New Technology Solves Age-Old Problems at Fort Sill

Built during the Indian Wars, Fort Sill served as the base of operations against Cheyenne, Comanche and Kiowa Indians. After decades of warring with “native hostiles,” 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. Army’s largest bases.

In the 1970s, Initial Entry Training (IET) “starship barracks,” were constructed on Army bases nation-wide, including Fort Sill. The facilities acquired the nickname because they’re completely self-contained, with living quarters, classrooms, mess halls and latrines all under one, star-shaped roof.

Many of the starship barracks – designed to house up to 500 troops – are being renovated, chiefly to reduce energy consumption. Ft. Sill has already renovated one starship and is now preparing to modernize four more.

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