The RI Regional Squadron

The Rhode Island Regional Squadron, Sampson Air Force Base Veterans Association, Inc. was first organized informally in 2009 when a group of Air Force veterans, who had attended basic training at Sampson Air Force Base, Lake Seneca, New York between 1950 and 1956 as well as Air Force Veterans who had completed their basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas, started meeting for lunch at Denny’s Restaurant, Warwick, Rhode Island. Their motivation in gathering together each month was to keep the spirit of Sampson Air Force Base and Lackland Air Force Base alive and to reminisce about the life changing impacts that resulted from their Sampson, Lackland and Air Force service.

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Our Mission

From an initial group of nine, the squadron membership has grown to fifty three members strong. In addition to monthly luncheons, they periodically take field trips and enjoy social get-togethers with other Squadrons. The group was also motivated to becoming the driving force behind the erection of a monument to all Air Force veterans at the Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery in Exeter, Rhode Island. Currently, the memorial has been designed; it has been approved for erection by the RI Veterans Cemetery and the US Air Force Trademark & Licensing Division and is in its fundraising phase.

About Sampson Air Force Base

Sampson Air Force Base was located on the eastern shore of Lake Seneca in the Finger Lakes Region of New York, covering an initial area of 260 acres. The original construction was authorized in May ‘42, to serve as a Naval Training Station, (USNTS Sampson, NY) during 1942-1945, being completed in 270 days from the start of construction. It later served as an Air Force Base Training Center during the Korean War era (1950-1956). It is estimated that 411.000+ Navy and 330,000+ Air Force personnel completed their training at the Sampson installation. Over various time periods, the facility has served many different purposes, including its current designation as Sampson State Park.

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