Community Activity and
a. Post Situation and
(1) Surrounding Context. Fort Caribe is located on
the fringe of a metropolitan area, in a semitropical envi-
ronment. Although the urban center is barely twenty
minutes away, its facilities provide only minor service to
the post population, because of social and interest differ-
ences. The terrain is generally flat, with minor hills
around the post. The vegetation is lush. The climate is
moderate, with constant warm temperatures and high
humidity, and frequent rain-showers.
(2) Post Mission and Population. The post mission is
one of readiness: support to the National Guard, equip-
ment maintenance, supply warehousing and recruitment.
It is a small post with 800 military personnel, including
360 families, housed on post. A high proportion of
dependent children, roughly 700, brings the total post
population over 1800. Fort Caribe's facilities also serve
a substantial population of National Guardsmen, Army
reserves, and retired military personnel in the area.
(3) Geography. The layout of Fort Caribe is compact
and well organized (see figure 6 - 38). The main road
enters the post at the northwest edge and passes the
major operations area on the left, before coming to the
post administration headquarters at the geographic
center of the post. Extensive family housing areas,
including elementary and high schools, encompass a
continuous band along the southern rim of the post.
Troop housing is clearly separated, in one area across
the road from the post headquarters and near the opera-
tions area. A complex of post exchange, commissary,
general education center with library, and chapel exists
to the west of the post headquarters. An officers' club,
joint enlisted men's/NCO club, movie theatre, outdoor
multiple sports courts, and nine-hole golf course are to
the east of the headquarters.
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