In 1877, Captain Samuel Whitside established a camp in the Huachuca Mountains for his two companies of the 6th cavalry who were on campaign against a band of Apaches led by the famed war chief Geronimo.
After Geronimo’s surrender in 1886, Camp Huachuca, which had become Ft. Huachuca in 1882, was maintained as a border outpost.
It was also a forward supply base for General Pershing’s 1913 expedition against the Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa.
Fort Huachuca was also home to the all black 10th Cavalry regiment and in World War II was the training base for the 92nd and 93th all black infantry divisions. In the 1960s and 1970s, Ft. Huachuca became the site for the US Army’s electronics proving ground and the training site for the military intelligence branch of the US Army.
Today, Ft. Huachuca is home to the 11th Signal Brigade, whose mission is to provide communication support to ground units worldwide. Attached to the US Army Military Intelligence Center is 111th MI Brigade, which is tasked with the training of new soldiers to the intelligence field. A recent addition to Ft. Huachuca is the Unmanned Aerial Systems Training Battalion (UASTB), which is the training unit for The US Army’s unmanned aviation personnel.
With a population just under 44,000, Sierra Vista is the commercial and cultural hub of southeastern Arizona. While lacking in nightlife, Sierra Vista is only thirty minutes away from the legendary western town of Tombstone, sight of the famed gunfight at the OK Corral between the Earp brothers and a group of wild cowboys.
Other attractions including the mining town of Bisbee with its copper mine tours scenic hillside restaurants and shops. Sierra Vista is also a day trip from Tucson, Arizona’s second largest city and home of the University of Arizona Wildcats.
Like many other military installations, Ft. Huachuca blends itself into the area by giving support to local hospitals and schools. Soldiers can enroll their children into the Sierra Vista Unified School District and military spouses and soldiers alike can better themselves at Cochise College, which offers a variety of associates degrees and certification programs. Beyond its education system, Sierra Vista Medical Center offers healthcare services for Ft. Huachuca, Sierra Vista and the surrounding region, including emergency services, prenatal and maternity and general medical care.
Currently on-post housing is managed by Michaels Military Housing LLC, which maintains 1,064 single family dwellings. MMH also plans to modernize its on-post units by demolishing 500 older units, building 201 new units and remodeling 57 more. For those service members looking for housing off-post, the current average cost for rent ranges from $900 to $1100 per month for a three bedroom house, with the total average value of the same house at about $190,000. The overall crime rate for Sierra Vista also trends lower than the average for the state of Arizona, especially in aggravated assault and damage to property.
The future of the defense of the United States lies in the use of electronic warfare, intelligence and the use of unmanned aviation. Personnel stationed at Ft. Huachuca will find themselves interacting with some of the most advanced military technology in the Army’s arsenal. Couple with a safe environment, Ft. Huachuca also leads the way in family-centered military installations.