Request for Fort Campbell Tour
Please fill out a tour request form in a timely, accurate, and complete manner. The Fort Campbell Staff Judge Advocate's Office carefully reviews written requests for Fort Campbell military support to make sure requests are legally sufficient to support. The information in the form provides the most accurate and complete information for our military attorneys to legally review your request and our staff to schedule your tour. Hopefully, our office will be able to assist you with your special tour, but please remember that Fort Campbell mission and training requirements always take precedence over providing military support to our local communities. We will make every attempt not to cancel our support once we commit to your tour, but please be aware that, while rare, cancellations do occur.
Each question in the form must be answered to properly evaluate your tour request for compliance with current military regulations.
Fort Campbell tours are designed to be both informative and fun. The target audience is Fort Campbell’s local civilians, key leaders and recent arrivals to the Fort Campbell area and/or Fort Campbell spouses who want to familiarize themselves with the post/Division training facilities, organizational structure, housing areas, history of Fort Campbell and the Unit’s assigned, etc.
Tours are only offered from March 1 - Oct. 31 annually, due to the possibility of inclement weather cancellations during the winter months. Tours are not scheduled on weekends, federal holidays, or 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) training holidays (DONSAs). We offer tours weekly on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 8 a.m. and conclude no later than 4 p.m. Half Day tours are available.
The Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office (PAO) will not schedule a tour until the tour point of contact (POC) provides our office with the information requested in this tour request packet. Please ensure PAO has your request at least 30 days prior to scheduled tour date. PAO will make every effort to offer the tour on the date selected by the tour POC and to draft an itinerary that includes tour site visits requested by the POC. Finally, each tour group POC will receive a final (“Officially Approved”) itinerary no later than 5-7 business days prior to the scheduled tour date.
All tour group members must be 12 years of age or older.
Pets are not allowed to accompany tour groups.
Every tour group must have at least 20 tour group members and no more than 50 members. A final list of tour group members must be provided to PAO no later than 10 days prior to the tour date. (NOTE: Again, each tour group must have 20 members or the tour will be canceled.)
Each tour group follows a different itinerary depending on various factors including the availability of tour sites and tour group preferences. The key factor in drafting an itinerary is whether a specific tour site can support your tour group on the tour date. Please remember that the primary mission of each tour site is Soldier readiness, and Soldier training always takes precedence. Tours may include, but are not limited to, the City of Fort Campbell Briefing, a visit to the Don F. Pratt Museum, the Home Station Training Team (Counter IED), a briefing and chance to rappel from The Sabalauski Air Assault School’s (TSAAS) 34-foot tower, and an opportunity to eat lunch at a post dining facility (DFAC).
Tour group members are encouraged to take photographs throughout the tour, but videotaping/video cameras are prohibited. NOTE: PAO recommends one tour group member serve as the group’s photographer and she/he can share the photo images with other tour group members after the tour concludes.
PAO recommends tour groups eat lunch at a Fort Campbell Military Dining Facility (DFAC). PAO selects the specific DFAC that is open (some DFACs close due to overseas deployments). Upon arriving at the DFAC, the tour POC will pay the DFAC for all the tour group’s meals just as he/she enters the DFAC and provide the DFAC a headcount. The tour POC then pays the headcount for all of the tour group member meals and payment must be in CASH only. At this time, lunch costs $6.15 per person.
NOTE: The tour group does not pay for any PAO escort personnel’s meal. While the tour POC is paying for the meals, the remainder of the tour group will move into the DFAC “chow line” and a member of the PAO staff will explain how the DFAC is organized.
Tour groups must provide their own drinks and snacks if they so desire. Please note that unfortunately, PAO has no funds to buy drinks or snacks.
PAO will provide a military bus and driver for each tour, if required. However, tour group members are responsible for arranging for transportation to the Fort Campbell area. When your tour group reaches the Fort Campbell area, our office will meet all Tour attendees at the Gate 7 Visitor Center parking lot.
Timeliness of the Tour Request
Tour dates are assigned on a “first come-first serve” basis. Tour POCs are encouraged to reserve tour dates at least 30 days in advance of scheduled tour date, while still remembering tour groups must consist of at least 20 attendees at the time of the tour date.
Tour Group Member Cancellations
If the tour must be cancelled, please provide our office with as much advance notification as possible so we can notify the tour sites.
PAO reserves the right to cancel tours due to inclement weather and/or for safety considerations. Although cancellations are rare, they do occur.
The tour group POC must complete all requests for information included in this packet prior to PAO starting to process your tour request. Tour dates are never “officially” reserved until the completed paperwork is returned to PAO and our military attorneys have reviewed.
Our most common tour sites are listed below, however, we have other tour options available to accommodate specific needs.
Don F. Pratt Museum Tour
The Pratt Museum houses archives of every Army unit assigned to Fort Campbell with special emphasis on the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). The museum is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday - Saturday. There is no admission charge. Visitors may purchase a variety of souvenirs at the Pratt Museum Gift Shop. These items include books, T-shirts, coins, cups, posters, etc. For information on the museum, please visit their website at http://fortcampbell.com/museums/don-f-pratt-museum/.
The Sabalauski Air Assault School (TSAAS)
TSAAS visits include a brief overview of the course requirements, a tour of the school’s obstacle course with a demonstration on how to negotiate obstacles, different types of rappel techniques and (finally) each tour group member will be offered the opportunity to rappel from the school’s 34-foot air assault tower. SPECIAL NOTE: Prior to rappelling, each tour group member must execute a Release of Liability form, be wearing slacks or jeans, a long sleeve shirt and tennis shoes or boots … there are no exceptions to these rules. During warm weather, tour group members usually bring the required clothing and change into it just before they rappel. Individuals must be 18 or older to rappel from the 34-foot tower.