Fort Carson, Colorado

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Overview

Fort Carson, the Mountain Post, is recognized as a prime facility to lead, train, and maintain while preparing soldiers to win on the battlefield. Located southwest of Colorado Springs, Colorado, the Fort Carson area is recognized for it's beautiful scenery. This installation is one of the most requested duty stations in the U. S. Army. It is considered the second most popular CONUS duty station, and adopted "Best Hometown in the Army" as its motto in 2007.

Fort Carson was established in 1942, following Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor. Less than one month later on January 6, 1942, it was announced that Colorado Springs had been selected as the site for an army camp. On February 22, 1942, Colorado Springs newspapers reported that the installation would be named Camp Carson in honor of Brigadier General Christopher "Kit" Carson, the famous frontiersman.

The mission of Fort Carson is to operate as an efficient, effective installation and power projection platform dedicated to the training, mobilization, deployment and sustainment of the Enhanced Separate Brigades of the 4th Infantry Division and the combat-ready forces assigned to the Mountain Post, while providing a caring environment for all in a climate of cooperation and partnership with civilian and military neighbors.

Official website of Fort Carson

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Location/Driving Directions

Fort Carson is located on the front range of the Rocky Mountains and is 60 miles South of Denver on Interstate 25 at Exit #135. The post is in the extreme Southwest corner of Colorado Springs. You can also enter the post from State Highway 115.

Colorado Springs Airport is about 10 miles from Fort Carson. The Armed Forces YMCA Booth, located near baggage claim area #4, is available for assistance. Military transportation is available 24 hours a day by calling 1-800-279-1151.

The Greyhound bus terminal is located at 120 S. Weber Street. For fare information, call the Greyhound terminal at 719-635-1505.Civilian taxi service from Fort Carson to downtown Colorado springs is approximately $10; to the airport is approximately $15.

In August 2002, Fort Carson became a 'closed' post. In order to gain access to the post, all new arrivals should report to Gate #1 on Highway 115 for a vehicle pass or to register your vehicle on post. Your current driver's license, proof of insurance, and vehicle registration information/papers will be needed.

Directions from Airport
Follow the Airport road exit West until you reach Academy Blvd. Turn left
Pass the exit for Fort Carson Gate #4 at B-Street. Continue West towards the front range
Take the State Highway 115 exit South towards Canon City
Pass the Fort Carson Gate #2 exit. After approximately two miles, Fort Carson Gate #1 will be on the left

Driving Directions From Denver

Take I-25 South to Colorado Springs
Take the South Academy Blvd Exit #135
Keep right at the fork in the ramp. Merge onto south Academy Blvd heading West
Pass the exit for Fort Carson Gate #4 at B-Street.
Take the State Highway 115 exit South towards Canon City
Pass the Fort Carson Gate #2 exit. After approximately two miles, Fort Carson Gate #1 will be on your left

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Population/Major Units Assigned

Medical Company Formation, Change of Command Ceremony. Official Army graphic

Over the years, the Fort Carson has grown to a military population of over 21,000 soldiers and is served by over 4,800 civilian employees.

Fort Carson is the home of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Brigade Combat Teams of the 4th Infantry Division, the 10th Special Forces Group, the 71st Ordnance Group (EOD), the 759th Military Police Battalion, the 10th Combat Support Hospital, and the 43rd Sustainment Brigade. The post also hosts units of the Army and Navy Reserves and Colorado Army National Guard.

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Main Phone Numbers

Statue of Brigadier General Christopher "Kit" Carson. Official Army graphic

Fort Carson's main telephone numbers:

Commercial (719) 526-5811 or DSN 691-5811

Housing Office (719) 526-2322

Temporary lodging (719) 526-2527/4832

Housing Referral Office (719) 526-2323

Community Service (719) 526-4590

Childcare (719) 526-1100

Medical care

  • Appointments (719) 526-7000

    Tricare (888) 874-9378

    Benefits (719) 264-5000

Commissary (719) 526-5644

Post exchange (719) 576-4000

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Temporary Lodging

The Fort Carson Colorado Inn Guest House. Official Army graphic

The Colorado Inn, the post's temporary lodging facility, is operated on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations should be made up to 60 days in advance. TDY personnel and PCS families will be housed on a priority basis.

Currently, there are a total of 181 rooms available for service members on post. Smoking and non-smoking rooms are available. Children under 16 stay for free. The Colorado Inn has also contracted with several local, name-brand hotels to provide rooms for overflow personnel. These hotel contracts provide for lower than normal rates for military personnel and families due to the number of rooms that we generally utilize in the Colorado Springs area. The hours of the Colorado Inn are 6:30 am until 1:30 am daily.

For reservations, call 719-526-4832 or DSN 312-691-4832.

No pets are allowed at the Colorado Inn.

If you are a Staff Sargeant or below travelling unaccompanied by your family, you will receive temporary billeting at the Replacement Detachment.

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Housing

Fort Carson is the first Army installation to have privatized housing. GMH Military Housing-Fort Carson acquired the contract in November 2003, will continue in the renovation project of the older housing. Leasing, assignments, and termination of on-post housing is conducted by Omni Property Management located in Bldg 7301 on Woodfill Road. The military member's Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) is paid, by allotment, for rent for the housing unit. Although, the housing is privatized, utilities (excluding telephone service) are free.

