Built during the Indian Wars, Fort Sill served as the base of operations against Cheyenne, Comanche and Kiowa Indians. After decades of warring with â€śnative hostiles,â€ť it was there, on February 17, 1909, that Geronimo, the great Apache Indian chief, died of pneumonia. Today, Fort Sill is not only a National Historic Landmark, but also one of the U.S. Armyâ€™s largest bases.
In the 1970s, Initial Entry Training (IET) â€śstarship barracks,â€ť were constructed on Army bases nation-wide, including Fort Sill. The facilities acquired the nickname because theyâ€™re completely self-contained, with living quarters, classrooms, mess halls and latrines all under one, star-shaped roof.
Many of the starship barracks â€“ designed to house up to 500 troops â€“ are being renovated, chiefly to reduce energy consumption. Ft. Sill has already renovated one starship and is now preparing to modernize four more.1 2 3 4 5 6 next >>