Air Force Veterans and Asbestos Exposure

From the 1930s to the 1980s, asbestos exposure was prevalent at U.S. Air Force bases and aircraft maintenance stations for jets, propeller planes, helicopters and other aircraft. Exposure came from asbestos-containing vehicle brakes, adhesives, epoxies, jet exhaust insulation, electrical equipment and other standard asbestos construction equipment related to the service buildings, hangers, barracks and offices. Asbestos was also found in boilers, furnaces, walls, soundproofing panels and HVAC systems.

The U.S. Air Force has gone to great lengths in recent years to guard against asbestos exposure, but veterans remain at risk of developing mesothelioma. Like all branches of the U.S. military through most of the 20th century, the Air Force utilized asbestos for its heat resistance, durability and affordability in spite of health risks.

Air Force Jobs Affected by Asbestos

Simmons Hanly Conroy has represented hundreds of U. S. Air Force veterans affected by mesothelioma including personnel, civilian contractors and workers who were employed at Air Force bases nationally and internationally. Some of the jobs they held were:

  • Airman
  • Airplane crew chief
  • Armorer
  • Auto mechanic
  • Aviation machinists mate
  • Boiler tender
  • Bombardier mechanic
  • Carpenter
  • Communications specialist
  • Electrician
  • Electronics technician
  • Engineer
  • Firefighter
  • Fuel specialist
  • Gunner
  • Heavy equipment operator
  • HVAC specialist
  • Instructor
  • Instrument shop workers
  • Jet engine inspector
  • Jet mechanic
  • MechanicMechanical/electrical engineer
  • Navigation systems technician
  • Pilot
  • Pipefitter
  • Plumber
  • Radar technician
  • Radio operator
  • Repairmen
  • Sheetmetal worker
  • Supply helper
  • Supply warehouse
  • Technician
  • Truck driver
  • Weapons mechanic
  • Welder

Asbestos on Air Force Bases

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) authenticated the presence of asbestos in Air Force facilities in 2002. On-base housing pipe insulation was one material that contained asbestos. In 2009, the Air Force paid for the removal of 6,000 feet of above-ground asbestos-coated stem pipeline located at the former Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, IL. Chanute, which closed in 1993, has additional underground steam tunnels scheduled for demolition by 2015.

Asbestos in Military Aircraft

Asbestos was used in the building and maintenance of aircraft, primarily to aid in the protection against fire and heat. Brakes, cockpit heating system, heat shields for engines, torque valves, gaskets, electrical wiring and insulation in the cargo bays also contain asbestos. Air Force mechanics were especially at risk for exposure, as they were more likely to inhale airborne asbestos dust and fibers through contact with engine and motor parts and other materials if they didn’t necessary precautions.

Mesothelioma Lawyers for Air Force Veterans

Simmons Hanly Conroy is dedicated to working with U.S. Air Force mesothelioma veterans who were negligently exposed to asbestos. If you are a veteran battling mesothelioma, please contact us today for a free case consultation.

Simmons Hanly Conroy clients have worked at Air Force bases throughout the country, including:

