Fort Custer Training Center

1201 Denso Road, Battle Creek, MI 49037

ABOUT

Fort Custer Training Center, or more commonly known as Fort Custer, is a federally owned and state-operated Michigan Army National Guard training facility. As one of the most heavily used Midwest training facilities, Fort Custer is used mainly for company level small arms and maintenance training purposes. Other branches of the armed forces use this facility for training. Built in 1917 for military training during World War I, it was originally named Camp Custer until it was officially designated Fort Custer in 1940.

Home to the 177th Regiment, Regional Training Institute, and the Regional Maintenance Training Site, Fort Custer offers a state-of-the-art distance learning center, barracks and dining facilities for visiting units. In addition, the new August Armory is located within Fort Custer’s boundaries.

In addition, Fort Custer has its very own pentagon-shaped building, similar to the Pentagon in Northern Virginia. The Fort Custer Education Center is a state of the art Training and Conference Center with on-site Billeting with 242 single billets, 5 Multipurpose Rooms, four classrooms and a 210 person auditorium that can be combined for a variety of training uses.

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ARRIVAL

The Fort Custer Training Center is located 4 miles west of downtown Battle Creek. The Main Entrance to the Training Center is off of Denso Road. From I-94, take Exit 92 North (Climax Road) to Hill Brady Road (second traffic light). Go west (left) on Denso Road, 1/2 mile to the Denso Road Gate. Proceed west then northwest, along 26th Street, to the Fort Custer Cantonment Area.

Once on base, follow the NSCC signs that point the way to Moran Hall (between the Chapel and Custer’s First Stand).

Fort Custer Training Center security requires the following from all personnel entering the base:

All guests must have a current driver’s license of NSCC/NLCC ID card with them when they arrive.

Drivers must be prepared to show current proof of insurance, and car registration.

All persons, vehicles, bags, and packages are subject to search.
Weapons of any type are not allowed on base.

Fort Custer Training Center is located northwest of the W.K. Kellogg Airport on Mustang Avenue off of W Dickman Road.

Battle Creek is situated on Interstate 94 midway between Detroit and Chicago. The nearest large airport is the Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR) in Grand Rapids, which is about 50 miles away, or a 1-hour drive by car.

The Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) is about 106 miles from Battle Creek, which is about a 1.5-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:

Battle Creek Public Schools
Lakeview School District
Pennfield Schools

There are also several private schools in the area:

Battle Creek Academy (Seventh Day Adventist)

Battle Creek Area Catholic Schools

Battle Creek Christian School (PK-6)

Fort Custer is located in Calhoun County, but is directly adjacent to Kalamazoo County to the west. For a complete list of all of the school districts in Kalamazoo County, visit this page.

Kalamazoo Public Schools

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

 

Battle Creek, Michigan

Calhoun County, Michigan

Calhoun County Public Health Department (269) 969-6370
The mission of the Calhoun County Public Health Department is to “enhance our community’s total well-being by promoting healthy lifestyles, protecting health, and preventing disease.

Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department (269) 969-6450

Humane Society of South Central Michigan (269) 963-1796

Willard Library (269) 968-8166

DMV office of Battle Creek
2545 Capital Ave SW
Battle Creek, Michigan 49015
(888) 767-6424

Utilities in Battle Creek:
Consumers Energy
SEMCO Energy Gas Company
Calhoun County Solid Waste and Recycling

Local cable, Internet and telephone providers in the area:
AT&T
JAS Networks
Comcast
DirecTV
Dish TV

Fort Custer Training Center (269) 973-6572 

Fort Custer Education Center Front Desk (269) 731-6126 

Fort Custer Education Center NCOIC (269) 731-6134 

Fort Custer Education Center OIC (269) 731-6199 

Housing

Housing is available in the areas surrounding Fort Custer, including Battle Creek and Kalamazoo.

Wilson/Coburn/Roosevelt
8.4 miles from Fort Custer

About 15 minutes from Fort Custer, this area offers housing for sale for rent near shopping and schools.

Springfield
3.6 miles from Fort Custer

Located east of Battle Creek, this popular area is near the airport, the medical center and shopping areas.

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Community

In Battle Creek, 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 Battle Creek is about 33 inches. Battle Creek 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.

In Battle Creek, MI, the overall cost of living index is 77, which is 13% lower than the Michigan average and 23% 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 Battle Creek, MI, the city’s goods and services are 8% lower than the Michigan average and 15% lower than the U.S. average.

Located in Calhoun County, Battle Creek, Michigan is nicknamed the “Cereal City” because it is home to several well-known companies, including the Kellogg Company and Kraft Foods. In 1983, the city of Battle Creek merged with Battle Creek Township, greatly increasing its population. The area has an estimated population of just over 51,000 residents.

Visit the popular Binder Park Zoo, which is located about 3 miles south of I-94 in Battle Creek. This 433-acre zoo features a large array of animals and plants, including the Wild Africa Exhibit. Another family-friendly attraction is Full Blast, an indoor-outdoor water and amusement park that includes activities for the whole family. Also, the Kingman Museum is located inside the trails of the Leila Arboretum and houses an extensive natural history collection and a Digistar Planetarium. Enjoy free admission on select hours on Saturdays and Sundays.

Additionally, a popular event is the Battle Creek Field of Flight Air and Balloon Festival, which is held every summer in July. This popular event includes a United States Air Show, hot air balloons, bands, a carnival and a fireworks show.

The Fort Custer State Recreation Area is a 3,033-acre area located between Kalamazoo and Battle Creek, with lakes, the Kalamazoo River, hiking trails and beautiful forests. This popular area provides all kinds of outdoor activities, including hunting, mountain biking, camping, horseback riding, hiking, and fishing.

You can also visit the Battle Creek Parks and Recreation website for more information about activities, programs and parks in the area.

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