Army Futures Command
Army Futures Command Headquarters
Army Futures Command is a United States Army command aimed at modernizing the Army. The AFC Headquarters will be located at the University of Texas in Austin. The Center for Defense Innovation, a dedicated space for Army Futures Command, AFWERX, Defense Innovation Unit, the National Geospacial Agency, and a team of Booz Allen Hamilton’s defense innovators, is located at the Austin tech hub Capital Factory.
Establishment of the Army Futures Command is the most significant Army reorganization effort since 1973. Army Futures Command will be the fourth Army Command and will be tasked with driving the Army into the future to achieve clear overmatch in future conflicts. It focuses on six priorities: long-range precision fires, next-generation combat vehicle, future vertical lift platforms, a mobile & expeditionary Army network, air & missile defense capabilities, and soldier lethality. AFC’s cross-functional teams (CFTs) are Futures Command’s vehicle for sustainable reform of the acquisition process for the future.
Futures Command (AFC) was established in 2018 as a peer of FORSCOM, TRADOC, and Army Materiel Command (AMC), the other Army commands (ACOMs—providing forces, training and doctrine, and materiel respectively). The other Army commands focus on their readiness to “Fight tonight” when called upon by the nation. In contrast, AFC is focused on readiness for future combat with near-peer competitors, who have updated their capabilities while the United States military has been fighting insurgents since 2001.
There will be approximately 500 military and civilian personnel assigned to Army Futures Command.
TRICARE Information and News
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FOR THE CHILDREN
To be enrolled in a Texas school, a child must be at least 5 years old by September 1st. Check with the school for other requirements.
Because of student mobility, Texas has adopted curriculum standards that are to be used in all the state’s public schools. The current standards, which outline what students are to learn in each course or grade, are called Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). The standards are adopted by the State Board of Education, after extensive input from educators and other stakeholders. For more information click here.
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.
Child Care Aware:
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.
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (512) 438-4800
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.
Texas Department of Health and Human Services (512) 776-2150
The Texas Health and Human Services Department provides information, referral, support and assistance to residents at risk of or experiencing economic hardships, neglect, abuse, juvenile crime, or incapacities related to aging or disabling conditions.
Austin Humane Society (512) 646-7387
Texas State Troopers (512) 424-2000
Base Operator (315) 772-6556
Chaplain (315) 772-5591
Civilian Personnel Office (315) 772-1049
Dental Headquarters (315) 772-4440
EFMP Family Support (315) 772-5476
Family Advocacy Program (315) 772-6929
Family Child Care (315) 772-2250
Housing Services Office (315) 772-9397
ID/CAC Card Processing (315) 772-5149
Information and Referral (315) 772-6799
In-Processing (315) 772-0423
Legal Services and JAG (315) 772-5261
Medical Appointments (315) 772-4655
NAF Human Resources Officer (315) 772-5393
Suicide Prevention Hotline (315) 772-9018
On-base housing is not available at Army Futures Command Headquarters.
17 miles from base
Round Rock is a medium-sized town with over 25 neighborhoods to choose from.
6 miles from Base
Manor is a small town near base with many newer homes.
In Austin, the summers are hot and oppressive and the winters are short, cold, and windy. It is partly cloudy year round and over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 43°F to 97°F and is rarely below 30°F or above 102°F.
The hot season lasts for 3.5 months, from June 3 to September 19, with an average daily high temperature above 90°F. The hottest day of the year is August 6, with an average high of 97°F and low of 75°F. The cool season lasts for 2.9 months, from November 26 to February 22, with an average daily high temperature below 68°F. The coldest day of the year is January 6, with an average low of 43°F and high of 61°F.
The wetter season lasts 4.6 months, from April 29 to September 15, with a greater than 24% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 35% on May 27. The drier season lasts 7.4 months, from September 15 to April 29. The smallest chance of a wet day is 14% on January 1.
The average cost of living in Austin, TX is 18% higher than the average of Texas and 7% higher than our nation’s average. This simple outline of the cost of living index was formulated using prices of: goods and services (weighted 33%), housing prices (weighted 30%), groceries (weighted 13%), utilities (weighted 10%), transportation (weighted 9%), and health care (weighted 5%). Thus, goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city’s goods. In the case of Austin, TX, the price of goods and services are 8% higher than the average of Texas as well as 1% higher than the nation’s average.
Centered in the heart of Texas, Austin, Texas has transformed from a booming college town to one of the largest, most vibrant cities in the U.S. Austin was even ranked as the number one best place to live on U.S. News’ Best Places to Live in the USA list. In downtown Austin, you’ll find a vibrant business district, wonderful restaurants, artistic communities and many apartments and condos to choose from. One of the area’s favorite spots, running through the heart of the city, is Lady Bird Lake, which offers canoes, paddle boats, and over 10 miles of endless activities, trails, and views. Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast, a foodie or someone who appreciates a stroll, you’ll love being able to call downtown Austin home.
Some points of interest include Barton Springs Pool, Mount Bonnell, Circuit of the Americas, Zilker Metropolitan Park, Esther’s Follies, and Rainey Street.