U.S. Army Reserve Portage

5243 Portage Rd, Portage, MI 49002

ABOUT

The U.S. Army Reserve Center is located in Portage, Michigan at the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport. The Army Reserve’s mission is to provide trained, equipped, and ready Soldiers and cohesive units to meet the global requirements across the full spectrum of operations. The Army Reserve is a key element in the Army multi-component unit force, training with Active and National Guard units to ensure all three components work as a fully integrated team. The purpose of the Reserve is to provide and maintain trained units and qualified persons to be available for active duty in the armed forces when needed, such as in times of war, in a national emergency, or as the need occurs for national security.
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ARRIVAL

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.

Resources

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
 

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:

Kalamazoo Public Schools
Portage Public Schools

There are also several private schools in the area:

The Gagie School (PK-8)
Hackett Catholic Prep (9-12)
Kalamazoo Christian Schools (PK-12)

 

 

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. 

Online course options: edX – Founded by Harvard University and MIT, offers high-quality courses from the world’s best universities and institutions to learners everywhere. Whether you are interested in computer science, languages, engineering, psychology, writing, electronics, biology, or marketing. Enroll today!

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.

 

Military Children and Teens Resource Guide

 

Portage, Michigan
Kalamazoo County, Michigan

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
(888) 767-6424

Local utilities in Kalamazoo County:
Water and Wastewater
Consumers Energy
Indiana Michigan Power
Midwest Energy Cooperative

Here is a list of the cable, Internet and telephone providers in the area:
AT&T
Spectrum
DirecTV

Main Phone (269) 342-0632 

Housing

Housing is not available at the Reserve Center, but the city of Kalamazoo and the surrounding areas, including Portage, offer housing for sale and for rent at reasonable prices.

Shannondale/Amberly
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.

Woodbridge Hills
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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We vet for Vets

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Report to Base is the #1 site for vetted, trustworthy realtors, mortgage brokers and home inspectors. Report To Base does all the hard work for you. All you have to do is click and call.

Be sure to let our partners know you found them at Report to Base!

Community

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.

Residents in Portage, MI enjoy a cost of living index of 85. This index is 3% lower than the Michigan average, and 15% lower than the national average. The following categories are used when determining the cost of living index for any given city: health care (5%), transportation (9%), utilities (10%), groceries (13%), housing (30%), and goods/services (33%). Clearly, housing and goods/services make up the majority of the formula for calculating the cost of living index. Because of this, the general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in Portage, MI, the average cost of goods and services is 8% lower than it is in Michigan, and it is 15% lower than the national average.

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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