Base Contact Information
Tooele Army Depot base operator: 435-833-3211, DSN 790-2852.
Public Affairs Office: 435-833-2693, DSN 790-2693
Identification and Registration Office: 435-833-2205
Geography and Area Information
The Tooele Army Depot (TEAD) is found at 40°32′N 112°20′W just south of Tooele Utah off State Highway 36, approximately 22 miles south of the Great Salt Lake and 40 miles southwest of Salt Lake City. The Depot is bordered to the east by the city of Tooele and western slopes of the Oquirrh Mountains and to the west by the Stansbury Mountains and Great Salt Desert. The southern border of the installation is marked by South Mountain West and South Mountain East while the northern section of the base comes to rest at the intersection of State Highway 112 and the city of Grantsville. The Toole Army Depot facility lies on 23,610 acres (36.9mi2) of high desert land and has 1,093 structures including 902 secure ammunition storage igloos. This gives the facility as a whole a storage capacity of 2,483,000ft2 (7.17mi2). The base employs a mixture of mostly civilian employees and few military personal though and full bird O-6 Colonel serves as the base commander. Most employees choose to live in the city of Toole or nearby Grantsville 11 miles northwest.
The Tooele Army Depot was established in 1942 and designated as the Tooele Ordinance Depot with the function of storing supplies, vehicles and ammunition for World War II forces in Europe and the Pacific. Following World War II the Toole Army Depot expanded to take control of the Deseret Chemical Depot which had been previous referred to as the “South Area”. In 1962 the Tooele Ordinance Depot was redesignated as the present day Tooele Army Depot and in the following years would be tasked with responsibility for maintenance of topographic equipment, tactical wheeled vehicles, construction equipment, generators, and troop support items. The Tooele Army Depot also expanded during that time to take command of the equipment repair facility for non-tactical generator rail equipment from the Ogden Utah Hill Air Force Base.
In the 1990’s the mission scope of the Toole Army Depot was gradually reduced, starting the removal of distribution, maintenance and troop support missions first recommended in 1993 and completed in 1995. This resulted in the removal of most military troops from the Tooele Army Depot. In 1999 the command of the non-tactical generator rail equipment repair facility was removed from Tooele Army Depot and transferred to the Warren Michigan Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command. In 2010 The Tooele Army Depot was designated as a center of industrial and technical excellence in the field of ammunition peculiar equipment.
Primary and Ancillary functions
The Primary mission of the Toole Army Depot is to be the western region hub for war reserve and training ammunition and serve as the National Control Point for ammunition peculiar equipment. The scope of this mission includes receiving, sorting, issuing, renovating, modifying, maintaining and demilitarizing of conventional munitions. Its mission priorities in regards to ammunition peculiar equipment includes storing, developing, fabricating, modifying, and distributing that equipment to forces and customers worldwide.
The mission of the Toole Army Depot is expanded to include facilities for general storage and equipment testing. The capabilities of the base include explosive performance testing, robotics, logistical support, non-destructive testing, machining, fabrication, repair, laser cutting, Slurry Emulsion Manufacturing and demilitarization.
The mission of Tooele Army Depot is such that public access is limited. Anyone non-employee personal requesting access must contact to the Identification and Registration office at 435-833-2205.