Photo by Michael J. Moran, Public Affairs Intern

Welcome to Fort Buchanan, "Sentinel of the Caribbean" and the only federal military installation in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.  The installation  is located in the metropolitan area of San Juan, capital of Puerto Rico. Known as the “Island of Enchantment”, Puerto Rico offers a variety of landscapes, from white sandy beaches to lush green mountains and tropical forests. All within a mixture of history and culture. The island is approximately 100 miles by 35 miles and similar in size to Connecticut.   

Fort Buchanan consists of 746.16 acres (including Las Colinas, Coconut Grove and Coqui Gardens (Army Family Housing) with a real estate value estimated at $560 million dollars. It serves a population of approximately 130,000 among veterans, retirees, civilians, military personnel and their dependents in Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and Latin America.

The installation has been under the control of the following commands: 1966-US Navy; 1971-Third US Army; 1973-Forces Command (FORSCOM); 1999-US Southern Command (USARSO); 2002-Installation Management Agency (IMA); 2003-IMA Reserve Installation; 2006-Installation Management Command (IMCOM). On October 1, 2008 the Commanding General of the 81st Regional Readiness Command became Fort Buchanan’s Senior Mission Commander under the U.S. Army Reserve Command.  Based on December 2008 Unified Command Plan, Fort Buchanan falls under the U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) area of operations.

Among the factors that make U.S. Army Garrison Fort Buchanan unique are: its key and strategic location providing fast and cost-effective support to missions in the Caribbean, Central and South America area of responsibility; its Hispanic cultural ties with Latin America; and its significant role as host of "joint" sister services reserve components representing the U.S. Armed Forces in Puerto Rico.

The mission of the U.S. Army Garrison Fort Buchanan is, a forward based training platform dedicated to enhancing individual and unit readiness and a forward based staging platform capable of rapidly deploying Joint Combined Arms Forces in support of Combatant Commanders requirements.

Welcome to our installation services portal. Here, you will find guides to meet your specific needs. Choose one of the links below to begin.

New to the installation? The Fort Buchanan Newcomers page will provide essential information to help you with a successful beginning, and welcome to Fort Buchanan.
The Fort Buchanan For Soldiers page offers essential knowledge for all Service members joining or visiting the installation. It provides a general overview of services which may be of particular interest and benefit to our Soldiers and Service members.
Living on and around or installation.
Services for members of our civilian workforce