as well as the city of Alexandria. I went to school for 3 years on base but I did attend A.J.H. in 72-73. My best memory of AJH was Coach Geroy. He was a great teacher and coach who I admired very much.
The best memories I have of Alexandria involved sports. I played all the sports on base and my dad and I went to more Aces games than I can count. I can still see Bringhurst Field in my mind. I made the All-Star team in little league two years in a row and I will never forget playing the Alexandria all star team. I'll never forget it because a guy named Eric Saucier pitched against us and he was unbelievable! I also played basketball on the base team and we played in the CYO league against St. Rita's and Alexandria Country Day. Those are the only two schools I can remember right now.
My older brother went to Country Day during that period. There was quite a bit of tension as I remember between the base and the city as far as school assignments for students from the base so a lot of kids went to Country Day. I also remember playing football for the base team and playing Prompt Succor in a scrimmage game. They had not been beaten in quite a while. I forget how many consecutive games they had won but needless to say their streak stayed intact when we played them.
We moved back to NC in the summer of 73 and I have lived here ever since but I have never forgotten England AFB or Alexandria. I would love to go back and visit some day.
If anyone from my days there read this please contact me at DetTgrs68n84@aol.com. Thanks for putting together such a wonderful site!
Sunday, July 3, 2005
Comments: I was a member of the 23rd Security Police Sqdn at England Air Force Base from March of 1976 until August 1979.
I have fond memories of my time spent there, and some of the friends I made that still are close to me today.
Swimming at Indian Creek, seeing the first Star Wars movie and many, many others at the Drive-In and "Dixie" being played everyday at noon in downtown Alex when the Confederate Flag flew high above a local business (a bank I think).
Monday, June 13, 2005
Michael L. Gail
Comments: I was stationed at England AFB from Nov 63 to July 67. It was my first duty station after tech school. I worked at the Munition Storage area. Had a lot of good friends both off base and those who I worked with. Went to Vietnam from England AFB. A great time.
Sunday, June 12, 2005
Brenda (Rudd) Brandon
Comments: I would like to contact some old friends that I had when I lived at the Air Base in Alexandria from approximately 1969-1972. My friends were Anita and Velma Williams, whose father was a military policeman on the air base. My sister and I (Brenda & Sandra Rudd) moved to Florida in 1972 and we sure would like to contact our two lost friends. I do know that both Anita and Velma went into the air force after graduation and my sister Sandra saw Velma in Mexico Beach, Florida a few years later.
Tuesday, June 7, 2005
Shelia "Rogers" Oliver
City: Midwest City
Comments: Thank you for this most enjoyable site. I grew up in the area of Pineville and Alexandria in the mid-50s to mid-60s. We lived in what is now the state mental hospital grounds.
My dad was stationed at England AFB. He also happens to be from Tioga. He is buried there. We moved to Shreveport after he retired. I miss Cenla and go back there as much as I can. Lots has changed there, which is probably a "good" thing.
I now live in Moore, Ok. I have lots of good memories growing up there. I attended Pineville Elementary School. We moved to Shreveport the summer before I entered the 7th grade. This was very hard for me. I knew one person at my school, that was my cousin. I had lots of friends in Pineville and it was hard to say goodbye. I had wonderful teachers at Pineville Elementary. They would all be surprised to know that I am an Early childhood teacher at Rose State College in Oklahoma.
I also found a site that has pics of a Pineville Grammar year book around mid 50's. I recognize some of the children even though they where older than me. It was great to see pics of my old teachers and I mean old. Most all of them where near retirement. My favorite of all my teachers was Mrs Kees. However I also loved Mrs Katie Smith. They all made an great impression on me.
If anyone has any pics they would like to share of their Pineville Grammar days from 1957-63 please summit them. We lived in the Forest Glen Housing Addition. We lived at 100C Rainbow Dr. It was a great place to live. Thanks for this site.
Friday, June 3, 2005
Spent almost 4 years at England AFB in the late 70's. I very much want to return to see what's left of my old "stomping ground".
Spent many an evening with my cohorts chasing skirts that would have nothing to do with a "flyboy" at places like the Satellite Club, Treasure Island, and even Boodie's Inferno!! Sorry to hear the base is gone.
My first assignment was EAFB 73-76. I had forgotten about the old downtown area. Thanks for the tour of your "Hometown". Sandy
Carlton "Sandy" Sanders
I was stationed at England Air Force Base from 1964 to 1968. During those years I made a number of friends from the Alexandria area. I have not been back in the past 37 years but hope to in the not to distant future.
I was born and raised in Alexandria and graduated from Bolton High School in 1982. I met my husband in 1986 who at the time was stationed at EAFB. All of my family still reside in the Alexandria area. A lot of great memories. Thank you for bringing back a few I forgot about. I try to make it back home every couple of years. The biggest change for me to Alexandria was I49 going through. I wasn't living in Alexandria when I49 was being built.
When I visited Alexandria after its completion, I couldn't believe it when I was driving thru and took the wrong exit and got all turned around. Needless to say I did find my way to my parents house at Cotile Lake. Thanks again. Mary
I was born in Alexandria, La July 19, 1960 at St. Francis Cabrini Hospital.
