Pine Bluff Arsenal Army Base
Joint Munitions Command
10020 Kabrich Circle, Pine Bluff, AR 71602-9500
Pine Bluff Arsenal (PBA) is a United States Army installation located in Jefferson County, Arkansas, just northwest of the city of Pine Bluff. PBA is housed on 13,493 acres with 665 buildings, 271 igloos and storage capacity of 2,090,563 square feet. Additionally, PBA has more than 5,000 acres of land with the potential to be developed.
PBA is one of nine Army installations in the United States that stored chemical weapons. PBA supplies specialized production, storage, maintenance and distribution of readiness products, and delivers technical services to the Armed Forces and Homeland Security. PBA also designs, manufactures and refurbishes smoke, riot control, and incendiary munitions, as well as chemical/biological defense operations items. It serves as a technology center for illuminating and infrared munitions and is also the only place in the Northern Hemisphere where white phosphorus munitions are filled. Its Homeland Security mission includes first-responder equipment training and surveillance of pre-positioned equipment.
The Pine Bluff Arsenal is a very small installation. The population is primarily DoD civilians.
The closest airport to Pine Bluff Arsenal is Little Rock National Airport, which is about a 45-minute drive. This airport is serviced by all major airlines.
Directions from Little Rock National Airport:
- Depart onto Airport Rd, then bear right onto Annie M Bankhead Dr/ Bankhead Dr.,
- Take ramp right onto I-440 West
- Take exit 138B, then take ramp left for I-530 South toward Pine Bluff then take exit 32.
- Follow this road until you see the Plainview Gate.
- Just to the left of this gate will be a complex of buildings. Find the building marked Pass & ID. This is where you will get a badge to get you on post.
There are taxi’s available from the airport to the Arsenal, however, this is a 45-minute drive and could be costly.
Gate access is restricted. Anyone without a military ID will be required to have a background check which could take up to 10 minutes. During normal business hours, you will report to Pass and ID if after hours the background check will be done at the gate. Plainview Gate is closed during the weekend and is open Monday-Friday 5:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Dexter Gate is open 24 hours.
The Military Personnel office should be the first location you visit coming on the installation for In-processing. In and out-processing procedures vary form organization to organization therefore, you should contact your sponsor or your unit for the procedures. All soldiers coming to the Pine Bluff Arsenal should check in with their unit on arrival. Once on the installation, you should visit Army Community Service for in-briefing and settling in services. Army Community Service can supply you with all you need to get settled in.
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 an Arkansas school, a child must be at least 5 years old by August 1st. 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.
Jefferson County Department of Human Services 303-271-1388
Through early childhood education, adult and child protection, job training, food assistance, Medicaid, and other programs, Human Services helps people build better, safer lives.
Arkansas Division of Child and Family Services 501-682-8770
The Division of Children and Family Services is responsible for safety of children and youth in Arkansas. DCFS is responsible for child abuse and neglect prevention, protective, foster care, and adoptive programs.
Jefferson County Humane Society 870-247-2677
Handles pet adoptions, pet licensing, lost and found animals, and more.
Jefferson County Health Department 870-535-2142
Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office 870-541-5351
Base Operator (870) 540-3000
Civilian Personnel Office (870) 540-3077
EFMP Family Support (870) 540-3588
Family Advocacy Program (870) 540-3588
Housing Services Office (870) 540-3336
ID/CAC Card Processing (870) 540-3030
Information and Referral (870) 540-3217
In-Processing (870) 540-3030
Legal Services and JAG (870) 540-3131
Medical Appointments (870) 540-3409
Women, Infant and Children (870) 534-4200
There is a limited number of single family dwelling units located on post. The housing office along with Army Community Service maintains an up-to-date list of apartment complexes located in surrounding communities. For more information call 870-540-3336.
In Pine Bluff, the summers are hot and muggy; the winters are short, cold, and wet; and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 35°F to 92°F and is rarely below 22°F or above 99°F.
The hot season lasts for 3.9 months, from May 25 to September 21, with an average daily high temperature above 84°F. The hottest day of the year is July 22, with an average high of 92°F and low of 73°F. The cool season lasts for 2.9 months, from November 27 to February 24, with an average daily high temperature below 59°F. The coldest day of the year is January 16, with an average low of 35°F and high of 52°F.
The wetter season lasts 3.8 months, from March 5 to June 28, with a greater than 30% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 39% on May 15. The drier season lasts 8.3 months, from June 28 to March 5. The smallest chance of a wet day is 22% on September 20.
The overall cost of living index in Pine Bluff, AR is 85, which is 1% higher than the Arkansas average and 15% lower than the national average. The cost of living index is created from the following categories: goods/services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). As you can see, goods/services and housing make up the majority of the overall cost of living index. Everyday goods and services can be a good indicator of the general cost of goods in a given city. In this case, the goods and services in Pine Bluff, AR are 8% higher than the Arkansas average and 1% lower than the national average.
Pine Bluff is situated in the Southeast section of the Arkansas Delta and straddles the Arkansas Timberland region to its west. Its topography is flat with wide expanses of farmland, consistent with other places in the Delta Lowlands. Pine Bluff has numerous creeks, streams, and bayous. Bayou Bartholomew is the longest bayou in the world and is the second most-diverse stream in the United States. Large bodies of water include Lake Pine Bluff, Lake Langhofer (Slack Water Harbor), and the Arkansas River.
The Pine Bluff Convention Center is one of the state’s largest meeting facilities. The Arts and Science Center features theatrical performances and workshops for children and adults. Other areas of interest include downtown murals depicting the history of Pine Bluff, the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Historical Museum, Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame and the Arkansas Railroad Museum.
Recreational opportunities in Pine Bluff range from water sports and some of the best bass fishing in the state on the Arkansas River to golf or tennis. As host to 30–35 bass tournaments each year. Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Regional Park has earned Pine Bluff the nickname of “Bass Capital of the World”. A hunting and fishing exhibit features dioramas of outdoor activities and collections of hunting, fishing and conservation memorabilia in the Governor Mike Huckabee Delta Rivers Nature Center at Regional Park and the Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame at the Pine Bluff Convention Center both of which will draw thousands to the area each year.