Redstone Arsenal

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Overview

Entrance near Post Exchange/Commissary. Official Army graphic

Situated in the heart of the Tennessee Valley, in northern Alabama, Redstone Arsenal is home to the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM), the Space and Missile Defense Command, numerous Program Executive Offices (PEO), and major components of the Defense Intelligence Agency and the Missile Defense Agency. Several tenant and satellite organizations are also home at Redstone Arsenal.

In 1941, Redstone Arsenal was built to produce conventional chemical ammunition to be used in WWII. Today, Redstone is the heart of the Army's rocket and missile programs. It was at Redstone Arsenal that Dr. Werner von Braun and other German rocket experts developed the first ballistic missile leading to the establishment of NASA's Marshall Spaceflight Center in 1960.

"Team Redstone's" mission: To perform basic and advanced weapons system research and development, placing the right missile and aviation systems with the troops, keeping them ready to fight, providing weapon systems, services and supplies to our allies, to manage weapon systems such as the Cobra and PATRIOT, and to support project managers within the program executive office structure.

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Location/Driving Directions

Official Army Graphic

Redstone Arsenal is located in the heart of the Tennessee Valley, in northern Alabama. It's a perfect area for those who enjoy fishing, hunting, boating, water skiing, picnicking, hiking, biking, or just sitting and enjoying the scenery. Redstone Arsenal's 38,248 acres are bordered by Huntsville, Alabama, on the north and east with the Tennessee River forming Redstone's southern boundary. Situated close to other metropolitan areas such as Birmingham, Alabama (100 miles), Atlanta, Georgia (246 miles), Chattanooga, Tennessee (103 miles), Nashville, Tennessee (125 miles), and Memphis, Tennessee (216 miles).

From Huntsville International Airport:
1: Turn LEFT (North) onto Houston Goodson Way
2: Turn RIGHT (North) onto Glenn Hearn Blvd SW [Houston Goodson Way SW]
3: Road name changes to Houston Goodson Way SW
4: Take Ramp (RIGHT) onto I-565 [US-72 Alt]
5: At exit 14, turn RIGHT onto Ramp (AL-255 / Rideout Rd)

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Population/Major Units Assigned

Redstone Arsenal is preparing for another BRAC realignment and is scheduled to grow in population. The current population includes 1900 active duty with 2600 family members, 60,000 retirees with 70,000 family members, and 24,000 civilian employees.

Redstone is home to the the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM), the U.S. Army Ordnance Munitions and Electronics School (​OMEMS), the Logistic Support Activity (LOGSA), an Army Materiel Command (AMC) separate reporting activity dedicated to providing world-class integrated logistics information and support for America's Warfighters; and the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC).

Redstone Arsenal is located on 37,910 acres and occupies 11.7 million square feet of building space.

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Main Phone Numbers

Redstone Arsenal’s main telephone numbers are Commercial (256) 876-2151 or DSN 746-2151.
American Red Cross 256-536-0084
Army Community Service 256-876-5397
Army Emergency Relief Assistance 256-876-5397
After Duty Hours Assistance 877-272-7373
Billeting 876-5713 876-8028
Chaplain 256-876-2409
Child and Youth Services 256-876-7952
Commissary 256-955-6627
Crisis Intervention/Behavior Medicine
Child and Spouse Abuse 256-876-8000
Community Mental Health 256-876-9085
Fox Army Health Clinic 256-955-8888
Legal Assistance 256-879-9005
Military Personnel 256-842-2411
Military Police 876-2222
Post Exchange 256-883-6100
Post Information 256-876-2151
School Liaison Officer 256-876-7801
Staff Duty Officer 876-7381
TRICARE 1-800-444-5445

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Temporary Lodging

Temporary lodging is available by calling 1-800-GOARMY1 or (256) 876-5713 or DSN 312-746-5713. The temporary billeting office is located at Bldg. 244, Goss Road.

Check in at Hotel Redstone is between 14:00 - 18:00 without giving a credit card. If arriving after 18:00 a credit card must be given to allow a reservation to be held until midnight. Unofficial reservations are given but NOT guaranteed. The subject can be "bumped" at any time. If this does happen they will make every reasonable effort to notify the guest. Hotel Redstone's phone numbers are 256-876-5713 | 256-876-8028.

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Housing

Family Housing at Challenger Heights, Redstone Arsenal. Official Army Graphic

The housing on Redstone Arsenal is quite limited for the number of people assigned to the installation. There may be a short wait from 30 to 90 days for on post housing. The Redstone Arsenal housing office phone number is (256) 842-0422.

