Scott Air Force Base, an active United States military installation, is located in St. Clair County, about 35 minutes east of Downtown St. Louis via Interstate 64. The residential portion of the base had a population of 3,612 residents in 2010.
Each year in September, Scott Air Force Base hosts an Air Show. Admission is free and guests are treated to spectacular performances in the air by the Blue Angels, Tora-Tora-Tora, F-16, C-21 and C-17 demonstrations, the "Golden Knights" and others. Guest also get to view and even go into some of the many different aircraft parked on the tarmac. Food and beverage vendors are usually on hand because no coolers are allowed on Base.
Residents who live on base are served by the Mascoutah Community Unit School District #19. Scott Elementary School for grades Kindergarten through 5th grade is located on the base. Mascoutah Middle School, for grades 6th through 8th and Mascoutah High School, for grades 9th through 12th, are both located off base in the nearby community of Mascoutah. Webster University has a campus located on Scott AFB and offers Masters degrees in such areas as International Relations, Management and Leadership and Human Resources Development.
The private 18 hole Cardinal Creek Golf Course is located on Scott but is restricted for military personnel use only.
The history of Scott Air Force Base goes back to World War I when the US Secretary of War advocated for an increase in the role that aviation played in the war effort. The site for the new base was decided in 1917 and named after Corporal Frank Scott, who died in 1912 in an airplane crash. The name honors all who died during the beginnings of military airplane flight. Throughout the last century, Scott AFB has continued to remain important to our nation's defense even as its missions have changed for each conflict we find ourselves in. In view of its long history and historical importance, thirty-six buildings on the Base are on the National Register of Historic Places.
Scott Air Force Base Illinois 62225
Base Operator: 618-256-1110