Updated On: 11/7/2012 9:30:21 AM
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Fort Carson is served by Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8. Three elementary schools and a middle school are located on post.
• Weikel Elementary School serves children in preschool through fifth grade. For more information, call 358-4320.
• Patriot Elementary School serves children in kindergarten through fifth grade. For more information, call 382-1460.
• Mountainside Elementary serves kindergarten through fifth grade. For more information, call 382-1430.
• Abrams Elementary serves kindergarten through fifth grade. For more information, call 382-1490.
• Fort Carson Middle School serves sixth through eighth grade. For more information, call 382-1610.
• High school students are transported via school bus to Fountain-Fort Carson High School in Fountain. For more information, call 382-1640.
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.
• Harrison School District 2 (north of post), 579-2000.
• Widefield School District 3 (east of post), 391-3000.
• Falcon School District 49 (northeast of post and Colorado Springs), 495-3601.
•Academy School District 20 (north of post in northern Colorado Springs), 260-0604.
• Manitou Springs School District 14 (west of post and Colorado Springs), 685-2024.
There are also many private and charter schools in the area. For more information, contact the Fort Carson School Liaison Office, Building 1518 Prussman Boulevard or call 526-1101.
CHILD, YOUTH AND SCHOOL SERVICES (CYSS), YOUTH EDUCATION SUPPORT SERVICES
Kindergarten through 12th grade and post-secondary school liaison services can assist Families with public, private or home school issues. Located in Building 1518, Youth Education Support Services has information concerning Colorado Springs, El Paso County and Pueblo County schools; surrounding community schools; private schools; home-school information; and scholarship and post-secondary education information. For details, call 526-4255 or 526-1071.
CYSS Youth Education Liaison Services offers youth sponsorship training and the Youth Sponsorship Council. The liaisons also provide home-school programming and support the Youth Action Council, permanent change of station and grade advancement transition assistance as well as postsecondary education preparation information. CYSS Liaison Education and Outreach Services provides information on all schools serving Fort Carson including those off post. They also provide information on transitioning from one district to another; and between elementary and middle school, and middle and high school. For more information, call 526-2301.
CHILD, YOUTH & SCHOOL SERVICES
Fort Carson Child, Youth and School Services provides a variety of programs and services to children ages 6 weeks to 18 years. Programs and services are based upon the growth and development of children and meet national and Army standards. Regardless of the program, length of stay or age of child/youth, the service is based upon age-appropriate practices. Information and registration for any Child, Youth and School Services program is located at Building 1518. Registration is free. Call 516-1100/1101 for information.
CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTERS
Registration for any Child, Youth and School Services program consists of full-day services for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years, and hourly care for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years. The part-day preschool program is for children ages 3-5. Morning and afternoon sessions are available Monday through Friday. Registration for all CYSS programs is located in Building 1518; call 526-1100/1101 for information.
The Child Development Centers located on the installation are as follows:
The East Child Development Center, located in Building 6058 on the corner of Nelson and Martinez, provides full-day services only. The center is open Monday through Friday from 5:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. The West Child Development Center, located at Building 6060 on Coleman, provides full-day care services. The center is open Monday through Friday from 5:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. The South West Child Development Center, across from the golf course at 7790 Titus Blvd., is hourly care and part-day preschool. The center is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For reservations call 526-2463. The South East Child Development Center is located in Building 2765 on Womack Street inside Gate 20, and is a full-day care center. The center is open from 5:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The North Child Development Center, Building 4355 on Funk Avenue inside Gate 3, is a full-day care center. The center is open from 5:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Cheyenne Mountain Child Development Center is located in Building 6203 on Harr Avenue just south of the main Fort Carson entrance at Gate 1. Cheyenne Mountain CDC provides full-day child care, before and after Kindergarten care, as well as part-day preschool. It houses children ages 6 weeks-Kindergarten and is open Monday through Friday from 5:45 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Womack Child Development Center, Building 2764 is located on Womack Street near Gate 20. It is a full day child care center and serves children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. The center is open from 5:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Prussman Child Development Center, Building 1840 is located on the Resiliency campus near Prussman and Specker Avenues. The Prussman CDC provides full-day, hourly, and part-day preschool services. The center is open from 5:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Chiles Child Development Center, Building 4356 is a 160 capacity center that houses both child care and school age programs. There are 80 child care spaces and 80 school age spaces to better serve parents with children of both age groups. The center is open from 5:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Ellis Multi-functional CDC is located on the corner of Ware and Ellis Streets and will serve 40 children in full-day child care. The facility will also house SKIESUnlimited instructional class programs. The child care hours for this program is open from 5:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Fitness Center CDC is an hourly care facility located adjacent to the new Fitness Center in the Resiliency campus and provides 30 hourly-care spaces for Soldiers and Family members to use while working out at the fitness center. Hours of this facility will be as needed based on use of the fitness center. Emergency CDC, is located on Mekong Street and is designed to provide emergency care 24 hours per day as needed. This facility will serve children and youths of all ages.
FAMILY CHILD CARE
Army certified Family Child Care homes are available on and off the installation. FCC providers offer age-appropriate activities in a home-like environment. The small group size allows children to develop close relationships with caregivers and other children.
The FCC program offers full-day, part-time, part-day and hourly care. Overnight, weekend, holiday hours and extended care (up to 14 days) are available for single and dual military parents. This care is also available for military and civilian working couples and for single civilian patrons. The care is for mission-related duty or with a documented civilian work schedule. The FCC office is located in Building 5510, on the corner of Ellis Street and Harr Avenue. Registration for all CYSS programs is located in Building 1518; call 526-1101 for information.
