Fort Campbell

Fort Campbell
2601 Indiana Ave
Fort Campbell, KY 42223
1 (270) 798-5049

Base Type: Army



Fort Campbell is a U.S. Army post located in Kentucky, though it lies on the border between Hopkinville, Kentucky, and Clarksville, Tennessee. It’s one of the bigger military facilities, situated on 105,000 acres of land and holding a population of just under 240,000 people (the third-largest military population in the Army).

Although people don’t tend to think of Kentucky as the biggest Army state, Fort Campbell boasts some pretty well-known units, including the 101st Airborne Division and the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. They also house the 5th Special Forces Group, 52nd Ordnance Group (EOD), 716th Military Police Battalion, 19th Air Support Operations Squadron (Air Force), 63rd Chemical Company, and more. The station also hosts the Sabalauski Air Assault School, which trains soldiers of the 101st — as well as other units — how to conduct air assault operations. This may include aircraft orientation, quick rappelling, and sling load operations. The course takes 10 days and is known for its toughness and high dropout rate (which is around 50%).

Like many other bases in the U.S., Fort Campbell was built as America was entering the Second World War in 1941-1942. Actually, the site was chosen around the same time that the Japanese Imperial Fleet was preparing to attack Pearl Harbor. Soon, it was equipped for training and held around 50,000 officers and enlisted personnel. For a beat, the address was changed to “Tennessee” due to its nearness to Clarksville, but the base post office was still in Kentucky, which caused a lot of confusion.

The camp was named after Union Army Brigadier General William Bowen Campbell, who was the last Whig governor of the state of Tennessee. The Whigs were a political party active in the mid-1800s in America, accompanying the Democratic-Republicans as one of the two major parties. The name “Whig” stemmed from the Revolutionary War, when it referred to a colonist who supported American independence. The Whig party was similar to the Federalist party before it, and believed in a strong federal government, as well as protective tariffs and national banking.

In April 1950, “Camp Campbell” was officially designated “Fort Campbell” and turned into a permanent installation. It operated an Airborne Course between that year and 1962 to train the Army’s paratroopers. Then, there was an Army Training Center built on post to train new soldiers, and that remained active until 1972. During the Vietnam War, the 1st Brigade was sent from Fort Campbell to fight in Southeast Asia. The 6th Infantry Division was also reactivated.

There have been a few criminal incidents in the history of Fort Campbell. In 1999, a member of the 502nd Infantry Regiment was bludgeoned to death in the barracks by another private, who was encouraged by a specialist. And in 2005, another private opened fire on a group of soldiers on base, though he didn’t kill anyone.

The military families who live on Fort Campbell are used to a small-town kind of life. There’s a good mix of convenient chain stores and locally owned places, and Nashville is 45 minutes to an hour away for people who want to get their big-city fix. Housing in the area is very affordable, and you can often purchase a home for under $200,000, unlike many areas in the country. You also get to choose whether you want to live in Kentucky or Tennessee, which is a unique option for most military families who aren’t used to choosing where they live at all. Clarksville is the main city on the Tennessee, and Oak Grove is the main city on the Kentucky side. If you want to live on base, the housing communities are all nearby the PX and commissary, and there are playgrounds for the kids. There are four elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school on post, so you really don’t have to drive off of it for much.

A fun aspect of life at Fort Campbell is the Screaming Eagles. This team, established in 1958, performs parachute demonstrations in honor of the base’s strong airborne influence. The team’s seven members perform more than 60 times a year.

If you’re PCSing to Fort Campbell or have a loved one stationed there, be assured: It’s a big military base with a comfy small-town feel, and still has a lot of amenities on base. You’ll find all the resources you need, along with support from military families just like you.

Gate and Hours

Gate 1 Mon-Fri 4:30 AM- 9:00 PM Sat-Sun 6:30 AM- 9:00 PM DONSA 4:30 AM- 9:00 PM Holidays 4:30 AM- 9:00 PM
T.C Freeman Gate Open 24/7
Gate 6 Mon-Fri 24/7 Sat-Sun/Holidays CLOSED
Gate 7 Open 24/7
Gate 10 Open 24/7
Angels Gate CLOSED
Mabry Mon-Fri 5:00 AM- 6:00 PM Sat-Sun/Holidays CLOSED
Sabre 1 Open 24/7
Sabre2 Open 24/7

Quick Reference

Brigade DFAC
(270) 798-6147

(270) 798-2273

Education Center
(270) 798-3201

Emergency Center
(270) 798-6160

Equal Opportunity
(270) 798-3765

Housing Office
(270) 798-3808

Readiness Center
(270) 798-9702

Post Office
(270) 439-4114

Legal Assistance
(720) 798-6369

Public Affairs
(270) 798-9793

Base Surroundings

Customs House Museum & Cultural Center
200 S 2 nd St,
Clarksville, TN 37040
(931) 648-5780

Fort Defiance Civil War Park & Interpretive Center
120 Duncan St,
Clarksville, TN 37042
(931) 472-3351

