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256th Returns & England Air Force Base Closure (1991)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Vernon Parish, Louisiana, Alexandria, Rapides Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1991-04-19

Duration: 00:13:39

Subjects: Military | Louisiana. National Guard | Persian Gulf War, 1991


  • Collins, Robert Host
  • Duhe, Jeff Reporter
  • Whipple, Gary Speaker
  • Robison, James Interviewee
  • Seidenberg, Josh Interviewee
  • Moore, Patricia Interviewee
  • Shorey, David Interviewee
  • Chamberlain, Brett Interviewee
  • Silas, Jesse Interviewee
  • Newman, Sherman Interviewee
  • Burba, Edwin Speaker
  • Roemer, Buddy Speaker
  • Randolph, Ned Interviewee
  • Stroud, John Interviewee
  • Dewitt, Charlie Interviewee
  • Maddox, Tony "Mad Dog" Interviewee
  • Lemon, Dick Interviewee


This segment from the April 19, 1991, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Jeff Duhe’s report on the return of the 256th Infantry Brigade from the Middle East and the closure of England Air Force Base in Alexandria. First, Duhe attends the demobilization ceremony for the 256th Infantry Brigade of the Louisiana National Guard at Fort Polk. His report includes highlights of the speeches by Brigadier General Gary Whipple and General Edwin Burba. He also interviews several members of the National Guard: James Robison of Jonesboro; Josh Seidenberg of Lake Charles; Patricia Moore of Raceland; David Shorey of Lafayette; Brett Chamberlain of Bossier City; Jesse Silas of Winnfield; and Sherman Newman of Lake Charles. Duhe then reports on the United States Department of Defense announcing the closure of England Air Force Base in Alexandria. It includes highlights of Governor Buddy Roemer’s comments on the closure. He also interviews: Alexandria Mayor Ned Randolph; John Stroud of the Chamber of Commerce; State Representative Charlie Dewitt; Captain Tony “Mad Dog” Maddox, pilot; and Colonel Dick Lemon, vice wing commander. Host: Robert Collins