Air Force to downsize staff at closed King Salmon base

Oct 27, 2009 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Anchorage Daily News

The U.S. Air Force is cutting back the contract staff at its King Salmon facility, officials announced on Tuesday.

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Peter Humphries

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Feb 10, 2010
 
Man, I miss "the King" was stationed there... Ummmm, lemmie' see back in... wanna say 84' for a year and took 10 days leave to say goodbye to the place and walked the creeks and hills and valleys all the time! Did Boiler Ops and Maint. Ate sooooo wellll all the time. Came back to the lowers will a couple hundred pounds of Fish, Booo and more memories than should be allowed on God's green Earth!

Love ya'll and Peace,

Pete
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Seattle, WA

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Mar 3, 2010
 
I think it's a bit sad really with the theater and small bowling alley, gym. With all of the statistics against us with the molestation, rape and alcohol fetal syndrome. Could haveing these facilities open help with the teenage suicide or many of the social diseases that comes with the dark winters and long summers.
Just a shame is all.
Helen Kuefner

Naples, FL

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May 19, 2010
 
My husband was stationed at King Salmon AFB from November 1954 thru March 1956. He absolutely loved it and always wanted to go back,unfortunately he never did have the opportunity.
Roger Keck

United States

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Jul 16, 2010
 
I was stationed at King Salmon AFS back in 1964-1965..got there just after the earthquake in Anchorage on Good Friday 1964. Had a great time fishing..took 10 days leave and worked at the Bumblebee cannery just north on Naknak...worked part time at the King Salmon Inn (then owned by Arnie Mansfield whose brother Mike at that time was a Senator in the lower 48.) Had an native friend who was a bush pilot with and old Sea Otter..great times, great people. Had the opportunity to escort General Powers (then SAC Commander) on a fishing trip for a day at one of the fish camps. We had call nights three times a month where we could call home from the Commanders office and the First Sergeants Office. You had to know the way to get patched back to the states in those days..using bases in the lower 48 to dial calls for you..then once you got thru you could barely hear. The old movie theatre was great and a tiny little bowling alley...but it was home for a while. If I had not been married with a 1 year old little girl waiting at home..I would have extended for another 12 months..maybe more. After having spent 22 years in the AF I still would like to return someday....even tho' it was a remote tour at that time...I consider it a great experience that I cherish to this day.
Randy Reed

South Jordan, UT

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Aug 4, 2010
 
I was stationed there from 1969 to 1970. I cannot say I had a great experience there. Twelve months is a long time to spend in a place that gets 75 degrees below 0 in the winter.(wind chill) We caught a lot of Salmon and I did work at Whitney Fidalgo Cannery on my days off in the summer. We did not get to go to fish camp and could only see the results of what the VIP's were catching. The white socks,(mosquitos) drove you crazy. I guess in retrospect it was an experience that not too many people get. I was young with a girlfriend at home, so my interests were in the lower 48!
William Bullock

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Aug 15, 2010
 
I was stationed at King Salmon in 1968-69 as the detachment commander of the 1930th Communications Squadron, Det. 2. I left my wife and two young daughters at Keesler AFB, MS., for a year at that remote site. Fishing was great but the white socks were really bad. I experienced tons of things there that I never would have gotten to experience. Overall I would say that I am very glad to have had those experiences, but I would not have wanted to do it again.
Bob Sakowski

Orlando, FL

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Feb 12, 2011
 
I was stationed there from April 1964 to April 1965... Radar tech in the 705th.
Roger Keck wrote:
I was stationed at King Salmon AFS back in 1964-1965..got there just after the earthquake in Anchorage on Good Friday 1964. Had a great time fishing..took 10 days leave and worked at the Bumblebee cannery just north on Naknak...worked part time at the King Salmon Inn (then owned by Arnie Mansfield whose brother Mike at that time was a Senator in the lower 48.) Had an native friend who was a bush pilot with and old Sea Otter..great times, great people. Had the opportunity to escort General Powers (then SAC Commander) on a fishing trip for a day at one of the fish camps. We had call nights three times a month where we could call home from the Commanders office and the First Sergeants Office. You had to know the way to get patched back to the states in those days..using bases in the lower 48 to dial calls for you..then once you got thru you could barely hear. The old movie theatre was great and a tiny little bowling alley...but it was home for a while. If I had not been married with a 1 year old little girl waiting at home..I would have extended for another 12 months..maybe more. After having spent 22 years in the AF I still would like to return someday....even tho' it was a remote tour at that time...I consider it a great experience that I cherish to this day.
Norm

Dillingham, AK

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Apr 8, 2011
 
Ta TA HAy, got to know many a GI's still afew running around here.. Many a miester at the alley with the 611, By golly maybe just one more them heathen for Zeb and I.. God rest Mom and Dad..Norm
KNGarver

Wheeling, WV

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Apr 8, 2011
 
How can they downsize employees at a place that is CLOSED?
Mikey

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Aug 17, 2011
 
What's downsizing is the base operations support contractors (Chugach). I am working there right now, I'm the radar tech (Arctec Alaska). One more year and food services will be gone. 2013 the whole base will close down, the only facilities still open will be the Radar tower and CAC at the airport.
Gene

Gardner, KS

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Oct 6, 2011
 
Was stationed 1968-1969 as a security policeman. The thing I most remenber were the bears at the dump.Also the long really cold winter. Walking post or standing in one of those three foot by three foot cold weather bldg. Spending a lot o time in the shower room since it was the warmest place we had.
Louise Harper