Dunbar Cave State Park
401 Dunbar Cave Rd,
Clarksville, TN 37043
(931) 648-5526

Governors Square Mall
2801 Wilma Rudolph Blvd,
Clarksville, TN 37040
(931) 552-0289

Harbor Café
2131 Lowes Dr,
Clarksville, TN 37040
(931) 906-0188

Edwards Steakhouse
107 Franklin St,
Clarksville, TN 37040
(931) 906-8877

Texas Roadhouse
2702 Wilma Rudolph Blvd,
Clarksville, TN 37040
(931) 551-9004

Smokin Chikin
1820 Tiny Town Rd Suite A,
Clarksville, TN 37042
(931) 896-2014

Regal Clarksville Stadium 16
1810 Tiny Town Rd,
Clarksville, TN 37042

Skyline Lanes
201 Kraft St,
Clarksville, TN 37040
(931) 645-2456

Base Listings

The numbers for Fairchild Air Force Base have low accuracy due to its unique utilization. Entire companies are rotated through on a regular basis, so large portions of the phone directory are subject to change without notice. Please contact the base operator at (509) 247-1212 if you experience any difficulty reaching your desired contact.

NameLevel NamePhone
ACS Information & Referral ACS 1 (270) 798-9322
ACS Consumers Affairs and Financial Planning ACS 1 (270) 798-5528
ACS Family Advocacy Program ACS 1 (270) 412-5500
ACS Relocation Readiness Program ACS 1 (270) 956-2676
ACS Deployment & Mobilization Program ACS 1 (270) 798-4408
ACS Welcome Center ACS 1 (270) 798-9322
ACS Family Employment Readiness Program ACS 1 (270) 798-4289
ACS Lending Closet ACS 1 (270) 798-0494
Information & Referrals ACS 1 (270) 798-9322
Lending Closet ACS 1 (270) 798-6313
Relocation & Welcome Packets ACS 1 (270) 956-2676
Fort Campbell Schools (DDEES) Fort Campbell 1 (270) 439-1927
Dental Headquarters (Fort Campbell) Fort Campbell 1 (270) 798-8751
Fort Campbell High School Fort Campbell 1 (931) 431-5056
Campbell Crossing LLC (On Post Housing) Fort Campbell 1 (931) 431-9003
Installation Address/Contact Info Fort Campbell 1 (270) 798-9322
Transition Assistance Program Fort Campbell 1 (270) 798-5000
Bank of America Military Bank Fort Campbell 1 (931) 431-4280
Morale, Welfare and Recreation Fort Campbell 1 (270) 798-7535
Turner Army Lodging Fort Campbell 1 (270) 439-2229
Central Enrollment & Registration/Child & Youth Fort Campbell 1 (270) 798-0674
Automotive Centers/Air Assault Auto Center Fort Campbell 1 (270) 798-3408
Youth Services Fort Campbell 1 (270) 798-3643
School Liaison Fort Campbell 1 (270) 798-9874
Andre Lucas Elementary School Fort Campbell 1 (931) 431-7711
Retirement Services Fort Campbell 1 (270) 798-5280
School Age Services Fort Campbell 1 (270) 798-6549
Transportation Division for Personal Property Fort Campbell 1 (270) 798-7151
New Parent Support Program Fort Campbell 1 (270) 798-5875
Army Community Service Fort Campbell 1 (270) 798-9322
Finance PCS Travel Fort Campbell 1 (270) 798-3855
Wassom Middle Schoo Fort Campbell 1 (270) 439-3791
Library (R.F Sink) Fort Campbell 1 (270) 798-5729
Child Development Center #1 & #2 Fort Campbell 1 (270) 439-7993
Army Education Center Fort Campbell 1 (270) 798-3201
Health Benefits Advisors Fort Campbell 1 (931) 431-2597
Commissary Fort Campbell 1 (270) 798-2606
Citizenship and Immigration Services Fort Campbell 1 (270) 956-2676
ACS Exceptional Family Member Program Fort Campbell 1 (270) 956-3738
Fast Food/Food Court in PX (AAFES) Fort Campbell 1 (270) 439-2019
Blanchfield Army Community Hospital Fort Campbell 1 (270) 798-8158
Non Appropriated Fund Employment Fort Campbell 1 (270) 798-4412
Official Travel (Carson & Wagonlit Travel) Fort Campbell 1 (931) 431-6664
Exceptional Family Member Program- Enrollment Fort Campbell 1 (270) 798-8955
Veterinary Treatment Facility Fort Campbell 1 (270) 798-3614
Educational & Developmental Intervention Services Fort Campbell 1 (270) 798-8997
Women, Infants, and Children Fort Campbell 1 (270) 798-4935
Cole Park Golf Course Fort Campbell 1 (270) 798-4906
Civilian Personnel Office Fort Campbell 1 (270) 798-4879
Lincoln Elementary School Fort Campbell 1 (270) 439-3794