Ash Warriors (ePub eBook)

Ash Warriors  (ePub eBook)
Ash Warriors (ePub eBook)
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This is the story of the “Ash Warriors,” those Air Force men and women who carried out their mission in the face of an incredible series of natural disasters, including volcanic eruption, floods, typhoons, and earthquakes, all of which plagued Clark Air Base in the Philippines and the surrounding areas during June and July 1991.

In November 1991 the American flag was lowered for the last time at Clark Air Base.  This act brought to an end the over 90-year American military presence in the Philippines. It also represented the final act in a drama that began with the initial rumblings of the Mount Inatubo volcano, nine miles east of Clark, in April of that year.

This book tells the remarkable story of the men and women of the Clark community and their ordeal in planning for and carrying out their evacuation from Clark in face of the impending volcanic activity. It documents the actions of those who remained on the base during the series of Mount Pinatubo’s eruptions, and the packing out of the base during the subsequent months.


Policymakers, members of government and military-focused committees, members of the military and military leaders, and the Department of Defense and its staff would be interested in this publication as a case study of how to prepare military bases to operate during natural disasters (including improving upon current regulations). In addition, Veterans and military enthusiasts from the general public would enjoy this publication.

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U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Air Force, Air Force History and Museums Program and Office of PACAF History
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