About Grissom ARB, IN
Grissom Air Reserve Base is operated by the United States Air Force. It is 12 miles from Kokomo, Indiana, and serves as a combination civilian and military airport. The base has a population of around 1,700 people and was named in honor of astronaut Gus Grissom.
The base was opened as Naval Air Station Bunker Hill by the U.S. Navy in 1942, and was closed at the end of the war. It was transferred to the USAF and reopened as Bunker Hill Air Force Base in 1954 and was renamed to Grissom in 1968 and was removed from active duty in 1994. It was an emergency landing site for the Space Shuttle due to its long runway.
Grissom is currently home to the 434th Air Refueling Wing and occasional reserve units from the Army and Marine Corps. The base employs a mixture of military and civilian personnel, and acts as the largest employer in Miami county.