Fort Campbell is one of the most well-known military bases in the U.S. It is the home of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and is known for training some of the best soldiers in the Army. It is located squarely on the dividing line between Kentucky and Tennessee. On the Kentucky side it is close to the city of Hopkinsville and on the Tennessee side it is closest to Clarksville. It is also just 62 miles from Nashville so big city amenities are very close by.
Fort Campbell has been an active military base since 1942 when it was called “Camp Campbell”. It has always had a reputation for excellence and has housed some of the best military units including the 506th Infantry Regiment the “Currahees”. The “Currahees” were featured in the award winning HBO series “Band of Brothers” for their achievements and bravery during WWII.
The “Currahees” were inactivated in 2014 but their history still is a big part of Fort Campbell. The Don F. Pratt Museum on Fort Campbell has in depth exhibits and information about the long history of Fort Campbell and is well worth a look when you arrive on post.
Arriving At Fort Campbell
Many newcomers to Fort Campbell fly into Nashville and take a shuttle from Nashville to the base. There are many different transportation options to get to Fort Campbell from Nashville but most arriving soldiers and families use InShuttle. Gate 4 is the main gate at Gate Campbell and newcomers should arrive through this gate. The Visitor Center is directly off of Gate 4. Fort Campbell uses the Automated Entry System so when you arrive you will need to stop at the Visitor Center to register you ID and get set up for automated entry. Soldiers will need their CAC card and dependents will need a dependent ID. Stay in the far right lanes when you enter through Gate 4 in order to get into the Visitor Center parking lot.
All incoming soldiers will need to go to the 1st Lt. J. Robert Kalsu Replacement Company with their paperwork to sign in to the installation. You can find that at Building 6916 at the corner of 34th Street and Desert Storm Avenue.
For single soldiers there are 76 barracks rooms available in several different living halls. Some of the barracks are older but there are also more modern accommodations that have suite style rooms for soldiers.
For families Campbell Crossing offers rental homes in several different neighborhoods around the post. There are newer homes that offer updated amenities as well as older brick style bungalows located close to schools. Each neighborhood has a community center that offers fitness facilities, a meeting room, and other amenities. The Hammond Heights community center is located adjacent to a Starbucks.
There is also plenty of housing available for rent or purchase off post in Clarksville or Hopkinsville. Many families choose to rent homes in the area off of Tiny Town Rd. Tiny Town Rd. is one of the major roads surrounding the post. The homes in that area are reasonably priced and offer a quick commute to the post.
The PX and Commissary went through a major overhaul in 2015. The PX is one of the largest on any Army installation and the commissary is also one of the best on any base. It has a big selection of organic foods as well as a nice selection of international foods.
Fort Campbell prides itself on being a world class military installation. The location offers a great mix of small town comforts and accessibility to the culture and nightlife of Nashville.