Established as U.S. Naval Magazine Port Chicago in June 1942, Naval Weapons Station Concord (NWSC) was for many years the United States’ “largest West Coast ammunition transshipment port.” It was more.

Combining facts and figures with first-hand accounts, author John Keibel takes the reader Behind the Barbed Wire of this former northern California naval base to explore a multifaceted history that includes:

  • National Security
  • Port Chicago Explosion
  • Flora and Fauna
  • High Science
  • Displacement
  • Dedicated Workforce
  • Through this website learn more about the book Behind the Barbed Wire: History of Naval Weapons Station Concord and how to purchase copies.


    Looking for a speaker? Author John Keibel has a 25-minute presentation on the weapons station's history. Contact him: (925) 686-0525 or