Redstone Arsenal has three General Officer Quarters and 457 family housing units for other officers and enlisted personnel. Family housing units include central heat and air conditioning, dishwasher, range, and refrigerator. Some units have garages. The one and two-story facilities range from single to multiplexed units.

All permanent party personnel, accompanied by their families and assigned within the commuting area of Redstone Arsenal, are eligible for family housing. Accompanied students assigned to OMEMS for courses 26 weeks or longer are also eligible for family housing upon completion of paperwork from unit commander. Unaccompanied Military Personnel -- Most single Soldiers in grades E-6 and below are required to reside in the barracks. There are over 1,400 barrack spaces available.

In addition, there are 20 two-bedroom units located on the installation for single service members E-7 and above. Members in these pay grades may apply for on-post housing or reside off the post and draw basic allowance for housing (BAH)at the without dependent rate.

Currently, geographical bachelors in grades E-7 and above are housed on a space-available basis. These service members will be required to sign a recapture statement prior to being assigned bachelor quarters.

Assistance in locating off-post accommodations, rentals, and sales is available for all military and Department of Defense civilian personnel. The Housing Services Office is located in Building 3207 or call 842-0422 for assistance for your off-post requirements.

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Schools

Children living on Redstone Arsenal attend either public or private schools in Huntsville. Arsenal buses run daily scheduled routes from the post housing area to the designated schools. The city school system provides school bus transportation to Huntsville City Magnet Schools - the Academy for Academics and Arts, and the Academy for Science and Foreign Language. Special accommodations are available for physically or mentally challenged students.

Children entering kindergarten or the first grade must provide a certified copy of a birth certificate and a Social Security Card. Also, all children entering the Huntsville public schools for the first time must have an Alabama immunization certificate. This can be obtained at the Arsenal medical facility, from private physicians in Huntsville, or from the Health Department.

For more information on the local schools, contact the School Liaison Officer at 876-7801.

Several colleges, universities, and trade schools are within a short drive of Redstone Arsenal offering full or part-time courses. The University of Alabama in Huntsville, the Southeastern Institute of Technology, Calhoun Community College, Alabama A&M University, Oakwood College, J.F. Drake State Technical College, and several schools specializing in business training, are all found in Huntsville. There are many local and nearby universities and colleges which offer undergraduate and graduate courses.

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Child Care

Childcare at Redstone Arsenal.

The Redstone Arsenal Child Development Center (CDC) is open to children of active duty military, DOD civilians and contractors, Reservists, and full-time National Guard. It is located at Building 3145, Goss Road. The phone number is 256-876-7952.

The Philosophy of the CDC is based on "hands-on" active learning. The CDC offers a safe, nurturing environment that promotes the physical, social, emotional and cognitive growth of young children. The CDC is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and certified annually by the Department of Defense.

For children ages, 6 weeks – Kindergarten, Army Child Development Centers (CDCs) are on-post child care centers that offer full-day, part-day and hourly care.

Hourly care is provided at the Child Development Center from 0730 -1600. It is designed for families who need child care on an occasional basis for any reason. Reservations are required and may be made one month in advance, however, usage is limited to 20 hours per week per child.

Monthly tuition fees are based on a sliding scale of six income categories. Income categories are based on Total Family Income and are standardized throughout the Department of Defense.

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Medical Care

Fox Army Health Center.

Health care for military families is provided through the USA MEDDAC, which operates the ambulatory care clinic, Fox Army Health Center.

Fox Army Health Center is located on Goss Rd on the NW corner of Redstone Arsenal. At Fox Army Health Center health care services are offered to a population that exceeds 60,000 beneficiaries in the Tennessee Valley Area. Services include outpatient care in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Optometry, Physical Therapy, Behavioral Medicine and Preventive Medicine. They also provide Pharmacy Service and limited diagnostic services in Laboratory and Radiology. They also operate a Warrior Medicine Clinic, a Physical Exams Section, and an Aviation Medicine Clinic.

Appointments can be scheduled by calling (256) 955-8888, or ​toll-free at 1-800-223-9531. Every Thursday afternoon, clinics are closed for clinical training. Clinics are closed on federal holidays.

The Dental Clinic, administered by the Dental Command, is co-located in the same building. Family members can obtain medical care through these MEDDAC facilities located at 4100 Goss Road, next to the golf course, or by calling (256) 955-8888.