KINDERGART EN PROGRAM
The kindergarten program includes a before- and after-school day care service for kindergarten children. Transportation is provided from the center to on-post schools. Services are provided in Cheyenne Mountain CDC, Building 6203, open from 5:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. A summer day camp program is also operated to provide full-day care for kindergarteners during the summer months. Registration for all CYSS programs is located in Building 1518; call 526-1100/1101 for information.
SCHOOL AGE SERVICES
Before-and after-school programs for youths in Kindergarten-fifth grade are provided at three facilities on Fort Carson, Patriot SAS is located in Building 6204 on Harr Avenue just south of the main Fort Carson entrance at Gate 1, Abrams School Age Services located across the street from Abrams Elementary School, and Chiles School Age Services located in Building 4790 just inside Gate 3 at the north end of the installation. The Patriot, Abrams and Chiles School Age Services programs are for school-age children in first-fifth grades and are open Monday through Friday from 5:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. Transportation is provided to and from on-post schools. Full-day services are available for days when there is no school. Boys and Girls Club programs and 4-H are incorporated into School Age Services programming. Full day camps are available during school breaks. Registration for all Child, Youth and School Services programs is located in Building 1518; call 526-1100/1101 for information.
The Youth Center is located on the corner of Ware Street and Normandy Road in Building 5950. The center offers a variety of programs and special events for middle- and highschool youths. Programming includes sports, fitness and health options; life skills; citizenship; leadership opportunities; arts; recreation; and leisure activities. The Youth Center offers after-school programs for middle school youths and teens. The after-school program is free for registered youth. Registration for all CYSS programs is located in Building 1518; call 526-1100/1101 for information..
SPORTS & FITNESS
The child and youth sports and fitness program provides recreational and educational programs that are fun, safe and nurturing. Participants are given an opportunity to learn and experience the fundamentals of sports, fitness and a variety of team and individual activities. Motor skill development aids younger children, fitness opportunities abound for middle and high school students and a child/youth nutrition and health program serves the needs for all.
Character education is a key component of the sports, fitness and nutrition program that encourages fair play, responsibility, good sportsmanship and respect. Registration for all CYSS programs is located in Building 1518; call 526-1100/1101 for information.
Venture Point consists of two new initiatives: EDGE Adventure Program offers free extracurricular activities for youths ages 11-18 in the areas of art, fitness, life and adventure. HIRED! is an apprenticeship and workforce preparation program designed to meet the career-exploration needs of teens ages 15-18. For more information, call 524-1472.
MOBILIZATION AND DEPLOYMENT SUPPORT
During mobilization and deployment, CYSS provides free child care support for Families. Family readiness group leaders or rear detachments can provide a list of benefits available during the mobilization and deployment. To use any of the CYSS programs, children must be registered with CYSS. Information and registration for any CYSS program is located at Building 1518. Call 516-1100/1101 for information.
RESOURCE AND REFERRAL OFFICE
For overnight, weekend, full-day, part-day or drop-in child care in a home environment, Resource and Referral Office is available. The RRO makes referrals for full-time child care to licensed day-care homes at Fort Carson. Children ages 4 weeks to 2 years may use resource and referral services. For more information and registration call 526-2680.
ARMY COMMUNITY SERVICE (ACS)
Army Community Service invites active-duty military, their Families, retirees and Department of the Army civilians into a world of education, opportunity and discovery. ACS offers services that promote self-reliance, resiliency and stability during war and peace. Its programs and classes are designed to fit a diverse and mobile community.
The ACS Center, located on the corner of Specker Avenue and Flint Street, is a fully accredited state-of-theart facility that contains the following core programs: Army Volunteer Corps (AVC); Family Enrichment; Mobilization and Deployment; Employment Readiness; Financial Readiness; Army Emergency Relief; Outreach; Mayoral; Community Information, Referral and Follow-up; Soldier and Family Readiness; Exceptional Family Member; and Relocation Readiness. This facility also has its own child care center which is available for use by ACS volunteers and participants attending ACS functions (limited child care with prior registration). Stop by and see all that ACS has to offer. For more information, call 526-4590.
ACS ARMY VOLUNTEER CORPS
The Fort Carson Army Volunteer Corps can connect community members with volunteer opportunities throughout the installation and community. Volunteering allows community members to meet new people in interesting and varied settings, and enables them to grow personally while gaining a sense of accomplishment. Army Community Service has a place for people to contribute to the community, learn new skills, meet others, make new friends and plan out their future career paths. Volunteer opportunities are varied and can meet diverse interests such as administrative, teaching classes, serving as community mayors, welcoming new Families and helping others find employment. For more information, call 526-1082 or 526-8303.
FORT CARSON MAYORAL PROGRAM
The Fort Carson Mayoral Program was established to enhance the quality of life for residents of the installation. Each village has an elected/appointed mayor and deputy mayor who act as community liaison, representing the village and residents. They promote self-sufficiency for military Families, showing the community “how to” rather than “to do for.” For more information, call 526-1082 or 526-8303.
ACS FAMILY ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS
The Army Family Action Plan identifies and recommends solutions to Soldier/Family generated issues that affect the quality of life of the total Army family. An annual conference is held at Fort Carson each fall. Members of the community become involved in the AFAP conference by serving as delegates, volunteer facilitators, recorders and administrative assistants. For more information, call 526-4590.
