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Hunter Army Air Field

Hunter Army Airfield Army Base in Savannah, GA Georgia Military Bases

 

Hunted Army Airfield is located in Savannah, in the eastern side of Georgia. It is directly subordinated to a larger military base – Fort Stewart. Fort Stewart is actually the widest facility in the eastern half of the United States of America. It is known for hosting an entire past-town within its limits – Clyde. The airfield has an unusually long runway of about 3.5 km. At the same time, the storage site and parking area for aircrafts covers 350 acres. The place has been constantly used to deploy troops all over the world, especially since it also hosts an arrival and departure group, not to mention about a railroad in the immediate proximity. At the same time, the site was one of the potential landing sites used by NASA during the Space Shuttle operation.

History

The place that hosts Hunter Army Airfield today was picked in 1929 by the local authorities for an airport. In the autumn of the same year, the authorities held the groundbreaking ceremony for the Savannah airport. The airport had one runway and a few buildings. The airport was renamed in 1940 after Frank O’Driscoll Hunter, a World War I hero. Although he was not supposed to get to the ceremony, he joined in a surprising visit. In the summer of 1940, the Air Corps were given the permission to build a military base close to the base, as World War II was just starting in Europe and the nation was empowering its military facilities. By 1941, the base was built and ready to go. The first unit that joined it was the 27-th Bombardment Group, which was using B 18 Bolo aircrafts at those times. The unit was deployed to Philippines, leaving the airfield empty. It was later manned with A 20 Havoc aircrafts. Over World War II, the primary mission of Hunter Army Airfield was to patrol around the eastern coast and deal with the German ships and submarines. The mission was later taken over by the Navy, so the airfield got back to training sessions for aircrafts, such as the B 26 Marauder bombers. After World War II was over, the airfield was given back to the local authorities and the buildings were leased for housing facilities and an orphanage.

 

The airfield was intensively used during the Korean War and the Vietnam War as well. It was inactivated in 1973, but only for two years. These days, it is active and serving the interests of the country.

Units

There are 8 permanent units hosted at Hunter Army Airfield. Some of them include the 3-rd Infantry Division, the 3-rd Combat Aviation Brigade, the 2-nd Brigade Combat Team and the 4-th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. There are also a few associate units.

Housing

The accommodation is operated by the Housing Services Office. The same office is responsible for the housing opportunities in the surrounding bases as well. You will be hosted through a detailed application, whether you plan to get there with your family or not.

Hunter Army Air Field

 

Hunter Army Airfield (HAAF) is a military airfield and subordinate installation to Fort Stewart.

 

Location

HAAF is located in Savannah, GA. The cost of living is low, and houses range in price depending on the area in which you choose to live. Savannah has a large trained workforce, little traffic congestion, a year-round ideal climate, all the amenities of a large city.

History

When the Air Force closed their base at Hunter Field in Savannah, in 1967, the Army promptly assumed control and the U.S. Army Flight Training Center was developed in conjunction with the flight training being conducted at Fort Stewart. 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. After a brief closure at the end of the war in Viet Nam, HAAF was reopened when the 1st Battalion, 75th Infantry Regiment (Ranger), parachuted into Fort Stewart and reactivated it. Hunter Army Air Field assumed an important role supporting the training and activities of the Rangers. On October 30, 1998, the new Departure/Arrival Airfield Control Group (DAACG) facility, named the Truscott Air Terminal, was dedicated at HAAF.

 

Mission

Hunter Army Air Field’s mission is to provide command, control, training, administration, logistical and civilian-military support to assigned and attached non-divisional units stationed at Fort Stewart.

 

Population Served

Hunter Army Airfield Population

 

Base Transportation

Currently, there is no base transportation on this installation.

 

Sponsorship

The Hunter Army Airfield/Fort Stewart Sponsorship Program requires every Soldier, sergeant (E-5) through Colonel (0-6), receiving an assignment to Fort Stewart, be provided a sponsor. To get the benefits of the Sponsorship Program, Soldiers must fill out the DA Form 5434 (Sponsorship Program Counseling and Information Sheet). Contact the Marne Reception Center at 912-767-0113 for questions or other concerns.

 

Temporary Quarters

Soldiers and Family Members on official (PCS) and temporary duty (TDY) orders to and from the installation have priority at Army Lodging on the Installation. Reservations can be accepted up to one year in advance. Limited rooms are available for Soldiers with pets at Army Lodging. There is a nonrefundable fee of $45 for pets and an additional charge of $3 per night per pet up to a maximum of 2 pets. Up to date veterinarian records are required when checking in. Single and unaccompanied Soldiers, E1 through E4, will be assigned to a room in the post barracks.

 

Relocation Assistance

Army Community Service (ACS) Relocation Readiness offers a variety of services and resources to eliminate the stress associated with relocating. Stop by ACS and pick-up your Welcome Packet; it includes phone directories, maps, and local information. The Loan Closet has basic household items available for soldiers and families arriving or leaving HAAF while their household goods are in transit (please bring a copy of assignment orders and an ID card). We also offer a Newcomers EXPO that brings in agencies and organizations from on and off post to provide information on what is available in the Savannah area. Call the ACS Relocation Program Coordinator at 912-315-2694 for more information.

 

Contact Information

The installation’s base operator is 912-767-1411 or DSN 312-870-1411.