Remembering Chase Field
Apr 13, 2012 | 473 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print

I watched with interest the piece you have on the 20th anniversary of the closing of Chase Field. Watching it made me think back of the wonderful times I had there – the bowling alley, the hobby shop, friends who lived there. We had a close family friend who ran the simulators, and, sometimes late at night, he would let me come in and fly them. I had more simulator time than some of my ROTC buddies who went to flight school there.

I remember my dad talking about the fight the community was putting up to keep the base closed, and how they were screwed by their own politicians. I grew up in Navy towns, and I consider Beeville to be my hometown. I’ve been back a few times, mostly for high school reunions. I know they say you can never go home again, but it saddens me whenever I drive by the old Chase Field and see prisons. (A few of them are stocked with criminals I have put there). My beloved hometown has changed from a Navy town to a prison town, with all that that implies.

Scott Ashmore

Katy, Texas

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