winchester armory

Headquarters and Headquarters Troop Regimental Fires Squadron/278th Armored Cavalry Regiment
395 George Fraley Pkwy, Winchester, TN 37398


The Winchester National Guard Armory is a part of the Tennessee Army National Guard and is located about 19 miles southwest of Arnold Air Force Base. Located in Franklin County, the Armory is a military storage facility housing arms, ammunition and equipment. The Headquarters and Headquarters Troop (HHT) Regimental Fires Squadron and the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment are attached to this location.

The 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment (278th ACR, “Third Tennessee”), previously the 117th Infantry Regiment, is an armored brigade combat team of the Tennessee Army National Guard with headquarters in Knoxville, Tennessee. The unit traces its lineage from the volunteer militias of Eastern Tennessee and has participated in conflicts from the Revolutionary War to the Global War on Terror.


The Winchester National Guard Armory is located off of George Fraley Pkwy (TN-50), just north of Hwy 64.

Winchester is located about 90 miles southeast of Nashville, Tennessee. The Nashville International Airport (BNA) is about a 1.5-hour drive away by car. The Winchester Municipal Airport is also located within Winchester.

Several U.S. highways run through the city of Winchester, including Highways 41A and 64. The nearest Interstate (I-24) is 15 miles from the city center of Winchester.


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The Franklin County School District is a public school system serving the city of Winchester. The district includes seven elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school.

Winchester also has a private school, the Winchester Christian Academy, which serves students PreK-8.

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Franklin County, Tennessee

Franklin County Health Department (931) 967-3826

Franklin County Sheriff’s Office (931) 967-9884

Franklin County Library (931) 967-3706

Animal Harbor – Franklin County Humane Society (931) 962-4472

The Franklin County Clerk Motor Vehicle Services Office (931) 967-2541

Local Utility Providers in Franklin County:
Winchester Utilities (931) 967-2238 (electric, water, wastewater)
Elk River Public Utility District (931) 967-3642 (gas)

Local Internet Providers in Franklin County:
Charter Communication
Monster Broadband

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Winchester National Guard Armory (931) 962-2707  

Arnold AFB Operator (931) 454-3000  

Arnold AFB Housing Office (931) 454-5454  


Housing is not available at the Armory, but there are plenty of off-base housing options in the area. Service members are encouraged to find housing and live on the economy. Arnold AFB is just about 25 minutes northeast of the Winchester Armory. For more information contact the Arnold AFB Housing office at (931) 454-7687.

Additionally, you may find the Housing Early Assist Tool (HEAT) useful in completing your PCS by providing a venue in obtaining housing assistance, sponsored by HQ Air Force Housing.

Sharp Springs Rd.
2.2 miles from the Armory

This community just north of the Armory is near a shopping center, a grocery store, and offers housing for sale and for rent.

7.6 miles from the Armory

Located about 10 minutes east of the Armory, Cowan is a family-friendly community with schools, shopping and parks nearby.

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In Winchester, Tennessee, the summers are hot and humid, and the winters are cold and often rainy. December is the rainiest month with 5.9 inches of rainfall. On average, Winchester gets 56 inches of rain and just 3 inches of snow each year. There are about 208 sunny days per year in this area, which is about the same as the U.S. average. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 30°F to 89°F and is rarely below 15°F or above 95°F.

July is the hottest month in Winchester with an average high of 87.8° F. The most pleasant months are May, September and October. In Winchester, there are 28.4 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is cooler than most places in Tennessee.

January is the coldest month in Winchester with an average snowfall of about 0.9 inches of snow. In Winchester, there are 0.3 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below zero°, which is warmer than most places in Tennessee.

The average cost of living in Winchester, TN is 90, which puts it equal to the average of Tennessee and 10% lower than our nation’s average. This simple outline of the cost of living index was formulated using prices of: goods and services (weighted 33%), housing prices (weighted 30%), groceries (weighted 13%), utilities (weighted 10%), transportation (weighted 9%), and health care (weighted 5%). Thus, goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city’s goods. In the case of Winchester, TN, the price of goods and services are 10% higher than the average of Tennessee as well as 7% higher than the nation’s average.

Winchester is the county seat of Franklin County, Tennessee with a population of about 8,700 people. Named in honor of General James Winchester, a soldier in the American Revolution, Winchester offers many things to do, including shopping, dining, summer concerts, wine tasting, and outdoor activities.

Franklin County is home to several international manufacturing companies: Baxter Enterprises, Arnold Engineering Development Center, Nissan Engine Plant.

Recreation in Winchester received a significant boost when the Tennessee Valley Authority started construction of the Tims Ford Dam along the Elk River in 1966. The project was completed in 1972, and Tims Ford Lake is now known for excellent boating and bass fishing opportunities. A popular site to visit, Tims Ford State Park is located along the lake’s shoreline and offers fishing, boating, swimming, camping, and wildlife viewing.

Franklin County also offers several festivals and events throughout the year. Each May, the city hosts an annual Dogwood Festival, celebrating the native blossoming dogwood trees. In addition, the city of Winchester has summer concerts and wine tasting.

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