Millington is still there. It is tha Navy's BUPERS don't ask me what that means. It's the same as HQMC for us.
I was there in 1985 what a glorious place. I lat moved to the wing and as a LCPl commimg from the fleet it was great. I had a car and was getting TAD. Silkey Sullivans ? or somthing like that was great.
I was an instructor when the school moved to P-Cola. That is another great town. The times are diffrent now that the cold war is over. The military is generally supported.
I was there in 90 as a Basic Electricity and Electronics / MATCU student also. I believe the place outside the gate was the brass rail. All I remember was getting a ride home one night from the sherrif of shelby counties daughter
Anybody remember "Animal House" barracks S-238? There was a rumour that the Navy had once condemned that barrack but then decided to keep it a little longer for us jarheads to use! I was there in 1980 during a heatwave and no air-conditioning in the squadbay, plus being on barracks support waiting to get into ADJ school really sucked. Animal House was right next to a squid barracks that had a beer machine and we boots were really envious of that! The squids we knew said they were allowed to drink in their tv lounge. They made a point of having the duty NCO's desk in a position to keep an eye on it.
Like someone else already mentioned there was a great E-club, and I agree it was the best one I remember too.
I flew into Millington once in the late 90's with a fellow flight instructor. We rented one of the Navy flying club's T-34's and put a couple hours on it.
Got there just in time to got to celebrate our 200th birthday. Followed by 30 days mess duty while living in the worst section of the condemded barracks.
Moved into a better section of the condemded barracks while going through the first course (basic electricity & electronics). Got shuffled around from detail to detail waiting for my 'A' school to start. Had me as a runner...it was cold enough that the moisture in the air was freezing....light snow from a clear blue sky.
Got to experience my first, last and only small earthquake.....just bizzare.
Finally got into 'A' school and just like the Jefferson...Moving on up....to the high-rise barracks.
In response to your question RWO60 I lived at the "Animal House" but the new one barracks #453 also known as "The Hilton" because it was new and hi-tech in 1985 4 man rooms with personal head,intercom service , mail boxes and W.M.s on the 1st deck yes we had a plaque proudly displayed in the t.v. room the read "United States Marine Corps Animal House" ( anyone remember that anchor that wound up on the 3rd deck?)
I think the "Hilton" was where they put me up for a night while on temporary duty in 1983. I got sent from New River to Millington on a C-130 to go fix the engine on one of our CH-46's that had to put down there. As a L/Cpl from the fleet, the boots there treated me like God--it was sure a different perspective than what I was used to!...and then I went back to being a New River peon.
I hate to tell y'all, but NAS MILLINGTON, ceased to be several years ago. The air station/North side has become Millington Municipal Airport. The Reserves stll have a few buildings for the wknd warriors, but there is no military aviation there. The Airforce/Navy still flys up for touch n go and XCs. but its pretty much a ghost of what it once was. There's a lotta talk and alil action about industrial parkin the place.
South side had Schools Cmnd transferred to P'cola. South side still functions but its pretty much a supply cmnd and staff billet now. The old 7 seas E-Club is gone, the old Chiefs/Staff club is gone. The old Barracks have been torn down and replaced with new Dorms. The old MAD Hdqtrs is gone. Tis truely depressing the passage of time.
I started my Marine career the in AME A-school in 1/65, went back in 78 for release from active duty. I still live in the area, even do a lil flt instrtg at the flying club but I dont expect that to last much longer. If ya like I'll keep a post up.
quote:Originally posted by Drmwvr: I hate to tell y'all, but NAS MILLINGTON, ceased to be several years ago. The air station/North side has become Millington Municipal Airport. The Reserves stll have a few buildings for the wknd warriors, but there is no military aviation there. The Airforce/Navy still flys up for touch n go and XCs. but its pretty much a ghost of what it once was. There's a lotta talk and alil action about industrial parkin the place.
I hate to tell you, but that's the whole point of this thread...remiscing about a Command that no longer exists.
I am from Memphis, but now serve with VMX-22, the V-22 Osprey squadron at MCAS New River. In the late 90's they took all the Marine's out of Millington and moved the aviation schools to NAS Pensacola and New River. The only thing remaining on Millington is Naval Admin. The base looks run down. When I go on leave I still go to the exchange on base and get haircuts there. They have airshows on the flightline, but thats about it. All the bar's, clubs, and recreational areas have been closed, or are just not visited by anyone. All the aircraft hangars are rusting apart, it is really depressing to see.
YEA I WAS AT MILLINGTON BACK IN '69. WATCHED 'EM LAND ON THE MOON. ON JULY '69 WE BOUGHT A BUNCH OF BOTTLE ROCKETS & LAUNCHED 'EM AT THE NAVY BARRACKS ACROSS THE PARKING LOT. HA HA THEY ALSO RAISED RESTAURANT CUP OF COFFEE FROM A DIME TO A QUARTER! MY MOS WAS 3071. AVIATION SUPPLY. GREAT JOB!! BELIEVE IT OR NOT, WE ACTUALLY HAD TO SPIT SHINE THE HEAD FLOOR! NO ****!! SEMPER FI
I was at Millington late 61-early 62, and we were not allowed to have civilian clothes on the base.Also if you were a p-on you could not bring your car on the base, there was a parking lot outside the gate. I was just wondering how long the squids enforced those rules. We had to rent lockers in locker clubs in millington and change into civies there. DUMB DUMB DUMB anyone else remember stupid swabby rules?
I was stationed there from '63 to '64 and the town was a great place to hang out on weekends from what I remember. I see some things don't change. They had a flying club on the north side and the rate for a plane 'wet' was 6.5 hour.... Good times!