Eskan Village

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Eskan Village
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Coordinates24°34′55″N 46°51′43″E / 24.582°N 46.862°E / 24.582; 46.862Coordinates: 24°34′55″N 46°51′43″E / 24.582°N 46.862°E / 24.582; 46.862
Site information
Owner Saudi Arabia
Site history
Built1983
In use1990–Present
Garrison information
Garrison879 ESFS, OPM-FSF, OPM-SANG, USMTM

Eskan Village, officially named Eskan Village Compound, is a U.S. military compound located 20 kilometers south-east of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The base is home to the Office of the Program Manager - Facilities Security Force (OPM-FSF), Office of the Program Manager Saudi Arabian National Guard Modernization Program (OPM-SANG), and the United States Military Training Mission in Saudi Arabia (USMTM).

History[edit]

The 64 AEG in November 2010.

Eskan Village was built in 1983 during the reign of Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to house various bedouin tribes. The tribes declined to occupy the housing complex, and Eskan Village remained unoccupied until August 1990. At that time, the Saudi Arabian government authorized the use of Eskan Village for deployed U.S. servicemembers during Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm.[1]

In 1992, during the aftermath of the Gulf War, Joint Task Force Southwest Asia (JTF-SWA) was formed and headquartered at Eskan Village for the conduct of Operation Southern Watch. Eskan Village was home to the region's Combined Air Operations Center (CAOC) until it was relocated to Prince Sultan Air Base in September 2001. The transition was accelerated after the events of September 11, 2001.

After the bombing of the Khobar Towers on June 25, 1996, several U.S. military offices and housing facilities located in Riyadh and Dhahran were also moved to Eskan Village and Prince Sultan Air Base in an effort to mitigate possible future attacks.[2]

Air Force Force Protection and Operations Support[edit]

On September 5th, 2005 the United States Air Force activated the 64th Air Expeditionary Group to assume security, law enforcement and operational support for Eskan Village from the United States Army. After nearly nine years the Air Force deactivated the 64 AEG and transferred these duties to the 879th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron.

Later, on September 25th, 2017 the 379 Expeditionary Mission Support Group facilitated the transfer security and law enforcement operations from the 879th ESFS to the 341st Military Police Company; deactivating the 879th ESFS and effectively removing all Air Force personnel from Eskan Village.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Eskan Village Air Base".
  2. ^ Jones, T. Parker (13 February 1998), Military Presence and Theater Strategy: Recognizing MOOTW Restraints in CENTCOM, p. 16
  3. ^ "End of an era for the 879th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron". U.S. Air Forces Central Command. Retrieved 2018-01-20.

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