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Fort Rucker Relocation Information

 

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Welcome to Fort Rucker!

This 63,000-acre Army post serves as the headquarters for the U.S. Army Aviation Center for Excellence (USAACE) and USAG Fort Rucker. Home to the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence, this military installation prides itself on its ability to train, educate, and develop aviation leaders, enabling the soldiers on the ground to succeed at the very best. 

 

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As you can expect from a place focused on aviation, you’ll hear lots of activity overhead. The Apache, Chinook, Black Hawk, and Kiowa all call Fort Rucker home. And while it’s most known for aviation and is home to the U.S. Army Aviation Museum, Fort Rucker is host to a variety of tenants, including the 164th Theater Airfield Operations Group, Air Traffic Services Command, Aviation Center Logistics Command, School of Army Aviation Medicine, U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center, U.S. Army Dental Clinic Command, U.S. Army Warrant Officer Career College, USAF 23rd Flying Training Squadron, along with many others. 

 

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Soldiers from the 820th Red Horse Squadron turn away from the prop wash as a Nevada Army National Guard 1st General Support Aviation Battalion, 189th Aviation Regiment CH-47 Chinook helicopter takes off with a Humvee sling-load, April 15, 2011. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth on the USAACE and Fort Rucker Facebook Page)

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Frequently Asked Questions About Fort Rucker

1. What city is closest to Fort Rucker? 

 

Dothan, AL is approximately 20 miles southeast of Fort Rucker, but as far as big cities are concerned, Montgomery, AL (population just under 200,000), is about two hours north of the post. 

 

2. What is Fort Rucker known for?

 

Fort Rucker is known as the Home of Army Aviation. Aviation Officer and Advanced Courses at Fort Rucker began in 1984. After that, aviation continued to grow and has become a vital part of our military efforts today. 

 

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3. Where is Fort Rucker? 

 

Fort Rucker sits in the southeast corner of Alabama. It’s a quick drive from neighboring states, Florida and Georgia, and only a couple of hours from the Alabama state capital, Montgomery.  

 

4. Is Fort Rucker a good duty station? 


Whether or not a duty station is good or bad is relative—it depends on your personality, what you’re looking for, and where you’re moving  from. The surrounding area is quiet, which is welcoming to those who favor small towns. Big city lovers may be left wanting more, but may enjoy a trip down the road to Montgomery. Fort Rucker's proximity to fun destinations like Destin and Pensacola, Florida, in addition to the on-post amenities you’ll find here, all point to yes!

 

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Post Location & Information

Official Site: Fort Rucker

 

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Fort Rucker is located in the southeast corner of lower Alabama. It is approximately 40 minutes from the Florida state line and 45 minutes from the Georgia state line. The post has five entrances: Enterprise, Daleville, Ozark, Faulkner, and Newton. 

 

Newton is approximately 14 miles to the east, Enterprise is about 13 miles to the west, while Dothan lies around 25 miles southeast. 

 

When it comes to venturing outside the area, you’ll find a handful of fun weekend destinations. Pensacola is about two-and-a-half hours away, Destin is right around the two-hour mark, as is Montgomery. And Atlanta (if you’re looking for a big city getaway) is about three-and-a-half hours northeast. 
 

Nearby military installations: 

Fort Rucker is fairly isolated when it comes to other military presence in the region. You won’t find any other installations within an hours drive, however, there are a handful about two to three hours away. 

 

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Arrival Lodging

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Fort Rucker IHG Army Hotels handles arrival lodging for military families coming to post. It’s located just 20 miles from Dothan Regional Airport (DHN) and only minutes from Daleville, ensuring your travel hassle-free.  In addition to proximity to post amenities where you can get to know the lay of the land, this hotel offers a 24-Hour Fitness Center, continental breakfast, and pet-friendly rooms.

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Fort Rucker Housing

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Corvias Military Living manages Fort Rucker's military housing. It's divided into two distinct neighborhoods, each with a neighborhood manager and dedicated maintenance team. They offer playgrounds, a swimming pool, a 24-hour fitness center, and more. 

