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FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. – Military vehicles and equipment from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) will be traveling on Kentucky and Indiana roadways from Oct. 30 – Nov. 6 as part of their division-wide training exercise Operation Lethal Eagle.

Heading to the Bluegrass State? Home of the 101st Airborne Screaming Eagles, Ft. Campbell is an Army post that straddles the border of Kentucky and Tennessee. It’s named  in honor of William Campbell, a Tennessee governor who served as a Union General in the Civil War. Since its inception, the 101st Division has been recognized for its unmatched air assault capabilities and its ability to execute combat missions anywhere in the world. Throughout its history, Campbell has supported the training and development of front-line service members. Since 2002, units embedded at the installation have deployed more than any other combat units in the Army. Speaking of Screaming Eagles, here’s why the 101st still rock the Airborne tab.

Fort Campbell Location

Fort Campbell is located on the Kentucky-Tennessee border between Hopkinsville, KY, and Clarksville, TN. 

The post straddles the border of the two states, but the main address is in Kentucky.

Fort Campbell soldiers
Soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), stand in formation awaiting to receive the Expert Field Medical Badge, during the EFMB graduation ceremony June 22, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Out of 107 candidates that started the EFMB testing, only 18 were honored to receive the coveted EFMB. (Photo by Sgt. Steven E. Lopez, 40th Public Affairs Detachment)

Directions

Fort Campbell can be reached by car using the following routes.

Heading in from Chicago? Take I-57 S to I-24 E, then follow signs.

Driving from the south? Take I-75 N to I-24 W, then follow signs.

Making the trek from the east? Take I-40 W to I-24 W, then follow signs.

Coming from the west? Take I-40 E to I-24 E, then follow signs.

Transportation

Flying to the closest airports: Nashville International Airport

Nashville International Airport (52 miles) is the closest airport and is served by all major airlines.

Driving is ideal if you can manage it! You’ll be able to visit nearby Nashville and get around both Hopkinsville and Clarksville more easily. It will be a bit of a long drive coming from the West Coast, but not too long from other parts of the country.

Contacts at Ft. Campbell

Army Community Service: (270) 798-9322 | (270) 956-2935

Blanchfield Army Community Hospital: (270) 798-8388 | (931) 431-4677

Chaplain Care Line: (270) 798-2273 | (270) 798-9467

Civilian Personnel Advisory Center (CPAC): (270) 956-2285 | (252) 397-0787

Commissary: (270) 640-4008

EFMP – Family Support: (270) 798-2727

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO): (270) 798-3765

Family Advocacy Program (FAP): (270) 798-8601 | (270) 798-8400

Garrison Chaplain: (270) 412-1528

Garrison Headquarters: (270) 798-9815

Housing Services Office: (270) 798-3808

ID Cards/DEERS: (270) 798-2424

Inspector General: (270) 461-0754

Legal Assistance: (270) 461-4034

Lodging Reservations: (270) 439-2229

Public Affairs Office: (270) 798-3025 | (270) 798-9961

Rape Crisis Counseling: (270) 412-5500 | (270) 498-4319

SAFE Hotline: (877) 995-5247

Sexual Harassment/Assault Response & Prevention Resource Hotline: (270) 498-4219

Suicide Prevention Hotline: (270) 412-0080

Veterinary Center: (270) 798-3614

Victim Advocate Program: (270) 412-5500 | (931) 980-5787

Visitor Control Center: (270) 798-5047 | (270) 956-4488

airborne at Fort Campbell
1st Lt. Michael Joslin, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), reaches the finish line of the 12-mile foot march event during the Expert Field Medical Badge testing June 22, at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Joslin finished with the fastest time, coming in at 2:35:00. (Photo by Sgt. Steven E. Lopez, 40th Public Affairs Detachment)

Mission and Units 

Because of the units embedded on the installation, Ft. Campbell’s mission is to integrate and deliver installation services and support to enable readiness.

The primary unit at Fort Campbell is the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) is the only air assault division of the Army. Nicknamed the “Screaming Eagles,” the 101st has consistently distinguished itself by demonstrating the highest standards of military professionalism since its activation at one minute after midnight, Aug. 16, 1942. 

There are also multiple tenant agencies, including the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, the 5th Special Forces Group, the Sabalauski Air Assault School, and the Rascon School of Combat Medicine.

Fort Campbell History

Like lots of other military installations, Campbell can trace its history back to the start of WWII. Construction began in 1942 with the idea that the installation would be home to one armored division and other support units.

After the war, the post was home to Clarksville Base, a top-secret nuclear weapons storage and modification facility. 

