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About The Fort.

Fort Ben

Fort Benjamin Harrison was a U.S. Army post located in suburban Lawrence, Indiana, on the northeast side of Indianapolis, Indiana, named for the 23rd United States President, Benjamin Harrison. Land was purchased in 1903, with the post being officially named for President Harrison in honor of Indianapolis being his hometown.

Fort Benjamin Harrison saw its highest level of activity during World War I and World War II. The Fort Benjamin Harrison Reception Center opened in 1941 and was the largest reception center in the United States by 1943.

Within Fort Harrison was Camp Glenn, named in honor of Major General Edwin Forbes Glenn, who had served as Fort Harrison's commandant from 1912- 1913, and who commanded the officer training that began at his camps in 1916. Camp Glenn was a Citizens Military Training Camp that was also used to house Civilian Conservation Corps workers and Italian and German POWs during World War II.

In 1947, the Army declared Fort Harrison to be surplus property, but declined to completely close the fort due to a lack of adequate training space for the Indiana National Guard. From 1948 to 1950, the post functioned as Benjamin Harrison Air Force Base. the Tenth Air Force was moved from Omaha, Nebraska and headquartered at Schoen Field on Fort Harrison, as well as Stout Army Air Field in Indianapolis. Overcrowding and inadequate facilities soon forced the 10th Air Force to move to Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Michigan, and the U.S. Army reacquired control of Fort Benjamin Harrison.

The Interservice Postal School was located at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana in the 1970s under the US Army Institute of Administration and moved to Fort Jackson South Carolina in 1995. The school is an Interservice Training Review Organization course hosted by the Army. The Postal School is staffed by instructors from all four services.

Just prior to the fort's closing, it was the home of the Defense Information School. This was staffed by enlisted personnel and officers from all branches of the US military along with members of allied military personnel. DINFOS trained print, radio and television personnel to report all manner of military activities. A very difficult curriculum, DINFOS (now located at Fort Meade in Maryland) was, and remains, a very taxing curriculum.

The Fort was the site of the Athletes' Villages for the 1987 Pan American Games. New barracks were built to house the athletes just before the games kicked off. Those barracks were torn down a few years after the base was closed.

Fort Harrison Today

Fort Benjamin Harrison was closed as part of the 1996 Base Realignment and Closure Commission. The site of the base has since been redeveloped, and includes residential neighborhoods, a golf course, and is the site of Fort Harrison State Park.

Although the base has officially been inactivated, there is still a very significant military presence in the area. The Defense Finance and Accounting Service- Indianapolis, several Army Reserve and Indiana National Guard units, and a Post Exchange and Commissary are still located at the former post.

On May 29, 2009, the Indiana National Guard held a ground-breaking ceremony for a new facility to be erected at Fort Benjamin Harrison, the Lawrence Armory. The facility will house four units, including the 76th Brigade Combat Team headquarters. Construction of the facility is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2010.

Reference: Wikipedia