Post Written By Ensign Lindsay Cook
My time at Air Station Elizabeth City has come to a close. While there, I learned a lot and got to fly for the first time in CG aircraft.
Thank you to everyone at Air Station Elizabeth City who shared his or her time and expertise with me. If hadn’t been for you, I wouldn’t have walked away from this experience learning as much as I have.
For my last post at this unit, I thought I would leave you with a few brief pieces of CG history relating to the facilities located on the base in Elizabeth City, NC.
Located on based there is the air station, the ALC (Aviation Logistics Center), and the AATC (Aviation Technical Training Center).
Four officers, 52 enlisted men and ten aircraft commissioned Air Station Elizabeth City on August 15, 1940. Prior to being a CG base the land was the Holowell Plantation. During WWII, the air station was under the control of the US Navy conducting SAR (search and rescue), training, and anti-submarine missions.
The land, which the ALC is currently on, was purchased by the United States Federal Government in 1939. A group on CG personnel dedicated nine months to developing the Aircraft and Supply Base; commissioned as a headquarters unit on January 3, 1947. Today it’s known as the Aircraft Logistics Center after the Vice Commandant introduced the new title.
The beginning of the ATTC starts in 1972 when CG headquarters evaluated aviation technical training needs of the CG. Because the US Navy originally trained CG aviation personnel, the CG realized that the CG’s equipment and maintenance philosophy differed and that the training should be CG specific. CG aviation training at Elizabeth City was granted and construction of the ATTC began in 1976. The ATTC was eventually commissioned on August 4, 1978. In 1980 the ASM (Aviation Survival Man, now AST or rescue swimmer) training was added to the ATTC as a program. This is where all our enlisted aviators are trained.
Now, I’ve presented you with the bare bones history of the base in Elizabeth City, but if you’d like more info about each facility here are the URLs:
-ENS Lindsay Cook