Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Ramey Air Force Base is a former United States Air Force base near Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. In addition to a small on-site Air Force detachment, and occasional operations by the Puerto Rico Air National Guard, a portion of the former Air Force Base is operated by the United States Coast Guard as Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen. There is also civilian general aviation use of the airfield, now known as Rafael Hernandez International Airport.Ramey''s origins go back to 1936, when the necessity for an air base in Puerto Rico was recognized and advocated by United States Army Air Corps officials as a logical extension of the air defenses of the Panama Canal and of Puerto Rico itself. On the first week of September 1939, some 3,796 acres covered by sugar cane, had been purchased at a cost of $1,215,000.