ARMY FAMILY TEAM BUILDING
The Army Family Team Building program improves personal and Family readiness preparedness to enhance overall Army readiness through training workshops. AFTB prepares all of America’s Army — Soldiers (active, Reserve and retired), Department of the Army civilians and Family members of all these groups — to function at the highest level in varied situations with minimal support. AFTB classes are offered on a regularly scheduled basis. For nonmilitary civilian agencies, Army 101 is available. For more information, call 526-4590.
ACS MOBILIZATION AND DEPLOYMENT
The Army Community Service Mobilization and Deployment Readiness Program provides assistance to Soldiers (active duty, Reserve, National Guard) and their Families. The Family Readiness Program assists units and their Families in preparing for deployment. Operation READY predeployment briefings are scheduled through individual units. For more information or to schedule a briefing, call 526-4590.
Family Readiness Group Leader and Rear Detachment Training are conducted on a regularly scheduled basis. Training ensures leadership is prepared for the challenges that may arise due to mobilization and deployments. For more information or to register for training, call 526-4590.
Family assistance information forms are available to Reserve and National Guard Soldiers during the Soldier Readiness Program process. Information such as Family members, spouse, next of kin, special needs, medical problems, identification card and pay options are collected. Forms are mailed to the Family member’s closest military installation and are used to facilitate assistance while the Soldier is deployed. For more information, call 526-4590.
ACS MILITAR Y AND FAMILY LIFE
The Military and Family Life Consultants program provides licensed and experienced mental health professionals trained on military Family specific topics regarding the deployment cycle, military culture and reintegration. The consultants assist with problem solving and life skills. For more information, call 338-7216 or 526-4590.
ACS EMPLOYMENT READINESS PROGRAM
The Army Community Service Employment Readiness Program provides assistance and self-development workshops to military Families. ACS understands the mobile lifestyle of the military community, the effects and restrictions it has on Army spouses or dependents searching for employment and career advancements. This program is designed to assist the military Family in finding and securing employment. Information is available on civil service (appropriated fund employment); nonappropriated fund employment in recreation facilities, child care and other areas; government agencies including state, city and county; contract positions within Fort Carson and the community; and local companies in the surrounding communities. Employment Readiness also offers a variety of selfdevelopment workshops, training, counseling, career assessments, seminars and job fairs. Information is also available on local colleges, universities, educational programs (MYCAA) and scholarships. For more information, call 526-0453 or 526-4590.
ACS FINANCIAL READINESS PROGRAM
The Army Community Service Financial Readiness Program provides free professional financial counseling. Services include:
• Budget counseling
• Debt management
• Credit counseling
• Financial planning and investment options
• Personal finance seminars and classes
• Screening and registration for federal, state, county and city assistance programs
• Assistance with consumer complaints and resolution of issues concerning local businesses
• Free CARFAX reports (used vehicle history)
• Home-buying and foreclosure information For more information, to schedule an appointment or to register for a class, call 526-4590.
ARMY EMERGENCY RELIEF
Army Emergency Relief provides emergency financial assistance to Soldiers (active and retired), and their Family members, when there is an established need. Assistance is available for food, rent, utilities, emergency travel, vehicle repair and funeral expenses. AER also gives undergraduate education scholarships, based primarily on financial need, to children of active-duty and retired Soldiers. AER cannot help pay for nonessential items; finance ordinary leave or vacation; pay fines or legal expenses; help liquidate or consolidate debt; assist with home purchases or improvements; help purchase, rent or lease vehicles; cover bad checks; or pay credit card debt. All requests are reviewed on a case by case basis. Active-duty Soldiers are encouraged to go through their unit command financial noncommissioned officer (CFNCO). If you are unsure who your designated CFNCO is, call 526-4590. If AER assistance is needed after hours, call the AER cell phone at 331-5278 or the American Red Cross at 877-272-7337.
ACS RELOCATION READINESS PROGRAM
Not sure how to move? Need more information on where you are going? The Army Community Service Relocation Readiness Program is here to assist. It can provide you with the resources to make an informed relocation decision. Available services include outbound consultations (individual or Family); relocation-related educational classes; welcome packets and information on military installations and communities around the world; free auto maps and destination directions; the Waiting Families Program; English as a Second Language and The Family Connection. For more information, call 526-1053 or 526-4590. ACS also provides training to all sponsors, in accordance with AR 600-8-8, as they are required to complete the Installation’s Sponsorship Training program prior to assignment of a Soldier or civilian employee. For more information, contact the Sponsorship coordinator at 526-1053.
ACS FAMILY CONNECTION
The Army Community Service Family Connection is “A Welcome Center for Families.” Its services include: information on Fort Carson and the Colorado Springs community; the ACS Loan Closet; a homebuyer’s workshop; a play area for children; Fort Carson welcome packets; citizenship and immigration assistance; a computer lab with printers and much more. Family members are highly encouraged to attend the monthly Family Member Newcomer Orientation. Participants receive an overview of services and programs available at Fort Carson, a tour of the installation and an opportunity to meet new friends. The Family Connection is located on Barkeley Avenue in Building 1354. For more information, call 526-1070.
ACS LOAN CLOSET
The ACS Loan Closet provides temporary household items to Families that are in and out-processing from Fort Carson. A Department of Defense identification card and permanent change of station orders are required. Available items include: hospitality kits (pots, pans, dishes, glasses, etc.), infant and toddler car seats, folding tables and chairs, portable baby cribs, strollers, crock pots, electric skillets, vacuums and much more. The ACS Loan Closet is located in the Family Connection, Building 1354, off of Barkeley Avenue. For more information, call 526-1070.
