Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia

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Overview

3d Infantry Division soldiers who have just returned from the Middle East in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Official Army graphic

In 1967, the Army acquired Hunter Field and developed the U.S. Army Flight Training Center to be used in conjunction with the flight training being carried out at Fort Stewart. Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield combine to provide the nation with a trained, equipped, and ready fighting force, capable of deploying anywhere in the world. Hunter Army Air Field plays a large part in supporting the training and activities of the Rangers.

Hunter's 11,375-foot-long runway supports the installation's rapid deployment needs as any aircraft can land at Hunter. Because of this, Hunter Army Airfield is an alternate landing site for NASA's space shuttles.

Claiming more than 350 acres, 50 C-17 Globemaster aircraft can be on the ground at one time. With its state-of-the-art Departure/Arrival Airfield Control Group Facility, soldiers and cargo can be deployed efficiently and responsively.

Hunter Army Airfield has consistently proven its rapid deployment capabilities in recent operations including the 1991 Gulf War and deployments to Egypt, Kuwait, Bosnia, and Kosovo; and, most recently to operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Location/Driving Directions

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Hunter Army Airfield (HAAF) is located in Savannah, Georgia canvassing about 5,400 acres. The HAAF area is included in several sub-communities in Chatham County.

On 95 South (From South Carolina) Get off at Exit 87 (Coastal Highway/GA Hwy 17). Turn left on GA Hwy 17 South. Travel 4.5 miles to GA Hwy 196 West. Veer to the right on GA Hwy 196 West. Travel 8.9 miles to US Hwy 84 West, turn right at the T-junction. Travel 4.3 miles to General Stewart Way (just past the Shoney's on the right). Turn right at General Stewart Way and follow directions to the Fort Stewart main gate.

On 95 North (From Florida)Get off at Exit 76 (Midway & Sunbury Rd). Turn left on US Hwy 84 West. Travel approx. 15 miles to General Stewart Way (just past the Shoney's on the right). Turn right at General Stewart Way and follow directions to the Fort Stewart main gate.

On 16 East (From Macon). Go east to I95 South. Get on 95 South. Follow instructions for (From South Carolina).

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Population/Major Units Assigned

Change of command ceremony at Hunter Army Airfield. Photo courtesy U.S. Army; Photo Credit: Spc. Monica Smith

Hunter Army Airfield has approximately 5,000 soldiers on station.

It is home for units of the 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized) headquartered at Fort Stewart. Major divisional units stationed at Hunter include the 3rd Aviation Brigade and 603rd Aviation Support Battalion. Non-divisional units which make up the major tenant units include the 260th Quartermaster Battalion; the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment; 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne and the 224th Military Intelligence Battalion (Aerial Exploitation). The Coast Guard Air Station Savannah is also located on Hunter Army Airfield. It is the largest helicopter unit in the Coast Guard providing Savannah and Coastal Georgia with effective search and rescue coverage.

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Main Phone Numbers

Photo courtesy U.S. Army; Photo Credit: Pvt. Jared Eastman

Hunter Army Airfield Main Phone Numbers:

The area code for Hunter Army Airfield is 912; DSN is 729.

AAFES (PX) 315-8380
Army Community Service 315-6816
Child Development Services 315-2743
Class VI Store 354-4770
Commissary 315-5711
Dental Clinic 315-5417
Directorate of Community Activities and Services 315-5525
Directorate of Public Works 315-2371
Education Center 315-5084
Garrison Command Group 315-5801
Garrison Staff Duty Officer 315-5000
Guest House 315-3780
Housing Office - On Post Housing (GMH Military Housing) 459-2133
Housing Office - Off Post Housing Referral Office 315-5327
Public Affairs Office 315-3739
Safety Office 315-5814
Shoppette 354-4770
Truscott Air Terminal (DAACG) 315-4902
Tuttle Army Health Clinic 315-6800/6811
Youth Services 315-6075

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Temporary Lodging

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Hunter Lodging is a combination of 30 two-bedroom suites, 10 single rooms, and two Distinguished Visitor two-bedroom suites. Soldiers and family members on official duty orders/PCS to and from the installation have priority. Rooms are "space available" for leisure travel depending on the season. Families can stay up to 30 days when relocating with extensions granted under special circumstances. Rooms for leisure travel can be reserved up to 14 days in advance; maximum stay is 7 days and can be extended if rooms are available.

All rooms are furnished with kitchenettes, microwave, dishware, flatware, pots, pans, toaster, iron, ironing board, hair dryer, and coffee maker with complimentary continental breakfast and daily coffee. Daily housekeeping services are provided. Complementary Washers, dryers, and ice machine are located on the premises. Televisions with HBO are provided.

A limited amount of rooms are available at Army Lodging for soldiers with pets. There is a nonrefundable fee of $45 for pets and an additional charge of $3 per night per pet. Up to date health and shot records are required when checking in plus cage. Some off-post hotels may accept pets for a nonrefundable fee. Make reservations ahead of time and make sure there are accommodations for your pet. Pets on the restricted list will not be allowed to stay at Army Lodging.

