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Scott Air Force Base
During World War I, pilots trained on a small field in the Shiloh Valley Township near Belleville, Illinois. Local businesses worked with the Federal Government to formally develop 624 acres as an aviation field and in 1917, "Scott Field", named after Corporal Frank S. Scott, officially opened for formal flying instruction. In 1922, the Air Service Balloon and Airship School opened. Soon after, an airship hanger, containing more than 18 million cubic feet, was constructed.

Today, Scott Air Force Base is home to the U.S. Transportation Command which is comprised of the Air Force's Air Mobility Command, the Army's Military Traffic Management Command and the Navy's Military Sealift Command. Additional commands include the Air Force Command, Control, Communications and Computer Agency and the Air Weather Service.

Scott's 375th Airlift wing, which manages the domestic aeromedical evacuation system, is supported by the Air Force Reserve's 932nd Aeromedical Airlift Group.

Nearly 6,500 military and 3,500 civilians work at Scott Air Force Base. The complex, which occupies almost 4,000 acres with 900 buildings, has grown into a small town with its own police and fire departments, hospital, department store, grocery store, movie theater, restaurants and a motel for visitors. There are homes, duplexes and mobile homes for more than 1,700 families and dormitory rooms for 600 unmarried service members.
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