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Each morning and evening formal “call to colors” took place at the flag pole located in the plaza area directly across the street from Building One.

Marine Color Guard in 1960

Marine Guards raise the colors in 1960

“The Marine Guards were responsible for putting up the colors and taking them down on a daily basis.  It was part of our normal schedule of activities, and  carried out in a prompt and professional manner by armed guards, every day.”

Sgt. Kim Rodecker (USMC)

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The formal entrance to NAS Alameda was located on the Oakland Estuary side of the base where Main Street comes to an end. This entrance was known as the Main Gate. Marine Corps Guards stood round-the-clock watch at the concrete block house guarding entry to the base. Vehicle drivers were asked to turn off their headlights as they approached and proper ID was requested. Visitors could receive a base pass at the adjacent building that housed military police offices.

World War II

Marine guards at NAS Alameda's Main Gate in 1944.

Cold War Era

Today: The Main Gate guardhouse and adjacent military police office building remain. Sadly, this structure has been boarded up to prevent vandalism. Just a couple of years ago, one could still walk inside the guard house or look inside the windows.

Photo credit: kmrobles©2010

Photo credit: kmrobles©2010

View today as you exit base

Photo credit: kmrobles©2010

Air operations for NAS Alameda was conducted in Air Operations Terminal – Building 77 – located adjacent to the taxi runway which borders the sea plane lagoon (Ferry Point Road).

The Air Operations Terminal acted much like a commercial air terminal in conjunction with its military role. The facility ncluded a Ready Room where pilots were briefed on their operation and flight conditions; a lounge were passengers and crew could get some rest, meals and refreshments; and an observation deck.

Today: Building 77 is home to the Alameda Naval Air Museum.

Cold War Era

Air Operations Terminal circa 1960

Today

(Photo credit: kmrobles@2005)

Memories of the Air Operations Terminal

“When I was the Cpl of the Guard checking posts in the middle of the night we always used to go to the Air Terminal building for our hot coffee and snacks pick up. The  Cpl of the Guard would take orders from the guards on post, then go pick up the stuff and take it to the Marines on duty at all the base gates. Having these available 24/7 at the Air Terminal helped keep MANY a Marine guard warm on a cold damp night.”

Sgt. Kim Rodecker (USMC)

The Chapel building is located on the southern corner of the intersections of 3rd Street (Saratoga) and Avenue A (W. Red Line). After WWII, a second chapel was added onto the front of the original structure. Religious services were conducted here by base chaplains of several faiths.

The base chapel remained a popular location for wedding ceremonies right up until base closure in 1997. Access inside the building is now restricted.

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Newly constructed chapel

A service in the main chapel area circa 1944

1960

New chapel addition in front of original structure

Today

Chapel from parking lot along Ave. A (Photo credit: kmrobles©2005)

Building One (1) served as the administrative headquarters for NAS Alameda.

Located in the center of the mall, between 2nd (Lexington) and 3rd (Saratoga) Streets, the building was refurbished after the base closure in 1997.

Today: The structure, now known as City Hall West, is home to Public Works offices for the City of Alameda.

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Building One circa 1944

Cold War Era

Building One circa 1960

Today

Photo credit: kmrobles©2005

Photo credit: kmrobles©2005

Kim P. Rodecker – USMC (7/20/78 to 11/26/86)

Top classification: Sergeant

Tour of Duty @ NAS Alameda: 12/78 to 7/81

Contact info: krodecker@aol.com

“I served as a U.S. Marine with the Marine Barracks, N.A.S. Alameda from December 1978 to July 1981 and have never regretted it. I worked my way up from Private (E-1) to Corporal (E-4) in the time that I was there. I even earned a Base recommendation for Marine of the Month in July 1979.

I started my posting as a basic Marine security guard standing gate duty. Once I received my secret clearance, I was given duty inside the high-security area on the base where weapons were stored. This bunker was nicknamed The Hole by marines who served their.

I eventually became a Cpl of the Guard, and N.C.O.I.C. (non-commissioned officer in charge) of the high-security area. I even became the main instructor for the guard school that all new incoming marines had to go through before they could do duty at NAS Alameda. Normally, the guard school was 3-4 weeks long.”

1979 - Cpl Rodecker stands adjacent to the Marine barracks ready for Base Reactionary Force duty

1980 – Graduates from Marine Barracks Guard School. Shown here are: 1) Gunnery Sgt. Joy; 2) Cpl. Rodecker; 3) SSgt. Lopez; 4) Capt. Craig.

Marion Julien – Lieutenant (JG)

NAS Tour of Duty: 1944

Unit: Division C

Link Training

Gordon H. McCormick – Lt. Commander

NAS Tour of Duty: 1960

Unit: Overhaul & Repair

Management Con Officer

Robert R. Thoe – Lt. Commander

NAS Tours of Duty: 1960

Unit: Overhaul & Repair Department

Production Engineering Officer

Connell, B.J.