Over the years, Fort Campbell has been home to several airborne, armored and infantry units and has grown to become one of the Army’s most important permanent installations. 

Since 1956, Campbell has been home to the 101st Airborne Division. It’s the only Air Assault division in the world. 

Two Special Ops Command units are also at post – the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) and the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne). 

Then in 2009, the 52nd Ordnance Group (EOD) relocated to Fort Campbell from Fort Gilliam, GA as part of 2005 Base Realignment and Closure stationing actions.  

medical badge at Fort Campbell
The Expert Field Medical Badge, established in 1965, is a special skill badge that was given to 18 soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), June 22, at Lozada Physical Fitness Center, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. It is earned through an annual qualification event and is awarded to military personnel who successfully complete a set of tests including of performance based exercises that test medical knowledge and proficiency. (Photo by Sgt. Steven E. Lopez, 40th Public Affairs Detachment)

Things to Do Around Fort Campbell

There are several nearby parks, as well as multiple trails on post, so there’s no shortage of things to do! Ft.  Campbell also has a museum, skeet and archery ranges, a challenge course and indoor climbing wall, an aquatics center, a bowling center, and a golf course.

Hotels

Days Inn by Wyndham Oak Grove/Ft. Campbell, in Kentucky (4 miles)

Sleep Inn & Suites, in Tennessee (11.6 miles)

Sleep Inn & Suites Fort Campbell, in Kentucky (4 miles)

Food Scene

From Derby Pie to Benedictine sandwiches, the Bluegrass State has a lot to offer! While Campbell isn’t in the heart of Kentucky, you can still get plenty of these regional favorites nearby. Louisville is considered the foodie capital of the state, so head up there on a four-day and see what’s what. Definitely check out a hot brown sandwich at the famed Brown Hotel. If you’re looking for a sweet treat, apple stack cake is an Appalachian delicacy that can’t be missed. 

sports at Fort Campbell
Andre Roberts, wide receiver for the Atlanta Falcons, participates in a non-contact football game with campers of the Falcons division during the Procter and Gamble Andre Roberts Football ProCamp, July 16, at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. (Photo by Sgt. Steven Lopez, 40th Public Affairs Detachment)

Activities

On post, the Don F. Pratt Memorial Museum details the history of the famed 101st Airborne Division “Screaming Eagles” through World War II, Vietnam, and Operation Desert Storm. Be sure to explore the aircraft, equipment, and monuments on display. Don’t miss out on seeing the fully restored C-47 aircraft resembling the plane used to carry Maj. Gen. Maxwell D. Taylor into Normandy during World War II.

Fort Defiance Civil War Park (9 miles) has a breathtaking view of downtown Clarksville. You’ll love walking the trails and enjoying the local nature. 

The Tie Breaker Family Aquatic Center (15 miles) features a twisting tube, open-air plume, lazy river, and the splash zone, an interactive playground for toddlers to teens. The center is open daily from Memorial Day through the start of school, after that you can visit on weekends until Labor Day.

Housing at Ft. Campbell

Like lots of DoD installations, housing is privatized. Be sure to call the Military Housing Office as soon as you receive orders. This way, you’ll learn the most up-to-date information about the housing wait list.

Campbell Crossing owns and manages the Ft. Campbell privatized housing. Visit the website to find out about current options available near your PCS date. 

It should be no surprise that single and unaccompanied Soldiers E1-E5 are required to live in the barracks. 

Schools Near Ft. Campbell 

Because post straddles two states, school options for mil-kids who call Campbell home are plentiful! Depending on where you live, you’ll have access to plenty of school districts. The best choice is to call the School Liaison Office so you understand enrollment requirements and meet the needs of your child best. 

music at Fort Campbell
Members of the Big 5 Band, of the 101st Airborne Division Band, perform at Hopkinsville, Kentucky’s Summer Salute Festival, Aug. 19. The festival provided a unique opportunity for Fort Campbell and the Hopkinsville community to recognize their mutually beneficial relationship. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Todd Pouliot, 40th Public Affairs Detachment)

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the population of Fort Campbell?

Fort Campbell supports over 250,532 people! This includes nearly 30,000 active duty service members and over 50,000 family members. 

What is Fort Campbell known for?

Fort Campbell is known for offering “the best soldier and family experience.”

What is there to do in Fort Campbell?

There’s a ton to do at Campbell! Check out our list up top. 

Is Fort Campbell a big base?

Yes, Fort Campbell is 105,000 acres and straddles the border of Kentucky and Tennessee. Looking for more about what it’s like to live at Ft. Campbell? Check out this list.