U.S. Army Aviation and Missile LCMC, U.S. Army Materiel Command, Missile Defense Agency
U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, Aviation & Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center
Aerobee Road, Bldg 3443, Redstone Arsenal, AL 35898
Redstone Arsenal is a United States Army post adjacent to Huntsville in Madison County, Alabama and is part of the Huntsville-Decatur Combined Statistical Area. The Arsenal is a garrison for a number of tenants including the United States Army Materiel Command, Army’s Aviation and Missile Command, the Missile Defense Agency of the Department of Defense, and NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.
Redstone Arsenal is the heart of the Army’s rocket and missile programs. It was at Redstone Arsenal that Dr. Wernher von Braun and other German rocket experts developed the first ballistic missile, leading to the establishment of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in 1960.
On July 17, 1997, the former Army Missile Command combined with the aviation portion of the U.S. Army Aviation and Troop Command (ATCOM), creating a new organization at Redstone Arsenal, the United States Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM).
Redstone Arsenal remains the center of testing, development and doctrine for the Army’s missile programs, as well as continuing to host the Marshall Space Flight Center, NASA’s field center for propulsion analysis and development, which developed the Saturn rocket family in the 1960s and propulsion systems for the Space Shuttle in the 1970s and 1980s.
There are 157,223 active duty, retirees, and military families, as well as 27,620 civilian personnel assigned to Redstone Arsenal Army Base.
Huntsville International Airport is about 11 miles from Redstone Arsenal and is the largest commercial airport in northern Alabama.
With the potential for domestic and foreign terrorism, security is given high priority at Redstone Arsenal. Gate guards are posted around sections of the installation. Proper vehicle registration and individual identification are required.
Individuals should sign in at their assigned unit prior to reporting to in-processing. In-processing paperwork is available at HHC AMCOM, Bldg 3494, Honest John Road. Permanent duty soldiers assigned to Redstone report to HHC AMCOM, Garrison, Bldg 3494, Honest John Road.
There are no barracks on post to house soldiers. Arrangements for temporary housing may be made through IHG Hotel – Redstone by calling 256-924-7701/7707.
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 Alabama school, a child must be at least 5 years old by September 1st of the school year. Check with the school for 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.
Alabama Department of Human Resources 256-737-5300
Helps Alabama families live safe, healthy and successful lives. It fulfills this mission by providing children, youth, families and adults care, services and treatment to thrive in their homes and communities.
Family Services Center 256-551-1610
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.
Greater Huntsville Humane Society 256-881-8081
Handles pet adoptions, pet licensing, lost and found animals, and more.
Madison County Health Department 256-539-3711
Division of Emergency Management 334-774-2214 (non emergency)
Alabama Highway Patrol 334-983-4587
Base Operator 256-876-5397
The base has privatized government housing which includes ten General Officer Quarters and 352 family housing units for other officers and enlisted personnel. Call 256-430-1517.
5.8 miles from Base
Nice, quiet neighborhood with a playground and park. Madison City schools which are top 30 in the state. Fairly priced homes.
8.4 miles from Base
New neighborhood with a pool, playground and clubhouse. Affordable homes. Several schools within a mile or two.
In Huntsville, the summers are hot and muggy; the winters are short, very cold, and wet; and it is partly cloudy year round.
The warmest month (with the highest average high temperature) is August (89.9°F). The month with the lowest average high temperature is January (50.1°F). The month with the highest average low temperature is July (69.7°F).
The best time for warm-weather activities are from early May to late June and from early August to early October.
Compared to the state average of Alabama the cost of living index in Huntsville, AL is 99, which is 10% higher than the average in Alabama and compared to the national average it is 1% lower.
If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In Huntsville, AL goods and services come in at 11% higher than the average in Alabama and are 7% higher than compared to the nationwide average.
Madison County includes 806 square miles stretching from the southernmost ridges of the Appalachians to the Tennessee River.
Madison County is the site of Alabama’s top paid tourist attraction, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. The space museum celebrates America’s space program, which was forged in Huntsville, known as “Rocket City” because Huntsville is where the rockets were developed that put men on the moon. The Huntsville Botanical Garden, a 112-acre flowering oasis, is at the city’s heart, and the county also prides itself on its welcoming Southern hospitality, a vibrant culture and arts scene and local sports teams.
Its location along the Tennessee River offers almost endless opportunities for fishing, boating, water skiing and other outdoor activities. At 35,000 acres, Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge is a great place to hike the five interpretive trails, observe wildlife, bird-watch, fish, hunt and boat.
There are many outdoor activities to enjoy, including skiing, white water rafting, and hiking. There are also many family-friendly activities, restaurants, and shopping areas in the nearby city of Watertown.
Some points of interest include Sackets Harbor, Watertown Farmers Market, Thousand Island Winery, New York State Zoo at Thompson Park, Black River Trail Head, and Keewaydin State Park.