FORT CARSON
Colorado Springs, CO 80913, USA

RELOCATION/WELCOME GUIDE

Digital Relocation/Welcome Guide

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Welcome to Fort Carson

Fort Carson, “The Mountain Post,” is located just south of Colorado Springs at the base of the Rocky Mountains. The unparalleled beauty and mild climate of Colorado Springs make it a gateway to a wide variety of outdoor activities. Many internationally known ski areas and some of the nation’s most scenic parks and finest hunting and fishing areas are located within a short drive. Fort Carson Families have easy access to the many cultural attractions of “The Springs” and the bright lights of nearby Denver.

Housing

Army regulation requires Soldiers to report to the DPW Housing Service Office, located at the west end of building 1225 off of Evans Street, before making any permanent off-post living arrangements. Call 719-526-2323, 526-2322 or 526-5219 for more information.

Health Services

Evans Army Community Hospital is located in building 7500 off Titus Boulevard, near the golf course. As the key component of the joint-services Colorado Springs Military Health System, it provides primary care services using the medical home model of care to Soldiers, other service members, Family members and retirees. The five-story, 92-bed hospital includes an inpatient behavioral health ward, inpatient/family care ward, mother/baby birthing center, intensive care unit, internal medicine and emergency room. An adjoining, two-story clinic building contains the Warrior Family Medicine Clinic and numerous outpatient specialty clinics with 400 examination and treatment rooms. A common area atrium connects the two sections of the Evans hospital building. This area includes the Patient Services Center, admissions and dispositions office, a medical library, chapel and the main pharmacy.

Carson Community

Several school districts serve the communities surrounding Fort Carson:

Colorado Springs School District 11 (north of post) 520-2000

Cheyenne Mountain School District 12 (northwest of post) 475-6100

Units

The 4th Infantry Division prepares trained and ready expeditionary forces for deployment in support of combatant commander requirements; provides first class support to Soldiers, Airmen, civilians and Families; and enables unified action with community, state and interagency partners to accomplish all assigned missions.

History

Fort Carson was established in 1942, following Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. The city of Colorado Springs purchased land south of the city and donated it to the War Department. Construction began immediately, and the first building, the camp headquarters, was completed Jan. 31, 1942.

Training Areas

Fort Carson is bounded on the east by Interstate 25 and on the west by Colorado Highway 115. The installation extends from the main post, which is just south of Academy Boulevard, to its southern perimeter, which lies just north of the communities of Pueblo West and Penrose.

Fort Carson Soldier for Life

THE FORT CARSON SOLDIER FOR LIFE – Transition Assistance Program (SFL-TAP) is a congressionally mandated program designed to help prepare Soldiers and their Family members for their transition out of the Army and back into civilian life. This assistance focuses on, but is not limited to, seeking employment, seeking an education, entrepreneurship or technical training.

Recreation and Leisure

The Fort Carson Outdoor Recreation Complex is located in building 2429, on the corner of Specker and Wetzel avenues. The complex houses the Equipment Checkout Center; Information, Tickets and Registration; the Adventure Programs and Education team; Warrior Adventure Quest, Mountain Post Outfitters retail store; two classrooms; and a 28-foot tall and 43-foot wide indoor climbing wall. Located across the street from the complex are the Alpine Tower challenge course and a disc golf course. The complex also manages the recreational vehicle storage lots around the Mountain Post. For the latest program information visit the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (DFMWR) website at http://www.mwrfortcarson.com or the Outdoor Recreation Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/#!/FortCarsonOutdoorRecreation.

Surrounding Communities

What is now called Colorado was originally part of New Spain. The Spanish heritage lingers on in the names of cities and places, particularly in southern Colorado. The Sangre de Cristo Mountains (Blood of Christ Mountains) and Trinidad, named for the Trinity, are examples. Colorado is the Spanish word for “red.” The name is taken from the red-colored Colorado River. The Spainards heard from Native Americans that there was gold in the mountains, but they did not search for it. As the Spanish claim became weaker, parts of the area were ceded to France. The French heritage can be traced through names remaining on Colorado maps, such as Lafayette, LaSalle, Cache La Poudre and Louviers, mainly in the northern part of the state.

Area Attractions

Every year countless pleasure-seeking tourists discover Pikes Peak country is filled with great things to do. For more than 100 years, the region has been a mecca, attracting people in search of gold, health and natural scenic beauty. For more information, call Fort Carson’s Information, Tickets and Registration Office at 719-526-5366 or the Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau at 719-635-7506.

News READ MORE

The ins and outs of Rail Operations training at MCLB Barstow

Story by Keith Hayes on 08/24/2016

Chad Hildebrandt, Rail Operations supervisor aboard MCLB Barstow, conducts rail operations classes for military units from all over the Department of Defense.

68th CSSB supports rail ops, NTC rotation

Story by SGT Benjamin Kullman on 08/23/2016

The 68th CSSB Soldiers teamed with fellow 4th Infantry Division members of the 1st Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, as they prepared for their trip to the National Training Center (NTC) at Fort Irwin, California, for a full-scale training exercise. Once the vehicles were loaded and on their way to the West Coast, the second phase of the 68th CSSB's support mission began. Consisting of Soldiers from four companies within 68th CSSB, Task Force Roadrunner will follow the 3rd ABCT Soldiers to California and oversee the maintenance, repair and accountability of the vehicles as well as providing logistics planning and convoys delivering food rations, water, ice, fuel and repair parts. It will also conduct vehicle recovery services.

Combat Readiness Center CSM visits Fort Carson

Story by SFC John Cortez on 08/23/2016

Burton's day at Fort Carson started with physical readiness training with "Rough Riders" of the 4th Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade. Burton spent the rest of his morning receiving a command brief from Command Sgt. Maj. Jacinto Garza, 4SB, 4th Infantry Division senior enlisted leader.

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