Former Wurtsmith Air Force Base (BRAC 1991)

U.S. Sentator for Michigan, Gary Peters, left, introduces John W. Henderson, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Energy, and Mark A. Correll, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Environment, Safety and Infrastructure, to the public gathered at a Q&A session regarding the restoration efforts for PFOS/PFOA at the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda, Mich., April 24, 2019. (U.S. Air Force photo by Malcolm McClendon)
Bob Delaney, an environmental quality specialist with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, talks to fellow members of the Wurtsmith Restoration Advisory Board during an Air Force-led site tour Aug. 2 at the former Michigan base. Delaney is one of eight government representatives on the Wurtsmith RAB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Charlotte Singleton)
Air Force officials led an orientation event in Oscoda, Michigan, Aug. 2 for members of the newly formed Wurtsmith Restoration Advisory Board to discuss their roles in the environmental restoration at the former base. The advisory group is comprised of eight government and nine community stakeholders tasked with enabling community involvement and providing input in the environmental restoration process there. (U.S. Air Force photo by Breanne Humphreys)
Environmental contractors sample the groundwater from former fire training area #2 at former Wurtsmith Air Force Base, Michigan, several times a month to monitor PFOS/PFOA levels after groundwater passes through various treatment systems. The Air Force installed a Granular Activated Carbon pump and treat system to cut off contaminant discharges from the FTA into Clark’s Marsh in April 2015. Water pumped through the GAC system is sampled once a month. Once a week, the Air Force pulls samples from three remediation systems that are part of a pilot study collecting data to evaluate system performance. These samples are sent to the University of Georgia and Oregon State University where chemical analysis are conducted. (Photo by Breanne Humphreys/ Air Force Photo Released)

Former Wurtsmith Air Force Base (BRAC 1991)

Summary
Location: Oscoda, Michigan
Total Acreage: 4,628 Acres
Closed: June 1993

History
Wurtsmith Air Force Base, Michigan, served primarily as a combat crew and bomber training base throughout its 70-year history. Since its establishment in 1923, Wurtsmith played an important role in World War II, Vietnam and the Persian Gulf War, hosting the 134th Army Air Force Base Fighter Unit and 379th Bombardment Wing respectively.

Wurtsmith was selected for closure under the 1991 Base Realignment and Closure decision and offically closed June 30, 1993. Wurtsmith is one of 40 former installations managed by the Air Force Civil Engineer Center.

Environmental Activities
AFCEC continues to work closely with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to ensure environmental cleanup activities satisfy all regulatory standards while protecting human health and theh environment. AFCEC has invested more than $85 million on BRAC cleanup actions at the former installation. The cost to complete cleanup is another $34.3 million.

Property Transfer
AFCEC has transferred 4,354 acres to the Charter Township of Oscoda. Today, the Wurtsmith district is home to more than 40 businesses and government agencies providing over 1,300 jobs for the local economy, including the Oscoda-Wurtsmith Airport Authority, community center, public library and a community college. Also contributing to the economy is 700 condominiums, townhouses, duplexes and single-family homes converted from former base housing.

 


 

Events

Wurtsmith RAB Meeting
When: Info Coming Soon