A monthly look at history of the Base campus of the Central Ohio Aerospace and Technology Center  

The above is copied from the May 18, 1995 edition of On Target.
May 2010

It's been more than 17 years ago that Newark AFB learned of its pending closure and more than 45 years since the base's newspaper, On Target, was first published and 48 years since the establishment of guidance and metrology operations in Heath. 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.

1 Years Ago - May 2009
In the News: Vibrant, Success Story. The Port Authority was featured in a very positive editorial from the Advocate, calling us "one of our community's best success stories." Also, Port Authority Chairman Steve Layman was recognized by Newark Rotary with its prestigious Bravo Award. The award is given to a Rotarian in honor of their community involvement.

5 Years Ago - May 2005
PROJECT CAM MONITORS MILESTONE COATC PROJECT A two-camera wireless, solar-powered camera system monitored construction on the first major infrastructure improvement to the COATC South Campus. A 3,900 linear foot roadway extension project had begun with completion expected in August. Visitors to COATC.com could view recent uploaded photos as well as log in to a live view via the Internet. After 5 years, these cameras are still operating via solar power with little or no interruptions.

15 Years Ago - May 1995
B-Room self directed work team was awarded the Government Reinvention/Team Achievement Award by the Federal Executive Association of Columbus and Central Ohio. The Beryllium machine shop function provides AGMC with machine shop support capability to machine, debur, and measure beryllium metal parts used during the repair and calibration processes for missile, aircraft, and shipboard guidance systems.

20 Years Ago - May 1990
NARFE Service Assistance Center opened. It was the 35th center of its kind devoted to the needs of the Federal retiree.

25 Years Ago - May 1985
Newark Area Chamber of Commerce Sponsored a military recognition luncheon. The award for outstanding officer of the year went to Maj. Stephen M. Hoar. Major Hoar served as Chief of Supply and Transportation. Major Hoar also served a year on the Port Authority Board of Directors. Major Hoar passed away in 2002.

30 Years Ago - May 1980
The first ARN-101 was completed for F-4 MOD. The ARN-101 navigation system was integrated with the worldwide Loran system for accurate positioning and replaced the LN-12 system in use on the F-4 since the mid-sixties.

35 Years Ago - May 1975
Groundbreaking took place for the new NAFS warehouse. The warehouse-more properly termed a “logistics material processing and storage facility” was built by PAYT Construction Co. and cost $1,426,000 for the 90,000 sq ft building. Congressman John Ashbrook was one of many dignitaries to make a few remarks.

40 Years Ago - May 1970
AFLC Commanders met at NAFS. General Jack G. Merril, AFLC Commander, headed a group of more than 30 high ranking officials that spent three days at the quarterly AFLC Commanders conference here. This was the 1st time AGMC had ever hosted such an event.

Do You Remember the Days? May 1970
A two bedroom home on Taylor Ave. was selling for $17,500.

45 Years Ago - May 1965
F-111 work was assigned to NAFS. NAFS was designated as the single-point activity for organic repair of the F-111 inertial platform. The aircraft could operate at twice the speed of sound.

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