Lt. Col. Kreeber, USAF, arrives on base to survey inactive naval training
center and determines its suitability as an Air Force indoctrination
Air Training Command assumes temporary jurisdiction of the base and
designates it as Sampson AFB.
Rehabilitation of base begins with awarding of contract to Five-Bore-Malan
Maj. Gen. Frank A. Armstrong assumes command.
First trainees arrive.
Base Hospital in Quinn Area opens.
Brig. Gen. Norris B. Harbold assumes command.
May 19: Sampson
AFB observes its first Armed Forces Day program.
Thirty-one first classmen from the United States Military Academy
at West Point arrive on base for participation in the basic training
Sampsonaires 45-voice male chorus formed.
Construction of base firing range at Quinn area commences.
Last of base rehabilitation contracts completed.
Maj. Gen. Richard C. Lindsay succeeds Maj. Gen. Norris B. Harbold
August 22: 100,000th
trainee, Charles J. Majon of Philadelphia, arrives at Sampson AFB.
Student leadership program initiated.
October 24: First
Air Force Information Hour opens in Knight Building.
First base swimming pool opens in Ent Drill Hall.
Airstrip construction is started by C. J. Langenfelder and sons Inc.
of Baltimore, Maryland.
February 9: Nine
week basic military training course placed in operation.
Sampson AFB participates in Exercise Cold Spot with 9th and 18th Air
June 27: First
contingent of newly-commissioned Air Force ROTC graduates arrive for
An L-20, first plane to use Sampson’s new air-strip, landed
with Lt. Gen. Robert W. Harper and Maj.
Gen. Richard C Lindsay aboard.
Formal dedication of new USO headquarters in Geneva.
Ten week basic military training course implemented.
December 17: Faktor
Aeronautical Museum opens.
Aircraft assigned to Sampson AFB and formerly stationed at Hancock
Field, Syracuse, moves here.
Conduct first commercial airline movement from Sampson Airstrip.
Basic military training course increased to eleven weeks.
March 1: Chaplain
(Lt. Col.) John F. Smeltzer, succeeds Lt. Col. Aubrey C. Halsell as
Brig. Gen. Wycliffe B. Steele assumes command.
Mohawk Airlines inaugurates commercial air service.
First airmail received and dispatched at Sampson airstrip.
First meeting of the newly organized Non-Commissioned Officer Advisory
Prior Service Military training course No. BT00014 placed in operation.
Flights of prior service trainees entered a 15-day training program.
June 2: Sampson’s
Trailor Park in Yarborough Area officially opened. T/Sgt. W.E. Melster
was the first occupant to move in
and occupy a trailer space.
Student Council system revived and become a part of the basic training
The new industrial accounting system became effective in the Budget
and Accounting Division of the Wing Comptroller’s Office.
August 4: Centralized
Base Clearance unit opened in Aldrich Area.
Civilian Service Center located in Building A-23 officially opened
in appropriate ceremonies.
Sampson provided 142 airmen for reassigment to Parks Air Force Base,
California . Basic military training program reactivated there.
Manual telephone system converted to automatic dial.
Non-commissioned Officer’s housing requirements were improved
by the conversion of 18 apartments from one to
two bedroom units.
Student Leadership Program terminated by 3650th Basic Military Training
February 23: Major
General Carl A. Brandt arrived at Sampson Air Force Base for initial
visit since his appointment as Commander,Technical Training Air Force.
March 24: The
3650th Installations Squadron redesignated the 3650th Installations
Group and reassigned from the 3650th Air Base Group to the 3650th
Military Training Wing.
April 13: The
3650th Personnel Processing Squadron transferred from the 3650th Military
Training Wing to the 3650th Basic Mlitary Training Group.
May 21: Armed
Forces Day observed jointly by Sampson Air Force Base and Seneca Ordnance
Sampson Air Force Base joined surrounding civilian areas in observance
of Operations Alert-1955.
Split-Clothing Issue and Dual Classification and Assignment Interview
System were innovations introduced in the basic military training
program at this base.
Input to General Instructor School increased and the school went on
a two shift system.
October 10: Last
flight of prior service enlistee airmen graduated and Sampson discontinued
providing this type of training
Staff Visitation Program placed in operation.
Sampson’s Finance Office discontinues financial services to
military and civilian personnel assigned to Seneca Ordnance
Teaching of Mathematics discontinued in Sampson’s basic Military
December 1: A
total of 330 housing units were administered as rental property under
the Lanham Act.
Cross-training program for Tactical and Academic instructors placed
Sampson Air Force Base received permission to close down the General
The following taken from
the Geneva Daily Times--1956
Attend the ‘Keep Sampson’ Rally tonight, Hotel Seneca,
19 January: Sampson
Omitted in Fund Request--by Defense Department.
Sampson Meeting Tuesday; Senator Taber Pledges ‘Best Efforts’
With Air Secretary
23 January: (Senator)
Ives Backs Proposal to Move Mitchel Air Base to Sampson.
24 January: Air
Force ‘Far From Decision’ on Sampson.--Senator Ives, Taber
Meet on Future of Air Base.
30 January: The
$64 Dollar Question---What Will Happen to Sampson?.
15 February: Permanent
Party to Pull KP, Guard Duty at Sampson---Not Enough Trainees
28 February: Mohawk
Slices Flights in Half in Wake of Cutbacks at Sampson---Five Flights
19 March: 1,200
Bed Hospital at Sampson Down to About 350 Patients--- Due to Trainee
Sampson will Close - Air Force Announces
13 April: Base
Awaits Closing Orders
The following plans were
received by The Times from an unofficial source:
1. End trainee output
this month and provide for the last trainee to leave the base by
2. Evacuate Hospital
by 31 July
3. Reduce civilian employment
to 387 in July, 312 in August, 258 in September, and 203 in October
4. Reduce permanent party
military strenght to 461 Officers and 2,382 Airmen by June 30
5. Transfer Airfield
and its facilities to another agency
14 April: Sale
of Sampson to Industry Seen Likely
‘Operation Closeout’ at Sampson
Griffiss Air Base to Take Over Responsibilities for Sampson AFB as
* Source: Portal To Air
Power The Sampson AFB Story .