 

For more information, contact the Fort Rucker Housing Services Office

 

Location:  

9700 Division Road

Fort Rucker, AL 36362

 

Contact:  (334) 440-8988

 

Fort Rucker Military Housing Services Office

In addition to helping the military and their families find housing near Fort Rucker, the HSO offers unaccompanied service members housing for Staff Sergeant and above on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

 

Contact: (334) 255-1854 or (334) 255-2224

 

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Fort Rucker Off-Post Housing

View homes for sale and houses for rent near Fort Rucker: Fort Rucker Homes

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Many military families stationed at Fort Rucker who forgo military housing often settle in Enterprise or Ozark about 20 minutes or so from post. Enterprise offers more amenities and closer convenience to popular shopping versus smaller towns closer to post like Daleville, as well as a shorter commute than Dothan (about 40 minutes southeast of post). 

 

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Area Weather & Climate

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Alabama is in the heart of the Deep South and the weather lives up to its southern tradition. High heat and humidity begin late spring and run until about the end of September. The remaining fall and winter months are quite pleasing and temperate. Winter months can easily see temperatures in the 70s. The state of Alabama is classified as humid subtropical, with the northeast section of the state in the mountains usually much cooler.

Thunderstorms occur year-round, but are most common in the spring and summer. Tornadoes do occur here, as the state sits in the region of the U.S. known as "tornado alley." The southern portion of the state (Fort Rucker area) can also see hurricanes. 

Connect with Ready.gov to stay up to date on severe weather alerts and preparedness.

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Fort Rucker Area Schools

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There is a DoDEA school on-post at Fort Rucker,  which is great news for military families with young school-age kids living in military housing! 

 

Ellis D. Parker Elementary School serves grades PreK through sixth grade. 

 

Find the necessary registration documents required by the Fort Rucker School Liaison Officer.

 

Military families with older school-age kids or those who live off-post fall under a variety of school districts depending on where you live. 

 

Daleville City Schools

 

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Dothan City Schools

 

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Enterprise City School System

 

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Ozark City Schools

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For those interested in a private school education for your children, Private School Review is a great tool to help you find the right fit for you and your family. Families interested in homeschooling should follow the Alabama State Department of Education homeschool regulations.

 

For any questions or concerns, contact the Fort Rucker School Liaison Officer. 

 

Location: Building 132, Room 118


Contact:  (334) 255-9812

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Support for Military & Families

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Service members and their families moving to Fort Rucker may fall in love with the slower culture surrounding the post. Outdoor recreation is not lacking. With lots of lakes (five Fort Rucker lakes) and streams nearby, not to mention the proximity to the Gulf of Mexico, this region is a fisherman's paradise. You'll also find fishing, hunting, camping, boating, and more.

 

Find Fort Rucker hunting regulations, registration, and map here.  

 

When it comes to staying cool during the summer, no problem. You’ll find two pools, a beach along Lake Tholocco, and a splash pad—the ticket to a perfect summer for the whole family. 

 

For military families or spouse's interest in volunteering their time and talents, you’ll find ample opportunities on Fort Rucker with the Army Volunteer Corps (AVC) as well as organizations like the American Red Cross, Friends of Army Aviation, United Way in nearby towns. 

 

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Things to Do Near Fort Rucker

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U.S. Army Aviation Museum: Learn about where Army Aviation began and how it’s journeyed to become what it is today. 

 

Forever Wild Trails: Located in Ozark, Forever Wild Trails is a 10-mile trail system perfect for families at Fort Rucker to get some fresh air. 

 

Adventureland Theme Park:  A kid’s dream-come-true Adventureland is host to all things fun. Go-karting, bumper boats, mini-golf, ski-ball, batting cages, and more. 

 

Florida Caverns State Park Just over an hour away from Fort Rucker is an incredible cave system perfect for exploring this cooler, more mysterious side of Florida. 


Ponce De Leon Springs State Park: This picturesque outdoor haven is home to gorgeous trails and 68 degrees springs perfect for taking a dip in the summer heat. It’s worth the hour drive!

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Base Address:

453 Novosel Street
Fort Rucker , 36362-5105

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