Fort Allen (Puerto Rico) Information
|Juana Díaz, Puerto Rico|
|Controlled by||Puerto Rico National Guard|
|Garrison||35th Signal Battalion|
- 1941: The United States Army Air Corps (USAAC) established an airfield 4 miles (6.4 km) south of the town of Juana Díaz, 10 miles (16 km) east of Ponce, Puerto Rico during World War II known as Losey Army Airfield in honor of Captain Robert M. Losey, an aeronautical meteorologist who in April 1940 became the United States' first military casualty in World War II. Units assigned were: 4th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, 20th Troop Carrier Squadron, 36th Fighter Group, 22d Fighter Squadron, 23rd Fighter Squadron, 32d Fighter Squadron, 417th Bombardment Squadron ( 25th Bombardment Group)
- 1949: Losey Army Airfield was transferred to United States Army (USA) ground forces and became Camp Losey.
- 1950: Camp Losey was renamed Fort Allen.
- 1959: Fort Allen was transferred to the Army's Caribbean Signal Agency.
- 1963: The United States Navy (USN) took control of the military post and redesignated as Naval Radio Station Fort Allen, Puerto Rico.
- 1970: The Headquarters & Communications Center of Naval Communication Station (NAVCOMMSTA) Puerto Rico relocated from San Juan to Fort Allen.
- 1980: The U.S. Navy moved the Naval Communication Station Puerto Rico Headquarters & Communication Center from Fort Allen to Naval Station Roosevelt Roads.
- 1980: On 16 November 1980 Fort Allen became the home for the United States Army Reserve (USAR) 35th Expeditionary Signal Battalion.
- 1981: The United States Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) under a presidential order reconfigured Fort Allen as a processing center for Cuban and Haitian refugees. 
- 1983: Fort Allen was officially transferred to the Puerto Rico National Guard (PRNG). The 35th Signal Battalion, along with other U.S. Army Reserve units remain as tenants.
- 1985: The Puerto Rico National Guard Language Center (PRNGLC) relocated to Fort Allen.
- 1997: The U.S. Navy built a receiver site for the Relocatable Over-the-horizon radar (ROTHR) on government land at Fort Allen.
- 1999: The National Guard Youth Challenge Program was established on post.
- 2007: Soldiers from the 35th Signal Battalion, 1st Mission Support Command, were deployed from Fort Allen to support Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
- 2011: The Fort Allen Armed Forces Reserve Center (AFRC) was inaugurated and dedicated posthumously to the 6th Adjutant General of the Puerto Rico National Guard and founder of the Language Center at Fort Allen, Major General Salvador Padilla Escabi.
Since the Navy left Fort Allen in 1980 there is no Active Duty military personnel assigned on post, the Puerto Rico Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve has permanent Active Guard Reserve personnel present. Fort Allen still a federal owned facility operated by the Puerto Rico National Guard (PRNG). Its mission is educational in scope and that of providing support to the Puerto Rico Army National Guard and Army Reserve units stationed in southern Puerto Rico. There is not a Commissary at Fort Allen but NGX operates a PX on base for authorized patrons.
Army National Guard
- 296th Infantry Regiment
- 240th Military Police Company
- 192nd Support Battalion, C Company (Med)
- 105th Quartermaster Company
- 482nd Chemical Company
- 714th Quartermaster Company
U.S. Army Reserve
- 35th Expeditionary Signal Battalion Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC)
- 5th Brigade, 94th Training Division
- 807th Signal Company
- 613th Military Police Detention Company
- 276th Ordnance Company
- 941st Quartermaster Company
LTC Hernan G. Pesquera United States Army Reserve Center (USARC) is located on 39 acres within the grounds of Fort Allen, Puerto Rico. This facility is named after Army Reserve Lieutenant Colonel and federal judge Hernan Gregorio Pesquera.
On March 4, 2011 a 55,037 square feet (5,113.1 m2) Armed Forces Reserve Center (AFRC) was inaugurated at Fort Allen to relocate the U.S. Army Reserve 8th Multifunctional of the 180th Division and retention office. The Puerto Rico Army National Guard 201st Regiment Multifunctional Training Brigade was located to the Fort Allen Armed Forces Reserve Center. A 155 square feet (14.4 m2) Unheated storage building was also built. It also has a fitness room, locker rooms, weapons simulator, classrooms and private offices and an armory/vault. The Fort Allen Armed Forces Reserve Center can accommodate 150 Guard and Reserve Soldiers on a rotating basis, 126 military personnel per weekend.
This facility was dedicated posthumously to the 6th Adjutant General of the Puerto Rico National Guard (PRNG) and founder of the Language Center at Fort Allen, Major General Salvador Padilla Escabi.
The Puerto Rico Army National Guard Officer Candidate School, NCO Academy and the Language Center for the Puerto Rico Army and Air National Guard recruits are located at Fort Allen.
The U.S. Navy Relocatable Over the Horizon (ROTHR) receiver site was built in 1997 on government land at Fort Allen as part of a surveillance network which is designed to monitor flights over an area encompassing more than 1,000,000 square miles (2,600,000 km2) in South America.[ citation needed] The (ROTHR) radar consists of 34 antennas and support structure from 71 to 123 feet (37 m) tall.
The National Guard Youth Challenge Program Community Outreach Youth Program came aboard to Fort Allen in 1999 to intervene and reclaim the lives of 16- to 18-year-old high school dropouts, producing program graduates with the values, life skills, education, and self-discipline necessary to succeed as productive citizens. Participants of the Youth Challenge Program live in Fort Allen during the program.
Abbott, Elizabeth (2011).
Haiti: A Shattered Nation. Rev. and updated from Haiti: The Duvaliers and Their Legacy (1988). New York: The Overlook Press. p. 183.
Fort Allen boiled in the sun, and without trees or grass or shelter, the Haitians either sweltered or else sought refuge in the stifling tents. They ate adequately, but some of the men developed gynecomastia, or enlarged breasts. New York Congressman Robert Garcia remarked after his visit there, ‘The only difference between Attica and this place is that at one you have concrete walls and at the other barbed wire.’ Added Congresswoman Mary Rose Oakar, ‘[Fort Allen] was very much like a concentration camp. These poor people are living, caged animals. Their souls are being taken away.’
- Fort Allen at GlobalSecurity.org