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Fort Huachuca (U.S. Army)

Fort Huachuca

Located in Cochise County about 15 miles north of the border with Mexico, Fort Huachuca is the home of the U.S. Army Intelligence Center and the U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM)/9th Army Signal Command. Fort Huachuca hosts 65 organizations with diverse missions. The longtime base of Buffalo Soldier regiments now supports not only Army but also Department of Defense (DoD) requirements, including three of the fastest-growing missions in the DoD: unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) training and operations, military intelligence, and cyber-security.

During the fiscal year of 2012, Fort Huachuca and the U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence trained 20,000 personnel in intelligence and UAS specialties, deployed and redeployed Signal and UAS units, and provided high-technology testing and operational support to all DoD services.

Buffalo Soldi​er Electron​ic Test Range

The Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM), Electronic Proving Ground (EPG), Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC), Communications Electronics Command (CECOM), Information Systems Engineering Command (ISEC), and Intelligence Electronic Warfare Test Directorate (IEWTD) utilize the 2,575 square mile Buffalo Soldier Electronic Test Range to synergize requirements generation, system development, rapid prototyping, developmental and operational testing, and overseas deployment of the newest Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C5ISR) technology.

NETCOM is charged with operating, maintaining and defending the Army's networks. While headquartered at Fort Huachuca, the NETCOM team is stationed and deployed around the world providing direct and indirect support to Army, Joint and Coalition war-fighting forces supporting missions from the foxhole to the White House.

EPG, JITC, CECOM, ISEC and IEWTD all actively support electronic test missions of the Army and DoD in the ideal low interference electromagnetic environment of Fort Huachuca, which is protected by federal and state mandates. From communication, navigation and avionics systems to information technology/assurance, biometric and counter improvised explosive device equipment, these test missions are vital to national defense.

Unmanned ​Ai​rcraft Systems Training

Soldiers at Fort Huachuca examine an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

Fort Huachuca is home to the Army’s only unmanned aircraft systems (UAV/UAS) training center, which trains Army and Marine UAS operators and repairers/maintainers for the Shadow, Hunter, Warrior A and the Gray Eagle, the Army’s newest UAS platform. The training center supports over 20 programs of instruction, operating 24 hours a day on three shifts, and flies over 5,000 hours a year.

UAV facilities at Fort Huachuca are not only integral for national defense. They help make Arizona a hub for development and testing of unmanned aerial vehicles and systems. Read more about UAVs on the Tactical Aircraft UAVs page.

Libby Army Airfield

Libby Army Airfield is the Army’s fifth busiest airfield in the continental U.S., featuring a 12,001 foot concrete runway as the centerpiece. It is a joint use airfield with Sierra Vista. The Sierra Vista Municipal Airport is located on land transferred from the Fort to the City with air traffic control and emergency services provided at no charge to City users.  This partnership has resulted in a field that s accommodates at least a dozen types of manned military aircraft, multiple unmanned aircraft, and all civilian air traffic, including support to other federal agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security Tucson Sector Air Operations and the U.S. Air Force Advanced Tactical Training Center. The Fort’s 962 square miles of restricted air space and abundance of good flying weather are critical in supporting the DoD missions training and operating here.

Read more about AZ's Military Installations
Yuma Proving Ground and Barry Goldwater Complex
Test Facilities
Davis-Monthan and Luke Air Force Bases. Read more.
Air Force Bases
Air National Guard: Fighter Pilot Training
National Guard
U.S. Marine Corps: Yuma Marine Corps Air Station
Marine Corps

Yuma Proving Grounds

Constructed of composite carbon fiber and sporting a 72-foot wingspan while weighing a feather-light 120 pounds, the solar-powered Zephyr unmanned aircraft is launched on a record-breaking 14-day long continuous flight over Yuma Proving Ground in 2010.

Constructed of composite carbon fiber and sporting a 72-foot wingspan while weighing a feather-light 120 pounds, the solar-powered Zephyr unmanned aircraft is launched on a record-breaking 14-day long continuous flight over Yuma Proving Ground in 2010.

Numerous UAVs are tested at the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground in southwestern Arizona. One of the largest military installations in the western world, the 1,300 square mile range tests every type of defense equipment and operation. Read more about the Yuma Proving Ground.


Arizona Military​ Personnel
  • Army 5,358
  • Navy & Marine Corps 4,559
  • Air Force 11,323
  • Active Duty Military 21,240
  • Reserve and National Guard 18,737
  • Total Personnel 39,977

Information from America's Military and You Public Outreach.