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Keeping the Edge. Air Force Materiel Command Cold War Context (1945-1991). Volume 2: Installations and Facilities

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Installations and Facilities is Volume II of the three-volume contextual history Keeping the Edge Air Force Materiel Command Cold War Context 1945-1991. Its companion, Command Lineage, Scientific Achievement, and Major Tenant Missions is Volume I. The third volume in the set is a stand-alone index for Volumes I and II. Keeping the Edge covers the 45-year period from 1945 to 1989 1991. The study functions both as traditional military history, and as a historic context for assessing buildings and structures extant at installations reporting to Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command at the time of the study 1999-2003. In order to fulfill its role as a historic context. Keeping the Edge includes detailed information on the history of infrastructure and civil engineering achievements across the command. The author has highlighted key architectural-engineering firms and has endeavored to place their work for Air Force Materiel Command in perspective with other military and civilian commissions of the Cold War. Keeping the Edge also contains many rare photographs. For the majority of the primary records, the author relied on the collections of the Air Force Historical Research Agency at Maxwell and those at the National Archives II in suburban Washington, D.C. She, or an assistant, also visited the installations within Air Force Materiel Command. At the bases and industrial plant sites, the history offices participated in the project, as did the cultural resource offices and civil engineering drawings vaults. The author assessed a wide range of buildings and structures at the bases and compared these to the information available in the records. Selected oral interviews supported the research. The acknowledgments, introduction goals and methodology, and summary sections for Keeping the Edge appear only in Volume I, while acronyms lists and bibliographies are provided particular to each volume.

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  • Humanities and History
  • Civil Engineering
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

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