Blue Grass Army Depot

Blue Grass Chemical Activity

431 Battlefield Memorial Hwy, Richmond, KY 40475

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Blue Grass Army Depot (BGAD) is a United States Army storage facility for conventional munitions and chemical weapons. The facility is located in east central Kentucky, southeast of the cities of Lexington and Richmond, Kentucky. BGAD spans across 14,494 acres and is composed mainly of open fields and wooded areas used for munitions storage, repair of general supplies, and the disposal of munitions.


BGAD’s prime mission is to receive, store, issue, maintain, renovate and demilitarize both conventional and non-standard ammunition for all DOD services. They support the Joint Warfighter by safely providing a full range of high quality Defense products and services. BGAD is also the Army’s sole source provider of non-standard ammunition for Special Operation Forces.

1,160 active duty, Guard, Reserve, civilian and DoD employees.



The closest airport to BGAD is Louisville International Airport located 110 miles from base.

Directions from Louisville International Airport:

  • Head southwest on Terminal Dr
  • Take the ramp onto I-264 E
  • Use the right 2 lanes to take exit 19A to merge onto I-64 E toward Lexington
  • Keep right at the fork to continue on I-75 S
  • Take exit 83 for Duncannon Lane toward US-25/Richmond/KY 2872
  • Turn left onto Duncannon Ln
  • Turn right onto US-25 S/US-421 S/Berea Rd
  • Slight left onto US-421 S
  • Blue Grass Army Depot is on the left


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On-Post housing is not available for Blue Grass Army Depot.

22 miles from base

Irvine is a small town in Kentucky where many military families live. There are many different housing options available.

9.9 miles from base

Berea is a small town in Kentucky where many military families live. It is also a college town and has many different housing options available.

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In Richmond, the summers are warm and humid and the winters are short, very cold, and wet. It is partly cloudy year round and over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 28°F to 86°F and is rarely below 11°F or above 93°F.

The hot season lasts for 3.8 months, from May 28 to September 22, with an average daily high temperature above 77°F. The hottest day of the year is July 20, with an average high of 86°F and low of 68°F. The cold season lasts for 2.9 months, from December 1 to February 26, with an average daily high temperature below 51°F. The coldest day of the year is January 29, with an average low of 28°F and high of 43°F.

The wetter season lasts 5.0 months, from March 19 to August 17, with a greater than 33% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 43% on May 28. The drier season lasts 7.0 months, from August 17 to March 19. The smallest chance of a wet day is 24% on October 17

The cost of living in Richmond, KY is 1% higher than the average in Kentucky and compared to the national average it is 10% lower. The cost of living index is made up of several categories. These include 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 particular city. In Richmond, goods and services are 2% higher than the average in Kentucky and are 2% higher than the national average.

Richmond, Kentucky is located in the Blue Grass region just south of Lexington. There are several historical sites and museums to explore and learn about its rich history. Richmond also has many restaurants, shopping areas, and outdoor activities to enjoy.

Some points of interest include Battle of Richmond Battlefield Park, Downtown Richmond, Boone’s Trace National Golf Course, Raven Run Nature Sanctuary, and Kentucky Horse Park.

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