Federal Facilities in New Hampshire
NH Air National Guard – 157th Air Refueling Wing, Pease Air National Guard Base – Portsmouth. The 157th Air Refueling Wing operates from Pease Air National Guard Base in Portsmouth, and includes the 133rd and 64th Air Refueling Squadrons flying the KC-135R Stratotanker, the 260th Air Traffic Control Squadron, and the 157th Medical Mission Support and Maintenance Squadrons.
New Hampshire Army National Guard—The NH Army National Guard is headquartered at the NH Military Reservation in Concord, NH, with a training facility facilities in Center Strafford, and unit facilities dispersed at 10 other locations throughout the state. The Army and Air Guard are commanded by the Adjutant General.
US Air Force—New Boston Air Station. The U.S. Air Force oversees the operations of the New Boston Air Station (NBAFS). Built in 1942, NBAFS currently serves as one of eight worldwide Air Force Satellite Control Network Tracking Stations, providing critical satellite command and control capability to Department of Defense and civilian satellites, and National Atlantic Treaty Organization and other allied nations' satellite operations. NBAFS also supported National Aeronautics and Space Administration Space Shuttle missions. NBAFS is home to the 23rd Space Operations Squadron, an element of the 50th Space Wing, headquartered at Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, CO.
US Army Corps of Engineers—Cold Regions Research Engineering Laboratory (CRREL), 72 Lyme Road Hanover, NH 03755. (603) 646-4100. The Cold Regions Research Engineering Laboratory is a major operating unit of the US Army Corps of Engineers Engineering Research and Development Center (ERDC). Commencing with the purchase of Alaska from Russia in 1867, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been involved in cold regions research and development. During World War II, organizations were created which, in 1961, were brought together to form the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory at Hanover, NH. CRREL works in the area of environmentally sustainable development of major energy reserves beneath Alaska's North Slope, reducing freeze-thaw damage to military facilities in the northern tier and Alaska, developing more effective year-round construction methods, capitalizing on current and developing remote sensing technologies to meet management and emergency response needs, and helping the nation to restore a rapidly deteriorating infrastructure. And, as always, there is a continuing challenge to improve the fighting capability of the military in the cold environment. CRREL offers public tours: hours and dates listed on their website.
US Army Corps of Engineers—Dam Sites (Everett & Hopkinton) The US Army Corps of Engineers oversee operations of the New England Regional Dam Sites. Two dams systems provide flood control for the Connecticut River Basin:
- Otter Brook dam – Otter Brook
- Surry Mountain Dam – Ashuelot River
Five dams protect the Merrimack River Basin:
- Franklin Falls – Pemigewassett River
- Blackwater Dam – Blackwater River
- Hopkinton Dam – Contoocook River
- Everett Dam – Piscataquog River
- Edward MacDowell Dam – Nubanusit Brook
In addition to flood control, each dam has associated recreational sites operated by the Corps of Engineers.
US Department of Agriculture—US Forest Service, Northern Research Station/Forest Sciences Laboratory 271 Mast Road Durham, NH 03824. 603) 868-7600. The mission of the Forestry Sciences Laboratory is to help people sustain healthy and productive forests through basic and applied research, software and tool development, and delivery of information. The Center consists of four research work units, staffed by 23 research scientists and 17 support personnel. Center staff are based at the Forestry Sciences Laboratory in Durham, NH and the Bartlett and world-famous Hubbard Brook experimental forests in New Hampshire. Research expertise includes silviculture, ecology, mensuration, wildlife, remote sensing, physiology, pathology, geology, biometrics, and modeling.
US Department of Agriculture—US Forest Service/White Mountain National Forest, 71 White Mountain Drive Campton, NH 03223. (603) 536-6100. The U.S. Forest Service oversees operations and services of the proud White Mountain National Forest. Established in 1918, today the Forest has grown to almost 800,000 acres in New Hampshire and western Maine, and is one of the most popular in the country - with upwards of 6 million visitors annually. The White Mountain National Forest is within a day's drive of 70 million people. The WMNF includes 1200 miles of hiking trails, 400 miles of snowmobile trails, 160 miles of the Appalachian Trail, 23 developed campgrounds, 6 ski touring areas, 4 alpine ski areas and 6 Congressionally-designated Wildernesses totaling 149,500 acres.
US Department of the Interior—Fish & Wildlife Service, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301. (603) 271-3211. New Hampshire is home to the Regional Office for the New England Region. The Central New England Fishery Resource Office and the Nashua National Fish Hatchery are located in Nashua. Five National Wildlife Refuges are located within the state: Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge, John Hay National Wildlife Refuge, Sylvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge and Wapack National Wildlife Refuge.
US Department of the Interior—National Parks Service. The National Parks Service manages two national parks in New Hampshire: a significant portion of the Appalachian Trail, and the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site. Also found in New Hampshire are designated Natural Landmarks, Heritage Areas, Historic landmarks and Historic Places.
US Department of Justice – Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) Berlin. Completed in mid- 2011, FCI Berlin will house approximately 1152 medium security and 128 minimum security inmates when the facility is activated. It will employee 320-340 full-time staff, and will contribute approximately $40 million annually to the local economy. Information on this is given in a separate page on this site.
US Department of State—National Visa Center & National Passport Center – Portsmouth, NH.
After the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) approves immigrant visa petitions, the USCIS forwards the petitions to the National Visa Center (NVC) in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, for immigrant visa pre-processing. The National Passport Center processes applications for US passports.
US Department of Veterans Affairs – Statewide. The VA operates a number of facilities in New Hampshire, with the Manchester VA Medical Center the most prominent. Outpatient clinics are provided in Portsmouth, Somersworth, Conway and Tilton, and Veterans Centers are located in Auburn, Gorham and Manchester.
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