Air Force base in the 1960s protects area

The base helped keep our part of the world at peace.

F 106A

In late 1968, F-106A Fighter-Interceptor Squadron Green Dragons Aerospace Defense Command and deactivated 325th Fighter Wing received the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award for exceptionally meritorious achievement in support of military operations for the period of June 1967 to March 1968.
- Courtesy Photo

Why was an Air Force Base needed in Walla Walla from 1962 to 1974? Wasn’t the military well established around the world? Whose unique idea was it?

Sgt. Don Schack was stationed at Paine Field near Everett, Wash. In October 1962, he received orders to go to Walla Walla. He drove through Othello and took U.S. Highway 410 to Walla Walla. Highway 12 was not constructed yet, and 410 went right down Walla Walla’s Main Street. Signs pointed the way to the airport.   

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By: Shirley Ruble
Published by Walla Walla Union Bulletin
- As of Sunday, August 18, 2019