Delaware Military Bases
Delaware is a state rich in history with some beautiful colonial landmarks. Below are the military bases in Delaware.
Map of Delaware Military Bases
Bethany Beach Training Site
Bethany Beach Training Site was established in 1928 and is run by the National Guard. From its beginnings, the base has been used for the training of National Guard soldiers, and is home to the Delaware Officer Candidate School. The school has been running on the training site since 1957 and stresses the development of strong leadership skills.
The base has also been used by the Army for live-firing weapon training and training related to the preservation of the environment. As of now, all buildings on the Bethany Beach Training Site are the original buildings built in 1928, but the National Guard plans to rebuild them so that they can be updated with modern technology and provide increased training opportunities for soldiers.
Dover Air Force Base
The Dover Air First Base was dedicated in 1941 just weeks before the attacks on Pearl Harbor and was originally an Army air base. It was initially built because the Army needed a training ground for their pilots before sending them to fight in World War II. Due to depletion of supplies after the war, the Dover Army Air Base became inactive in 1946, and two years later, it was reopened as an Air Force base.
Today, the base is used for many things, but one of the more unique uses is the preparation of the bodies of military members killed in combat. Regardless of the branch of military the fallen soldier served in, they are sent to Dover Air Force Base where their bodies are checked for harmful substances, cleaned, prepared for burial, and sent to the location decided by the family for burial.
Dover Air Force Base is also home to the Air Mobility Command Museum, a museum dedicated to the airlift and refueling aircraft’s and the service men and women who fly, utilize, and maintain them. At the museum, visitors can see restored cargo and tanker aircraft’s and can sign up for a tour often led by a retired veteran who flew aircraft’s similar to those on display.
Coast Guard Stations in Delaware
Delaware has been home to six coast guard stations since 1876, but only one of those six are still active. It is the Indian River Inlet Coast Guard Station, and it is located in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. It originally opened in 1876 but was closed in 1962 after the base sustained substantial damages after a storm. The Indian River Inlet Coast Guard Station was rebuilt and reopened in 1964 and has been active ever since.