Grissom Air Reserve Base
434th Air Refueling Wing
1438 Foreman Drive. Grissom ARB, IN, 46971-0000
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.
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.
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.
Arriving at Grissom Air Reserve Base
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.