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FUDS Notification and Safety Education Former Midland Army Air Field Ordnance Burial Pits No. 1 & 2

former Midland Army Air Field Ordnance Burial Pits No. 1 & 2Prior to 1941, Midland Army Air Field was known as Sloan Field. From 1941 until 1946, the U.S. Army Air Corps operated a flying school under the name Midland Army Air Field, which specialized in bombardier training. An area of the property has been identified through historical research and site visits as having two pits where munitions were buried. The munitions known or suspected to have been buried in the pits are general purpose and practice bombs. 

The former Midland Army Air Field comprises approximately 1,680 acres southwest of Midland in Midland County, Texas. Today, the air field is owned by the city of Midland and is known as Midland International Airport. As depicted on the inside map, Ordnance Burial Pits No. 1 & 2 are located at the northern end of the airport boundaries and are within the airport's restricted access perimeter. 

Because explosive hazards associated with military munitions from past military training may remain in the former Midland Army Air Field Ordnance Burial Pits No. 1 & 2, 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 Former Midland Army Air Field Safety Guide in PDF format. Para bajar o imprimir esta información en español, abra la guía informativa del Antiguo Midland Army Air Field en forma PDF.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Military munitions such as general and practice bombs were potentially disposed of in the pits. 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 air field and some munitions may remain on the property. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has determined that further investigation is required for the Ordnance Burial Pits No. 1 & 2 at the former Midland Army Air Field.

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’ Fort Worth District Public Affairs website and complete the form.