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Encyclopedia > Mather Air Force Base

Mather Air Force Base was a base of the United States Air Force located in Rancho Cordova, California. It was closed in 1993 and reopened in 1995 as the Mather Airport. The United States Air Force (or USAF) is the aerospace branch of the United States armed forces and one of the seven uniformed services. ... City seal Rancho Cordova is a census-designated place and city located in Sacramento County, California. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


History

The U.S. Air Force built Mather Air Force Base in 1918 to serve as a flight training school. After World War II, Mather was the sole aerial navigation school for U.S. Air Force and its allies. The 323d Flying Training Wing was responsible for all Navigators, Electronic Warfare Officers and Weapon Systems Officer production until the school moved Randolph AFB in 1993. In 1958, the Strategic Air Command's 441st Bombardment Squadron was assigned to Mather, a position it kept until 1989. The 441 BS flew the B-52. Seal of the Air Force. ... 1918 (MCMXVIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Wednesday of the Julian calendar. ... Combatants Allies: Poland, British Commonwealth, France/Free France, Soviet Union, United States, China, and others Axis Powers: Germany, Italy, Japan, and others Casualties Military dead: 17 million Civilian dead: 33 million Total dead: 50 million Military dead: 8 million Civilian dead: 4 million Total dead: 12 million World War II... 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... SAC shield The Strategic Air Command or SAC (1946-1992) was the branch of the United States Air Force in charge of Americas bomber-based and ballistic missile-based strategic nuclear arsenal, as well as the infrastructure necessary to support their operations (such as tanker aircraft to fuel the... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress is a long-range eight-engined strategic bomber flown by the United States Air Force (USAF) since 1954, replacing the Convair B-36 and the Boeing B-47. ...


In 1993 it was decommissioned as an active air base under the Base Realignment and Closure Act. At the time of closure, the base encompassed 5,845 acres (24 km²), including 129 acres (522,000 m²) of easements. Most of the base was ruled surplus to the needs of the federal government and has been transferred or leased to various entities, primarily the County of Sacramento. 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... Base Realignment and Closure (or BRAC) is a process of the United States federal government directed at the administration and operation of the Armed Forces, used by the United States Department of Defense (DoD) and Congress to close excess military installations and realign the total asset inventory in order to... Sacramento County is a county of the U.S. state of California. ...


In 1995, Mather Airport was officially reopened as a 2,675 acre (11 km²) cargo airport and another 1,432 (5.8 km²) acres became the Mather Regional Park. Other areas of the former Air Force Base have been developed for housing, a business park, the Veterans Administration Medical Center, and the Federal Aviation Administration’s Northern California TRACON facility. 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a Cabinet department of the United States government responsible for administering programs of veterans benefits for veterans, their families, and survivors. ... The Federal Aviation Administration is the entity of the United States government which regulates and oversees all aspects of civil aviation in the U.S. // Activities Along with the European Joint Aviation Authorities, the FAA is one of the two main agencies worldwide responsible for the certification of new aircraft. ... The inside of the Potomac TRACON. TRACON is an acronym for Terminal Radar Approach CONtrol. ...


The area in and around Mather is contaminated with toxic and hazardous materials, including petroleum and solvents. An environmental investigation was begun in 1982 and the cleanup effort continues. 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


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Mather Air Force Base, Mather, Sacramento County, California (10953 words)
Based on the remedy selected in the ROD signed September 1998, the contaminated soil and sediment were excavated in 1998, stabilized, and disposed of at WP07.
Mather is a former U.S. Air Force Base (USAF) that supported USAF operations, provided housing for military personnel and their families, and contained areas for recreation, such as a golf course and firing ranges.
Based on past, current, and future land uses and development plans, ATSDR identified on-base workers, on-base residents, on-base recreational users, on-base hospital patients, off-base residents, and off-base workers as populations that could potentially be exposed to contaminants in surface soil, surface water, sediment, and groundwater.
History - Mather Airport (679 words)
Mather Field was named for Second Lieutenant Carl Mather, and Air Force test pilot who was killed in an air collision at Ellington Field, Texas in January 1918.
Mather Air Force Base was also used as a stopover location for troops, aircraft, and materials that were on their way to or from combat duty in the Pacific.
The Air Force announced its intention to close the base in 1988, which prompted the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors to examine the potential for converting the base to a public use facility through the appointment of the Sacramento Area Commission on Mather conversion.
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