Carlisle National Guard Readiness Center
1st Battalion, 108th Field Artillery Regiment
Carlisle Readiness Center & Field Maintenance Shop is located in the city of Carlisle, Pennsylvania in Cumberland County. The facility supports soldiers of the 1/108th Field Artillery and soldiers from Field Maintenance Shop-24. The $16.4 million complex was built in 2010 and replaced the Carlisle Armory and stable built in 1930 and the organizational maintenance shop built in 1949. Carlisle Readiness Center is approximately 1.5 miles from Carlisle Barracks, a United States Army facility.
The facility upgrade came after the Army decided to make the Pennsylvania’s Guard the first and only 56th Stryker Brigade, Interim Brigade Combat Team. The other five Interim Brigade Combat Teams are in the active Army. The upgraded facility has a kitchen, a large drill room, a fitness center, a computer lab, classrooms and conference rooms. There are also executive and recruiter offices, an operations center, a vault for weapons, and a briefing room. There are approximately 550 Guard members and engineers assigned to Carlisle National Guard Readiness Center.
The closest airport is Harrisburg International Airport located approximately 29 miles from base.
TRICARE Information and News
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FOR THE CHILDREN
In Pennsylvania, to be eligible for kindergarten a child must be 5 by September 1 of the school year. 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.
Pennsylvania Department of Human Services
The Pennsylvania Department of Human Service’s seven program offices administer services that provide care and support to Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable individuals and families.
Pennsylvania Department of Health
The Department’s mission is to promote healthy lifestyles, prevent injury and disease, and to assure the safe delivery of quality health care for all Commonwealth citizens.
Humane Society (412) 345-7300
Pennsylvania State Police (717) 783-5599
On-Post housing is not available at Carlisle Readiness Center.
North Ridge II
2.9 miles from Base
North Ridge II is a family-friendly neighborhood in Carlisle with newer homes.
Good Hope Farms South
10.4 miles from Base
Good Hope Farms South is a family-friendly neighborhood in Mechanicsburg with newer homes. There is a community pool and shopping areas close by.
In Carlisle, the summers are warm and humid, the winters are very cold, and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 23°F to 85°F and is rarely below 10°F or above 93°F.
The hot season lasts for 3.6 months, from May 28 to September 16, with an average daily high temperature above 76°F. The hottest day of the year is July 20, with an average high of 85°F and low of 66°F. The cold season lasts for 3.1 months, from December 1 to March 5, with an average daily high temperature below 47°F. The coldest day of the year is January 30, with an average low of 23°F and high of 37°F.
The wetter season lasts 4.9 months, from March 31 to August 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 June 16. The drier season lasts 7.1 months, from August 28 to March 31. The smallest chance of a wet day is 21% on January 28.
The overall cost of living in Carlisle, PA is 1% lower than the Pennsylvania average and 2% lower than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Carlisle, PA, the city’s goods and services are 2% lower than the Pennsylvania average and 1% lower than the U.S. average.
Carlisle Readiness Center is located in the city of Carlisle in South Central Pennsylvania, near the state capital at Harrisburg. The region is known as Cumberland Valley with the beautiful Appalachians and the Susquehanna River. The area offers a wide range of outdoor activities, including excellent fishing holes, the Appalachian Trail, and City Island with many recreational opportunities. The Appalachian Trail is public footpath that traverses the scenic and wild lands of the Appalachian Mountains. The trail, which is more than a 2,180 miles long, is in one of the most biodiverse units of the National Park System. City Island, in the middle of the Susquehanna River, is a 63-acre island featuring a miniature train, a carousel, miniature golf, arcade games, batting cages, beach volleyball courts, picnic pavilions, swimming, and more.
Cumberland Valley also offers a wide array of cultural and entertainment options including museums, art galleries, theaters, historic sites and sport venues. Popular nearby areas include Hershey, Harrisburg, Lancaster, York and Gettysburg.
Some other points of interest include Carlisle Quest, Carlisle Sports Emporium, Climbnasium Inc., Coliseum Megaplex, H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center, U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, and Whitaker Center for Science and Arts.
For more information on Cumberland Valley, check out the Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau’s website at www.visitcumberlandvalley.com