Fort Campbell is an army base installation located across the border of states Kentucky and Tennessee and sprawls across four counties. The base was named after the last Whig Governor of Tennessee, BG William Bowen Campbell and is the home to the famous 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army. In addition to training the 101st Airborne Division, the base also trains other units posted at the base for combat readiness. The military base is also the home to the Sabalauski Air Assault School. The installation is complete with 4,000 homes, civil structures and other amenities to serve the personnel and their families on the base.

Cost of Living: Lower than the average for major states of the United States

Automated Telephone Attendant Number: 270-798-2151

Base Population: As per census reports published in January 2014, the base is home to 31,092 active military personnel, and also to their families estimated to be 53,116 in number. The base is also the home to retiree and reserve components of the United States army and their families who account for 155,591 of the total population.

City/ Area Population: The total estimated population of the counties, including Hopkinsville KY and Clarksville TN, over which the base if spread over is 175,215.

Child Development Centers: The base has 4 full time child development centers that cater to children of ages between 6 weeks and 6 years.  The installation also includes one hourly care center and a part-day pre-school and toddler center which can be utilized throughout the week. The centers can be contacted at 270-798-0674.

Youth Services: The Fort Campbell base offers several youth services including development centers such as the Tailor Youth Centre (270-798-3643), the Teen club (24/7 270-956-1203) and Eagles club (270-956-4506). Also numerous youth events are conducted frequently at the camp which can be followed at http://www.fortcampbellmwr.com/CYS.

Airman and Family Readiness Center: 270-798-9322

Employment: The base has an active Employment Readiness Program (270-798-4412) which offers possible employment opportunity information updates for the residents.  The overall unemployment rate is 8% and the median income range of household range between $38,006 and $55,528.

Base Services:

Recreational Facilities: Bowling, swimming, camping, fishing, golf, auto hobbies, theater, equestrian sports, and library.

Banking Facilities: 8 Fort Campbell Credit Unions have been installed in various locations and also Bank of America Military Bank operates within its borders.

Shopping Facilities: A central commissary operates within the base, and a main exchange, along with 29 specialty stores (270-439-1841) are operational at the camp as well.

Medical Services:

The Blanchfield Army Community hospital and medical homes are the primary medical services provider within the camp. The center attends to the personal health of active military personnel, their families, retired personnel as well as reserve components stationed at the base. The center can accommodate a maximum of 96,000 patients and is staffed by both civilian and military employees.

History

The site for the current base was marked out during November of 1941 and was established put into operation by August 1942. The camp was initially ordained to support an armored division plus several other support units. The camp was named after the renowned Brigadier General of the United States volunteers William B Campbell to honor his contributions in the Civil War.

The camp’s first commander was Maj. Gen. William C. Lee who took charge of the 101st Airborne Division’s new recruits garrisoned at the camp during the August 1942. From until then the camp served as the 12th, 14th and 20th armored division, and 26th infantry divisions’ training ground, till the end of the Second World War.

After the occupation of Japan, the camp was officially renamed to Fort Campbell in April, 1950 and evolved into a regular military base from a temporary training installation. For leading the way in the D-Day operations and several other heroic efforts in World War II the 101st Airborne Division has received two Presidential Unit Citations and awarded four campaign streamers.

Units

The base is home to the 3rd largest military populates in the US. The 101st Airborne division, 5th Special Forces Group (ABN), 31st Military Police Detachment, 58th Aviation Regiment, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR), 1st Battalion, 249th Engineer Battalion, 61st Engineer Battalion, 95th Maintenance Company, 101st Support Group (Corps), and 902nd Military Intelligence Group are garrisoned at the base.

Housing

Personnel of all garrisoned units of rank E1 and above are eligible for applying for the family housing services offered at Fort Campbell. Over 4,000 homes are available within the installation and vary in size ranging from 2 to 5 bedroom houses. The Fort Campbell Family housing office can be contacted at 931-431-9003 for information regarding paperwork and other amenities, but has to be visited in person for applying for occupation of residences. Single serving members will be required to reside in post and will not be eligible for residing in family housing quarters.

Photos of Base

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