ACS MULTI CULTURAL SUPPORT & IMMIGRATION
AND NATURALI ZATION PROGRAM
The Army Community Service Relocation Readiness Program offers a variety of multicultural support services to foreign-born spouses. English as a Second Language is available free. Prior testing is required. For more information, call 526-1053.
Multicultural support groups (German, Korean and Spanish) meet at the Family Connection on a regular basis. If you are interested in participating but a group has not been established, contact us to see how we can assist in establishing one. For more information, call 526-1070.
The Immigration and Naturalization Program is available to assist all branches of the military and their Families, including retirees. Services include: citizenship paperwork, permanent resident card paperwork, petitions for Family members to come to the United States and much more. Due to the high demand of this program, appointments are preferred. For more information or schedule an appointment, call 526-0457.
ACS COMMUNITY INFORMATION AND
The Army Community Service Community Information and Referral Program provides information on available resources and services for Department of Defense Identification cardholders. This program links together local, state and federal resources. For more information, call 526-4590.
ACS SOLDIER AND FAMILY READINESS PROGRAM
The Army Community Service Soldier and Family Readiness Program promotes individual, couple and family wellness by offering a comprehensive program that includes awareness, education and support to prevent family violence. Classes are offered to commanders, troops, professionals, Families and the community. Prevention and support services include: the New Parent Support Program; child safety education; nurturing programs; single parent support, playgroup; infant massage; Cooperative Parenting and Divorce; Boot Camp for New Dads; Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program; marriage workshops; various life-skills seminars; and the Victim Advocacy Program. A victim advocate is a person who is there to help support victims in making decisions to promote safety. An advocate will walk with the victim through the various stages that may be involved in their case. The goal of advocacy is to support and empower victims to make their own decisions. The 24-hour victim advocate pager number is 577-3171. For more information, call 526-4590.
ACS EXCEPTIONAL FAMILY MEMBER PROGRAM
The Exceptional Family Member Program, working in concert with other military and civilian agencies, is designed to provide a comprehensive, coordinated, multiagency approach for community support, housing, medical, educational and personnel services to Families with special needs.
An exceptional Family member is a Family member, regardless of age, with any physical, emotional, developmental or intellectual disorder that requires special treatment, therapy, education, training or counseling. The following Soldiers with EFMs (children and adults) will enroll in the EFMP: active duty, U.S. Army Reserve, USAR Active Guard Reserve Program (mobilized and deployed Soldiers are not eligible for enrollment in the EFMP) and Army National Guard AGR personnel serving under authority of Title 10, United States Code, and Title 32, United States Code.
The EFMP enhances Soldier and Family quality of life, without affecting promotions, by considering a Soldier’s EFM needs during the assignment process. The program ensures Soldiers are assigned to a duty location where they can complete their missions and where needed services for the EFM are available.
EFMP is in place to assist Families with special needs with navigating systems; connecting with resources; advocacy (school, housing, medical, etc.); permanent change of station moves (both incoming and outgoing); child care using the Special Needs Accommodation Process; respite care, certain qualification criteria apply; and general information. For questions, concerns, referrals, etc., contact the ACS EFMP team at 526-4590.
ACS SEXUAL ASSAULT PREVENTION AND RESPONSE
The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program provides victim advocacy services, support, information, resources and referrals for adult victims of sexual assault. The SAPR Program also coordinates emergency medical care and counseling services as needed or requested. This program is not only available to victims of sexual assault but also to anyone within the military community interested in sexual assault prevention and education. The 24-hour victim advocate pager number is 577-3171. For more information, call 524-0912 or 526-4590.
ACS SURVIVOR OUTREACH SERVICES
Losing a loved one is one of the most difficult things anyone can go through. The Army Community Service Survivor Outreach Services (SOS) connects survivors with people who can help them move forward and find strength, to include a financial counselor and a support coordinator. Many times after losing a loved one, there are unresolved issues or questions that may surface months or years after the loss. SOS staff understands new issues and questions may surface long after the Casualty Assistance Officer has concluded his duty. SOS is located in the Fallen Heroes Family Center on Mekong Street, in Building 6215. For more information, call 526-2069 or 526-4590.
ACS OUTREACH PROGRAM
The Army Community Service Outreach Program identifies family support program requirements within the community. It coordinates and implements comprehensive outreach initiatives designed to facilitate the delivery of existing services and develop new services based on the results of annual needs assessments. Such initiatives may include: one-on-one home visits for isolated Families, exported outreach services to offpost housing locations, satellite centers and other locations and events. For more information, call 526-4590.
ACS SOLDIER AND FAMILY ASSISTAN CE CENTER
The Soldier and Family Assistance Center is a “one stop shop” providing support and resources to Warriors in Transition and their Families. Warriors are assigned to either the Warrior in Transition Unit or are in the Disability Evaluation System. The SFAC is located at 1481 Titus Blvd. in Building 7492.
Transitioning Soldiers are in the process of preparing for “return to duty” or transitioning out of the Army. The SFAC provides assistance with financial counseling, employment, education, benefits counseling, community programs, and social services. For more information, call 526-5807.