My mother graduated from Peabody H.S.; married my dad who was stationed at what use to be England AFB. They married as we 3 migrated to Washington D.C. where I was raised. Each summer I returned to Alex to spend those summer months with my grandparents who lived on Dallas St.
Those old pictures bring back so many happy memories. I can remember the smell of the chips being made by the Noahs company.
My great grandfather owned Pullens Grocery as he sold those chips in his store. Remember the Dr.Pepper factory where you would see the bottles rolling as you watched through the window?
I enjoyed your tour down memory lane. Thank you, and God Bless.
Rodney M. Williams,Jr
My Father was stationed at "Alex" during WWII.
He is gone now but my Mother speaks of them going into "The Little Cove" (a military hangout) and the band would begin playing "their song" --"I'm Getting Sentimental Over You."
Do you know whatever happened to "The Little Cove", i.e., does the building still stand?
I was stationed at England AFB from 1980-1986. I was a weapons loader, first loading A-7D Corsair IIs, then transitioned to the A-10A. I went from working the flightline to working in the Loading Standardization Section training other loaders. I miss seeing the gators cross the flightline at night.
I lived at England AFB and later in Alexandria while my father was stationed at the Base back around 1968. I loved the city and the warm and friendly people of Alexandria. I hope to return someday to visit.
What a joy to reminisce through this website about the city that became my HOME, as a very young AIR FORCE brat in 1955. My memories, though some sad, remain a highlight as I finish "my" race in this period called life on earth!!! "Hi" to all of you within the sound of my email voice who might remember me then and now!!!!!!!
I love coming home to Alex, because I land on the runway where my daddy, as an Air Force pilot, took off and landed so many times over the eight years he was stationed at England.
Me, I lived amongst you 32 years before life took me to Seattle, WA and ultimately to Erie, PA, where my baby sister lives, too. Remember her? - Karen - 1963 graduate of Bolton!! I graduated in 1960!!!!
Claudia Jube Kellogg
My dad is retired military and we were stationed at EAFB til 1968. I have very fond memories of Alexandria. We moved to Lafayette (about 100 miles away) when I was 12 and I remember the song "My Green Tambourine" was playing as we crossed the bridge. My Dad said take a good look now and say goodbye. I couldn't stop crying.
Thanks for this wonderful site -- I stayed up late last nite reminiscing!
I lived at England AFB during the early to mid-1960s and went to school at "Our Lady of Prompt Succor."
The best years of my life were spent during that time. I have been enchanted with rediscovering my past and learning that the base is now open to the public. I would love to visit the area and see where I went to school.
By the looks of the image, the school is in good shape. I hope to return for a visit, and maybe, one day call the area home again.
Very best regards, Mike
Michael J. McTamney
I came here from Georgia as an 18 year old Airman in the U.S.A.F. in October 1954. For the first year I lived on England A.F.B.
In October 1955 I returned to Georgia and married my wife Bettie, brought her back to Alexandria and lived the next two years in the city.
I commuted daily to the Base to perform my duties as an aircraft mechanic. I don't understand why this time in my life clings so to the things I like to remember. I guess it has something to do with the kind of people who lived there then. One of my favorite memories is a radio station in Alex. called KALB Radio, and a TV Station that called itself "your window to the world".
I have returned to Alexandria only once since leaving in October 1957. I live back in my hometown Marietta GA now but am still planning to return again soon. This town holds some precious memories for me that I will cherish the rest of my life. Thanks for the opportunity to share this wonderful time in my past.
Raymond J. Houston
I lived in Alexandria from 1971 to 1975 while I was stationed at England AFB. My daughter was born at St Francis Cabrini Hospital in '72. We came back down for a visit in 2001. We had been gone for 25 years and we were really surprised by how many changes had been made in Alexandria. It was a nostalgic, but good, visit.
It was a pleasure to "walk" around Alexandria and EAFB once again. I was stationed at EAFB from 1983-1986 & 1987-1991. My youngest child was born in Rapides General Hospital. She wants to go back to see Alex., maybe one weekend I will drive her over and we can have a nice visit with the "old home ground" that was so much a part of our families daily lives.
Thanks for sharing this site with all of us. Bob
My brother's name, Sgt Donald J. Vanek, is on the F-84F in City Park. He was the mechanic on that aircraft.
Thank you for getting the aircraft back for the park. I hope his name is still on the aircraft.
My gg grandfather, Co.H.22 La inf.rgt was at camp in Alexandria in Sept 1863. fought the Teche campaign and battle of mansfield with Thomas Brigade, Mouton-Polignac 2nd div.Apr. May 1864. Plan to visit in his footsteps May 2005.
My father, an air force pilot, was stationed there with his family from 67-71.
Kevin M Cark
Bolton High class of '83 - One of the things I miss the most. Funny - The A-10's firing their guns at the Claiborne Bombing Range. You don't hear that everywhere, and most that do hear it, wish they didn't. Support our troops! Conserve your oil!
M.J. "Mike" Guillory
Enjoyed your site very much. My first time in Alexandria was October 20, 1950 when I enlisted in the AF. I returned to Alexandria and the 137th FTW in July 1951 and to France with the unit in May 52.
Returned to EAFB in July 56 and lived at 18th & Albert Street. Returned for a visit in March 2004 and found lots of memories & some friends.
Thanks for the memories of old times we enjoyed while stationed there, and the friends we made.