Altus Air Force Base – Altus, OK
Amarillo Air Force Base/Amarillo Army Air Field- Amarillo, TX
Andrews Air Force Base/Joint Base Andrews – MD
Benton Air Force Station-Scranton, PA
Bergstrom Air Force Base- Austin, TX
Brooks Field Air Force Base- San Antonio, TX
Buckley Air Force Base- Aurora, CO
Burns Flat Air Force Base/Altus Air Force Base- Altus, OK
Carswell Air Force Base Fort Worth, TX
Chanute Air Force Base- Rantoul, IL
Clark Air Base – Luzon, PI
Clinton-Sherman Air Force Base – Burns Flat, OK
Dobbins Air Reserve Base – Marietta, GA
Dover Air Force Base- Dover, DE
Duluth Air National Guard Base- Duluth, MN
Eaker Air Force Base- Blythville, AR
Edwards Air Force Base- Edwards, CA
Eglin Air Force- Valparaiso, FL
Eielson Air Force Base- Fairbanks, AK
Ellsworth Air Force Base- Piedmont, SD
Elmendorf Air Force Base/ Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson- Anchorage, AK
Ethan Allen Air Force Base/Burlington Air National Guard Base- South Burlington, VT
Forbes Air Force Base/Forbes Field Air National Guard Base/Topeka Army Air Field- Topeka, KS
Glasgow Air Force Base- Glasgow, MT
Grand Forks Air Force Base- Grand Forks, ND
Griffiss Air Force Base- Rome, NY
Gunter Air Force base/Maxwell Air Force Base- Montgomery, AL
Hanna City Air Force Station – Hanna City, IL
Hanscom Air Force Base- Bedford, MA
Hickam Air Force Base- Honolulu, HI
Hill Air Force Base – Ogden, UT
Holloman Air Force Base- Alamogordo, NM
Homestead Air Reserve Base – Homestead, FL
Hurlburt Field – Walton Beach, FL
K. I. Sawyer Air Force Base – Marquette, MI
Kadena Air Force Base-Okinawa, Japan
Keesler Air Force Base – Biloxi, MS
Kelly Air Force Base/Kelly Field Annex- San Antonio, TX
Kirtland Air Force Base- Albuquerque, NM
Lackland Air Force Base- San Antonio, TX
Liberal Army Air Field- Liberal, KS
Little Rock Air Force Base- Jacksonville, AR
Los Angeles Air Force Base-El Segundo, CA
Lowry Air Force Base – Denver, CO
Luke Air Force Base- Glendale, AZ
MacDill Air Force Base- Tampa, FL
Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base, Montgomery, AL
McCLellan Air Force Base-Sacramento, CA
McConnell Air Force Base – Wichita, KS
Miles City Air Force Base- Miles City, MT
Minot Air Force Base – Minot, ND
Mountain Home Air Force Base- Boise, ID
Nellis Air Force Base/ Las Vegas Air Force Base – Nellis, NV
Newark Air Force Base- Newark, OH
Norton Air Force Base- San Bernardino, CA
Offutt Air Force Base-Bellevue, NE
Onizuka Air Force Station- Sunnyvale, CA
Othello Air Force Station –Othello, WA
Parks Air Force Base/Camp Parks- Pleasanton, CA
Patrick Air Force Base – Satellite Beach, FL
Pease Air Force Base – Portsmouth, NH
Peterson Air Force Base – Colorado Springs, CO
Pinecastle/McCoy Air Force Base- Orlando, FL
Plattsburgh Air Force Base- Plattsburgh, NY
Quonset Point Air National Guard Station- North Kingstown RI
Randolph Air Force Base- San Antonio, TX
Robins Air Force Base – Warner Robins, GA
Robins Air Force Base- Warner Robins, GA
Sampson Air Force Base – Seneca Lake, NY
Schilling Air Force Base/ Smokey Hills Air Force Base – Salina, KS
Schofield Barracks/Fort Shafter-Wahiawa, HI
Scott Air Force Base – Belleville, IL
Selfridge Air Force Base- Township, MI
Sheppard Air Force Base – Wichita Falls,TX
Suwon Air Base- Suwon, South Korea
Tinker Air Force Base- Oklahoma City, OK
Torrejon Air Force Base- Madrid, Spain
Travis Air Force Base – Fairfield, CA
Turner Air Force Base- Albany, GA
Tyndall Air Force Base – Panama City, FL
Vandenberg Air Force Base- Lompoc, CA
Warren Air Force Base/ Francis E. Warren Air Force Base- Cheyenne, WY
Webb Air Force Base – Big Spring, TX
Westover Air Reserve Base- Chicopee, MA
Whiteman Air Force Base- Sedalia, MO
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base – Dayton, OH
Wurtsmith Air Force Base – Oscoda Charter Township, MI

If you are an Air Force veteran battling mesothelioma, please contact us today for a free case consultation.