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World War II opened many Americans eyes to the possibility of invasion from another country as was seen when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in the winter of 1941 Since that time the reality of war has been a major contributing factor to the Californian lifestyle and how it views the military This new found reality during and after War II caused California to help support a massive increase in the number of military bases being constructed throughout the state 32 Million Asked For Local Bases 1956 13 Naval Air Station NAS Miramar is one base in particular has stood above the rest both in military prestige and effectiveness Vistica 1990 B1 NAS Miramar evolved from an ordinary air base to an air station with such distinction that the city of San Diego was nicknamed Fighter Town USA Miramar Naval Air Station has a unique and decorated past Evolving from a lowly ignored army infantry training base into the most prestigious jet fighter combat training school in America This paper will discuss how Miramar became a naval base first an air station second This essay will also bring into light the struggle the US navy had with the city of San Diego in turning Miramar into an air station To what extents did the protest have on the base will be shared also Lastly the paper will discuss the evolution of NAS Miramar into the most distinguished combat flying school in the US armed services TOPGUN The future site of the US Naval Air Station Miramar has been owned by the United States government since the middle of World War I when it was used as an Army Infantry Training Center entitled Camp Kearny History of Miramar Naval Air Station 1969 5 It was under US Army control for various functions until it was split in half at the start of World War II the southern part of the station became an auxiliary air
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