This army post spans across Kentucky and Tennessee and is the home base for the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment and the 101st Airborne Division. The installation boasts of 106,700 acres of land and is led by Major General John F. Campbell. A feature of this fort that makes it unique is that it is located right on the state line. This gives them an upper hand in deploying forces through air, highway, waterways, and railway. Another element which makes this installation unique is that it is base to the only Air Assault Division in the entire world, the before-mentioned 101st Airborne Division. Other notable units are the 5th Special Forces Group and the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, two respected Special Operations Command units.
The goal of Fort Campbell is to be able to train units in the National Guard and Reserves so that they can be ready for mobilization. They also are equipped to support civilians and families of military members, as well as those who have retired from duty. The 86th Combat Support Hospital is also located on the base. The contingency forces which are based at Fort Campbell are distinct because they are the most-deployed forces in the U.S. Army. Due to the importance of these units, Fort Campbell is always trying to improve their services and be able to be more efficient and effective.
One way they strive to be the best they can is by staying on the cutting edge of technology and military methodology. Due to this, they have become a leader in their field and are able to provide soldiers and their families on base with the highest standards of living. From schools to medical facilities to recreation, Fort Campbell is able to cater to a variety of needs.
Fort Campbell started as Camp Campbell in 1941, in the early years of World War I. The site for the camp was chosen in July, but construction did not begin until January of 1942. The plan for the camp was that it would be able to support one armored division as well as support troops. Approximately 102,414 acres were set aside for this base and there was enough accommodation for 2,422 officers and 45,198 enlisted personnel. At first, it was officially stated that the camp was in Tennessee. Although the Fort Campbell headquarters was located in Tennessee, the camp post office was in Kentucky. This caused a great deal of confusion until the address was officially changed in 1942 by the War Department to Kentucky. In 1950, Camp Campbell was renamed as Fort Campbell and it changed from a temporary training facility to a permanent installation.
Fort Campbell was not without its share of notable incidents. In 2011, serious damage was caused to the fort when an EF3 tornado swept through the area. It also saw its share of criminal incidents. In 1999, a member of the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment was beaten to death with a baseball bat while in his barracks. It was determined that the attack was motivated by the fact that he was in love with a showgirl who was a transsexual. The murder was committed by a private but a specialist was instigated in encouraging the act. In 2005, Fort Campbell was the scene for another crime when a private opened fire on soldiers who were training. He was convicted of attempted and premeditated murder. If you were accused of a crime while in the military, you need attorney on your side who understands these types of cases. Please do not hesitate to contact our office to learn more.
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