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Camp Navajo
Navajo Depot Activity

The Navajo Depot Activity (NADA), designated Camp Navajo as of September 1993, is located in Bellemont, in north-central Arizona. It is 12 miles west of Flagstaff and 17 miles east of Williams. The facility encompasses 28,347 acres (About the size of the city of Boston) and is situated in heavily forested to grassy, gently rolling to steep hilly terrain approximately 7,100 feet above mean sea level. The facility consists 227 miles of roads, 38 miles of railroad, approximately 780 ammunition storage igloos; and its own electrical, water and waste water distribution systems.Facilities present at NADA include approximately 170 buildings of which 32 are currently used for administration, maintenance, operations, and storage. There are 776 igloo structures for storage of conventional (and formerly chemical) munitions. There is a demolition area in the southern portion and buffer zones along the eastern and western borders of the base.

The Navajo Depot Activity was created in 1942. The primary mission of the depot was to provide storage and further shipment of explosives and other strategic and critical commodities and conduct recovery and disposal of obsolete or deteriorated explosives and ammunition. Demilitarization activities ceased as of September 1994. A secondary mission is to support reserve training. In 1982, the Arizona Air National Guard (AZANG) became the facility operator. The revised mission for the National Guard is primarily a training mission, with the secondary support mission of leasing storage space to other federal and state entities.

Camp Navajo is operated by the Arizona National Guard as a National Guard training site and munitions storage depot. It is the only National Guard training facility anywhere, whose costs are largely covered by services paid by other DoD agencies for munitions storage services. The day-to-day operations of Camp Navajo are accomplished by a work force, most of whom are members of the National Guard.

The Camp has a unique concept of operations. The installation has three missions. These are: (1) Operate a National Guard training site (2) Provide command and control of the Arizona Army National Guard force structure in Northern Arizona (3) Provide depot-level storage services to various DoD customers. It is the third mission which enables us to run Camp Navajo like a business.

The Camp uses the revenues derived from munitions storage and maintenance to maintain the infrastructure and pay the salaries of more than three quarters of the personnel. Since these revenues helpto pay for the fixed costs necessary to operate a training site, the Camp is able to provide the Arizona National Guard with a training facility at a sharply reduced cost to its own budget. The success the facility has enjoyed in pursuing this concept of operations has attracted national attention.

During 1993, DoD discontinued the U.S. Army munition mission at Navajo Depot Activity and transferred the installation to the Arizona National Guard (AZNG). Tooele Army Depot managed the closing of the Fort Wingate Depot Activity in Gallup, New Mexico, the closing and transfer of the Navajo Depot Activity in Flagstaff, Arizona, and the realignment of the Pueblo, Colorado and Umatilla, Oregon Depot Activities.

The AZNG was given the authority to operate the facility as a National Guard training site and use the idle depot storage capacity to generate revenues; to support installation operations. Since that time the Camp worked to develop an ammunition storage facility which offers quality service and system maintenance at a competitive price. Because of our efficient use of manpower and streamlined operating systems, the Camp can offer services at a price significantly lower than the competition, while providing services that exceed customers' expectations. Customers include the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Air Force, the Defense Logistics Agency, the Defense Intelligence Agency and NASA. Primary customers for depot storage services are the U.S. Air Force (Minuteman II), the U.S. Navy (Trident I), and Defense Logistics Agency (strategic and critical materiel). The Camp also provides explosive storage services to other DoD customers ranging from small arms ammunition to large rocket motors. These customers have entrusted over $7,000,000,000 worth of their munitions. Most of this business has come to Camp Navajo as the result of referrals from satisfied customers.

Tenant activities that call the installation home are: the National Weather Service, U. S. Forest Service fire tower on Volunteer Mountain, and a seasonal AAFES Branch. Lockheed-Martin staffs a one-person liaison office at Camp Navajo. Military tenants include the 1404th Transportation Company(-)(AZ ARNG) and the 258th Support Center (Corps)(AZ ARNG).

Camp Navajo has a wide variety of training opportunities available for visiting units. The garrison training site can accommodate up to 600 personnel at a time. There are 20 single-person rooms in the Bachelor Officer Quarters, 50 two-person rooms in the Bachelor NCO Quarters and twelve open-bay billets which will accommodate 40 personnel per bay. There is office space for a battalion- size headquarters and five individual company-size offices.

Brown and Caldwell is leading a $1.8 million multiple site closure project for the Arizona Army National Guard at its Camp Navajo facility near Flagstaff. Work includes risk assessments, site characterization, remedial investigation, site remediation, community relations support, database support and preparation of a final closure report. Remediation activities are nearly complete throughout the base, except for the OB/OD area. The National Guard Bureau has proposed a buyout for the remaining activities that would be involved to complete close-out for all sites except for the OB/OD area.

Camp Navajo is open for hunting to all Arizona Army and Air National Guard personnel and those Guardsmen retired for service or disability. A percentage of permits are also available to the general public, Army, Navy, USMC and their reserve components. National Guard hunt numbers are available through their respective representatives.

As of late 1998, Camp Navajo was continuing with a major construction and repair of its facilities. This $4 million dollar project would renovate six ammunition storage igloos and make modifications to the transfer facility. A $350,000 road improvement contract was ongoing at that time. Twenty-five ammunition igloos were also being modified at a cost of $12 million. The waste distribution system was to be upgraded at a cost of $1 million and a new security building constructed at a cost of $400,000.

Camp Navajo is the only National Guard run facility and the only Army installation in the United States with responsibilities under the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START). The facility's industrial mission continued to grow and change with the arrival of the first Trident C4 second stage motors, signaling the beginning of that 20-year mission arrived in March 98. They are stored in one of the first six igloos modified under a MILCON (military construction) program. The first stage Trident C4 motors were received and stored. This action triggered notification under the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) for Camp Navajo to be declared a new storage site for the US ICBM stockpile.

Inspection teams from the former Soviet Union periodically visit the installation to verify count and serial numbers of Intercontinental Ballistic Missile rocket motors stored at the facility. A "baseline" inspection can be conducted within 60 days by the former Soviet Union for a newly declared facility. This will constitute the fifth visit to Camp Navajo by Russian inspectors.

Modifications to 28 remaining igloos began in May 1998. These facilities were to be modified to support the C4 storage mission through the year 2000. Each site was expected to cost $250,000.

As of late 1999, in support of the Trident I (C4) rocket motor storage mission, the U.S. Navy was conducting a five-year, $32 million military construction program to modify 72 munitions magazines at Camp Navajo. As of June 30, 1999, Phase 2 of this program had been completed and 28 igloos had been turned over to Camp Navajo for use.

Camp Navajo also provides a high level of service to its customers including the US Air Force Space and Missile Command (storage of Minuteman II/III rocket motors), the Defense Logistics Agency(storage of strategic and critical materials (raw rubber and tannin)), the Naval Surface Warfare Center, the Defense Intelligence Agency and the Aviation Troop Command(- receipt, storage, and shipment of ammunition to support the UH-64 (Apache) Helicopter Program). Other customers include Air Combat Command (receipt, storage, minor maintenance, and shipment of Air Launched Cruise Missiles (ALCMs)), and Hill Air Force Base (storage, refurbishment, and shipment of Bomb Dummy Units).

Projected activities for Camp Navajo for 1999 included a baseline inspection for Trident C4 and an update inspection for MMII.


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