The Grissom Air Reserve Base is a 1,100 acres stand- alone air force facility of the United States of America. It is located 12 miles in the northern part of Kokomo, Indiana. The primary unit deployed in the Grissom Air Reserve is the 434th Air Refueling Wing. The unit serves as a mid- air refueling to the cargo aircrafts and long- range bombers.

After the World War II, the base was temporarily closed. However, it was reopened and renamed as the Grissom Air Reserve Base Air Force. Technically, there are several plans to expand and renovate the base. However, there is no definite plan regarding this matter.

Cost of Living: 80%

Automated Telephone Attendant Number: + 765- 688-4839

Base Population: The Grissom Air Reserve Base has over 650 civilian employees and 1, 300 reservists.

City/ Area Population: 54,402

Child Development Centers:

·         Micro Chips Early Learning Center  

Address: 2915 S Goyer Rd, Kokomo, IN 46902, United States

Phone: +1 765-455-1467

·         Kid's At the Top Childcare Center  

Address: 1856 Waugh Ct, Kokomo, IN 46902, United States

Phone: +1 765-457-4011

·         My Caterpillar Clubhouse Child Care and Preschool  

Preschool

Address: 1207 N Armstrong St, Kokomo, IN 46901, United States

Phone: +1 765-252-3062

Youth Programs:

·         Young Men's Christian Association of Kokomo

Address: 200 North Union Street Kokomo, IN 46901

Phone: +1 765-457-4447

·         Bridges Outreach

Address: 208 N. Main St. Kokomo, IN 46901

Phone: +1-765-452-5723

·         Ivy Tech Community College

Address: 1942 E North St, Kokomo, IN 46901, United States

Phone: +1 765-454-5112

Airman and Family Readiness Center:

·         Airman and Family Readiness Center

Address: 7088 South Tanker St 434 FSS/DPF Building 431 Grissom Air Reserve Base, IN 46971-5000

Phone:  +1-765-688-4812 / +1-800-234-6911

Employment: 5.8% Unemployment rate

Base Services:

·         Civilian Personnel Office

Address: 7207 Grissom Ave. Bldg 596 Grissom Air Reserve Base, IN 46971-5000

Phone: +1-765-688-4836

·         Army and Air Force Exchange Service Branch

Address: Readiness Circle, Bldg 595 Grissom Air Reserve Base, IN 46971-5000

Phone: +1-765-689-5270

·         Security Forces Operations

Address: 7087 South Tanker Street Bldg 430 Grissom Air Force Base, IN 46971

Phone: +1-765-688-3384

Medical Services:

·         Medical Service Laboratories  

Address: 3803 Southland Ave, Kokomo, IN 46902, United States

Phone: +1 765-453-0161

·         Howard Regional Health System West Campus Specialty

Address: West Campus Specialty Hospital 829 N Dixon Rd, Kokomo, IN 46901, United States

Phone: +1 765-452-6700

·         Fresenius Medical Care at St Joseph Hospital & Health Care  

Address: 1907 W Sycamore St, Kokomo, IN 46901, United States

Phone: +1 765-452-5611

History

The Grissom Air Reserve Air Force Base was formerly known as the Bunker Hill Air Force Base. In the year 1968, the air force base was renamed. The Grissom Air Reserve was named after the United States Air Force pilot Colonel Virgil Ivan “Gus” Grissom. He is the pilot who was killed in the launch pad explosion of Apollo 1. The air reserve base serves as a commemoration for his active participation in the United States Air Force.

Originally, the Grissom Air Reserve was constructed as a training facility for the United States Navy. It serves as a training base for the members of the Coast Guard, Navy, and Marine Corps during World War II. After the World War II, the base was temporarily closed.

Units

The units in the Grissom Air Reserve Base are the following: 434th Operations Group, 434th Operations Support Squadron, 74th Air Refueling Squadron, 72nd Air Refueling Squadron, 434th Maintenance Group, 434th Maintenance Operations Squadron, 434th Maintenance Squadron, 434th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 434th Mission Support Group,434th Force Support Squadron, 434th Security Forces Squadron, 434th Civil Engineer Squadron, 434th Communications Squadron, 434th Operational Contracting Flight, 49th Aerial Port Flight, 434th Logistics Readiness Squadron, and 434th Aerospace Medicine Squadron.

On the other hand, the 316th Tactical PSYOP Company, Detachment 1, 855th Quartermaster Company, 1/330th Infantry Regiment, Detachment 1, and Communications Company are the tenant units in the Grissom Air Reserve Base.

Housing

The Grissom Air Reserve Base Air Force doesn’t offer on- base housing for the troops and their family. However, the lodging facility can be contacted through + 765-689-8865. The lodging facility in the Grissom Air Reserve implements a no smoking and no pets’ policies to ensure the cleanliness in the area.

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