Travis Air Force Base Heritage Center

February 2017 Exhibit of the Month - Travis AFB and its Presidential Connections

Harry Truman

President Truman’s “Secret” Trip to Fairfield-Suisun AFB

October 11, 1950 President Harry Truman departed Washington on the presidential aircraft “Independence” and headed west on a flight to an undisclosed destination. His first stop was St. Louis, where he visited family members and participated in his sister’s installation as Grand Matron of the Easter Star. The next day his plane was followed by another, a Constellation that had been readied for Governor Thomas E. Dewey, had he been successful in his run for president in 1948. Aboard this aircraft were such distinguished persons as General of the Army Omar N. Bradly, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff; Ambassador W. Averell Harriman, Special Assistant to the President; and Dean Rusk, Assistant Secretary of State for Far Eastern Affairs.

Meanwhile, also on October 12, President Truman’s aircraft had departed St. Louis and six hours and forty-five minutes later, at 7:15 pm, landed at Fairfield-Suisun AFB. While his aircraft was being refueled, the President visited casualties of the Korean War at the base hospital. A day earlier Harpo Marx had entertained them. Still, despite the visit to the hospital, no specific information had been given to the press about the true nature of the President’s trip.   Read on...

Travis, JB MDL KC-10s support POTUS movements in Panama
By 2nd Lt. Sarah Johnson, 60th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs / Published December 23, 2016

KC-10 Extender from Travis Air Force Base

A KC-10 Extender from Travis Air Force Base, Calif. takes off Nov. 17 from a runway in Tocumen International Airport, Panama. KC-10 aircrews, maintainers and support personnel provided refueling support for multiple E-3G Sentry aircraft staged near Peru for the 2016 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Leader's Summit.

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Mobility Airmen from Travis Air Force Base, California, and Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, provided tanker support Nov. 15-22 from Tocumen International Airport in Panama for President Barack Obama’s visit to Peru to attend the 2016 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Leader’s Summit.   Read more...

Gift Shop News

Gift Shop
Gift Shop

Have you felt the nip of Jack Frost at your nose?
Our gift shop has winter items for sale! 

We also have the following books in the gift shop
signed by the authors available for sale:

  • Taong Labas novel by Ken Sayler
  • Calculated Risk Memoir by Jonna Doolittle Hoppes
  • Just Doing My Job by Jonna Doolittle Hoppes
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THC Volunteer Workforce

THC Volunteer Workforce
THC Volunteer Workforce

Volunteers from the Travis Heritage Center pose for a group photo Sept. 22, 2016 at Travis Air Force Base, Calif. The Travis Heritage Center has a variety of historic airlift aircraft on display, assorted exhibits pertaining to military operations and a picnic area. The Heritage Center also has a Gift shop designed to make your visit a lasting memory. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Charles Rivezzo)

Travis Heritage Center changing with volunteer work force
By Merrie Schilter-Lowe , 60th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs / Published September 23, 2016

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The literal translation of “volunteer Air Force” is a group of people who join the military rather than being conscripted or drafted. Loosely translated, the term means “there’s a job to do and you’re the Airman tasked to do it.”

At the Travis Heritage Center at Travis Air Force Base, California, volunteer force describes people who continue to serve the military, but without pay.

“We average 15 volunteers per week who donate about 1,100 hours per month,” said Rick Shea, curator.
He said these selfless individuals from all military branches do everything from mopping floors to running the gift shop, maintaining the center’s social media site and restoring aircraft.   Read the full article here...

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