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Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico
WELCOME TO UNITED STATES ARMY SOUTH (USARSO), FORT BUCHANAN AND PUERTO RICO
Puerto Rico has been described as the "island of enchantment". You will find this enchanting island, where Old Spain meets the New World, a wonderful place to be.
Puerto Rico is the smallest of the Greater Antilles, a land of glistening, palm fringed beaches and vivid green mountains; of sun, of ancient fortresses and churches contrasting with modern factories and resort hotels.
Nowhere else will you find scenery so magnificently varied in such a small area. It is a land where sugar cane fields shimmer like green seas along its coastal plains, and whose coffee bushes rustle in the shade of orange trees on mountain sides that are as steep as upside-down icecream cones. In San Juan you will find a city surrounded by an ancient wall, the tomb of Juan Ponce de Leon, fortresses that take you back to the days when the Caribbean was swarmed with swashbuckling pirates. But while the Puerto Ricans are proud of their past, they are prouder still of their future.
Fort Buchanan, the Army s only active installation in Puerto Rico and the Antilles, was named after BG James A. Buchanan. He was the first commander of the Puerto Rican Regiment, U.S. Volunteers, formed in 1900. After defending the Canal Zone in WW I, the regiment was officially designated the 65th Infantry Regiment in 1920.
To provide the regiment with a training area, a tract of 300 acres on the south shore of San Juan Bay was obtained in 1923 and known as Camp Buchanan. It was redesignated as Ft Buchanan in 1940. During WW II, the post expanded to 1500 acres and became a general depot and induction center/training area for the Antilles command.
Currently, Ft Buchanan sits on a 746 acre lot. As a result of the Army s reorganization in 1973, Ft Buchanan became a part of Forces Command and the U.S. Army Garrison was formed. Effective 1 June 1997, Fort Buchanan became a sub-installation of U.S. Army South (USARSO).
* To plan, prepare and execute mobilization.
* To provide Base Operations support.
* To develop and execute contingency plans.
* To provide Caribbean-wide support to the Department of Defense.
* To serve as a Power Support, Power Projection Platform.
* To receive and integrate U.S. Army South.
* To support SOCSOUTH restationing.
Location: Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
- Major Command: United States Army (USARSO)
Fort Buchanan is a primary site of military services in Puerto Rico, as well as educational, recreational, community and commercial programs in support of military family members (active, reserve and retired) and the federal civilian communities. The Installation also supports some 32 federal agencies stationed in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Fort Buchanan's workforce is a mix of military and civilian employees, augmented and supported by numerous volunteers.
Web Address: http://www.buchanan.army.mil