AMERICAN RED CROSS
The American Red Cross at Fort Carson has two offices. The main office is located on the first floor of Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation in Building 1217, room 114, on the corner of Ellis Street and Specker Avenue. The telephone number is 526-2311. The volunteer office is located at Evans Army Community Hospital, Building 7500, room 1033. The telephone number is 526–7144. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Services include: Emergency communication in the event of a critical accident, illness or death in a servicemember’s immediate family; the Red Cross should be notified at once. The Red Cross will verify the situation and relay emergency leave requests, if necessary, to the proper military authorities. It is up to commanding officers to decide whether or not to grant leave. For assistance, call the Services to Armed Forces Center at (877) 272–7337. When an emergency arises that requires the presence of the servicemember or his or her Family, the Red Cross may provide access to an interest-free loan or grant for travel expenses. These funds are made available by the military aid societies. They may be authorized for other emergencies as well, and are disbursed on the basis of need. Referrals to specialized sources of help are also available to servicemembers and their Families. This service is provided on behalf of Army Emergency Relief after duty hours.
Volunteer services: Many volunteer opportunities are available including service at Evans Army Community Hospital, post dental clinics, main office or local chapter. Disaster assistance and CPR/ first aid courses are provided by Pikes Peak Chapter. Call 632- 3563. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. These Red Cross services and more are available to servicemembers and their Families 24/7. For more information about the Red Cross, call 526-2311 or reach the Pikes Peak Chapter at 632-3563. Visit the website at http://www. redcross.org or http://www.pparc.org.
ARMY CAREER AND ALUMNI PROGRAM CENTER
The Army Career and Alumni Program Center is located in Building 1118, room 133, on the corner of Ellis Street and Chiles Avenue, entry is through the north side of the building only. The ACAP offers assistance to transitioning personnel and their Families through individual counseling and referrals to other agencies on and off post that provide services relating to the transition process. In addition, ACAP counselors facilitate a half-day workshop on resume writing during the Department of Labor’s Transition Assistance Program. Visitors to ACAP will find transition materials to include: employer hiring days, job fairs and education expos, computerized job search capabilities including Internet access, a comprehensive library of transition-related books and a staff to assist patrons. ACAP is open Monday through Wednesday and Friday from 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Thursday from 7 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. For information or to schedule an appointment, call 526-1001/1002.
DIRECTORAT E OF PUBLIC WORKS (DPW)
Army Family Housing (on post) Balfour Beatty Communities, Inc., Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.), 579-1606, http://www.fortcarsonfamilyhousing. com. Army Family Housing on Fort Carson is owned and operated by Balfour Beatty Communities (BBC), Inc., located in the Joel Hefley Community Center. For information on applying for on-post housing, contact the BBC Management Office.
Housing Services Office (HSO), Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. (Thursday 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.), 526-2323 or 526-2322. The DPW, Housing Division, HSO, provides Soldiers and Families the following services: Oneon- one support in locating adequate, affordable and available housing; rentals and for sale listings; complaint mediation; and welcome packets that supply basic information about local communities, local Base Allowance for Housing (BAH) rates, school information, maps and other housing related information. Asbestos, Lead and Toxics Program, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., 526-1725. The DPW Environmental Division manages the Asbestos, Lead and Toxics Program. There are asbestos containing building materials throughout most of the older buildings on Fort Carson and Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site. Additionally, some facilities may have leadbased paint, radon and polychlorinated biphenyls. The DPW protects the environment while ensuring that there are no exposures to Soldiers or civilians.
Certificates of Nonavailability (CNA),Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 526-9734. The DPW Housing Division is responsible for and manages requests for CNAs for Fort Carson. Soldiers can contact the Installation Unaccompanied Housing (UH) Office to obtain UA and CNA information. Cultural Resources Program, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 526-6838. The DPW Environmental Division manages the Cultural Resources Program, which ensures compliance with historic preservation laws, mandates and regulations while simultaneously facilitating the garrison support missions. Energy Conservation, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., 526-1739. The DPW Operations and Maintenance Division manages the Energy Conservation Program, including energy conservation initiatives, commanding general and garrison commander energy and water conservation policy letters and the Building Energy Monitor program. The program is also the lead on the net zero energy and water goals.
Environmental Compliance Assessment Team (ECAT ), Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., 526-0978. The DPW Environmental Division ECAT mission is to provide support to units, garrison directorates and tenants with needs as they relate to environmental compliance and management. The ECAT conducts assessments of all facilities in concert with unit environmental protection officers in order to protect the installation from unnecessary fines and environmental violations by assessing facilities on an annual, biannual, quarterly and monthly basis.
Environmental Management System (EMS), Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 524-3534 or 526-4340. The DPW Environmental Division is the installation lead for the Fort Carson EMS. The EMS provides a framework for Fort Carson to operate in a manner that acts in accordance with local, state and federal laws as they apply to environmental compliance. Each unit and activity on Fort Carson is a participating member of the EMS. Facility Assignments and Transfers, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., 524-9230. The DPW Master Planning Division has a step-by-step process in place for the assignment of facility space on Fort Carson. The Master Planning Division coordinates with units, organizations and activities requiring assignment of facility space, to include temporary or training requirements.
First Sergeants’ Barracks Program (FSBP) – See Single Soldier Housing Office.
Forestry, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 526-1667 or 526-1692. DPW Environmental Division promotes a healthy urban and downrange forest community through an integrated management approach. The program focuses on ensuring that Fort Carson is sustaining the urban forest by maintaining the trees within the cantonment area. Additionally, Fort Carson manages the downrange forest resource for ecosystem health and function. Effective forest management supports the military training mission by improving visibility, maneuver and concealment.
