About Pease ANG Base, NH
Pease Air National Guard Base is located in New Hampshire, about an hour south of Portland, Maine, and an hour north of Boston, Massachusetts. The base is home to the 157th Air Refueling Wing of the New Hampshire Air National Guard. Its primary responsibilities are aircraft refueling, air traffic control and homeland defense.
Pease Air National Guard Base is comprised of 40 facilities sitting on about 220 acres of land. It began as Portsmouth Municipal Airport in the 1930s. The U.S. Navy began using it as a base in World War II, until 1951, when it was chosen to become a Strategic Air Command base, under the control of the U.S. Air Force.
It was named Pease Air Force Base in 1957, after Capt. Harl Pease, Jr., a New Hampshire native who fought in World War II.