Strategic Air Command
SAC Bases:  Carswell Air Force Base
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Home of: 7th Bomb Wing,  11th BombWing,  43rd Bomb Wing4123rd Strategic Wing
Status:  Now Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base
Links:  Fort Worth Naval Air Station
B-36 over Carswell in 1949 Flight Line

     Carswell AFB was originally known as Tarrant Field Airdrome which was established as a military installation in 1942 for flight training and heavy bomber operations. In 1946, the Strategic Air Command (SAC) assumed control of the installation, and the base became headquarters for the 8th Air Force. The base was renamed Carswell Air Force Base (AFB) in 1948 in honor of a Fort Worth native, Major Horace S. Carswell. Headquarters, 19th Air Division, was located at Carswell AFB from 1951 to 1988.
     In the late 1950s, base renovations included the extension of a runway and the addition of an off-site weapons storage area, office space, warehouses, and a fuel hydrant system. Construction through the 1970s created new dormitories, engine test cells, base exchange services, and other amenities. In the 1980s, a hospital, maintenance facilities, offices, and a munitions assembly shop were added.
     Other properties that supported the base consisted of the off-site weapons storage area (WSA) and Kings Branch, the residential parcel. Kings Branch is located off base just outside the base perimeter to the southeast of the main gate and consists of 44 acres. The 247-acre off-site WSA is located off White Settlement Road, 5 miles to the west of the base. A neighbor to the west of the base is Air Force Plant 4 (AFP 4), a government-owned/contractor-operated facility where combat aircraft are designed and manufactured.
     Carswell AFB was selected for closure under the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Act of 1990 during Round II Base Closure Commission deliberations. As part of the Department of Defense's 1991 consolidation efforts, the decision was made to relocate the 7th Bomb Wing from Carswell AFB. During a 1992 Air Force-wide reorganization, the famed Strategic Air Command was officially disestablished. First-stage closure activities were initiated in 1992; all aircraft were relocated to Barksdale AFB by January 1993. The B-52 Stratofortress was the last bomber to leave Naval Air Station JRB Fort Worth (then Carswell AFB) in 1993. The base ceased operations on September 30, 1993, and was transferred to the Air Force Base Conversion Agency (AFBCA) for property distribution and reuse. On October 1, 1993, the Air Force Reserve 301st Fighter Wing assumed base responsibilities, establishing Carswell as an Air Reserve Base. In 1993, Congress directed the establishment of the nation's first joint reserve base under the Base Realignment and Closure authority. The base was realigned and renamed the Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Carswell Field (NAS Fort Worth JRB) on October 1, 1994, when the U.S. Navy assumed control of the property.
   NAS JRB Fort Worth was officially established on October 1, 1994, as the first joint-service reserve base. The 1,805-acre base is the result of the DoD's 1993 BRAC recommendation to relocate NAS Dallas and its tenant commands to the former Carswell AFB. Additional tenant commands from other closing installations were also directed to relocate to NAS JRB Fort Worth, such as U.S. Marine Corps Reserve squadrons from Memphis, Tenn., and Glenview, Ill., in July/August 1994. The 1993 BRAC proceedings also placed the Navy as the host of what has become a new joint military reserve base - a model for future consolidations. Construction at NAS Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas, continued in 1998, with completion and transfer of all scheduled units from NAS Dallas to NAS Fort Worth by early 1999. The mission of Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth is to provide a high quality training environment for active and Reserve components of all branches of the Armed Services, carrying out the Goldwater-Nichols Defense Reorganization Act of 1986 to improve the operability among all four military services; to reduce redundancy and overhead by developing joint doctrine and operate the procedures that create seamless functionality amongst host and tenant commands in base support and community service programs.
       Air Force Plant 4 Air Force Plant 4 is a Government-Owned Contractor-Operated (GOCO) defense manufacturing facility. It is located in Tarrant County, Texas, 7 miles northwest of the City of Fort Worth. It occupies 605 acres and is bounded on the north by Lake Worth, on the east by Carswell Air Force Base (Carswell AFB), and on the south and west by the City of White Settlement. Air Force Plant 4 is one of the largest employers in the area with a staff of approximately 17,000 people. The Plant shares access to the runways and the support facilities with Carswell AFB. In 1942, during World War II, Air Force Plant 4 became operational when Consolidated Aircraft began manufacturing the B-24 Liberator bomber for the nation's defense. Later, the plant began producing aircraft components, as well as delivering completed aircraft. In 1953, General Dynamics took over operation of the manufacturing facility. Since then, Air Force Plant 4 has produced the B-36, B-58, F-111 and F-16 aircraft. In March 1992, Lockheed, Inc. took over operation of the facility to produce F-16 and F-22 aircraft components. Additionally, the plant produces spare aircraft parts, radar units, and missile components.  Air Force Plant 4 is located within the Fort Worth-Arlington Metropolitan Statistical Area which includes Johnson, Parker and Tarrant Counties. The area is characterized as a highly urbanized area with a diverse economic base concentrated in the manufacturing, service and retail industries. With a large number of defense industries and their associated supply and service businesses, the community has been greatly affected by the recent reduction in defense expenditures. The city hosts 5 universities and colleges, a respected museum district, a large zoo, an annual livestock show, and extensive aerospace activities with large airplane, aircraft parts, and helicopter manufacturing plants. It is the center for north central Texas' agri-business, and the home of a large retired military community, mostly former Air Force personnel who utilize the Carswell AFB facilities.

Additional information
Provided by Frank N. Brent
    I was in SAC from April 1958 until March 1969 and again from November 1975 until I retired October 1976.  Just a quick note to provide more info about Carswell AFB and Little Rock AFB.   Carswell was also the home of the Mach 2, B-58 Hustler assigned to the 43 BW.  The 43rd had three squadrons, the 63rd, 64th and 65th.  We often took delivery from General Dynamics just across the runway.  The 43rd BW and its B-58s moved intact to Little Rock AFB the fall of 1964 and remained active there until the last aircraft was flown to Davis Monthan January 1970.  The B-36s were no longer at Carswell when the B-58 program began.