Skip to comments.Our View [Sierra Vista Herald]: A place like nowhere else
Posted on 04/14/2013 8:19:21 AM PDT by SandRat
Understanding what happened on Friday at Fort Huachuca is key to appreciating how well the community presented its case to representatives of the Pentagon.
Charged with listening to fort and local civilian leaders as part of an assessment process that will result in a congressionally directed force reduction of 80,000 soldiers, the Washington, D.C. visitors heard first-hand that water is not an issue and the military installation has inextricable ties to the community.
Sierra Vista Mayor Rick Mueller said it best, noting Fort Huachuca and the city are really one community separated by a fence.
The truth of that statement goes beyond the simple economics of the situation. In fact, Sierra Vista offers something of a model that the U.S. Army should consider for its other military installations. The size of the community and its integral history dating back to the settlement of Southern Arizona by early Americans make this post unique among the field of 30 other forts the Pentagon is eyeing for its force reduction.
The influence that Fort Huachuca carries, not only with respect to its military command but with regard to the interaction of soldiers and their families outside the fence, offers an example for the U.S. Army that should be emulated in other communities.
That is evidenced by the Association of Defense Communities, an organization that works with 200 cities where the military has a significant presence, which last July named Fort Huachuca its Installation of the Year, and cited mutually beneficial partnerships that promote efficiency and innovation, while improving the quality of life for the military and civilian communities.
Fridays hearing offered Pentagon officials a glimpse of what happens on a daily basis between Fort Huachuca and Sierra Vista. It rallied local civic leaders to speak on the importance the installation has on the community, and the direct access fort leadership has to all parts of this community.
As these listening sessions continue at other military installations, and the Pentagon shapes its plan to comply with the congressional order for a force reduction, our hopes are tied to the facts that the relationship between the fort and Sierra Vista is unique and strong and that the missions being completed here are complemented by a supportive community.
I spent quite a lot of time there in the late 80s and throughout the 90s. Hated it at first then grew to really appreciate the area, climate, etc.
Home of the Army Intel School, the Aerostat (illegal immigration/drug radar watchdog), Army Communications Systems testing, the Electronic Proving Ground, and many more tennant agencies. Has in the last few years undergone an extremely expensive rebuild of facilities....hard to see why this facility will be drastically cut.
I would say this....this is one of the few communities where few soldiers ever get into serious trouble. You’d have to get into the car and drive to Tucson to find bad situations.
Wake from your slumber, my people. The barbarians are inside our gates. The struggle is here. To arms, to arms repel the invader. Death to all tyrants!
and remember B Troop, 4th U.S. Cavalry Regiment (Memorial).
The actor, extremely knowledgeable, and dressed according to the era (wool tunic, sabre, pistol, leather-boots, etc.) spoke at length on what Ft. Huachuca was like at the time - about an hour and a half.
I can honestly say it is the best presentation I have ever heard, and I have had the fortune/misfortune to sit through thousands.
While all that is true, no one can pronounce the name. Points are automatically off for the name.
The reality of relative serenity is points on.
WA Chew KAH
B-Troop has appeared in many Rose Bowl Parades too.
The Cowboy Poets Society puts on an annual presentation, still.
I remember “F-Troop” with Corporal Agarn, was it.
Ken Berry and Forrest Tucker made better CO and Sergeant than Fauxbama ever could.
Saddly, the Lake Side Officer’s Club is no more.
It was torn down and was not replaced.
The NCO Club became the Activity Center for all ranks.