426 A St SE, Ephrata, WA 98823
The Ephrata Armory is an Army National Guard facility located in the small city of Ephrata, Washington about 3 hours east of the Seattle-Tacoma area and 2 hours southwest of Spokane. The Armory is a military storage facility housing arms, ammunition and equipment. The members of this unit train one weekend per month. The Washington National Guard is headquartered at Camp Murray and is prepared to mobilize and deploy during times of state emergency to augment local jurisdictions and responders in their efforts to protect lives and property.
The Washington National Guard is made up of more than 8,000 citizen soldiers and airmen who are dedicated to our mission of safeguarding lives, property and the economy of Washington State. Another Guard unit is located in Moses Lake just south of the Ephrata Armory.
The Ephrata Armory is located at the Army National Guard building off of A Street in Ephrata.
The nearest airport is the Ephrata Municipal Airport (EPH), which is just 2.0 miles from the Ephrata Armory.
The nearest large domestic airport is the Spokane International Airport (GEG), which is about a 2-hour drive by car. The Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) is 176 west of Ephrata, or a 3-hour drive by car.
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 Washington, students must be 5 years old on or before August 31 to enroll in kindergarten. But state law doesn’t require that students enroll in school until they’re 8 years of age, so parents can keep them at home or in child-care programs for an additional year, or more.
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 Ephrata Area School District consists of two elementary schools, one intermediate school, 1 middle school and 2 high schools.
Also, there are two private schools in Ephrata: New Life Christian School and St. Rose of Lima Catholic School.
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.
Washington State Department of Licensing:
Moses Lake Driver Licensing Office
1007 W Broadway
Moses Lake, WA 98837-2604
Cable/Internet/Phone providers in the area:
Main Phone (509) 754-4541
Division Ave. E
1.8 miles from the Armory
This area is near the airport, close to shopping and near the Columbia Basin Hospital.
Moses Lake/Blue Heron
19.7 miles from the Armory
The Blue Heron area is located near I-90, Blue Heron Park, and offers plenty of shopping nearby.
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In Ephrata, the summers are hot, dry and mostly clear, while the winters can be freezing and partly cloudy. The best months for warm-weather activities in the area is from late June to late August.
The hot season lasts for 3.0 months, from June 11 to September 13, with an average daily high temperature above 79°F. The warmest month, on average, is July with an average temperature of 74.2°F. The coolest month on average is December, with an average temperature of 27.4°F.
The rainy period lasts for about 8 months from October through the middle of June; the area receives an average of 8 Inches of rain per year. Additionally, from November through the end of February, the area averages about 22 inches of snow per year. There are about 192 sunny days per year in Ephrata.
Ephrata is the county seat of Grant County, Washington and is located about halfway between Tacoma and Spokane. With a population of a little over 8,000 residents, Ephrata is a small-sized city that was settled in 1886. The nearest large city is Kennewick, which is about 2 hours south of Ephrata. Moses Lake is about 25 minutes southeast of Ephrata, which offers additional shopping, dining and recreational opportunities.
The area offers a wide variety of outdoor recreational activities, including camping, hiking, fishing, and mountain biking. Additionally, there are several beautiful lakes in the area, including Moses Lake, Soap Lake and the Potholes Reservoir.
During the summer, the Splash Zone – Ephrata Community Pool is a popular, family-friendly spot that features a zero-entry pool, picnic tables and a waterslide.
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