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Abandoned Military Bases: A Blight on Our Country

It is sad to say that there are many abandoned American military and airbases throughout the country, and even the world. This is particularly true of areas that were involved in the Cold War during the 50s through the 90s. These bases were strategically located so as to prevent airstrikes or a nuclear invasion. Many were once thought of as a potential haven for top government personnel in the event of a nuclear war. The government went so far as to actually build underground bases which they believed could withstand an attack, and most importantly, survive for decades if faced with a nuclear strike.

Johnston Atoll
Johnston Atoll

These abandoned bases are called boneyards. This is actually a fitting nickname, since all but the shell of aircraft, tanks, barracks, and other buildings are all that now remain. At the time when these bases were closed and the soldiers relocated, it would have been a huge financial expense for the military to totally dismantle these bases. So, in their judgment, it was more cost efficient to simply leave behind the remnants of a base. These bases are so obvious that you can see a multitude of pictures demonstrating the vast disrepair of these various bases on Google Earth.

While the choice of simply abandoning these bases seemed like a great idea at the time, many sectors of the military now question that decision. For example, if they had recycled all the metal from airplanes, tanks other vehicles and even barracks, they could have at least recouped a small portion of the money that it took to establish the post. It may seem strange that the salvage industry in this country is currently alive and thriving; even private individuals will drive around their area on trash day looking for recyclable materials in order to make a little extra cash.

Tasilaq Airbase. Photo by Glenn Stevens.
Tasilaq Airbase. Photo by Glenn Stevens.

Another important factor is that many of these abandoned bases have the potential for becoming a toxic waste dump. The breakdown of materials due to weather and climate deterioration can pose as a health risk to nearby communities. And of course, there will always be people who will venture onto the base either to play or to carry out some form of illicit business such as drug trafficking or prostitution.

There are such a multitude of abandoned military basis throughout the earth and in so many different countries that if this should continue I feel as though that our country that we fight for and love will soon become a disgraceful scrap yard. The United States is a beautiful well maintained country and it should remain as such. One would think that the branch of government that fights to maintain our freedoms would also display a great love and pride in maintaining the beauty of our country.

Teresa Agostino

Originally from Canada, Terri moved to the US at 16 and joined the Army Reserves at 17. She went active Army in 1991, and spent almost 2 years in Iraq as a program analyst for the Army Corps of Engineers. She currently works for the VA as an Accounts Management Supervisor. Terri has her MBA in HR management.
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9 thoughts on “Abandoned Military Bases: A Blight on Our Country

  1. This article had good potential then just sort of died out as more of an opening statement and a rant. More examples and a little more foot work on the issue would have been helpful. Not every reader knows the military inside out. Please write and clearify things someone who hasnt served would understand.

  2. they have just said we will be takinn in 85,000 serrian refugees ,I believe it would be wise to house and shelter the refugees in some of these abandon bases while they are being vetted. And put a lot of qualified people to work in the vetting propcess, many have relatives living here in the u.s who would be happy to sponsor them..Tthis could also help get the children into school ,as could be set up on bases also, it would deffinately make it easier to keep tabs on the influx of refugees. ALMOST ALL OF THESE ARE JUST LOOKING FOR SAFETY AND BE ABLE TO WORK., WOW THAT WOULD BE GREAT ,WOULDN”T IT {yes,I do realize ISIS will try and take advantage of the situation.,and probabily some will !!

  3. Need information about a base that closed no more than 5 yrs ago n upstate new york i read the artical some years back seid 4,000 homes abandoned closed doors to a place that sound like 2 me wher i waba be squarters rights if any have info get back at me

  4. I would like too know who I would have to contact in order too buy one of these base’s> I would like too use it for women and kid’s as a safe haven for women and kid’s. The land is prefect room’s to use as class room’s, other room’s for helping find job’s school and build a company that help’s women get back on their feet. This aslo a good idle for tent city. Also for the Vet’s who have no home because of our govermeant so let’s use them not for get them.

  5. Sad, very sad… These facilities could be used to house homeless and disabled vets as well. Nothing like having a home when you don’t have one. And of equal importance, these men and women will have a sense of ownership and maintain these facilities with the American Pride they have served our country with.
    Just how many base closures and reserve centers are sitting empty, here in the US, as well?

  6. Build barracks/tents with 10 rows of barbed wire, put Arpaio in charge and house illegal aliens and short term criminals. Keep law abiding citizens safe at less cost to tax payers.

  7. I have been in many of these such places.
    They are free to the public unless military with proper credentuals asks you to leave.
    so ..be all you can be…do all you can do..
    and sucseed.
    My grandfather, Navy Seal…Air Force Father and Army and Reserves…
    I do know the imformation is correct and as simple as a $25.00 building permit.
    Have a great time.
    U.S A.

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