Located in Cochise County in Southeast Arizona and only 15 miles from the Mexico border is Fort Huachuca. Founded in 1913 the base was originally meant for the Buffalo Soldiers of the 10th Cavalry Regiment. Building up to the WWII the fort eventually had over 25,000 men present in the area. In 1933, the 25th Infantry Regiment replaced the 10th Cavalry at the fort.
In 1947 the post was closed and turned over to the Arizona Fish and Game Department. However, due to the Korean War, a 1951 letter from the Secretary of the Air Force to the Governor of Arizona invoked the reversion clause of a 1949 deed. On February 1, 1951 The US Air Force took official possession of Fort Huachuca, making it one of the few Army installations to have an existence as an Air Force Base. The Army retook possession of the base a month later, and reopened the post in May 1951 to train Aviation Engineers in air field construction as part of the Korean War build up. After the Korean War, the post was again placed in an inactive status with only a care taker detachment on May 1, 1953.
On 1 February 1954 Fort Huachuca was reactivated and was the beginning of a new era for this one time cavalry outpost. The Army's Electronic Proving Ground opened in 1954, followed by the Army Security Agency Test and Evaluation Center in 1960, the Combat Surveillance and Target Acquisition Training Command in 1964, and the Electronic Warfare School in 1966. In 1967, Fort Huachuca became the headquarters of the U.S. Army Strategic Communications Command (SCC), which became the U.S. Army Communications Command in 1973; and U.S. Army Information Systems Command (USAAISC) in 1984. It is now known as the United States Army Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM)/9th Army Signal Command. Fort Huachuca was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1976.
Fort Huachuca is also home to William Bliss Army Community Hospital, a U.S. Army Medical Department Activity (MEDDAC).
Fort Huachuca has two museums located in three buildings on Post. All are within just a short walk from one another and is home to William Bliss Army Community Hospital, a U.S. Army Medical Department Activity (MEDDAC).
A governmental, non-profit organization, the Fort Huachuca Museum preserves an important segment of our national military history for the edification and enjoyment of future generations. It largely depends upon donations of significant artifacts, archival materials, and funds from the private sector.
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