Fort Devens Army Base
Army Installation Management Command
31 Quebec Street, Fort Devens, MA 01434-4479
Fort Devens is a United States Army facility located in the towns of Ayer and Shirley, in Middlesex County and Harvard in Worcester County in the state of Massachusetts. The installation spans across 5,000 acres and maintains 25 ranges, 21 training areas, and 15 maneuver areas. It is home to the United States Army Base Camp Systems Integration Laboratory as well as the United States Army System Integration Laboratory. Fort Devens is under the command the Army Installation Management Command (IMCOM) with a significant Army Reserve, Massachusetts Army National Guard and Marine Corps Reserve presence.
As the major Army Reserve presence in New England, Fort Devens provides operational, training and logistic resources to tenant, transient training and stationed units and area customers, provides standardized, effective and efficient services, facilities, infrastructure and quality of life to Soldiers, Family Members, Retirees and Civilian Employees as applicable to support the training, readiness and operational capability for all components and branches of the joint force, accomplished through responsible execution of funds and effective conservation of natural resources.
There are over 100,000 Active Duty, Guard, Reserve, family members, civilians, and retirees assigned to Fort Devens.
The closest airport is Logan International Airport located 51.1 miles from base.
The best way to get from Logan Airport to Devens is by limousine service. Travel time is one hour during non rush-hour times, more during rush-hour (7:00 – 9:00 a.m.) and (4;00 – 6:00 p.m). Delays are not uncommon to and from Logan Airport. Reservations should be made at least 2 days in advance of arrival. The cost will be reimbursed to you when you file your travel voucher at your servicing Finance and Accounting Office, but only if you have a receipt.
If possible, avoid using commercial taxis, which will cost you up to $70.00 from Logan Airport to Devens. This cost may not be fully reimbursed by the government. Always ask for and receive a receipt in order to be reimbursed for your official travel.
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Directions from Logan Airport to Fort Devens via Interstate 93 North:
- Follow signs to Sumner Tunnel.
- After toll booth ($2.00), stay in left lane through the tunnel, bear left on Interstate 93 North.
- Stay on Interstate 93 North for approximately 10 miles.
- Exit on to Interstate 95 South (Waltham exit).
- Stay on Interstate 95 South for about 7-8 miles, exit to Route 2 West.
- Stay on Route 2 West for approximately 23 miles (you will pass a rotary or traffic circle as you continue on Route 2 West).
- Continue on 2 West and pass under Interstate 495. Once you pass under I-495 you are fifteen minutes away from Devens, Exit 37B, Jackson Road, Devens.
- Take first right off Jackson Road.
- Left at first intersection
- First right to the MP gate for ID check
Directions from Logan Airport using the subway, then train
- Take the Airport Courtesy Shuttle to the Blue Line Station, Blue Line to State Street
Transfer to Orange Line to North Station, Boston, cost is approximately 85 cents.
- Take the train from North Station to the town of Ayer. Cost is approximately $6.00.
- Taxi from Ayer train station to Devens is approximately $6.00. A taxi stand is located one block from the train station on Main Street, Ayer.
Ayer Town Taxi 978-772-7220
Soldiers reporting for in-processing at Fort Devens should check in at the Fort Devens Welcome Center located at 61 Quebec Street, Building 683. The hours of operation of the Welcome Center are Monday through Friday from 0630-1600. In-processing generally takes several days to complete, and soldiers should bring their medical and dental records as well as a leave form and any financial paperwork. Military personnel must be in uniform to complete in-processing. For more information regarding specific procedures, call 978-796-3023 or DSN 256-3023.
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 Massachusetts school, a child must be at least 5 years old on or before August 31st of the school year. Check with the school for other requirements.
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/.
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.
Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (617) 748-2000
The Department of Children and Families (DCF) works in partnership with families and communities to keep children safe from abuse and neglect. In most cases, DCF is able to provide supports and services to keep children safe with parents or family members. When necessary, DCF provides foster care or finds new permanent families for children through kinship, guardianship or adoption.
Massachusetts Department of Health and Social Services
Massachusetts offers services and resources to keep you and your loved ones healthy, safe, and happy.
Massachusetts Humane Society (781) 335-1300
Massachusetts State Police (508) 820-2300
Base Operator (978) 796-2126
Chaplain (978) 796-3652
Dental Headquarters (781) 225-6789 (Press 5)
Family Advocacy Program (978) 796-3023
Family Child Care (978) 796-3023
Housing Services Office (781) 225-5638
ID/CAC Card Processing (978) 796-2130
Information and Referral (978) 796-3023
Legal Services and JAG (978) 796-2255
Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255
Housing while stationed at Fort Devens is found in surrounding communities. The Relocation office will help you with your search to find appropriate, affordable housing. For information on how to find Government housing, apartments and homes for rent or purchase, contact the ACS Office,
at (978) 796-3023.
Hanscom Air Force Base located around 25 miles from Devens has on-post housing. Any active duty military, except active duty National Guardsmen assigned within a one hour commute time of Hanscom AFB, is placed on a consolidated first come first serve priority 2 listing within their respective housing needs category, and offered housing as it becomes available. Hanscom AFB Base Housing office telephone number is 781-225-5638.
West Medford Line
24.5 miles from base
West Medford Line is a family friendly neighborhood in Winchester, MA.
6.8 miles from base
Harvard is a very small, quiet town located near base.
In Devens, the summers are warm, the winters are freezing, and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 18°F to 83°F and is rarely below 2°F or above 91°F.
The warm season lasts for 3.5 months, from June 1 to September 15, with an average daily high temperature above 73°F. The hottest day of the year is July 21, with an average high of 83°F and low of 64°F.The cold season lasts for 3.4 months, from December 2 to March, with an average daily high temperature below 44°F. The coldest day of the year is January 29, with an average low of 18°F and high of 34°F.
The wetter season lasts 5.0 months, from March 20 to August 20, with a greater than 29% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 35% on August 2. The drier season lasts 7.0 months, from August 20 to March 20. The smallest chance of a wet day is 22% on January 29.
The overall cost of living in Devens, MA is 11% lower than the Massachusetts average and 16% higher than the national average. The cost of housing in Devens is 22% higher than the national average and the cost of goods and services is equal to the Massachusetts average but is 20% higher than the rest of the country.
The Fort Devens area is mostly rural residential, however the region is surrounded by the larger cities of Worcester, Fitchburg, and Leominster. The Boston Metropolitan area is only 35 miles east of Fort Devens. The area offers a small town, rural atmosphere with apple orchards and quiet countryside.
Some points of interest include Doe Orchards, Coggshell Park, Animal Adventures, Boston Whale Watching Tours, New England Aquarium, Fenway Park, Sam Adams Brewery, Revere Beach, and Cape Cod.