Introduction

Located in Dale County, Alabama, Fort Rucker is a United States Army post named after Civil War officer, Confederate General Edmund Rucker. It's a US Army base, but it's also home to the United States Army Aviation Center of Excellence and the United States Army Aviation Museum. While the majority of this Army base is located in Dale County, some sections are located in Geneva, Houston and Coffee counties. It is the primary flight training base for Army Aviation, which shouldn't be shocking since its home to the USAACE.

During the 2010 census, the Dale County base had a population of 4,636. There are three entrances from each of the bordering cities, Daleville, Enterprise and Ozark. Each entrance to the post used to have unmanned gates that allowed civilians to pass through, until the September 11, 2001 attacks. Since then, their policy changed and they decided to close the post to unauthorized visitors.

Cost of Living: Lower than the national average.

Automated Telephone Attendant Number: 334-255-1110 or DSN 312-558-1110

Base Population: 24,045

City/area Population: Fort Rucker is located in Dale County, which has a population of 50,044. It's also near Coffee County, which has a population of 50,526, and Houston County, with a population of 102,369.

Child Development Centers: There is a full-day child care for children 6 weeks to 5 years old, and the Fort Rucker Child Development Center offers age-appropriate developmental activities, balanced meals and a well trained staff. Call 334-255-2262 if you're interested.

Youth Programs: The Fort Rucker Youth Center has a basketball court, roller skating rink, dance studio, fully equiped Gymnastics/Self-Defense room, music room, and snack area. The Youth Services Center provides recreational programs for youth ages 11-18, call 334-255-9108 for more information.

Army Community Service: 334-255-3817

Employment: For employment, you will have to search for jobs in the four southeast Alabama towns. The median household income is $48,693 and the unemployment rate is 8.0%.

Base Services:

  • Exchange
  • Banking: The Army Aviation Center Federal Credit Union and the Armed Forces Bank, N.A.
  • MWR
  • Commissaries

Medical Services: For medical servics at Fort Rucer, call the Lyster Army Health Clinic at 334-255-7000.

History

Fort Rucker Army base opened in 1942 and employed almost 40,000 soldiers and 3,000 officers. It was one of the most heavily populated camps until the end of World War II, at a time when most other camps only had a few hundred soldiers.

Fort Rucker was abandoned after World War II, and it didn't open back up until the Korean War. After the Korean War, it was abandoned for an even longer amount of time, and it didn't open again until 1955. It reopened as a helicopter training camp, and it went through a series of upgrades during the first five years of being active again.

Many notable people lived in Fort Rucker, including Al Gore, who trained there until he left for Vietnam War. In 2000, the census reports that Fort Rucker hosted a little over 6,000 people, 1,347 families and 1,399 homes.

Units

Without a doubt, one of the most important units located in Fort Rucker is the 23rd Flying Squadron Air Education and Training Command. Basically, it's the most important helicopter-based army of the US, and they perform some of the most risky operations.

Then there's the US Army School of Aviation Medicine, whch trains troops and aviators. Finally, there is the Army Corps of Engineers, the Army Research Institute, the Combat Readiness Center and the National Guard Multimedia Branch. All Army Aviation training happened at Fort Rucker since 1973, as well as some Air Force pilots.

Housing

Newcomers can either buy or rent a place at Fort Rucker, as the housing system is in fact privatized thanks to a partnership between the US Army and the Picerne Military Housing. Both organizations work together to ensure the inhabitants are provided with quality homes and desired utilities (telephone, cable television and electricity).

Citizens will have the opportunity to buy or rent, depending on their needs. If you want to stay at a hotel in Fort Rucker you will even get a microwave, refrigerator, TV, Internet and telephone access. If you want an off post housing location then you will be assisted by a public service and they will help you make the decision that's right for you.

Notable Natives

There are some well-known people who were either born there, or spent a great deal of time at Fort Rucker. For instance, famous athletes Rusty Greer (former Major League Baseball outfielder) and Edgar Jones (former National Basketball Association player). Hal Morris, Brian Gay, and Leonard Byrd are also athletes who were either born or raised there. Mayte Garcia, the former wife of Prince also lived at Fort Rucker.

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