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FUDS Notification and Safety Education Former Amarillo Air Force Base, OB/OD Range

Former Amarillo Air Force Base, OB/OD RangeFrom 1942 to 1968, the Department of Defense used the Amarillo Air Force Base for flight training, aircraft maintenance, and technical training. Some 700 support buildings were constructed at the base. An area of the former base has been identified through historical research and site visits as being an Open Burn/Open Detonation Range. The munitions known or suspected to have been destroyed at the range include small arms ammunition and various bombs. 

The former Amarillo Air Force Base comprises approximately 5,454 acres and is located 6 miles east of downtown Amarillo, Texas, in Potter County. Portions of the former OB/OD Range are owned by the city of Amarillo as part of the Amarillo International Airport. The remainder of the property is owned by a junior college and private parties. 

Because explosive hazards associated with military munitions from past military training may remain on the Amarillo Air Force Base OB/OD Range, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recommends landowners and visitors follow the 3Rs of Explosives Safety – Recognize, Retreat, and Report.

To download or print this information, open the Amarillo Air Force Base, OB/OD Range Safety Guide in PDF format. Para bajar o imprimir esta información en español, abra la guía informativa del Amarillo Air Force Base, OB/OD Range en forma PDF.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Military munitions such as small arms ammunition and bombs were potentially disposed of at the OB/OD Range. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is unable to rule out the presence of munitions that may pose an explosive hazard.
Historical research and site inspections indicate that military munitions were previously used at this base and some munitions may remain on the property. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has determined that further investigation is required for the OB/OD Range at the former Amarillo Air Force Base.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will make 3Rs explosives safety education material available to landowners and the community. Additionally, it will coordinate with landowners as it plans required response activities.

Safety is a Priority

Follow the 3Rs of Explosives Safety if you suspect you may have come across a military munition.

Click to view the Unexploded Ordnance Safety page of the DENIX Web site Recognize – when you may have come across a munition, and that munitions are dangerous;
Retreat – do not approach, touch, move, or disturb a suspect munition, but carefully leave the area; and
Report – immediately what you saw and where you saw it to local law enforcement – call 911.

Additional Information

For additional information view a fact sheet about Interim Risk Management and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Notification and Safety Education initiative or call 855-765-FUDS (3837).

If you would like specific information about the project listed above please visit the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Tulsa District Public Affairs website and complete the form.