Scott AFB celebrates 'a century of service' -

Scott AFB celebrates 'a century of service'

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ST. LOUIS ( -- Celebrations marking Scott Air Force Base's 100th anniversary have been going on for the past several hours.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is on hand declaring this "the year of Scott."

The history of Scott Air Force Base goes back to World War I. Scott started as 624 acres of farm field 100 years ago. The observances Friday documented the history of the base and how it has transformed over the years, which included airships and experimental balloons.

Belleville Mayor Mark Eckert said it's hard to put into words how important Scott is to the area, calling it a cornerstone to the entire region.

He says many of those who serve at Scott go on to retire in the area, so over the years, there’s quite a few veterans who stay in the St. Louis area.

The celebration is called a “century of service,” and Governor Rauner said he’s excited for the journey to continue.  

“I want Scott Air Force Base to expand for the future,” Rauner said.

Scott is the only Air Force base in the United States named after an enlisted man; Corporal Frank Scott who died in an aviation crash in 1912.

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