Each home is equipped with stove, refrigerator and washer/dryer hook-ups. Dishwashers are installed in some quarters.

Housing is available for all ranks. Housing units range in size from 2 to 4 bedrooms, some of them handicap accessible. Soldiers are placed on the waiting list for on-post housing in accordance with the soldier's eligibility date. This date will be established in the Housing office.

The waiting list for quarters currently varies from 12 to 24 months. The Housing Referral Office will consider waiting list variables such as grade, unit, number of family members, etc. Soldiers arriving from an unaccompanied tour (such as Korea) are given a waiting period adjustment based on the number of months they served on the unaccompanied tour. For instance, a 12-month adjustment will be made for someone who served a 12-month unaccompanied tour in Korea.

Fort Carson does not have any mobile home parks.

Off-post housing is available to rent or buy at prices that fall in the middle of a national average comparison scale, though the local cost of living is rising. Start the housing search early by contacting the Housing Referral Office on-post, as apartments sometimes prove scarce.

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Schools

Three elementary schools and a middle school are located at Fort Carson and are within the Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8. High school students living on post are bussed to nearby Fountain-Fort Carson High School. There are no DoD Schools in the area.

Students living off-post attend one of more than 150 public elementary, middle and high schools in the Colorado Springs area. These schools are supervised by the Colorado State Board of Education and administered by 10 school districts, each with its own elected school board. Each district sets its own enrollment criteria; however, most admit kindergarten children who are five years old on or before September 15. New students must provide proof of immunizations (DPT, polio, measles, rubella and mumps), birth certificate, previous school transcripts, and proof of residency.

Colorado Springs is also home to several private and charter schools and accredited higher education institutions.

Physicals are not required for most school registrations; however, local schools do require physicals for participation in sports. Contact TRICARE at 719-264-5000 for space available appointment times for physicals.

For further information, contact The Family Connection at 6070 Barkeley Avenue (Building 1354). Although school or district recommendations are not made, the staff does maintain accountability reports for all of the schools in the greater Colorado Springs area that will help you make informed decisions about the schools and/or districts you want your children to attend. The Family Connection is open Monday-Friday, 8 am until 4:30 pm.

Additionally, the Fort Carson School Liaison Officer can answer many of your frequently asked questions.

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Child Care

Fort Carson East Child Development Center. Official Army graphic

Fort Carson's Child Development Center (CDC) programs consist of full-day and hourly childcare for children six weeks to 5 years old in three centers with the following child care options:

East Center, located in Building 6058, offers full-day care. Phone: 719-526-5977
West Center, located in Building 6060, offers both full-day and hourly care.Phone: 719-524-0151/0152
The Annex, located in Building 6267, offers Kindergarten care, full-day care and a part-day pre-school . Phone: 719-526-3372/3171.

Some of the CDS programs do have waiting lists.

For registration information for all CDS programs, call 719-526-1100/1101.

Fort Carson also offers Family Child Care (FCC) homes, both on and off post. FCC providers are able to accommodate a variety of work schedules.Providers in home-based care follow the same guidelines and training schedule as the CYS center-based programs. For information, call 719-526-3338.

Fort Carson offers Before and After School care for youth in grades 1-4. Transportation is provided to and from on-post schools. Full day care is available for school out days. Winter Camp, Spring Camp and Summer Camp are offered according to the District 8 school calendar. Several clubs are offered during regular programming, including District 8 teachers in homework and computer lab, photography, 4-H and Junior Achievement.

Children who have special needs are required to be staffed through the Special Needs Resource Team (SNRT) before admission to CYS programs and/or activities. This team identifies the most appropriate child care program or activity placement for children with health issues, developmental delays, physical, social, emotional, learning or behavioral concerns.

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Medical Care

TriWest has two TRICARE Service Centers located on Ft. Carson to serve you during regular duty hours. Evans Army Community Hospital and the other is located in the Ft. Carson Welcome Center, Building 1218, Room 163. Portability can be done via telephone by calling(1-888-874-9378).

Humana Military Healthcare Services schedules military facility appointments for healthcare in the Ft. Carson area. To schedule an appointment call 1-719-457-2273.

Evans US Army Hospital is part of the Fort Carson Medical Department Activity (MEDDAC) of the US Army Medical Command. The hospital is Building 7500 at 1650 Cochrane Circle, near the intersection of Titus Boulevard and Harr Avenue.

Evans Army Community Hospital is named in honor of Specialist Four Donald W. Evans, Jr.,who was awarded the Medal of Honor for action at Tri Tam, Republic of Vietnam, where he gave his life while administering medical aid to his fellow soldiers.

The hospital is comprised of two distinct buildings separated by a glassed Commons Area. The five-story Tower at the front of the hospital houses all Inpatient Units, the Operating Suite, the Delivery Suite, Nursery, Radiology, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Emergency Room, and the Nutrition Care Division. The two-story Clinic Building contains all Outpatient Clinics, the Command Suite, and other administrative support functions. The Commons Area, which provides the main entries into the building, also houses patient service activities such as Outpatient Records, Outpatient Pharmacy, Admissions and Dispositions, Hospital Treasurer, PX, Barber Shop and Chapel.

Evans Army Community Hospital is located in the TRICARE West Region or Region 19. If you are moving to Ft. Carson from another region and plan to continue to use TRICARE Prime as your health care benefit, you must change your TRICARE enrollment.