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The above is copied from a July 1990 edition of On Target.
July 2005

It's been more than 10 years ago that Newark AFB learned of its pending closure and more than 40 years since the base's newspaper, On Target, was first published. From a complete collection of On Target newspapers, the Port Authority's Bill Wright created a month-by-month look at The Base through the years.

10 Years Ago - July 1995
BRAC 1995- with the proposed closure for Kelly and McClellan Air Force bases, the national media turned its attention to the Newark Air Force Base and the privatization being done here. Deputy Secretary of Defense John White stated “we have learned over time, specifically after the last BRAC round in terms of what the Air Force is now doing in Newark, Ohio, and in terms of looking at this BRAC round, to think of privatization in place meets a large number of requirements that we have.”

15 Years Ago - July 1990
Water damage to The Base! Ramp Creek came out of its banks flooding parking lots, the area around the Base Exchange and Pass and ID, as well as Hess Park. Flooding would return in July of 1997.

20 Years Ago - July 1985
Rep. John Kasich spoke at Newark Air Force Station on July 2nd. Kasich said his main worry was whether the legislation he passes on Capitol Hill is felt here at AGMC and other installations around the country. The luncheon was attended by more than 180 AGMC employees.

25 Years Ago - July 1980
An Energy Award Presentation for AGMC brought history to life as retired General Edwin Rawlings told a large audience of his personal interest in the NAFS installation. He was involved in early decisions in the mid and late forties that created this installation for the Heavy Press Program. With the cancellation of this program the Air Force used the installation for a role in modern weaponry. General Rawlings was AFLC commander from 1951 to 1959.

30 Years Ago - July 1975
Col. William H. Bush prepares to assume command of the Areospace Guidance and Metrology Center, succeeding the retiring Col. A.R. Neville Jr. The Fort Wayne, Ind.Native was involved in the first air dropped hydrogen bomb tests at Eniwetok.

35 Years Ago - July 1970
MM III repair operations were successfully launched here with the arrival and rapid turn-around of the first inertial guidance system from Minot AFB, N.D. The arrival of the first failed system here culminates a four year planning, construction, equipment procurement, and training effort that developed the facility and capability for repair.

Wouldn't It Be Nice? July 1970
Ad for Star Super Duper shows ground beef for 63 cents a pound and a half gallon of ice cream for 59 cents.

40 Years Ago - July 1965
Another important savings was achieved by Newark AFS employees to close out a successful FY-65 Gold Rush program. A claim by production control’s system scheduling branch scored a cost avoidance of $145,000 in the Titan II inertial guidance system.

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