Life on the Depot

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U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley visits Anniston Army Depot and Redstone Arsenal. (Photo by Sgt. Jamill Ford, April 2017)

There is no base housing at Anniston Army Depot for military families (with the exception of the commander and his family). For information or assistance with housing in the local area, contact Army Community Service at 256-235-7445.


Army Community Services

Army Community Services provides soldiers and families with support. ACS services and programs include Army Family Team Building; career guidance; deployment and mobilization assistance; the Exceptional Family Member Program; financial readiness; a household goods lending closet; information and referral; survivor outreach; and volunteering opportunities.

For a full list of ACS programs at Anniston Army Depot, visit

Family Readiness Groups

Family Readiness Groups are organized to provide mutual support for a unit’s family members. Groups serve as a family support system during deployment, but they operate during periods of normal operations, as well. Groups operate in close coordination with the affiliated unit and, if convenient, with ACS or the Reserve Component Family Program coordinator’s office. FRGs also serve as an important source of inspiration, training and support to empower Army families to increase and enhance their self-reliance.

For more information, visit


For more information on Anniston Army Depot Child and Youth Services, go to

Child Development Center

Child Development Centers provide full-day or hourly care for children 6 weeks to 5 years of age. The CDC’s caring, knowledgeable professionals plan developmentally appropriate programs that are responsive to the unique needs, abilities and interests of children. Centers are nationally accredited. Fees are based on total family income.

Family Child Care

Family Child Care homes offer full-day, part-day and hourly care in a home environment for children 4 weeks to 12 years of age. FCC providers can offer flexible hours to meet parents’ needs and may provide 24-hour, long-term, evening and weekend care during TDY or short-term parental absences. The FCC program also offers an opportunity for spouses to contribute to the family income while caring for their own children. FCC providers receive intensive training and support. Providers pass stringent background checks and inspections. They are regularly visited and undergo scheduled and surprise inspections.

School Age Care

Army School Age Centers provide care after school and during school closures as well as during seasonal and holiday school breaks. Children have access to computer labs and can receive help on daily homework assignments. Programs are nationally accredited and utilize standard curricula through formal partnerships with nationally recognized organizations such as 4-H and Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

School Support Services

School Support Services provides Army school-aged youth with educational opportunities, resources and information necessary to achieve academic success. SSS is home to the school liaison office, where school liaison officers help deliver the best educational resources and information for your children.

The office specializes in education transitions and makes sure incoming and exiting families have information about local schools, graduation requirements, after-school services and programs, youth sponsorship programs and home schooling. The office also helps parents better understand the education process, school organization and interaction strategies.


For a full list of recreation programs at Army Anniston Depot, visit the depot’s Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation website at

Desoto Pastime Center

The Desoto Pastime Entertainment Center, at 7 Frankford Ave. in Building 1530, is a small club where you can meet with friends after work to have a drink, sing karaoke, and play electronic, quick shot or traditional bingo. Lunch is served daily. For more information, call 256-235-7160 or visit

Physical Fitness Center

The physical fitness center, at 7 Frankford Ave. in Building 206, has everything you need for your workout. The center offers cardio equipment, free weights, boxing equipment, a basketball court, table tennis, and locker rooms with showers and a dry sauna. For more information, call 256-235-6385 or visit

Skills Development Center

The Skills Development Center, at 7 Frankford Ave. in Building 74, is a hobby shop where patrons can utilize the skills they have or develop new ones. The center includes an air-conditioned woodworking shop, a matting and framing area, and a limited automotive skills area. Staff members can guide you in projects, and classes are conducted on a variety of topics. An annual safety orientation is required prior to use of the facility or equipment. There is also limited space available to store personal vehicles (cars, campers, trailers, boats, etc.). For more information, call 256-235-6768 or visit



Anniston Army Depot does not have a commissary or exchange, but it does have a shoppette. For more information, call 256-237-9159.

Dining on the Depot

Need a quick bite to eat? Anniston Army Depot features the following eateries. For more information on menus and hours of operation, visit

  • Desoto Pastime Center, 7 Frankford Ave., Building 1530, 256-235-7160.
  • Java Cafe, Building X, 7 Frankford Ave., Building 140, 256-240-3526.
  • Nichols Dining, 7 Frankford Ave., Building 141, 256-235-7127.

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