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Air Base Defense in the Republic of Vietnam

Air Base Defense in the Republic of Vietnam

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AIR
BASE
DEFENSE
INTHE
REPUBLIC
OF
VIETNAM
1961
-
1973
Roger
P.
Fox
OFFICE
OF
AIR FORCE HISTORY
UNITED
STATES AIR FORCE
WASHINGTON,
D.C.,
1979
 
Llbrary
of
Congress
Cataloging
in
Publication
Data
Fox, Roger
P
1924-Air
base
defense in the Republic of Vietnam, 1961-1973.Bibliography: p.Includes index.1. Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975-Aerial operations. 2. Air Bases-Vietnam.
3.
Airbases, American-Vietnam.
4.
United States.
Office
of
Air
Force History.
11.
Title.DS558.8.F68 959.704'348 79-1
03
17
For
sale
by
the
Superintendent
of
Docummts.
U.S.
Government
Printing
05ca
Washington,
D.C.
u)402
 
This book explores the unique problem
of
defending air bases during theVietnam War. It centers on the primary efforts of the United States Air Forceand allied air units to defend
10
key air bases within the Republic of Vietnam.Bien Hoa, on
1
November
1964,
was the first base to be attacked and unti1,thecease-lire in January
1973,
these bases suffered a total of
475
attacks.
Although there were initial deficiencies in staff support
for
base defense insuch key areas as intelligence, motor vehicles, weapons procurement and main-tenance, communications, and civil engineering, significant improvements hadbeen made by the end of the Air Force’s part in the war.The author, Lt. Col. Roger
P.
Fox, USAF (Ret.), wrote this volumewhile assigned to the Office of Air Force History. He brings judgments to hisresearch based
on
his personal experience
as
a base security officer during theconflict. Thus, early on the morning of
4
December
1966,
he rallied Air Forceand South Vietnamese security forces to repel an enemy attempt to penetrateTan Son Nhut Air Base, the center of Air Force operations in South Vietnam.For his gallantry in action on this occasion, he was awarded the Silver Star.This personal experience formed a foundation upon which he developed
a
keen insight into exploring the entire spectrum of air base defense, and
upon
which he has built a strong case for testing future plans and operations.Colonel Fox’s volume is one of a continuing series of books dealing
with
the war in Southeast Asia which are being written
in
the Office of
Air
ForceHistory.JOHN
W.
HUSTON, Maj Gen,
USAF
Chief,
Office
of Air Force Historyiii

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