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Bad Aibling, Germany

Formerly the Bad Aibling Station, a U.S. Army Post

Bad Aibling: Overview

In terms of its relationship with the United States, the U.S. Army started to utilize the Bad Aibling Station in 1952, and it was converted to a communications monitoring station by the United States Army Security Agency during the Cold War. The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Defense became the commanding entities of the post in 1971. In 1994, the NSA transferred command of the base to the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM). Following the Cold War, the United States planned to close the post, but the events that occurred on September 11, 2001 delayed those plans. Eventually, Bad Aibling Station was closed on September 30, 2004.

The military significance of Bad Aibling began in 1936 when an airfield was built and a base established in the area. The German Luftwaffe was expanding its reach under the Nazi Regime and the strategic positioning of airfields was a significant part of its military doctrine. The first troops arrived at the base in February of 1937, followed by the aircraft in July of the same year. Following the Second World War, the United States Army occupied the base and used it to detain prisoners of war. It was also utilized as an orphanage and as an area for displaced persons.

Bad Aibling: Education

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Bad Aibling: Location

Bad Aibling is located in Bavaria (Germany) about 35 miles southeast of Munich. It is positioned on the banks of the river Mangfall. The administrative region, or Regierungsbezirk, of Bad Aibling is Upper Bavaria, which is located in the District of Rosenheim.

Bad Aibling: Interesting Facts

  • The airfield in Bad Aibling built in 1936 was, in all probability, an effort to supply air power to the annexation plans that Hitler and the Third Reich had for Austria and the Sudetenland.
  • In May, 1936, the construction of the airfield commenced after only three months of planning.
  • The first aircraft to be stationed at Bad Aibling was the Messerschmidt ME-109.
  • The original construction of the base cost the Third Reich 20 million reichsmarks. Approximately 3,000 workers were required to complete the project.
  • During the construction of the base, graves were discovered that were dated all the way back to the 30 Years War with Sweden in 1618.
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