Fort Custer Training Center
Fort Custer Training Center, often known simply as Fort Custer, is a federally owned and state-operated Michigan Army National Guard training facility, but is also used by other branches of the armed forces and armed forces from Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. It is one of the most heavily used Midwest training facilities, and is used mainly for company level small arms and maintenance training.
Fort Custer occupies land in both Kalamazoo County, Michigan to the west and Calhoun County, Michigan to the east. Most Fort facilities are located north or south of M-96 about four miles (6.4 km) west of Battle Creek, Michigan in Calhoun County, and two miles (3.2 km) east of Augusta, Michigan in Kalamazoo County. This locates the Fort about 14 miles (23 km) north and east of the town of Kalamazoo, Michigan, and mostly south of M-96, and divided east–west by the Kalamazoo and Calhoun county line that runs north and south.
The current Fort Custer Training Center is located south of M-96 & mostly east of the county line at 2501 26th Street, Battle Creek, Calhoun county, MI 49037. The Battle Creek VA Medical Center is located north of M-96 in NW Calhoun County at 5500 Armstrong Rd, Battle Creek, Calhoun county, MI 49037. Fort Custer National Cemetery is located north of M-96 in Kalamazoo County about 2 miles east of Augusta, Michigan, at 15501 Dickman Rd, Augusta, MI Fort Custer Recreation Area is located well south of M-96 in Kalamazoo County at 5163 Fort Custer Dr, Augusta, Kalamazoo county, MI 49012.
Camp Custer was built in 1917 for military training during World War I. Named after Civil War cavalry officer General George Armstrong Custer, the facility trained or demobilized more than 100,000 troops during World War I.