Welcome to Scott AFB
Scott Air Force Base is located near Belleville, Illinois. Its host unit, the 375th Air Mobility Wing, is home to the headquarters of many major military organizations including the Eighteenth Air Force (18 AF), U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM), the Air Mobility Command (AMC), the U.S. Army Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC), and many more.
Like many bases that pre-date World War I, Scott Field started as an aviation training facility. By 1918, just one year after its establishment, Scott had graduated hundreds of pilots for the war effort. After the war, the base became a lighter-than-air (LTA) station and housed the Army Balloon and Airship School moved from Brooks Field, Texas. The second largest airship hangar ever made was constructed here between 1921-23, second only to the hangar at what is today NAES Lakehurst of JB McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.
By 1940, the mission at Scott Field had shifted yet again, this time acting as a Radio School training communications and radio mechanics. Graduates of the school participated in all theatres of WWII. Post-war, the classes and lessons learned at Scott Radio School helped to shape the future of the industry. In 1947, Scott Field became Scott Air Force Base and continued training, but in a new field: aeromedical evacuation. Thanks to this, Scott was ready to be formed into the air mobility base it is today.
Weather in the Scott-Belleville area tends to be warm in the summer with temperatures ranging in the 80-90s, and cold in the winter with temps in the 30s or lower. Annual rainfall in the area is 38 inches.
Local housing options are available nearby in cities such as Belleville, O’Fallon, Lebanon, Mascoutah, Swansea, and across the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri. Rents around this area run $400-$600 a month. A house in Belleville sells for an average of about $112,000.
About DoD Housing Network
Feel free to browse the homes for rent and homes for sale by owner (FSBO), as well as the local businesses that work with Scott AFB inbound soldiers and their families. Our goal at DoD Housing Network is to help you better understand Scott AFB and the surrounding communities, neighborhoods and activities. If you need temporary lodging upon your arrival to Scott AFB please visit our lodging section with available hotels close to base. Please note DoD Housing Network is not a government sponsored website.
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