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MEDIA ALERT – Ruck March Kicks off Reno-Stead Airport’s 75th Anniversary

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What: Reno-Stead Airport is celebrating its 75th anniversary October 2017 through summer of 2018. The commemoration begins with a unique Ruck March in honor of Reno-Stead’s colorful military history when it served as the Air Force survival training school.

The Ruck March is a walk/run with a back pack full of food items, on a 10K course around the airfield. It will benefit the Food Bank of Northern Nevada and the Veterans Guest House. The march ends with a BBQ lunch, free for every registered participant.

When: Saturday, Nov. 4th at 9 a.m.

Who: Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Officials, Reno-Stead Veterans, Veterans Guest House, Northern Nevada Food Bank, Team Red, White & Blue

Where: Reno-Stead Airport, 4895 Texas Ave. Reno

“Reno-Stead has a colorful history intertwining military and aviation unlike any other place in Nevada. This ruck march celebrates that history in a fun and unique way that will benefit those in need,” said Marily Mora, President and CEO of Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority.

In October 1942, Reno Army Air Base began operations at what was later the 192nd Fighter Squadron, Nevada Air National Guard, and finally named Stead Air Force Base. The base was home to the Strategic Air Command’s Survival School, Flying Training Wing (helicopters), and Reno Air Defense Sector. In 1966, Reno-Stead Airport began operating as a general aviation airport and is now under the direction of the Re­no-Tahoe Airport Authority. 


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