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Asbestos Exposure on Air Force Bases

From the 1920s to the 1980s, many U. S. Air Force planes were constructed with parts containing asbestos, such as engines, brakes, wiring and other materials that needed to be insulated from the extreme heat. Asbestos was used in Air Force base buildings and base housing used by Air Force service members and their families.

Asbestos Exposure on Air Force Bases

Because asbestos has the ability to insulate extreme heat, it was used widely throughout the aircraft, helicopters, buildings, barracks, mess halls, and other military facilities.

Parts such as engines, brakes, wiring and other materials that needed to be insulated in aircraft and helicopters also contained asbestos.

U. S. Air Force Veterans were also exposed to asbestos working in aviation crash crews and when fighting fires and rescuing personnel from burning planes.

Asbestos was used in U. S. base buildings and base housing used by U. S. Air Force Servicemen and Servicewomen and their families.

Air Force Bases With Documented Asbestos Exposure

Alabama

  • Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery
  • Brookley AFB, Mobile

Alaska

  • Eielson Air Force Base, Moose Creek
  • Elmendorf Air Force Base, Anchorage
  • Ladd AFB, Fairbanks

Arizona

  • Luke AFB, Glendale
  • Williams AFB, Mesa

California

  • Edwards AFB, Rosamond
  • Hamilton Field AFB, San Pablo Bay
  • March Air Reserve Base, Riverside County
  • McClellan AFB, Riverside
  • Norton AFB, San Bernardino
  • Travis AFB, Travis
  • Vandenberg AFB, Lompoc

Colorado

  • Lowry AFB, Denver

Delaware

  • Dover AFB, Dover

Florida

  • Eglin AFB, Eglin
  • Homestead AFB, Homestead
  • MacDill AFB, Tampa
  • Orlando AFB, Orlando
  • Patrick AFB, Brevard County
  • Tyndall AFB, Panama City

Indiana

  • Bakalar AFB, Columbus
  • Bunker Hill AFB, Kokomo

Kansas

  • Forbes AFB, Topeka
  • McConnell AFB, Wichita
  • Schilling AFB, Saline County

Georgia

  • Dobbins AFB, Marietta
  • Hunter AFB, Savannah
  • Robins AFB, Warner Robins

Illinois

  • Chanute AFB, Rantoul
  • Scott AFB, St. Clair County

Indiana

  • Bakalar AFB, Columbus
  • Bunker Hill AFB, Kokomo

Louisiana

  • Barksdale AFB, Bossier City

Maine

  • Air National Guard, Bangor
  • Loring AFB, Limestone

Massachusetts

  • Hanscom AFB, Hanscom
  • Westover Air Reserve, Springfield

Michigan

  • K.I. Sawyer AFB, Marquette County
  • Selfridge AFB, Harrison

Minnesota

  • Duluth Air National Guard, Duluth

Missouri

  • Richards-Gebaur AFB, Kansas City
  • Whiteman AFB, Knob Nos

New York

  • Griffiss AFB, Rome
  • Hancock AFB, Syracuse

Ohio

  • Rickenbacker AFB, Columbus
  • Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton

Oklahoma

  • Tinker AFB, Oklahoma City

Pennsylvania

  • Harrisburg Air National Guard, Harrisburg

Rhode Island

  • Rhode Island Air National Guard

South Carolina

  • Charleston AFB, Charleston
  • Donaldson AFB, Greenville
  • Shaw AFB, Sumter

South Dakota

  • Ellsworth AFB, Piedmont

Tennessee

  • Arnold AFB, Franklin County

Texas

  • Amarillo AFB, Potter County
  • Bergstrom AFB, Austin
  • Brooks AFB, San Antonio
  • Naval Air Station Joint Reserve, Fort Worth
  • James Connally AFB, Waco
  • Goodfellow AFB, San Angelo
  • Kelly AFB, San Antonio
  • Laredo AFB, Laredo
  • Midland AFB, Midland/Odessa
  • Reese AFB, Fort Worth
  • Sheppard AFB, Wichita Falls

Utah

  • Hill AFB, Ogden

Washington

  • Fairchild AFB, Spokane
  • Larson AFB, Grant County
  • McChord AFB, Pierce County

Wisconsin

  • Truax AFB, Madison

Wyoming

  • Hickam AFB, Oahu

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