Fort Rucker Army Base
1st Aviation Brigade; 110th Aviation Brigade, 23d Flying Training Sqdn
Fort Rucker is a U.S. Army post located mostly in Dale County, Alabama with some small sections in Coffee, Geneva, and Houston counties. The main post has entrances from three bordering cities, Daleville, Ozark and Enterprise. The original name of the post was Ozark Triangular Division Camp, but before the camp was officially opened on 1 May 1942, the War Department named it Camp Rucker. It was named in honor of Colonel Edmund W. Rucker, a Civil War Confederate officer, who was given the honorary title of “General,”. He became an industrial leader in Birmingham after the war. The name was changed to “Fort Rucker” in October 1955.
The post is the primary flight training base for Army Aviation and is home to the United States Army Aviation Center of Excellence (USAACE) and the United States Army Aviation Museum.
Training, doctrine, and testing are all key parts of the Army Aviation Center’s mission to develop Army Aviation’s capabilities. All Army Aviation training has been undertaken at Fort Rucker since 1973, as well as training of US Air Force and ally helicopter pilots and air crew. The Center is home to the US Army Aviation Technical Test Center (ATTC), which conducts developmental aircraft testing for Army Aviation. The United States Army Operational Test and Evaluation Command’s Test and Evaluation Coordination Office and TH-67 primary and instrument training are both located at Cairns Army Airfield.
Operational units on the post include the 1st Aviation Brigade and the 110th Aviation Brigade handling Army Aviation training, and the USAF 23d Flying Training Squadron for the training of Air Force helicopter pilots and air crew.
There are about 5,100 service members, 6,400 civilian and contract employees, and 3,200 military family members assigned to Fort Rucker Army Base.
Entry to the post is through three main gates: the Ozark Gate from the east, the Daleville Gate from the south and the Enterprise Gate from the west. In processing signs posted at each of the main entrances to Fort Rucker point permanent party Soldiers to the Soldier Service Center, Bldg. 5700 to formally in process.
The Cribbins Soldier Service Center, located on Novosel Street between Andrews Avenue and 5th Avenue, is a one-stop venue for all military and civilian personnel services.
Student Soldiers will receive in processing instructions upon reporting to the student company as indicated on their orders.
TRICARE Information and News
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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.
Dothan Child and Family Services 334-793-2237
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.
Department of Public Health 334-774-5146
Division of Emergency Management 334-774-2214 (non emergency)
Alabama Highway Patrol 334-983-4587
Base Operator (334) 255-9725
Chaplain (334) 255-2989
Child Development Center
Civilian Personnel Office (334) 255-9015
Dental Appointments(334) 255-3393
EFMP Family Support (334) 255-9277
Family Advocacy Program (334) 255-3898
Family Child Care (334) 255-3446
Housing Services Office (334) 255-3161
ID/CAC Card Processing (334) 255-1857
Information and Referral (334) 255-3817
In-Processing (334) 255-2869
Legal Services and JAG (334) 255-3482
Medical Appointments (334) 255-7000
NAF Human Resources Officer (334) 255-1265
Welcome Center (334) 255-3161
The military family housing at Fort Rucker has been privatized under the Army’s Residential Communities Initiative (RCI) program authorized by the Military Housing Privatization Act enacted into law in 1996. Currently, there is no wait list for housing at Fort Rucker. Family housing may be contacted at 334-255-1205 / 334-255-1854 and Corvias Military Living Leasing Office can be reached at 334-503-3644 / 334-503-3600.
Country Club Meadows
6.9 miles from Base
On the golf fairway with a pond. Cul-de-sac so very quiet and little traffic. Good neighborhood for families.
6.3 miles from Base
Safe and friendly neighborhood. Can be loud due to helicopters flying over but low traffic otherwise. Great for kids – can bike and walk many places.
In Dale County, the summers are long and hot; the winters are short and cold; and it is wet and partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 41°F to 91°F and is rarely below 27°F or above 96°F. The area gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 70 days per year.
The best times of year for general outdoor activities are from mid April to late May and from mid September to late October.
The average cost of living in Enterprise, AL being 92, that puts it 3% higher than the average of Alabama and 8% lower than our nation’s average.
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 Enterprise, AL, the price of goods and services are 6% lower than the average of Alabama as well as 9% lower than the nation’s average.
The Dothan Regional Airport (DHN), located on the north side of the city in Houston County, provides regional airline service. An excellent road network makes it easy to drive to the post from any direction. If you are coming from Ozark via Highway 231, turn onto Alabama 249 westbound (also known as Andrews Ave.) and continue driving until you reach the Ozark Gate. If you are traveling from Enterprise, take Rucker Blvd., to the Enterprise Gate. From Dothan, take Highway 84 West, turn right at the Daleville exit, continue driving on Daleville Ave. for about two miles and then enter the post at the Daleville Gate.
As a thriving county, the Ozark area meets the needs of both its residents and visitors. A plenitude of dining options, historic homes, walking tours, festivals, parks, and numerous outdoor activities.