Formerly an active military base, the Grissom Air Reserve Base sits
approximately 10 miles south of Peru, Indiana. The base was originally
named the Bunker Hill Air Force Base, but was renamed on May 12, 1968
for Indiana native and Apollo I astronaut Lieutenant Colonel Virgil I.
The base is economically very important to Peru and other nearby communities as it is the largest employer in Miami County. It currently houses the 434th Air Refueling Wing. The Army, Marines, and Navy also maintain reserve bases at Grissom as well.
The civilian section, formerly a part of the active base, has a number
of restaurants, a golf course, a housing subdivision in the Maconaquah
School District, several industries, and the Grissom Air Museum which
has several historic military aircraft on display.