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Travis AFB Library: About Us



Mitchell Memorial Library first opened its doors on June 28, 1957.  It was the first new library constructed and designed as a base library in the Air Force.  There were festivities and a parade to  mark the day.

The library was named Mitchell Memorial in honor of Lt. Colonel Kirk R. Mitchell who lost his life along with his crew and 57 passengers when a Military Air Transport Service C-97 went down off the coast of Japan in March 1957.

The Mitchell Memorial Library has been serving Travis AFB continuously since it opened.



Situated at the southwestern edge of the Sacramento Valley and known as the "Gateway to the Pacific," Travis Air Force Base handles more cargo and passenger traffic through its airport than any other military air terminal in the United States.  The base has  a long proud history of supporting humanitarian airlift operations at home and around the world.  Today, Travis Air Force Base includes approximately 7,260 active USAF military personnel, 4,250 Air Force Reserve personnel and 3,770 civilians.