San Juan Army National Guard Support Station Information: 787-724-1295
The San Juan Army National Guard Aviation Support Station is located at approximately 18°27′24″N 066°05′54″W in the Isla Verde area of the Island Of Puerto Rico. The San Juan Army National Guard Aviation Support Station is found near the Convention Center District of Isla Grande, previously referred to as Miraflores. The facility is directly adjacent to the Fernando Luis Ribas Dominicci Airport and is loosely bordered by the Condado Lagoon and Miramar. The actual facility itself is located within an industrial / commercial district of Isla Verde, surrounded on three sides by the waters of San Juan Harbor in addition to multiple bays and inlets. The climate is tropical, with year round warm weather, high humidity and heavy rainfall (average of 66in per year). Outside of the industrial and commercial areas the Island of Puerto Rico is heavily forested and relatively low elevation with the highest point, Cerro de Punta standing slightly over 4,000 feet in elevation.
The Island Of Puerto Rico has been used for United States military purposes since the early days of World War II. The San Juan Naval Air Station was established directly next to San Juan Harbor and served as a maintenance stationing point for both United States Navy ships and planes. At its height, the San Juan Naval Air Station was home to 5 patrol squadrons of sea planes, massive dry dock maintenance and repair facilities for naval ships, a fuel supply and refinement center, a defense housing project, storehouses and support facilities. The area that was once the San Juan Naval Air Station has undergone a dramatic transformation in the 21st century and is now an upscale trendy neighborhood. Since the close of World War II military presence has declined on the Island but still remains.
The primary mission of the San Juan Army National Guard Aviation Support Station is to provide aviation maintenance support, repair and maintenance for United States and allied aviation components in the region. The main aviation components supported are those of Puerto Rico Army National Guard and U.S. Army South aviation units serving in the Caribbean. Units supported directly on the Island Of Puerto Rico include the 156th Airlift Wing out of Muñiz Air National Guard Base and rotating US air squadrons coming into Fort Buchanan, a US Army National Guard base on the Island. Aircraft supported include both fixed wing and rotary craft with the majority being C-130 Hercules transport air craft, UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters and UH72 Lakota light utility helicopters.
Information on public access to the San Juan Army National Guard Aviation Support Station can be obtained by contacting the base operator at 787-289-1580.