One Hundred Years of Langley Air Force Base


WHEREAS, on December thirtieth, nineteen sixteen, the federal government made its first land purchase for aviation purposes along the Back River in what was Elizabeth City County and is now the City of Hampton, and constructed an airbase named after Samuel Pierpont Langley; and

WHEREAS, Langley Air Force Base is the oldest continually active Air Force base in the world, and is the oldest airfield in Virginia; and

WHEREAS, Langley Air Force Base sustains the important mission of air superiority and rapid global deployment; and

WHEREAS, on October first, two thousand and ten, Langley Air Force Base and The United States Army’s Fort Eustis merged, as one of twelve joint bases formed in the United States; and

WHEREAS, Fort Eustis is an area used to train service members in transportation, aviation maintenance, logistics and deployment doctrine with its diverse landscape and easy access to the James River; and

WHEREAS, in two thousand and sixteen, Hampton and Joint Base Langley-Eustis celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of the purchase of land for Langley Air Force Base; and

WHEREAS, to commemorate a century of Langley’s history on the Virginia Peninsula, Joint Base Langley-Eustis will host a hundredth Anniversary Open House and airshow April twenty second through twenty fourth, two thousand and sixteen; and

WHEREAS, Virginia joins Joint Base Langley-Eustis in celebrating one hundred years of air power;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize two thousand and sixteen as one hundred YEARS OF LANGLEY, LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.