AIR BASE DEFENSE
REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM
1961 - 1973
Roger P. Fox
OFFICE OF AIR FORCE HISTORY
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE
WASHINGTON, D.C., 1979
Llbrary of Congress Cataloging in Publication Data
Fox, Roger P
Air base defense in the Republic of Vietnam, 1961-1973.
1. Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975-Aerial
operations. 2. Air Bases-
Vietnam. 3. Airbases, American-Vietnam.
4. United States. Office of Air
Force History. 11. Title.
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This book explores the unique problem of defending air bases during the
Vietnam War. It centers on the primary efforts of the United States Air Force
and allied air units to defend 10 key air bases within the Republic of Vietnam.
Bien Hoa, on 1 November 1964, was the first base to be attacked and unti1,the
cease-lire in January 1973, these bases suffered a total of 475 attacks.
Although there were initial deficiencies in staff support for base defense in
such key areas as intelligence, motor vehicles, weapons procurement and main-
tenance, communications, and civil engineering, significant improvements had
been made by the end of the Air Force’s part in the war.
The author, Lt. Col. Roger P. Fox, USAF (Ret.), wrote this volume
while assigned to the Office of Air Force History. He brings judgments to his
research based on his personal experience as a base security officer during the
conflict. Thus, early on the morning of 4 December 1966, he rallied Air Force
and South Vietnamese security forces to repel an enemy attempt to penetrate
Tan Son Nhut Air Base, the center of Air Force operations in South Vietnam.
For his gallantry in action on this occasion, he was awarded the Silver Star.
This personal experience formed a foundation upon which he developed a
keen insight into exploring the entire spectrum of air base defense, and upon
which he has built a strong case for testing future