Fort Campbell came in the 1940s, ironically it was founded the same day as the Japanese fleet headed to attack Pearl Harbor. It became a training camp for rotating units during WWII.
It wasn’t until the 1950s that Fort Campbell became a permanent military installation. This base also served as a training ground for units during the Vietnam war as well. The famous 101st Airborne Division received permanent status here at Campbell in the mid 1970s. This base was in the news when in 1985 an airplane carrying 256 passengers from the 101st Airborne Division crashed, killing all on board. The plane was returning troops from Egypt to Fort Campbell, today there is memorial for the victims on post.
Today this installation is home to several units and schools. 101st Airborne Division, 5th Special Forces group, 160th SOAR, 52nd Ordnance group, 19th Air Support Operations Squadron, and 902nd Counterintelligence. Fort Campbell is also home to the Noncommissioned Officers Academy and Air Assault school.
On post there is plenty to do; shopping, dining, skating, bowling, swimming, exercise classes and gyms. The MWR program is big here and offers many different events for active duty soldiers and families. Just outside of post is the city of Clarksville, here visitors can enjoy winery tours, parks, quaint downtown shopping and marinas. The base is a short drive away to Nashville where visitors can enjoy the famous music scene or take in some delicious BBQ.
Schools are located on post and are part of the DOD system. There are six elementary schools that services grades K-5, two middle schools that service grades 6-8 and one high school. All children who live in post housing are eligible to attend the schools, there are private schools offered off post. Sports are only offered at the high school but younger children can join sport teams through the MWR.
This base offers several health clinics where soldiers and their families can elect their PCM. The base has one hospital, Blanchfield Army Community Hospital. This hospital services the base as well as the community. Along with ER service, the hospital offers specialized medical clinics.
Housing at Campbell is run by Housing Services Offices and offers several different neighborhoods to choose from. As with all military installation, size and type of house is dependent on rank and size of family. All housing includes utilities, 24 hour maintenance, yard care, pools, parks and gyms. Housing is paid for by your BAH and will come directly out of your paycheck. The Housing Services Offices also offer help in acquiring off post housing; short term or long term. They can also help review leases and landlord disputes. All incoming soldiers must report to the Housing Services Offices within the first 24 hours.