Legionnaires visit NAS Fallon

More than 70 Legionnaires from across the country joined The American Legion’s National Security Commission on a field trip Aug. 18 to explore the Navy’s premier one-stop air warfare training facility – Naval Air Station Fallon.

The trip, held in conjunction with the Legion’s 99th National Convention in Reno included an oral presentation and group tour led by NAS Public Affairs Officer Zip Upham. He began the tour inside the air observation deck, wherein the group saw a bird’s eye view of the NAS Fallon’s runway, aircraft fleet and geographic landscape encompassing multiple air spaces for training operations.

“The Navy has been out here since 1942,” Upham said. “The reason the Navy is in the middle of the Nevada desert is for two primary reasons. The first of which is we tend to have excellent weather over 300 days a year – that involves the air here at the air station and also the air mass out over the ranges. The ranges that we have out to the east are some of the most critical real estate to the Navy. The other reason the Naval base is here in northern Nevada is because we have relatively few neighbors.”

 

NevadaAppeal.com

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