Alabama Army base eyed as possible new home for drone training site


Fort Rucker is reportedly on the list of possible sites for the Army’s unmanned vehicle training facility.


Alabama’s Fort Rucker is reportedly being considered as a new home for the Army’s drone training operations.

Discussion of the future of unmanned aircraft came up at a recent hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services. Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, questioned Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Mark Milley about plans for Fort Huachuca, current site of much of the Army’s drone training, according to a report in the Arizona Daily-Star.

Milley said while Fort Huachuca remains “at the top of the list,” in terms of housing the training center, he added “there’s a variety of options.” Among those options, according to the Daily-Star, is Fort Rucker in southeast Alabama.

“Fort Huachuca and other capabilities and bases in Arizona and in other states are national assets,” Milley said.

Huachuca is home to the 2nd Battalion, 13th Aviation Regiment, which operates the largest unmanned aerial system training center in the world. The center is made up of over 125,000 square feet of training space, four hangars and three runways, and trains about 2,000 soldiers, Marines and foreign military students each year.

The regiment falls under the authority of Fort Rucker, home of the Army’s Aviation program.