Otis Air National Guard Base

Otis Air National Guard Base is named for pilot, flight surgeon, and eminent Boston City Hospital surgeon, Lt. Frank "Jesse" Otis, a member of the 101st Observation Squadron who was killed on Jan. 11, 1937 when his Douglas O-46A crashed while on a cross-country training mission.

In 1938, the landing field area at Camp Edwards was named Otis Field in memory of the Boston flying physician. Ten years later the base was renamed Otis Air Force Base in his honor. Until 1973, it was the largest Aerospace Defense Command base in the world and is the only base named for a doctor.

In 1977, Otis AFB was officially redistributed with the establishment of boundary lines which divided the complex into several installations, all within the confines of the original base.  Established was Otis Air National Guard Base, Camp Edwards, and the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod.  Together they form the Massachusetts Military Reservation.

In 1978, the Air Force returned with the construction of the Precision Acquisition Vehicle Entry Phased Array Warning System (PAVE PAWS) near the Cape Cod Canal.  PAVE PAWS is designed to detect airborne ballistic missiles and  monitor orbiting satellites.

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  • Otis Air National Guard Base
  • 158 Reilly Street
  • Otis ANGB, MA 02542
  • 508-968-4090
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