OEA continues to assist communities, both large and small, with adapting to Defense program changes. Communities benefit from decades of OEA knowledge and community best practices, allowing them to leverage state and federal resources to proactively and positively change their individual community.
Each project highlight story below showcases a challenge the community is facing and how this community, with OEA support, is working to solve it.
Fort Knox, Kentucky
Fort Knox is located on the Ohio River approximately 30 miles south of Louisville. The installation comprises 109,069 acres located in three Kentucky counties: Meade, Hardin, and Bullitt. The mission footprint at Fort Knox has changed significantly as a result of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC), Integrated Global Presence Basing Strategy (IGPBS), and Grow the Army. These mission changes include: 1) relocation of the U.S. Armor Center and School to Fort Benning, Georgia; 2) the activation of an infantry brigade combat team; 3) the consolidation of U.S. Army Human Resources Center of Excellence; and 4) the relocation of the 84th Army Reserve Regional Training Center from Fort McCoy, Wisconsin.
Fort Lee, Virginia
Fort Lee's primary mission is training and is the headquarters for the U.S. Army Combined Arms Support Command/Sustainment Center of Excellence, the Army Quartermaster School, the Army Ordnance School, the Army Transportation School, the Army Logistics University, the Army Ordinance School, and the Defense Commissary Agency. An Army Forces Command unit and the 49th Quartermaster Group (Petroleum and Water) also are stationed at Fort Lee. The base hosts two museums - the Army Quartermaster Museum and the Army Women's Museum. As a result of BRAC 2005, Fort Lee has experienced tremendous growth from September 2008 to September 2011. The BRAC action resulted in an increase of 19,559 personnel (military/civilian/contractors) for a total of 44,167. More than $1.3 billion was spent on BRAC and military construction (MILCON) projects since 2006 to help accommodate the growth. The installation comprises 5,912 acres and is located wholly within Prince George County.
Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri
Fort Leonard Wood, located in Pulaski County, is home to the U.S. Army's Engineer School, Military Police School, and Chemical School, along with other advanced technical training. The base is located just south of Interstate 44, about 120 miles southwest of St. Louis and 85 miles northeast of Springfield. The installation occupies roughly 62,911 acres of land in the Ozark Plateau region in Pulaski County. Fort Leonard Wood also occupies land in Texas, Phelps, and Laclede counties. Some of the land surrounding the installation is part of the Houston-Rolla Ranger District, which contains Mark Twain National Forest lands scattered with privately owned lands. The closest municipalities, Waynesville and St. Robert, are just north of the installation. Over 60,000 service members graduate from training every year at Fort Leonard Wood.
Fort McCoy, Wisconsin
Fort McCoy is located on 60,000 acres, with 46,000 acres of maneuver area, between Sparta and Tomah, Wisconsin in Monroe County. Since its creation in a predominantly rural area in 1909, the post has been used primarily as a military training center. Through three land-use agreements, adjacent county and state lands provide an additional 62,000 acres of training area. The installation provides on-site support and facilities for more than 100,000 trainees from all Military Services, and is one of 15 Army power-projection platforms supporting mobilization of Reserve-component units for any domestic or overseas contingency. Fort McCoy enhances training by allowing units to use maneuver areas to the maximum extent possible for real time/distance training for combat-support and combat-service-support units. Large caliber weapons firing and explosive detonation activities are conducted at Fort McCoy, in addition to a joint use airfield, of which a portion is leased to the City of Sparta.
Fort Stewart, Georgia
Fort Stewart is located approximately 40 miles southwest of Savannah and is used primarily for training infantry, armor, artillery, mechanized units, and special forces, and serves as a rapid deployment facility. In addition to a number of small cities and towns, six counties have jurisdiction on property surrounding the installation. Hunter Army Airfield (HAAF) is part of the Fort Stewart complex. The 5,370-acre HAAF is located 35 miles east of Fort Stewart and is within the city limits of Savannah.
Fort Wainwright – Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska
Fort Wainwright lies 120 miles south of the Arctic Circle and encompasses approximately 917,000 acres. The main post comprises 13,700 acres, Tanana Flats Training Area more than 655,000 acres, and the Yukon Training Area 247,952 acres. Fort Wainwright is the home of the United States Army Garrison and units of the United States Army Alaska including the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, also known as the 1-25th SBCT; the 16th Combat Aviation Brigade (Alaska) as well as Medical Department Activity-Alaska. The Fort Wainwright Airfield, also known historically as the Ladd Army Airfield, is located entirely within the boundary of the City of Fairbanks.