Fort Carson Army Base
4th Infantry Division, 10th Special Forces Group
6001 Wetzel Ave, Fort Carson, CO 80913
Fort Carson Army Base is one of the Army’s youngest installations, located southwest of Colorado Springs, Colorado. This post is recognized as one of the world’s premier locations to lead, train, and maintain while preparing Soldiers to win on the battlefield. The Mountain Post Garrison Team provides units mission support and services including quality of life programs for the Fort Carson Soldiers, families and the community to enable forces to execute expeditionary operations and to minimize stress on Soldiers and families in a time of persistent conflict.
Exercises and deployments continually hone the skills of Fort Carson soldiers. When not deployed, soldiers train annually at Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site and the National Training Center near Barstow, California. Additionally, units participate in joint exercises around the world, including Central and South Africa, Europe, and Southwest Asia. In 2003, most Fort Carson units were deployed in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Troops from the 984th Military Police CO, 759th Military Police BN were also sent in support of the guard mission at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba. President George W. Bush addressed soldiers and family members at the post on November 24, 2003, in praise of the soldiers’ determination and the sacrifices their families have made.
Fort Carson’s beautiful scenery has made it one of the most requested duty stations in the U.S. Army. It is considered the second most popular CONUS duty station, after Fort Lewis, Washington, and adopted “Best Hometown in the Army” as its motto in 2007.
There are 13,815 Active Duty, Guard, Reserve, military family members, and DoD personnel assigned to Fort Carson Army Base.
All inbound Soldiers, Colonel and below, must sign in at the Replacement Detachment CQ, building 1456. To ensure installation in-processing is quick, simple and convenient, all in-processing requirements are completed while you are at the Replacement Detachment.
For additional information, call (719) 526-6961 or (719) 524-4475.
Replacement Detachment Address: 1783 Nelson Boulevard, Bldg 1456, Fort Carson, CO 80913
If reporting during duty hours, Soldiers must be in uniform. Soldiers are authorized to report in civilian attire after 1500 and on weekends; however, you must be clean shaven IAW AR 670-1. If you are taking PTDY in conjunction with your leave and it is annotated on your leave form (Block 17), you must report to the Housing Office, building 1225, room 189, to get your leave form stamped. If you do not have this stamp, you will be charged 10 days of leave instead of PTDY. Upon completion of PTDY, sign for in-processing.
For additional information, call (719) 526-6961 or (719) 524-4475.
Housing Office Address: 1225 Evans Street, Bldg 1225, Fort Carson, CO 80913
All Soldiers on assignment to Fort Carson should bring with them all CIF. When you report, you must have the following documentation:
• All assignment orders and amendments
• DA Form 31 (leave form)
• Copies of profiles (P3 and above only)
• Medical record (if given by your losing command)
• Dental record (if given by your losing command)
It is highly recommend to carry assignment orders, leave forms, military/DOD identification, marriage certificates, immigration paperwork and passports, shot records, pet records, medical and dental records, and school records.
Transportation from Colorado Springs Airport: The Fort Carson airport transportation kiosk is located on the ground level by baggage claim. For pick-up arrangements, call the Replacement Detachment CQ in advance at (719) 526-6961 or (719) 524-4475
TRICARE Information and News
For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.
Check the US News Health directory online at https://health.usnews.com/doctors/search to find the best doctor for your family.
The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website https://findadentist.ada.org/.
FOR THE CHILDREN
To be enrolled in a Colorado school, a child must be at least 5 years old by September 1st. Check with the school for other requirements.
Colorado is unique because it is an Open Enrollment state. The Public Schools of Choice law (C.R.S. 22-36-101) allows resident pupils to enroll at schools in Colorado districts for which they are not zoned. Also referred to as Open Enrollment.
Your School Choices:
1. Attend the public school zoned for your neighborhood
2.Attend a public school out of your zone/district utilizing Open Enrollment
3.Attend a public charter school
5.Attend a private school
For more information about Fort Carson Army Base school resources, click here.
In 2010, the majority of states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit http://www.corestandards.org/.
Foutntain Fort Carson School District 8
Harrison School District 2
Wide Field School District 3
Cheyenne Mountain School District 12
Colorado Springs School District 11
Academy School District 20
Falcon School District 49
If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.
FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER
Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition. Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program. Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.
If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.
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When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.
Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit. There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.
Department of Human Services 719-636-0000
The El Paso County Department of Human Services (DHS) strives to protect the most vulnerable citizens while providing efficient access to the services provided by local, state and federal governments. They aim to keep families together and help them to become self-sufficient. They work closely with community organizations to stretch the safety net we provide even further.
El Paso County Child Protective Services 719-444-5700
Strives to create communities where children grow up safe from abuse, neglect and dependency, where adults are protected from domestic violence and where parents can be strengthened in their capacity to keep their family safe.
El Paso County Humane Society 719-473-1741
Handles pet adoptions, pet licensing, lost and found animals, and more.
El Paso County Public Health 719-578-3199
El Paso County Sheriff Office 719-520-7100
Base Operator (719) 526-5811
Barracks (719) 526-2424
Civilian Personnel Office (719) 526-8341
Dental Headquarters (719) 526-2006
EFMP Family Support (719) 526-0446
Family Advocacy Program (719) 526-4590
Family Center (719) 526-4590
Housing Services Office (719) 526-2323
ID/CAC Card Processing (719) 524-3704
Information and Referral (719) 526-4590
In-Processing (719) 526-9889
Legal Services and JAG (719) 526-5572
Medical Appointments (719) 524-2273
Suicide Prevention Hotline (719) 596-5433
On-base housing at Fort Carson Army Base is privatized and run by Balfour Beatty Communities. The current housing options include 3,060 units- 70% are enlisted with 308 new units to be built. The waiting list for on-base family housing generally runs from 6 to 18 months, based on number of bedrooms requirement and availability of homes. Call 579-1606 ext 250 for more information.
4.3 miles from Base
Cheyenne Mountain is a great community with many housing options. It is in the District 12 school system, which is one of the top in the Fort Carson Army Base area.
6.2 miles from Base
Fountain Valley has a lot of newer construction. The neighborhood housing is right out of the back gate of Fort Carson Army Base. The area offers affordable housing and a good school system.
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The hot season lasts for 3.8 months, from May 23 to September 17, with an average daily high temperature above 85°F. The hottest day of the year is July 21, with an average high of 92°F and low of 73°F. The cool season lasts for 2.9 months, from November 29 to February 26, with an average daily high temperature below 64°F. The coldest day of the year is January 17, with an average low of 38°F and high of 57°F.
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