Grissom Joint Air Reserve Base

Location

Grissom Air Reserve Base is located approximately 12 miles  north of Kokomo, Indiana. The facility is a joint use civil airport/military base with the Grissom Aeroplex,  is one of the few “stand alone” facilities, and one of twelve Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) facilities in the US.

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History

Grissom ARB was named in honor of Lt. Col. Virgil Grissom. The base was realigned as an Air Force Reserve facility in October 1994. Today, the base is home to the 434th Air Refueling Wing and is one of only five Air Reserve Bases in the Nation.

Mission

The mission of the 434th ARW is to provide mid-air refueling to long-range bombers, fighters, and cargo aircraft. The KC-135’s provide support to all major commands of the Air Force as well as the Navy, Marine Corps and allied nations. The 434th ARW is one of the key refueling units in the Air Force Reserve. The 434th ARW regularly participates in exercises and front-line operations to support America’s national interests.

Population Served

The unit employs over 650 civilians who provide the continuity for the Reserve unit of more than 1300 reservists who train monthly at the base. Other branches of service are also represented on base: Navy, Marines and Army.

Base Transportation

Currently, there is no base transportation on this installation.

Sponsorship

Everyone joining Grissom ARB is assigned a sponsor. The Military Personnel Flight will contact the newcomer’s squadron. Each squadron identifies a sponsor for the new member. If you have not been notified, contact your unit.

Temporary Quarters

Base family housing is non-existent, although there is a lodging facility available. Lodging may be reached at 765-689-8865 or DSN 312-388-2844. Our Lodging facility has a No Pets and No Smoking policy, but there are several kennels in the area. In the surrounding area there are several hotels that will accept pets with a small fee.

Relocation Assistance

The Airman and Family Readiness Center can assist with relocation by providing area information. In addition, newcomers receive a briefing during the UTA. We do not have a loan closet since we are a stand-alone reserve base. For further information contact the Airman and Family Readiness Center at 765-688-4812 , 800-234-6911 or DSN 312-388-4812.

Critical Installation Information

Grissom ARB has no full time medical clinic or commissary/BX; however, there is a small branch BX located on the base. The base dining facility is open on main and alternate UTA’s only in Building 470. There is an all ranks club which operates on UTA weekends. In addition, the club also offers lunches Monday-Friday from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm. The club is located in Building 470.

Passports and Visas

Ensure member and/or dependents have the required passports and/or visa prior to final out-processing. Member and/or dependents are not allowed to final out-process without the required passports/visas in hand for themselves (if applicable) and/or dependents. Members electing the accompanied tour will not be permitted to out-process without having the required passports/visas in hand for themselves (if applicable) and/or dependents.

 Contact Information

Barracks/Single Service Member Housing
Grissom Inn
Hoosier Blvd
Grissom ARB, IN 46971
Phone 765-689-8865
Phone (DSN) 312-388-2596 / 312-388-2844

Child and Youth Registration and Referral
Airman and Family Readiness Center
7088 South Tanker St
434 FSS/DPF
Building 431
Grissom ARB, IN 46971-5000
Phone 765-688-4812 / 800-234-6911
Phone (DSN) 312-388-4812
Fax 765-688-2128
Fax (DSN) 312-388-3303

Civilian Personnel Office
Civilian Personnel
7207 Grissom Ave.
Bldg 596
Grissom ARB, IN 46971-5000
Phone 765-688-4836
Phone (DSN) 312-388-4836
Fax 765-688-4833

Emergency Relief Services
Airman and Family Readiness Center
7088 South Tanker St
434 FSS/DPF
Building 431
Grissom ARB, IN 46971-5000
Phone 765-688-4812 / 800-234-6911
Phone (DSN) 312-388-4812
Fax 765-688-2128
Fax (DSN) 312-388-3303

Deployment/Mobilization
Deployment/Mobilization – Airman and Family Readiness Center
7088 South Tanker Street
434 MSF/DPF
Building 431
Grissom ARB, IN 46971-5000
Phone 765-688-4812 / 1-800-234-6911
Phone (DSN) 312-388-4812
Fax 765-688-2128
Fax (DSN) 312-388-3303

Civilian Personnel Office
Civilian Personnel
7207 Grissom Ave.
Bldg 596
Grissom ARB, IN 46971-5000
Phone 765-688-4836
Phone (DSN) 312-388-4836
Fax 765-688-4833

Exchange(s)
AAFES Branch Exchange
Readiness Circle, Bldg 595
Grissom ARB, IN 46971-5000
Phone 765-689-5270

ID/CAC Card Processing
ID / CAC Card
7207 Grissom Avenue
Building 596, Service Desk
Grissom ARB, IN 46971
Phone 765-688-4839
Phone (DSN) 312-388-4839

MWR (Morale Welfare and Recreation)
434 SVF/SVR
471 Hoosier Blvd
434 SVS/SVR
Grissom ARB, IN 46971
Phone 765-688-2514
Phone (DSN) 312-388-2514
Fax 765-688-2215
Fax (DSN) 312-928-8751

New Parent Support Program
Airman and Family Readiness Center
7088 South Tanker St
434 FSS/DPF
Building 431
Grissom ARB, IN 46971-5000
Phone 765-688-4812 / 800-234-6911
Phone (DSN) 312-388-4812
Fax 765-688-2128
Fax (DSN) 312-388-3303

Relocation Assistance Program
Airman and Family Readiness Center
7088 South Tanker St
434 FSS/DPF
Building 431
Grissom ARB, IN 46971-5000
Phone 765-688-4812 / 800-234-6911
Phone (DSN) 312-388-4812
Fax 765-688-2128
Fax (DSN) 312-388-3303

Temporary Lodging/Billeting
Lodging
471 Hoosier Blvd
434 SVF/SVML
Grissom ARB, IN 46971-5000
Phone 765-688-2844 / 765-688-2596
Phone (DSN) 312-388-2844/2596
Fax 765-688-2845
Fax (DSN) 312-928-8751

Victim Advocate Services
Security Forces Operations
7087 South Tanker Street
Bldg 430
Grissom ARB, IN 46971
Phone 765-688-3384 (Main Gate phone number) / 765-688-3385

Welcome/Visitors Center
Welcome Visitor Center
1438 N. Foreman Drive
Grissom ARB, IN 46971
Phone 765-688-3825
Phone (DSN) 312-388-3825
Fax 765-688-3396