Off-Base Activities: “Killjoy Was Here!” 1956 US Air Force Animated Training Film Cartoon04:33

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Published on February 8, 2017

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Airman Killjoy makes enemies, then Airman Archie tries to make friends, with the locals near USAF bases. “This film uses animation to instruct U.S. Air Force personnel on their responsibilities to communities surrounding their installations.”

US Air Force Training Film SFP-366

Public domain film from the US National Archives, slightly cropped to remove uneven edges, with the aspect ratio corrected, and one-pass brightness-contrast-color correction & mild video noise reduction applied.
The soundtrack was also processed with volume normalization, noise reduction, clipping reduction, and/or equalization (the resulting sound, though not perfect, is far less noisy than the original).

…The establishment of military bases abroad enable a country to project power, e.g. to conduct expeditionary warfare, and thereby influence events abroad. Depending on their size and infrastructure, they can be used as staging areas or for logistical, communications and/or intelligence support. Many conflicts throughout modern history have resulted in overseas military bases being established in large numbers by world powers, and the existence of bases abroad has served countries having them in achieving political and military goals. The British Empire and other colonial powers established overseas military bases in many of their colonies during the First and Second World Wars, where useful, and actively sought rights to facilities where needed for strategic reasons. At one time, establishing coaling stations for naval ships was important. During the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union established military bases where they could within their respective spheres of influence, and actively sought influence where needed. More recently, the War on Terror has resulted in overseas military bases being established in the Middle East.

Whilst the overall number of overseas military bases has fallen since 1945, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States still possess a substantial number. Smaller numbers of overseas military bases are operated by India, Italy, Japan and Turkey.

The United States is the largest operator of military bases abroad, with 38 “named bases” having active duty, national guard/reserve, and/or civilian personnel as of September 30, 2014. Its largest, in terms of personnel, was Ramstein AB, in Germany, with almost 9,200 personnel…

United States

– Afghanistan – Camp Dwyer; Forward Operating Base Delhi; Forward Operating Base Geronimo; Firebase Fiddler’s Green; PB Jaker
– Australia – Pine Gap
Bahrain – Naval Support Activity Bahrain; Isa Air Base
Belgium – Chièvres Air Base; Kleine Brogel Air Base
Brazil – United States Naval Support Detachment, São Paulo
British Indian Ocean Territory – Naval Support Facility Diego Garcia
– Bulgaria – Aitos Logistics Center; Bezmer Air Base; Graf Ignatievo Air Base; Novo Selo Range
– Cuba – Guantanamo Bay Naval Base
– Djibouti – Camp Lemonnier
– Germany – US Army installations in Germany; Panzer Kaserne; Ramstein Air Base; Spangdahlem Air Base
– Greece – Naval Support Activity Souda Bay[41]
– Greenland – Thule Air Base
– Honduras – Soto Cano Air Base
– Israel – Port of Haifa (United States Sixth Fleet); Dimona Radar Facility
– Italy – US Army installations in Italy; Naval Air Station Sigonella; Naval Support Activity Naples; Aviano Air Base; Darby Military Community
– Japan – United States Forces Japan
– Kosovo – Camp Bondsteel
– Kuwait – Ali Al Salem Air Base; Camp Arifjan; Camp Buehring; Kuwait Naval Base
– Netherlands – Volkel Air Base
– Norway – 426th Air Base Squadron at Sola Air Station
– Oman – RAFO Masirah; RAFO Thumrait
– Portugal – Lajes Field
– Qatar – Al Udeid Air Base
– Saudi Arabia – 64th Air Expeditionary Group
– Singapore – Paya Lebar Air Base
– South Korea – United States Forces Korea
– Spain – Morón Air Base; Naval Station Rota
– Turkey – Incirlik Air Base; Izmir Air Station
– United Arab Emirates – Al Dhafra Air Base; Port of Jebel Ali; Fujairah Naval Base
– United Kingdom – RAF Alconbury; RAF Croughton; RAF Lakenheath; RAF Menwith Hill; RAF Mildenhall

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