Grissom Air Reserve Base

434th Air Refueling Wing
1438 Foreman Drive. Grissom ARB, IN, 46971-0000
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Grissom Air Reserve Base is a United States Air Force base, located about 12 miles north of Kokomo in Cass and Miami counties in Indiana. The facility was established as a U.S. Navy installation, Naval Air Station Bunker Hill, in 1942 and an active Air Force installation from 1954 to 1994. Since then it is a joint-use civil airport/military base with the Grissom Aeroplex providing general aviation and charter service. It is one of only five Air Force Reserve Command bases in the nation.

Grissom Air Reserve Base is home to the largest KC-135R Stratotanker wing in the Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC), plus units from the United States Army Reserve and also the US Marine Corps Reserve. The host unit is the 434th Air Refueling Wing, the “Hoosier Wing”, which consists of three major groups and a variety of squadrons and flights. The wing develops and maintains the operational capability of its units and train reservists for worldwide duty, with the wing operationally-gained by the Air Mobility Command (AMC). Training consists of flight operations, deployments, and weekday and weekend training. There are over 2,000 reservists and civilian personnel assigned to Grissom Air Reserve Base.

Other organizations located at Grissom ARB include the U.S. Army Reserve’s A Company, 1st Battalion, 330th Infantry Regiment; 316th Tactical Psychological Operations Company; Detachment 1, 855th Quartermaster Company; and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s Marine Corps Reserve Center Grissom and Detachment 1, Communications Company, 4th Marine Logistics Group.



Grissom ARB is located in North Central Indiana on U.S. Highway 31. If traveling from Indianapolis, Ind., take I-465 North to U.S. 31 North. Grissom is 70 miles north of Indianapolis and 15 miles north of Kokomo, Ind. If traveling from the South Bend, Ind., area, take U.S. Highway 31 South and Grissom is 65 miles south of South Bend. If traveling from Fort Wayne, take S.R. 24 West to U.S. 31 South. Grissom is 10 miles south of Peru, Indiana.

The Indianapolis International Airport (IND) is 82 miles south of Grissom ARB, which is about an hour and a half drive by car. The Fort Wayne International Airport (FWA) is 67 miles from Grissom ARB, which is about an hour and fifteen minutes away by car. 

The city of Kokomo is about 15 miles south of Grissom ARB. The CityLine Trolley offers fixed bus routes within the city limits. Trailways offers service running from Indianapolis through Kokomo.


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Health Department in Miami County (765) 473-0283

Sheriff’s Office in Peru, IN (765) 473-5474

Kokomo Humane Society (765) 452-6224

Kokomo-Howard County Public Main Library (765) 457-3242

Automated Base Directory (765) 688-5211 

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Marine Corps Reserve (765) 688-4404

Base Exchange (765) 689-5270 

Legal Office (765) 688-2190 

Lodging (765) 688-2844 

Lodging Reservations for Unit Members (765) 688-4741
Office of Special Investigation (765) 688-3964

Visitors’ Center (765) 688-4352

Personnel and ID Cards (765) 688-3909

Public Affairs Office (765) 688-3348 

Recruiting Office (765) 688-2020

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On-base housing is not available at Grissom Air Reserve Base. Lodging may be reached at 765-689-8865 or DSN 312-388-2844. The 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. The Airman and Family Readiness Center can assist with relocation by providing area information. In addition, newcomers receive a briefing during the UTA. For further information contact the Airman and Family Readiness Center at 765-688-4812 or 800-234-6911.

7.0 miles from base

Walton is a small town west of Grissom AFB within the Northwestern School District.

9.0 miles from base

Located about 15 minutes from base, this town offers plenty of amenities in a family-friendly community.

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In Kokomo, the summers are long, warm, humid, and wet; the winters are freezing and windy; and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 22°F to 85°F and is rarely below 3°F or above 93°F.
The hot season lasts for 4.0 months, from May 23 to September 22, with an average daily high temperature above 75°F. The hottest day of the year is July 19, with an average high of 85°F and low of 66°F. The cold season lasts for 3.1 months, from December 1 to March 3, with an average daily high temperature below 45°F. The coldest day of the year is January 29, with an average low of 22°F and high of 35°F.
The wetter season lasts 5.2 months, from March 26 to September 2, with a greater than 30% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 40% on June 14. The drier season lasts 6.7 months, from September 2 to March 26. The smallest chance of a wet day is 19% on February 5.
The cost of living index in Kokomo, IN is 84, which is 5% lower than the Indiana average and 16% lower than the national average. The cost of living index is made up of several categories. These are transportation at 9%, utilities at 10%, goods and services at 33%, housing at 30%, groceries at 13%, and health care at 5%. The bulk of the cost of living index comes from the categories of goods and services and housing. Everyday goods and services can be a good indicator of the general costs of goods in a certain city. In Kokomo, IN, goods and services are 2% lower than the average in Indiana and 4% lower than the nationwide average. ​

Grissom Air Reserve Base is located near Kokomo, Indiana. Kokomo is a medium-sized city in Howard County with a population of approximately 57,000. The city of Kokomo is 50 miles north of Indianapolis.

Known as a major hub of the automotive industry, Kokomo claims the motto “City of Firsts” for technological discoveries linked to the city, including one of the first gas-powered, internal combustion engine vehicles, the 1894 Elwood Haynes “Pioneer” automobile. From lush parks to historical sites and a few attractions between, Kokomo has a bit of something for everyone.

Highland Park is home to several pieces of the past important to Kokomo and to greater Howard County. The Sycamore Stump landmark features the remains of a 1,500-year-old tree that once grew in Howard County. Storms killed the tree, which had a trunk measuring over 50 feet in circumference, and the stump was moved to Kokomo’s Highland Park, where it is available for public viewing at the Visitor’s Center. Also at the Visitor’s Center, travelers can see the remains of Old Ben. A steer renowned for his enormous size, at the time of his death, he weighed over 4,500 pounds and stood six-and-a-half feet tall. The park grounds contain Vermont Covered Bridge, moved from its original site near the town of Vermont when the plans for Kokomo Reservoir meant its former site would be covered in water. Visitors can walk across the bridge during the summer months.

Kokomo’s city center is an up-and-coming area perfect for foodies looking for a diverse selection of eateries to choose from. Kokomo Speedway has been presenting races since 1947. The track management provides many different types of racing at the track, including non-wing sprints, mini-sprints, stock cars, midgets, TQ midgets and modifieds. The end of the season is marked by the annual Kokomo Klash. Free campsites are available in the parking area, but visitors should keep in mind that management does not allow coolers or carry-in food items. Instead, the speedway offers concessions and a beer garden. Family seating, where alcohol is prohibited, and family discount pricing are available.

Kirkendall Interpretive Nature Center provides nature programs and activities for children. Focused on presenting facts about native Indiana wildlife, the center includes preserved animals, butterflies, fish and fossils and diorama displays. Several aquariums house live native species. The grounds offer a winter sledding hill, playground, paved trail and picnic areas. What’s better – admission is free to the nature center, within the 100-acre Jackson Morrow Park.

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