Monday, February 24, 2014

Fort Huachaca Arizona: Richard Zampella

Richard Zampella was stationed at Fort Huachuca, AZ in from 1989 to 1990
Nestled in the foothills of the Huachuca Mountains in southeastern Arizona stands one of the oldest continually operating military installations in the United States. Beginning in 1877, Ft. Huachuca served as the base for the "Buffalo Soldiers" which had been designated by congress as the 10th Calvary Regiment. The Regiment was named by the native American tribes they fought.

By 1886, the term "Buffalo Soldier" had been extended to the four African American Regiments that had been formed by Congress.

With the approach of World War II, Ft Huachuca maintained a garisson of approximately 1,251 officers and 24,437 enlisted soldiers. The 92nd and 93rd Infantry Divisions, composed of African-American troops, trained at Ft. Huachuca.

Today, Ft. Huachuca is the home of  US Army Intelligence Center, Fort Huachuca is the home to the 111th Military Intelligence Brigade, which conducts Military Intelligence (MI) MOS-related training for the armed services.

The history of the U.S. Army in the Southwest is the basis of at Fort Huachuca Historical Museum which opened in 1960 and now houses the most comprehensive collections in the state. The Fort Huachuca Historical Museum offers to the military community and general public an awareness of the colorful history of the Southwest and, especially, the prominent part played by the U.S. Army.

The museum, in building 41401, is open to the public without charge. Civilian visitors are welcome.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.

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