Fort Carson Community Council, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., 526-4388. Representatives from garrison headquarters, Senior Mission Command, Fountain Fort Carson School District 8, fire, police, Balfour Beatty Communities, village mayors and DPW make up the Fort Carson Community Council. The council meets monthly for the purpose of improving the quality of life in the villages for the more than 3,000 Families who reside in on-post Family housing. Hazardous Waste Storage Facility, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., 526-8003. The DPW Environmental Division manages a Hazardous Waste Storage Facility, which handles hazardous waste for units and activities on the installation.
Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Facility, 520-7878. Fort Carson residents can dispose of a variety of household hazardous waste at the El Paso County Household Hazardous Waste Facility, 3255 Akers Drive, Colorado Springs. For information about which household hazardous waste products the county accepts and disposal dates and times, visit http://adm.elpasoco.com/Environmental%20 Division/Household%20Hazardous%20Waste/Pages/ default.aspx.
Keys and Locks, 24/7, 526-5345. The DPW Operations and Maintenance Division oversees the operations and maintenance contractor, which handles all service orders including for key replacements and issues relating to locks. Map Services (facility, road and utility maps), Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 524-1085. The DPW Engineering Division provides geographic information system (GIS) mapping of all infrastructure, e.g., facilities, roads and utilities, computer-aided design (CADD) support and survey for DPW. Requests for as-built(s), floor plans and specialty maps are also created.
Pest Control Management, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., 526-5141 or 524-2124. The DPW Operations and Maintenance Division manages a Pest Control Program, which provides inside and outside pest control support. Recycling Program, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., 526-5898. The DPW Operations and Maintenance Division maintains an active Recycle Program to help with the installation’s goal to achieve net zero waste. The installation maintains four recycle drop-off locations that accept cardboard, mixed paper (white paper, newspaper, magazines, shredded paper, junk mail, etc.) aluminum, tin, plastic and glass. The Recycle Center, Building 155, located off of Wickersham Boulevard near Gate 3, open 24/7.
The post exchange (PX) drop-off location at the southeast corner of the PX on Sheridan Avenue, open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. An attendant is on duty to provide assistance. Specker Avenue and Long Street parking lot collection point. Wolf Dining Facility parking lot collection point off of Specker Avenue.
The main Recycle Center also accepts nonaccountable/ expendable metals and printer toner cartridges. The Recycle Program also runs a quarterly Recycle Incentive Program geared toward getting units involved in recycling and earning money for morale, welfare and recreation funds.
Battalions can drop off their recyclables at the Fort Carson Recycle Center Tuesday and Thursday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. to be weighed and have their accounts updated. Recycle Program staff pick up cardboard, metal and wood collection containers located in unit motor pool areas, weigh the commodities and add the information to their battalion’s For questions concerning the recycling at Fort Carson or the Recycle Incentive Program, call the Recycle Center at 526-5898.
Repair and Utility (Self-help)/Troop Construction Projects, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., 526-5844 or- 526-2859. The DPW Operations and Maintenance Division provides programs to support Soldiers with self-help projects and with training and materials to maintain and repair their unit facilities. R&U training is coordinated through G-1 Training.
Service Orders, 24/7, 526-5345. The DPW Operations and Maintenance Division’s primary responsibility is the maintenance and repair of permanent, fixed structures, called real property, such as buildings, roads, sidewalks, streetlights, grounding points and utility distribution systems. Service orders are processed for the routine maintenance or repair of real property through the DPW operations and maintenance contractor.
The operations and maintenance contractor is responsible for signs on Fort Carson, including parking signs and regulatory traffic signs. All signs not provided by DPW are the responsibility of the customer.
Signs, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., 526-5345. The DPW Operations and Maintenance Division operations and maintenance contractor handles all installation facility sign requests (for example, building identification and building numbers), including parking signs and regulatory traffic signs. All signs not provided by DPW are the responsibility of the customer. For new sign requests, contact Operations and Maintenance Division at 526-6670.
Single Soldier Housing Office (SSHO), Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., 526-9735. Unit leaders continue to lead Soldiers who live in the barracks. Unit leaders continue to be responsible for good order and discipline. The SSHO augments unit leaders by managing the barracks. Single Soldiers and unit leaders should contact the SSHO with questions associated with the barracks and call the SSHO to submit service requests for room repairs.
Snow Removal, Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., 526-9271. The DPW Operations and Maintenance Division is in charge of installation snow removal efforts. Stormwater Management, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., 526-1697. The DPW Environmental Division is responsible for ensuring installation compliance with stormwater permit requirements. Analysis conducted by the program also assists in determining flood hazards to personnel and buildings on Fort Carson, and is a quantitative reference for required permitting and regulation compliance in the management of Fort Carson’s surface water resources.
Traffic Engineering, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., 526-9267. The DPW Engineering Division manages on-post traffic project planning, traffic signal operations and traffic sign management. It also serves as a liaison between Fort Carson and various civilian transportation agencies for off-post traffic projects and issues effecting the installation. Unit Sponsorship Program, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., 526-4246. The DPW Housing Division manages the Garrison Commander’s Unit Sponsorship Program. Under the program, various installation units — battalions and brigades — sponsor a particular on-post housing village and partner with the village mayor and a Balfour Beatty Communities Leasing Agent.
Utilities (Utility locates, dig permits, electric, power outages, sewer-related issues, gas and water use/hydrants), Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., 526-9243. The DPW Operations and Maintenance Division provides permits supporting all construction, to include utility outages, utility locates and construction water.
