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Bolling Air Force Base
Now joint base with Anacostia Naval Station.
The base officially opened on July 1, 1918, and was named in honor of the first high-ranking air service officer killed in World War I, Colonel Raynal C. Bolling, who died on March 26, 1916.
Bolling rapidly grew during 1939 through 1945, as it once again met the challenge of a world war. During World War II, Bolling served as a training and organization base for personnel and units going overseas and it became the aerial gateway to the nation’s capital.
Today, Bolling Air Force Base focuses on operations support with an emphasis on wartime readiness and wartime customer support. Bolling is home to the 11th Wing, “The Chief’s Own.” The 11th Wing is the sole manager of all Air Force activities which support Headquarters Air Force and other Air Force units throughout the National Capital Region, along with more than 150 countries throughout the world.
The worldwide responsibility of the 11th Wing is to provide major command-level manpower, personnel, programming, budgeting support and the Uniform Code of Military Justice to all elements of the Air Force.