Rhode Island Military Bases
Military Bases in Rhode Island consist of Camp Varnum, Camp Fogarty, and the NS Newport. Rhode Island is eastern coastal state known for is beautiful sandy shores and historical colonial towns. The state has a population of just over 1 million people.
Map of Military Bases in Rhode Island
Camp Varnum actual began as Fort Varnum in 1940. Like many of the military forts and bases established during that time, its purpose was to prepare for any possible attacks that could result from the war in Europe, which later developed into World War II. The base is now used as a training facility for the 243rd Regiment, Army National Guard, continuing its legacy as a home for military heroes.
Camp Fogarty is a training center for the Rhode Island National Guard. It’s located near East Greenwich. This camp provides training with firearms and tactical skills for the men and women who have volunteered their service to the American people.
Newport and the Navy seem to go hand-in-hand, and it’s been that way for a very long time. Naval forces have had a presence in Newport as early as the 1860’s, beginning with an experimental Torpedo Station. It experience immense success, and went on to supply nearly 80% of torpedos on US submarines during World War II. More Naval facilities continued to be built in Newport during the 1940’s, so even when the torpedo station closed in 1951, the Navy’s presence persisted. At one point in the 1980’s, the Navy was actually the largest employer in the state of Rhode Island. Although it has now dropped to the third largest employer in the state, it remains the top employer in the Newport area to this day.
Newport is also home to several Naval schools where students from all over the United States and other free nations come to attend. In fact, the Navy’s most prestigious school, the Naval War College, is located in Newport. It provides a 10-month program for graduate students that arms them with elite academic and research skills. Newport has not only played a major role in US history, nor in just Naval history, but also the personal development of many men and women who serve the US today.
Coast Guard of Rhode Island
Rhode Island is home to two United States Coast Guard stations: Point Judith and Block Island. Point Judith kicked off its conception of 1809 with a lighthouse and a life saving station after a series of shipwrecks along the rocky shore. To this day, it is still operating. Station Block Island opened in 1872, and it has been running ever since. As of the 1980’s, this station became seasonal, opening only during the summer months from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Both of these stations are made possible by the brave men and women who serve there.