Location: March Air Reserve Base, CA, 92518
Years of Operation: 1918-Present
Previously called the March Air Force Base, this Southern California base was constructed during World War I. The initial purpose of the base was to train pilots for air missions. While the base went quiet after the end of the war, it was once again occupied after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The base continued to house thousands of military personnel throughout the wars of the twentieth century and is still in operation. Currently, the 452nd Air Mobility Wing manages the base and personnel from all branches of the military are present.
The following chart outlines the toxins associated with this military location and the potential effects of exposure.*
|Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)||Damage to the kidneys, liver, and central nervous system; irritation to the eyes, nose, and throat; headaches, nausea, loss of coordination|
Evidence of VOCs causing cancer in animals; some suspected to cause cancer in humans (source)
|Jet fuel||Nervous system damage, nausea, anxiety, memory loss, irritability, depression|
|Heavy metals||Headaches, weakness, fatigue, joint and muscle pain, constipation (source)|
If you were stationed or worked on March Air Reserve Base (formerly known as March Air Force Base) and experienced adverse health effects, you may be eligible for compensation.
*Effects are according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry unless otherwise noted.