Fort Sill really is a twin city to Lawton right next door. The Army post has hotels, restaurants, day care centers, homes, shops – a city all by itself. But Fort Sill relies as much on Lawton as Lawton benefits from the $2 billion economic impact generated by Fort Sill.
But the real story at Fort Sill is artillery, artillery, artillery – the longest continuously serving branch of the Army. It is the home to the Army’s, Basic Combat Training, Field Artillery and Air Defense Artillery Advanced Individual Training, Noncommissioned Officer Education System, Field Artillery and Air Defense Artillery Officer training.
Fort Sill encompasses about 150 square miles of southwestern Oklahoma, 93,829 acres, and stretches 27 miles east to west and 6 miles north to south. The post’s cantonment area – its city – covers 8,318 acres.
The post is big enough that along with all the artillery activity, Fort Sill also is one of the Army’s primary locations for basic combat training.
Fort Sill is not just an Army post. The Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force also have a significant presence as the military has recognized the need to integrate the battlefield so that all war fighters can interact and communicate on a common ground. Fort Sill has taken the lead in developing courses and provides training that allows service members in the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps to be successful on the battlefield.
Fort Sill supports the Marine Corps by hosting a permanent detachment that not only trains Marines in field artillery systems and procedures but also provides instructors. The Marine Detachment has been at Fort Sill since 1932 and is as much a part of the fort’s history as any Army unit.
But the centerpiece at Fort Sill is the Army’s Fires Center of Excellence, which was created out of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission. BRAC grabbed more headlines for base closures, but some communities benefitted enormously from BRAC. Such was the case in Lawton. BRAC created the FIRES Center of Excellence, which brought together the two branches of field artillery and air defense artillery.
Fort Sill is more than a great community partner and a major economic generator for the state of Oklahoma. It is also a workforce producer that delivers quality and technically experienced personnel when they leave the military.
Business opportunities at Fort Sill can be found at https://acquisition.army.mil/asfi/ which feeds to the overall government business opportunities site, FedBizOpps.