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Updated: 11/30/2017 08:30:11AM

Sunday chapel service at former Carlstrom Airfield

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The base chapel dates to the 1960s and the former G. Pierce Wood Memorial Hospital that closed in 2002. The organizers hope to the use the chapel for military ceremonies. Regular Sunday services resume in 2018.

Flight hangars dating to the 1940s will be used to house military items.

American Ideals Foundation plans a benefit run in 2018 on a loop around the inner base that borders the chapel.


Paster Tyler Kenney (left) of the First Church of God in Fort Meade annoints Harvey Engle as the new base chaplain in the Sunday ceremony.

American Ideals Foundation president Robert Moffa is also a concert pianist and composer. His Ruskin-based nonprofit took ownership of 35 acres of the former Carlstrom, with an option for another 55 acres.

First visitors to the Sunday service at the former Carlstrom Airfield.

A postcard of Arcadia in the years that Carlstrom Airfield operated.

State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory,

British cadets and their instructor at Carlstrom Field: from left, Mr. Thompson, Mr. Hurst, instructor Carroll Stoeckel, Mr. Osborn, Mr. Caryer and Mr. Parkinson. Dated 1942.

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A Florida nonprofit that took ownership of the former Carlstrom Airfield held Sunday chapel services at a church built on the property in the 1960s. Founders of the American Ideals Foundation plan to turn parts of the former military training base into a museum honoring that generation and those in DeSoto County who worked at the airfield. A training program for veterans and other projects are planned as well, said Robert Moffa, the American Ideals Foundation president who introduced his ideas on Sunday.

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