Water Quality, Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., 526-1730. The DPW Environmental Division manages the Water Quality Program for the installation. Fort Carson receives its drinking water from Colorado Springs Utilities. CSU maintains an extensive testing program that assures full compliance with the requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act. In addition, Fort Carson Support Services performs routine supplementary testing for chlorine levels, coliform contamination and chlorination byproducts on the drinking water distribution system with the goal of providing water that is safe to drink for all Fort Carson consumers. On an annual schedule, testing for lead and copper is conducted on water samples collected from schools, child development centers and family housing.
Weeds (Noxious), Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 329-8718. The DPW Environmental Division is responsible for the inventory, control and monitoring of invasive species (including noxious weeds) at Fort Carson and Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site. For issues with common weeds such as dandelions see the Pest Management section.
Wildlife Program, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., 524-5393. The DPW Environmental Division Wildlife Program at Fort Carson and Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site work to maximize access to Army land, air and water resources for military training while ensuring that the biological diversity of natural resources entrusted to the Army are sustained for training, scientific research, education, recreation and other compatible uses. The Wildlife Program seeks to improve wildlife recreational opportunities for Soldiers and their Families.
Work Orders (Facilities Engineering Work Requests, DA Form 4283), Monday through Friday, 7-11:30 a.m., 526-2900. Afternoon customer support is by appointment only by calling 526-2900. Work orders are processed through the DPW Business Operations and Integration Division, Work Management Branch. Work orders are typically for maintenance and repair projects over the limits of a service order or for any new construction requirements.
The Office of the Staff Judge Advocate provides two primary services for Soldiers and their Families. The first is the Army Legal Assistance Program and the second is the Army Claims Program. The Office of the Staff Judge Advocate is located in Building 6222 on Mekong Street. For information, call 526-5572.
LEGAL ASSISTAN CE
The Fort Carson Legal Assistance Office is available to all Soldiers, Family members and retirees. Services include preparation of wills, powers of attorney, name changes, and step-child adoptions. The office also offers counseling and provides advice for individuals dealing with landlord/tenant, family law, and consumer issues, as well as counsel and represent Soldiers going through medical and physical evaluation boards.
The office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Wednesday and Friday. The office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday. It is closed for lunch each day from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Appointments are scheduled by calling the last duty day of the week at 9 a.m. which is normally a Friday. Walk-in appointments are available Monday and Thursday with sign-up beginning at 11:30 a.m.
The Legal Assistance Office offers a divorce/separation video briefing and a general question and answer period Monday and Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. and Thursday at 2 p.m. Attorneys cannot assist in divorce proceedings, however, a referral list of private attorneys is available. Attorneys are not available on Fridays. For more information, call 526-5572/5573.
The Fort Carson Staff Judge Advocate Claims Office is responsible for processing all claims for damage or loss of personal property, including privately owned vehicles, due to military shipment or storage, as well as damage or loss of property occurring on post when the loss is considered “incident to service.” To file a claim for shipment or storage damage or loss, bring the pink form (DD Form 1840/1840R, Notice of Loss or Damage) to the Claims Office, Building 6285, on Woodfill Road, within 75 days after delivery of your shipment. Other losses should be immediately reported to the Military Police. Attach the MP report to your claim file for processing as soon as possible thereafter. The Claims Office is open from 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m., Monday through Friday. It is closed on federal and training holidays. For more information, call 526-1355.
ARMY CONTINUING EDUCATION SERVICES
A full range of educational opportunities is available for Soldiers and adult Family members. Five on-post colleges (Colorado State University-Pueblo; Embry Riddle Aeronautical University; Pikes Peak Community College; Troy University; and University of Colorado, Colorado Springs) offer a wide variety of courses and degree programs on post. Basic Skills Education Program; testing, both Army Personnel Testing and DANTES; Learning Resource Center; Guidance Counseling; and In-State Certification for Colorado-state supported academic institutions are also available at the Education Center, Building 1117, at the corner of Specker Avenue and Ellis Street. For more information, call 526-2124.
ID CARDS AND DEERS
The Fort Carson Identification Card Section is located in Building 1039 off Wallace Street. Family members need a marriage certificate, birth certificate or an old identification card for their ID card application. Military and civilian employees are issued their Common Access Card at the same location. Operating hours are Monday through Wednesday and Friday from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., and Thursday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The office is closed for all federal holidays and open on training holidays, but with limited staffing.
All military Family members of active-duty, retired or deceased Soldiers must be enrolled in the Defense Eligibility Enrollment Reporting System prior to receiving nonemergency medical care. Family members must be enrolled by their sponsor. For information call 526-8423.
The Fort Carson ID Card Section offers customers the ability to make appointments for services through a web-based system. Walk-in service is always available, but an appointment may be desirable for those who have time constraints and want service provided as quickly as possible. The appointment system may be used to schedule issuance and renewal of ID cards as well as DEERS updates. To use the appointment system, visit http://appointments.cac.navy.mil.
Fort Carson offers diversified worship services and religious activities including workshops, religious education for all ages and special ministries. Programs are designed to meet the special needs of Soldiers and the military Family. Services on post include Roman Catholic and general Protestant services, Protestant Contemporary services, Gospel Services and Wiccan gatherings. Fort Carson also has a Native American Sweat Lodge, using traditional Lakota spiritual ceremonies led by local Native Americans, and is open to all Fort Carson personnel and their Family members. LDS Scripture Study (LDS Institute) is also offered. Chaplain activities are coordinated through the Religious Support Office, located in Building 1118, Garrison Headquarters. For more information, call 526-5279.
