History

About IEEE Fort Huachuca

The Fort Huachuca section supports IEEE members in southeastern Arizona. We are located in Sierra Vista, Arizona which is 70 miles south-east of Tucson in the foothills of the Huachuca mountains. We focus on helping students from middle school through college achieve their engineering aspirations. We are active in supporting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), the YES Fair (Youth, Engineering and Science), and Future City Competition where middle school students build the city of the future, and we have industry advisors in Buena High School and Cochise College.

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Fort Huachuca

Fort Huachuca is a United States Army installation under the command of the United States Army Installation Management Command. It is located in Cochise County, in southeast Arizona, about 15 miles north of the border with Mexico. Beginning in 1913, for 20 years the fort was the base for the “Buffalo Soldiers”, the 10th Cavalry Regiment, United States. During the buildup of World War II, the fort had quarters for more than 25,000 men.

Sierra Vista, Arizona, which annexed the fort in 1971, is located south and east of the post, and Huachuca City is to the north and east. Major tenants are the Army Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM), 9th Army Signal Command, and the United States Army Intelligence Center. Libby Army Airfield is located on post and shares the runway with Sierra Vista Municipal Airport; it is on the list of alternate landing locations for the space shuttle, though it has never been used as such.

Fort Huachuca is also the headquarters of Army Military Auxiliary Radio System. Other tenant agencies include the Joint Interoperability Test Command and the Electronic Proving Ground. The fort is also home to a Radar equipped “Aerostat”, one of a series maintained for the Drug Enforcement Administration by Lockheed Martin. The aerostat is based northeast of Garden Canyon and, when extended, supports the DEA drug interdiction mission by detecting low-flying aircraft attempting to penetrate the United States.