Cartersville, GA

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Oct 11, 2011
 
My husband was stationed at King Salmon from May 1966 to May 1967. He killed a very large Caribou & I would like to know more He passed away Dec 2009 suddenly. My son had the rack cleaned up & wants to know any thing about it. I know the men ate the meat & was the largest killed that year. Any help would be great. email...louiseh714@gmail.com
richard hargrove

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Nov 14, 2011
 
was stationed at the kinh in 80/81 worked in transportation, had been to romanzof before fishing was great worked at the cannerys some also worked at the trafing post in naknek,loved camping there 3 friends and i camped for the thanksgiving break at the old rapids camp besides being away from my family was a nice time
Julie

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Jan 31, 2012
 
Roger Keck wrote:
I was stationed at King Salmon AFS back in 1964-1965..got there just after the earthquake in Anchorage on Good Friday 1964. Had a great time fishing..took 10 days leave and worked at the Bumblebee cannery just north on Naknak...worked part time at the King Salmon Inn (then owned by Arnie Mansfield whose brother Mike at that time was a Senator in the lower 48.) Had an native friend who was a bush pilot with and old Sea Otter..great times, great people. Had the opportunity to escort General Powers (then SAC Commander) on a fishing trip for a day at one of the fish camps. We had call nights three times a month where we could call home from the Commanders office and the First Sergeants Office. You had to know the way to get patched back to the states in those days..using bases in the lower 48 to dial calls for you..then once you got thru you could barely hear. The old movie theatre was great and a tiny little bowling alley...but it was home for a while. If I had not been married with a 1 year old little girl waiting at home..I would have extended for another 12 months..maybe more. After having spent 22 years in the AF I still would like to return someday....even tho' it was a remote tour at that time...I consider it a great experience that I cherish to this day.
To correct a name: it was Arnie Omholt whose brother was Sonny, the State Auditor for Montana. There is no family connection to Mike Mansfield.
Bob Oppie

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Jan 31, 2012
 
I was assigned to the 66 F.I.S at Elmendorf in 1955 and 1956. Once a year we would T.D.Y and fly
sorties out of there. Used to go to the dump and see the bears. They took no notice of us. Once a
group of us were enroute to Cape Newingham and were weathered in at NakNek. Town was off limits
but we decided to sneak in (at night no less) and
cross country no less. Made it into a bar where we bought a fifth of hootch. Later we checked a jeep out of motor pool and went out into the hinterlands. Got it stuck out in the tundra. Before we could get it out the next day our flight was called. We called Motor Pool to tell them the situation. When we came back we could still see the vehicle sitting out there. Man we were nervous, but never heard anything further. Ah good times.
Dan Walters

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Apr 19, 2012
 
I was stationed at the 'King" in '79 & '80. I operated the Combat Alert Center, and worked with a great group of young experienced controllers. They taught me quite a bit, and saved my butt a couple of times. We had two false Missile Attack warnings from NORAD ("The Mountain") while I was there. Kind of reminds me of "War Games." Working in the Combat Alert Center was the very best and fulfilling job I had, while in the Air Force for 21 years. We were always 'On The Edge,' waiting for the 'Bear Bombers' to come across. My room mate was the MWR Chief. We drove to the remains of the old VIP Fishing Camp. There wasn't much left of the small buildings.

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Charles Morford

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Jun 12, 2012
 
Helen Kuefner wrote:
My husband was stationed at King Salmon AFB from November 1954 thru March 1956. He absolutely loved it and always wanted to go back,unfortunately he never did have the opportunity.
I was stationed at Sparrevohn AFB Alaska back in 1957.. I remember they flew some of us down to fish. I remember having a great time.. I only have one picture of the camp not a good picture... Wondering if you might have some old pictures you would share, or know where I might find some?? or informatiom about the old camp???
Gary Willson

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Nov 4, 2012
 
William Bullock wrote:
I was stationed at King Salmon in 1968-69 as the detachment commander of the 1930th Communications Squadron, Det. 2. I left my wife and two young daughters at Keesler AFB, MS., for a year at that remote site. Fishing was great but the white socks were really bad. I experienced tons of things there that I never would have gotten to experience. Overall I would say that I am very glad to have had those experiences, but I would not have wanted to do it again.
I was TDY to King Salmon in 68 or two months as supply liason. I have a picture of you in my album of USAF memories. I was their right after Sam Hibma. Robby was the co. clerk. You caught a 39# king salmon and we had a fish fry for the whole Det.
Tom Staron

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Nov 21, 2012
 

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I was stationed there in '79-'80 as security policeman. arriving on the base in 55 below(man that was cold). great memories of the place and the people(military & civilian). route 66, thunder alley, movie theater, bowling alley and paradise point. and who could forget AFRN and watching the NFL at 0800 hrs. beautiful place in the summer. blue skies & northern lights. best year of my enlistment. if i could do it all over again with the same people i would. sad to hear "The King" is closed
Dale Whittle

Montgomery, AL

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Dec 16, 2012
 
I was stationed there from 3/82 - 3/83 as the APO Chief. Had a blast at the King and made friends that I still keep up with. Can't believe they spent the the $ to build that new building to take the place of Route 66 and then close the site a year later! Wish I had a dollar for all of the times I left the dining hall after my part time job (midnight shift) to go and get a package for someone at the post office. I did get to eat some awesome snacks that the folks received from back home. The Friday afternoons over at the Motor Pool where MWR supplied the beer, and folks contributed King Salmon and Caribou to cook, was great, and the Dining Hall brought over sign-in sheets so they would get credit for serving a meal, since nobody would go to there to eat.

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