WELCOME TO FORT DEVENS

 

Fort Devens

Welcome to the Fort Devens, New England's Village Green. Fort Devens'  101 years tradition of service to the nation lives on at Fort Devens. We remain "New England's Training Site of Choice." Fort Devens is located in the Montachusett Region of north central Massachusetts, which is approximately 35 miles northwest of Boston. The region is bordered by New Hampshire to the north, metropolitan Worcester to the south, Franklin County to the west and the Middlesex County to the east. Fort Devens lies in northern Worcester and western Middlesex counties surrounded by the towns of Ayer, Shirley, Lancaster, and Harvard. The region is mostly rural residential, however, there are surrounding industrial centers in the cities of Worcester, Fitchburg, and Leominster. Fitchburg and Leominster comprise the largest communities in the region.

Fort Devens includes approximately 5,220 acres. The remainder of the former Fort Devens has been transferred to the local reuse authority known as MassDevelopment, and other Federal agencies. These include the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Department of Labor and Shriver Job Corps Center.

SECURITY MEASURES

Security for the enclave encircling Fort Devens is enclosed with a black fence. Please have your Military ID card available. Department of the Army Civilian Police are now stationed at the entrance of the Fort Devens enclave to enforce Devens security with 100% ID checkIMG_7982.JPG

Location

Fort Devens is conveniently located approximately 44 miles West of Boston off Route 2 and only 7 miles from I-495.  

**BEST ROUTE**

VIA ROUTE INTERSTATE 93 NORTH:

- Follow signs to Sumner Tunnel. After toll booth ($2.00), stay in left lane through the tunnel, bear left on Interstate 93 North.
- Stay on Interstate 93 North for approximately 10 miles.
- Exit on to Interstate 95 South (Waltham exit).
- Stay on Interstate 95 South for about 7-8 miles, exit to Route 2 West.
- Stay on Route 2 West for approximately 23 miles (you will pass a rotary or traffic circle as you continue on Route 2West).
- Continue on 2 West and pass under Interstate 495. Once you pass under I-495
you are fifteen minutes away from Devens, Exit 37B, Jackson Road, Devens.
-Follow Jackson Road through the traffic light
-Bear right when the road takes a severe right turn
-Proceed to the DA Police Gate on the right for an ID Check

Mission

The mission of the Fort Devens is to provide training facilities and training support to enhance the readiness of reserve component units within the six New England states. Fort Devens maintains facilities to include troop barracks, administrative buildings for Battalion and Company use, dining facilities, classrooms, motor pools and maintenance facilities, which are utilized by active and reserve component personnel throughout the year. Fort Devens also provides base operations and garrison support to all components of the Army, Marines and Navy, plus other federal activities that are tenants of, supported by, or satellites to Fort Devens. Devens also provides support to state and local government agencies.

HISTORY

In 1917 the United States Congress and the Department of the Army established the former Fort Devens in a predominantly rural section of the Worcester and Middlesex counties in Massachusetts. The Fort's sitting was due primarily to its location at a major hub of the rail network in New England. Since its establishment, the former Fort Devens has undergone various transformations to serve the needs of the Army. In its 101 years of service, more than 400 Army units have been stationed at Fort Devens. On 31 March 1996,  Massachusetts was inactivated and was officially closed as an active Army installation in accordance with the Base Closure and Realignment Act of 1991, Public Law 101-510. Effective 1 April 1996, the Fort Devens (Fort Devens) was activated and assigned to the Commander, Headquarters, Fort McCoy, Wisconsin. On 1 October 1998, Fort Devens was reassigned to the Commander, Fort Dix, New Jersey, and is now a sub-installation of Fort Dix, NJ.

South Post Training Area

Support over 130,000 Service Members and other personnel annually
Approximately 4,800 acres
25 Firing Ranges
24 Training Facilities
26 Company Size Training Areas IMG_7992.JPG
 

Main Post

Billeting - 1484 Beds (1+1, 2+2, 4 to 8)
ID Card Office
13 Classrooms -16-60 seats (700 computers)
3 Distributive Learning Center Classrooms
6 Admin/Supply Bays
Conference Facility (250 personnel capacity)
Video Teleconferencing 
Training Support Center 
Army Community Services
DA Photo Laboratory
Physical Fitness Center
AAFES Shoppette/Clothing Sales
Transportation Support Services for Passenger, Freight, and Unit Moves