U.S. Army Reserve Portage
The U.S. Army Reserve Center is located on Portage Road in Portage, Michigan at the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport (AZO).
Portage, Michigan is located Kalamazoo County, about 45 minutes south of Grand Rapids. The Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids is 58 miles from Portage, which is about an hour drive by car.
The Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) is about 126 miles from Portage, which is about a 2-hour drive by car.
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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
In Michigan, children are required to begin school by age 6 under state law. A Michigan State law enacted in the 2015-2016 school year states that in order to enroll in kindergarten, children must be 5 years old by September 1 of the school year in which they plan on attending kindergarten.
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/.
The area is served by these public school districts:
There are also several private schools in the area:
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.
Health and Community Services Department (269) 373-5200
The mission of the Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services Department is to prevent disease, promote health, and protect the over 263,000 residents of Kalamazoo County.
Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office (269) 488-8911
Humane Society of South Central Michigan (269) 963-1796
Kalamazoo Public Library (269) 553-7800
Department of Motor Vehicles
PLUS Branch Office in Kalamazoo
3298 Stadium Dr, Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Here is a list of the cable, Internet and telephone providers in the area:
Main Phone (269) 342-0632
2.3 miles from the Reserve Center
This area is near a shopping mall, a middle school, and if offers quick access to the highway.
6.2 miles from the Reserve Center
Woodbridge Hills is near two schools and has lots of shopping and amenities nearby.
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In Portage, the summers are warm, the winters are freezing and windy, 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 1°F or above 90°F. The best time of year to visit Battle Creek for warm-weather activities is from mid-June to early September.
Each year, the average precipitation, including rain and snow, for Portage is about 33 inches. Portage experiences significant periods of humidity; the muggier period of the year last almost four months from the beginning of June to the end of September.
Tornadoes are rare, but are possible in the area. In winter, temperatures occasionally plummet below 0 °F. The Kalamazoo/Portage area has been known for brutal snow storms as late as early April, but there are occasional winter days with no snow cover on the ground at all. Lake-effect snowstorms are commonplace in the winter.
Portage is located in Kalamazoo County, Michigan about 6 miles south of the city of Kalamazoo. It is the smaller of the two main cities included in the Kalamazoo-Portage Metropolitan Statistical Area. Located in southwestern Michigan, Portage is known for its extensive network of historical parks and trails used for cycling, walking, canoeing, and other recreational activities. Since the creation of the Portage Bikeway system in 1989, the trails have expanded to over 50 miles, over five times as long as the city’s expressways. Portage is equidistant from the cities of Chicago and Detroit, which are each less than 150 miles away. Grand Rapids, Michigan is less than an hour north of Kalamazoo.
In addition to the many beautiful parks in the area, Portage offers a variety of family-friendly things to do. The Air Zoo Aerospace & Science Museum is a popular attraction that features over 100 rare and historic air and space artifacts, amusement park-style rides, a theater and historical exhibits for all ages. Another popular attraction is the Gilmore Car Museum, which is a vintage car collection & historic diner.
Western Michigan University is a public research university in Kalamazoo that includes an aviation program that is ranked as one of the top 5 aviation programs offered in the United States.
Other notable sites in the area include Bishop’s Bog Preserve Trail, the Kalamazoo Nature Center, Crane Park, and Kindleberger Park.
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