Soldiers’ Memorial Chapel...........................................6 p.m.
Soldiers’ Memorial Chapel......................................9:15 a.m.
Evans Army Community Hospital..............................11 a.m.
Healer Chapel...............................................................9 a.m.
Soldiers’ Memorial Chapel....................................10:50 a.m.
Contemporary Worship (Chapel NeXt)
Veterans Chapel.........................................................11 a.m.
Prussman Chapel.......................................................11 a.m.
Provider Chapel............................................................9 a.m.
Soldiers’ Memorial Chapel..................................... 526-5229
Prussman Chapel................................................... 526-0483
Provider Chapel...................................................... 526-8619
Veterans Chapel..................................................... 526-8889
Healer Chapel......................................................... 526-7386
The Fort Carson Police Office operates a proactive program to discourage crime and maintain a high quality of life on post. Crimes, traffic accidents and disturbances should be reported by calling 526-2333. For emergencies, call 911.
The Fort Carson Main Exchange located in Building 6110 at Flint Street and Chiles Avenue will cash personal checks up to $300 per day and temporary checks of $100 per day. Government checks, money orders and cashier’s checks in amounts up to $500 are also cashed. The Fort Carson Main PX accepts MasterCard, Discover and Visa credit cards for purchases only. For more information on check cashing at the PX, call 576-4000.
ARMED FORCES BANK
The Armed Forces Bank main office is located in Building 1512, at Founders Plaza. Hours of operation are Monday, Friday and paydays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Drive-up service is available Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Post Exchange branch office is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The bank has eight automatic teller machines located on post and is part of the Plus System, giving customers access to their accounts nationwide. For more information, call 576-6601 or 800-755-2769.
SECURITY SERVICE FEDERAL CREDIT UNION
Security Service Federal Credit Union has a branch office on post at Building 1513, Founders Plaza, and several locations off post. The credit union is open to all active-duty and retired military, Department of the Army civilians and their families. The credit union offers a full range of banking services worldwide. Hours of operation for the lobby are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Walk-up window hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 576-6401.
The office of the post newspaper, The Mountaineer, is located in room 265, Building 1430 at 6101 Wetzel Ave. The newspaper is published weekly on Friday. The Mountaineer is delivered around post, to all Fort Carson military housing units and various locations off post. Mail subscriptions are available through the publisher at 634-5905. The Mountaineer staff seeks stories about Fort Carson Soldiers, civilians, units and Family members. For more information, call 526-4144.
Limited free classified ads are run in The Mountaineer for active-duty and retired Soldiers, Family members and civilian employees of Fort Carson selling their own personal property (no businesses). The Mountaineer staff cannot answer questions on advertising as that is the responsibility of the publisher. For more information on advertising only, both classified and business ads, call the Colorado Springs Military Newspaper Group at 634-5905. An online version of The Mountaineer can be viewed at http://www.csmng.com.
SHOPPING ON FORT CARSON
MAIN POST EXCHANGE
The Fort Carson Main Post Exchange is located in Building 6110, on Martinez Street. It provides customers a variety of services under one roof. It includes the PX, barber shop, beauty shop, GNC, flower shop, Abba Eye Care and military memorabilia. The food court offers a variety of fast food establishments. PX hours are Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, call the PX at 538-5737 or the food court at 576-5661.
The Fort Carson Thrift Shop, located on Mekong Street across from the Survivor Outreach Services building, sells used merchandise in good condition to Soldiers, Department of the Army civilians and their families. Sales are open to the public. The shop is open 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and the first Saturday of the month. For information or to volunteer, call 526-5966.
The Mini Mall is located in Building 1510 on Chiles Avenue. Facilities located in the Mini Mall include the furniture and sporting goods store, 576-6313; Military Clothing Sales Store, 576-2586; alterations shop, 576-4304; laundry and dry cleaning, 576-0054; barber shop, 576-8013; laundromat; Enterprise Car Rental, 576-0727; UPS store, 527-6800; military memorabilia, 527-0835; Glad’s Barbecue, 576-1851; and the AAFES administrative offices, 576-6174.
CAR CARE CENTER
The main post Car Care Center is located in Building 1515 on the corner of Chiles and Prussman avenues, 576-6570.
SHOPPETTES AND CLASS SIX STORE
The Army and Air Force Exchange Service operates three shoppettes on Fort Carson. The Gate 20 Shoppette and Blimpies, 576-3163, are located in Building 3600 on Magrath; B Street Shoppette and Burger King Express, 576-1803, are located in Building 900 on Magrath; and the housing shoppette, 576-7923, is located in Building 5940 on Ellis. The Class Six Store, 576-6531, is located next to the commissary in Building 1524.
MILITAR Y CLOTHING SALES STORE
The Military Clothing Sales Store is located in the Mini Mall, Building 1510, on Wetzel Avenue. The store is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The phone number is 576-2586.
U-Haul is located in Building 980 next to the B Street Shoppette, 527-9836.
Fort Carson’s Commissary is located in Building 1525, 524-9800. This benefit provides 30 percent savings to patrons. It is open seven days a week. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Early bird shopping is available Monday through Friday from 7-9 a.m., Saturday and Sunday 8-9 a.m.
USED CAR SALES FACILITY
The used car sales facility is located in the parking lot between The Hub and Kentucky Fried Chicken. Community members can use the facility to sell their automobiles once a permit is obtained. For more information or a permit to place your vehicle in this area, contact the Auto Craft Center, Building 2427, or call 526-2147. Hours of operation are Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.