Fort Rucker

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Geographical Address

State
Duty Station (or best approximation)
Public Address
21-99 7th Ave Fort Rucker, AL 36362
Postal Code
36362
latitude
31.34
longitude
-85.72

Contact Info

DSN
(DSN) 312-558-3161 l Fax 312-558-0434
COMM
334-255-2887 / 334-255-3161
Operating Hours
Mon - Fri: 7:30 am - 4:15 pm

Fort Rucker is a U.S. Army post located primarily in Dale County, Alabama, United States. It was named for a Civil War officer, Confederate General Edmund Rucker.

Mission

The current mission of the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence (USAACE) is to develop the aviation force for its worldwide mission. This mission includes developing concepts, doctrine, organization, training, leader development, material, and soldier requirements. It is also to provide resident and nonresident aviation maintenance, logistics, and leadership training in support of the total force and foreign nations for the sustainment of joint and combined aviation operations. Major commands on Fort Rucker include U.S. Army Garrison Fort Rucker, U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence (USAACE), U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center, U.S. Army Warrant Officer Career College, U.S. Army Aviation Technical Test Center (ATTC), Aviation Center Logistics Command (ACLC), U.S. Army Aeromedical Center, U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory, U.S. Army School of Aviation Medicine, and U.S. Army Air Traffic Services Command (ATSCOM).

MISSION STATEMENT:

The mission of Army Aviation is to find, fix and destroy any enemy through fire and maneuver and to provide combat support and combat service support in coordinated operations as an integral member of the combined arms team fully integrated within a joint operational framework.

History

Fort Rucker and Army Aviation trace their origins back to earlier eras, as both were products of World War II. During World War II, America conducted a manpower mobilization unprecedented in its history in terms of total numbers. The United States put into uniform over 16 million men and approximately 333,000 women. This mobilization called for the creation of new training camps and military bases, including Camp Rucker, named in honor of Colonel Edmund W. Rucker, a Civil War Confederate Officer, who was given the honorary title of "General." With the consolidation of all Army Aviation flight training at Fort Rucker in 1973, the post became the Mecca for Army aviators. Air Force helicopter pilots have also trained here since 1971, as have students from more than 60 foreign countries.

History

Fort Rucker and Army Aviation trace their origins back to earlier eras, as both were products of World War II. During World War II, America conducted a manpower mobilization unprecedented in its history in terms of total numbers. The United States put into uniform over 16 million men and approximately 333,000 women. This mobilization called for the creation of new training camps and military bases, including Camp Rucker, named in honor of Colonel Edmund W. Rucker, a Civil War Confederate Officer, who was given the honorary title of "General." With the consolidation of all Army Aviation flight training at Fort Rucker in 1973, the post became the Mecca for Army aviators. Air Force helicopter pilots have also trained here since 1971, as have students from more than 60 foreign countries.

Population

  • Post Population: 20,210
  • Military: 5,009
  • Civilian: 10,104
  • Military Family Members: 5,097

Fort Rucker, AL has a population of 4,681 and is the 6,757th largest city in the United States. The population density is 431 per sq mi which is 368% higher than the Alabama average and 376% higher than the national average. The median age in Fort Rucker is 23 which is approximately 39% lower than the Alabama average of 39. In Fort Rucker, 63% of the population over 15 years of age are married, 92% speak English and 7% speak Spanish. 12% of Fort Rucker residents were born in Alabama, 80% were born out of state, 5% were born outside of the United States and 3% were foreign-born.

Fort Rucker lies in Dale County, which has a population of 49,226 (2017). Neighboring Coffee County has a population of 51,874 (2017). Houston County has a population of 104,346 (2017)

The Fort Rucker Community:

Group

Number

Post Population 24,921
Total Military 4,659
Total Civilian 9,711
Military Family Members on Post/ off Post 3,057/5,000
Military Retirees & Family Members (50 mile radius) 10,653/26,633
Army Retirees & Gray Area Reservists and Family Members in Area (MS, AL, & Panhandle of FL) 30,240/45,360

Location

The Army Aviation Warfighting Center, Fort Rucker, Alabama, is located in the southeast corner of Alabama. The post is located in Dale County. Fort Rucker is approximately 80 miles south of Montgomery and 20 miles northwest of Dothan. Florida's Gulf Coast lies 80 miles to the south. The communities of Enterprise, Daleville, and Ozark are west, south and east of the post, respectively and serve as our three main gates. The post covers about 64,500 acres of countryside in an area known as the "Wiregrass," named for a wild grass peculiar to the region. The area is known for its lower cost of living, making it a prime target for real estate investments. The base operator's phone number is 334-255-1110 or DSN 312-558-1110.

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