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Fort Wolters

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Post by joe817 » Sun Sep 29, 2019 10:18 am

I don't know how this escaped me...if it did. I don't remember doing this one. If I did, please overlook this repeat.


FORT WOLTERS. Fort Wolters, established as Camp Wolters in 1925, is four miles east of Mineral Wells in Parker and Palo Pinto counties. It was named for Brig. Gen. Jacob F. Wolters, commander of the Fifty-sixth Brigade of the National Guard, and designated a summer training site for his units.

Mineral Wells donated fifty acres, leased 2,300 acres, and in World War II provided land to increase the camp's area to 7,500 acres. The camp became an important infantry-replacement training center with a troop capacity that reached a peak of 24,973. Six months after the end of the war the camp was deactivated.

Local businessmen purchased the land and facilities and converted them to private use. The tensions of the cold war, however, resulted in the reopening of the camp in early 1951, under the authority of the United States Air Force. At the installation, then named Wolters Air Force Base, was housed the newly formed Aviation Engineer Force. Special-category army and air force personnel were trained there.

In September 1956 the base became the Primary Helicopter Center directed by the United States Army. In June 1963 it was renamed Fort Wolters. At the time all army rotary-wing aviators received basic and primary flight training there. The Vietnam War increased the need for pilots, and the base became the home for training not just army personnel, but also helicopter pilots for the Marine Corps in 1968 and for the Air Force in 1970.

By 1970 Fort Wolters covered 8,500 acres and leased an additional 1,700 to help handle the 1,200 helicopters used at the camp. By January 1, 1973, 40,000 students had completed the twenty-week training program. The base was also the home of the Beach Army Hospital, the Eighty-fourth Military Police Detachment, the 328th United States Army Band, and United States Army Reserve Detachment 20, Sixteenth Weather Squadron.

In 1975 orders deactivating the base were issued. Part of the land and facilities became the property of the city and private businessmen; ninety acres and thirteen buildings became the Education Center of Weatherford College. A portion of the land was also transferred by the United States government to the state of Texas for development as part of Lake Mineral Wells State Park.
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Post by crazy2medic » Sun Sep 29, 2019 12:31 pm

While working at Careflite my principal task was taking patient from Palo Pinto Hospital to Ft Worth Hospitals, talking with them I was told by Vets and Residence that during the Vietnam War you could look across the sky and dozens of helicopters going here and there made it look like dragonflies over a pond!
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Post by AF-Odin » Sun Sep 29, 2019 1:24 pm

Got scared out of my mind one day while on a student solo VFR cross country in 1971 flying from Denton, TX, to Wichita Falls to Abilene and back to Denton. On the leg from Abilene to Denton, was flying through the MOA above Fort Wolters about 5500 feet and looked below me and saw literally 100+ helicopters in the air a couple of thousand feet below me. Looked like a swarm of locusts. Rechecked my position and quickly referenced the legality of flying through a MOA, but was glad when I got past that swarm. Stuck with fixed wing.
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Post by flowrie » Sun Sep 29, 2019 1:30 pm

I spent many a weekend there while in the National Guard in the 1980’s.
Can’t remember precisely but it might have been Camp Wolters at that time.
The motor pool was on top of a hill and the old airfield was over grown with weeds and grass.
Sometimes for kicks we run our M60’s down the landing strip.
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Post by threoh8 » Mon Sep 30, 2019 12:03 pm

There was a KD range there, used for National Guard training and for NRA High Power Rifle /CMP Service Rifle matches. I can't remember if it went to 1000 yards, or just 600.
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Post by oohrah » Mon Sep 30, 2019 8:35 pm

I went to HS ROTC summer camp there in the summer of 63 & 64. First time I ever fired an M1 on Copperhead Range. It was still Camp Wolters first time I was there.
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