Camp Mackall

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Mackall Army Airfield
Mackall AAF.jpg
IATA: HFFICAO: KHFFFAA LID: HFF
Summary
Airport type Military
Owner U.S. Army ATCA-ASO
Location Hoke, Richmond, Scotland counties, North Carolina
Elevation AMSL 376 ft / 115 m
Coordinates 35°02′11″N 079°29′51″W / 35.03639°N 79.49750°W / 35.03639; -79.49750
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
4/22 5,001 1,524 Asphalt
11/29 4,740 1,445 Concrete
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]

Camp Mackall is an active U.S. Army training facility located in eastern Richmond County and northern Scotland County, North Carolina, south of the town of Southern Pines. The facility is in close proximity to and is a sub-installation of Fort Bragg (home to the XVIII Airborne Corps, the 82nd Airborne Division and the U.S. Army Special Operations Command Headquarters).

Camp Mackall is the setting of primary training to become a member of U.S. Army Special Forces. Inside the camp is the Resistance Training Laboratory, a mock prisoner-of-war camp in which special operations forces soldiers are trained in resistance techniques for use if captured by enemy combatants.[2]

History[edit]

Originally named Camp Hoffman, on February 8, 1943, General Order Number 6 renamed the facility Camp Mackall in honor of Private John Thomas (Tommy) Mackall.[3] He was born May 17, 1920 in Ohio and grew up in Wellsville, Ohio. He served in Company E, 2nd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment.[4][3] During the Allied invasion of North Africa in the airborne segment called Operation Torch, he was mortally wounded in an attack by French Vichy aircraft on his aircraft as the aircraft landed near Oran. Seven paratroopers died at the scene and several were wounded, including Mackall. He was evacuated by air to a British hospital at Gibraltar where he died on November 12, 1942.[4] He had been wounded on November 8, the day that construction began at the camp.[5] He is buried in Glenview Cemetery in East Palestine, Ohio. Historian Stephen E. Ambrose described the camp as a "marvel of wartime construction", having been converted from 62,000 acres of wilderness to a camp "with 65 miles of paved roads, a 1,200-bed hospital, five movie theaters, six huge beer gardens, a complete all-weather airfield with three 5,000-foot runways, and 1,750 buildings" in just four months.[5]

Facilities[edit]

The Mackall Army Airfield has two runways: 4/22 is 5,001 by 150 feet (1,524 x 46 m) with an asphalt surface and 11/29 is 4,740 by 150 feet (1,445 x 46 m) with a concrete surface.[1]

The Colonel James "Nick" Rowe Training Compound hosts SERE, SFAS, the Q Course and other training courses. It is named for Col. James N. Rowe. The obstacle course at the camp, arguably the hardest obstacle course in the U.S. Army, is named the "Nasty Nick" in honor of Rowe.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b FAA Airport Master Record for HFF (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2009-08-27.
  2. ^ Sherwood, Ben, "Lessons in Survival", Newsweek, February 23, 2009.
  3. ^ a b Hagerman, Bart, ed. (1997). USA Airborne: 50th Anniversary. Turner Publishing Company. p. 409. ISBN 978-0-938021-90-2. 
  4. ^ a b Greenwood, John T. (2007). Airborne Forces at War. Naval Institute Press. p. 14. ISBN 978-1-59114-028-3. 
  5. ^ a b Ambrose, Stephen E. (1992). Band Of Brothers. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-0-7434-2990-0. 

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