Personnel desiring information concerning lodging at Hunter Army Airfield may contact the Hunter Lodging Office, Building 6010

Hunter Lodging telephone numbers is (912) 355-1060,7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

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Housing

The new baracks for Rangers at Hunter Army Airfield. Photo courtesy of ASACE

Hunter Army Airfield has 612 family housing units in 5 neighborhoods. All units are equipped with a stove, refrigerator, and dishwasher. Quarters are also equipped with air conditioners and washer/dryer hook-ups.

To apply for on-post housing contact Balfour Beatty at 912-459-2133 or apply in person at the Balfour Beatty Community Management Office upon arrival. A copy of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders assigning you to Hunter Army Airfield or Ft. Stewart must accompany your application for on-post quarters. In addition, you will need documents such as military I.D., proof of dependants, marriage certificate, birth certificate for all children living in quarters, divorce papers, Leave and Earning Statement (LES), a copy of orders, Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS), when you apply for on-post housing. If a soldier has recently been promoted to the grade E-4, a copy of the promotion orders must also be provided. The date of your application will be the date you signed out of your last duty station if you apply within 30 days of signing into Hunter Army Airfield. If the service member fails to report to the Housing Office within 30 days after signing into the unit, no advance application credit is given and the date of the application becomes the date of eligibility for placement on the waiting list.

The Housing Referral Office can provide you a list of rentals with corresponding locator maps and give you information regarding the communities in which the rentals are located.

The following E-5 and below Personnel, may be authorized to reside in off post housing

Single Pregnant Soldiers - may move off post 60 days prior to the due date
Homeowners - Soldier who has purchased a home near installation prior to notification of assignment to that installation.
Service Member married to Service Member

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Schools

There are no schools on the installation for residents of government housing. Children living on post must attend one of the Public schools in the Savannah area with bus transportation contracted through Laidlaw Transportation.

To register in the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System you will need the Child's Social Security Card, Certified copy of Birth Certificate,Georgia Certificate of Immunization, Georgia Eye, Ear, and Dental Certificate, Recent Report Card, Proof of address all furnished to the Student Placement Office at 208 Bull Street, 912-201-5584. The Placement Office will inform you of which school your child will attend.

There are currently 15 magnet schools with three tracks of learning. Transportation will be provided for magnet school students who reside more than 1.5 miles from their choice school. Please contact to set-up audition/testing date or turn in required academic information to the school.

For information on homeschooling please call 912-201-5584 or Call the School Liaison Officer.

There are several private schools in the Savannah area, and some with religious affiliations. You may contact the School Liaison Officer, 912-767-6533, who has information on Private Schools in areas around Fort Stewart/HAAF.

Hunter Army Airfield has many Education/Learning Centers that offer many educational opportunities. Soldiers, family members and Department of Army Civilians can attend programs on a space available basis.

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Child Care

Fire prevention Month at the Child Development Center. Official Army graphic

Hunter Army Airfield Child Development Center is located in Building 1284, Middleground Road, Hunter Army Airfield, and can be reached by calling 912-352-6115.

There is a $20 registration fee to register your children in either the Child Development Center (CDC) or the Family Child Care (FCC) program. The registration office can be reached at 912-315-5425. Registration hours Mon-Fri 8:30 am until 5:00 pm.

The Hunter CDC is open Monday through Friday, 6am - 6pm. The Center is closed all Federal Holidays.

The center offers:

Full Day Care - children 6 weeks to 5 years of age for working parents requiring child care on a regularly scheduled basis. Services for children 4 weeks of age is also available for sole and dual military parents.
Hourly Care - Meets the needs of parents requiring short-term care on an intermittent basis.
Pre-K Program - 6 1/2 hours a day for those parents who would like their children to attain readiness skills for school.
Wrap Around Pre-K - Offers a regularly scheduled program for the preschool aged child, providing before/after school care.

Family Child Care (FCC) homes operate on Hunter. Provided by family members and civilians who have gone through state certification procedures and FCC certification procedures, the care provided is regulated by the U.S. Army and both the individual and the home will be certified by CYS before children may be enrolled. For more information call the FCC Director at 912-767-2311

The School Age Services program provides before and after school care, as well as care for all teacher workdays.

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Medical Care

Tuttle Army Health Clinic. Official Army graphic

Tuttle Army Health Clinic is located on Hunter Army Airfield serves active duty soldiers, their family members, and retirees and their family members. For care that can not be met at Tuttle Clinic, Winn Army Community Hospital (WACH) at Fort Stewart, is available.

Clinic appointments are available for the Outpatient Clinic, Family Practice Clinic, Pediatric Clinic, and referrals are done for specialty clinics.

Only children with an appointment for medical care are allowed in the clinics.

Dental care for active-duty military personnel is available, depending on the individual's unit of assignment. Dental care for family members at the DENTAC is on a limited basis only.

Under DoD regulations, family members of active-duty sponsors with two or more years remaining (one year if returning from OCONUS) on active duty are eligible for enrollment in the TRICARE Family Member Dental Plan and must receive their care through private sector dental offices.

Care at the DENTAC for those eligible is limited to "backup" emergency care in which a civilian provider has not been able to provide the necessary treatment. Family members not eligible for the insurance plan and their family members have been authorized to receive emergency services and limited space-available care on a standby basis.