Fort William H. Harrison
95th Troop Command, 208th Regional Training Institute, Training Center Headquarters, 190th Chemical Reconnaissance Detachment
2009 Williams St, Helena, MT 59602
Fort William Henry Harrison is a Montana National Guard training facility located near Helena, Montana. The post is home of the Montana National Guard’s Joint Forces Headquarters, 95th Troop Command, 208th Regional Training Institute, Training Center Headquarters, 190th Chemical Reconnaissance Detachment, as well as an Army Reserve training facility and Veterans Administration Hospital.
Fort Harrison is located in an intermontane valley and averages about 4,000 feet elevation. The surrounding mountains range from 7,000 to 9,000 feet elevation. Fort Harrison occupies 2,154 acres, an additional 1,727 acres are leased, and an additional 3,580 acres are used with a land use permit.
Fort Harrison provides training facilities and ranges for National Guard, Reserve, and active duty personnel from all four Services. Much of the post’s infrastructure, including ranges and training areas, has been specifically designed to support individual and collective training for Special Forces units up to Battalion in size. This has resulted in special operations units becoming a mainstay among Fort Harrison users. Fort Harrison and the Limestone Hills Training Area, 41 miles southeast of the main post, support training for several types of helicopter flights and gunnery, maneuver, demolition, and live firing of weapons from small arms to tanks.
The area west and southwest of Fort Harrison is part of the Yellowstone-to-Yukon Initiative’s Crown of the Continent ecosystem, the largest intact ecosystem in the U.S. This pristine landscape is one of only two remaining areas within the Yellowstone-to-Yukon region where grizzly bears, wolverines, and other wide-ranging species can migrate between the U.S. and Canada. Conserving the rangelands and watershed around Fort Harrison and Limestone Hills serves to protect the Crown of the Continent from becoming an island ecosystem isolated from other conserved regions while helping to sustain national defense capabilities.
The nearest major airport is Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport located 95 miles from base.
The only public transportation available to Fort Harrison from within Helena is Capitol Taxi service. Reservations for pick up and drop off may be arranged ahead of time by calling (406) 449-5525.
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.
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FOR THE CHILDREN
To be enrolled in a Montana school, a child must be 5 years old on or before September 10. 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.
Lewis and Clark Humane Society (406) 442-1660
Helena Police Department (406) 457-8866
Base Operator 406-324-3000
Family Readiness 406-324-3234
ID/CAC Card Processing 406-324-3249
Operations Center 406-324-3000
Training Site 406-324-3370
VA Medical Center and Ambulatory Care Clinic 866-369-8020
In Helena, the summers are short, warm, and mostly clear; the winters are freezing and partly cloudy; and it is dry year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 13°F to 86°F and is rarely below -6°F or above 95°F.
The hot season lasts for 2.8 months, from June 16 to September 10, with an average daily high temperature above 74°F. The hottest day of the year is July 27, with an average high of 86°F and low of 56°F. The cold season lasts for 3.2 months, from November 18 to February 25, with an average daily high temperature below 41°F. The coldest day of the year is January 1, with an average low of 13°F and high of 30°F.
The wetter season lasts 2.0 months, from May 4 to July 4, with a greater than 22% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 36% on June 7. The drier season lasts 10 months, from July 4 to May 4. The smallest chance of a wet day is 8% on February 5.
The cost of living index in Helena, MT is 2% higher than the average in Montana and 1% lower than the nation’s average. The cost of living index is made up of several categories. These are transportation at 9%, utilities at 10%, goods and services at 33%, housing at 30%, groceries at 13%, and health care at 5%. The bulk of the cost of living index comes from the categories of goods and services and housing. Everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator of the general costs of goods in a particular city. In Helena, MT goods and services come are equal to the average in Montana and 1% higher than the nationwide average.
Fort William H. Harrison is located 3 miles from Helena, the capital of Montana. The city is located between Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park. Helena has a rich gold rush history, and exploring Last Chance Gulch brings the history to life. Designated a ride center by the International Mountain Biking Association, Helena has over 75 miles of trails that originate in the Downtown area, offering visitors a world-class mountain biking or hiking experience. Rand McNally and Geocaching.com awarded Helena the Best of the Road “Best for Geocaching” title. Take a hike overlooking the beautiful Helena Valley. Hop aboard the Last Chance Tour Train to discover Helena’s history. Download the Walking App and tour the Westside Mansion District, featuring the elaborate homes of early miners.
Some other points of interest include Broadwater Hot Springs, Mount Helena City Park, South Hills Disc Golf Course, Great Northern Town Center, Original Helena Streetcar, Great Northern Carousel & Ice Cream, and ExplorationWorks! Montana’s Science Center in Helena.