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Location: Located on the southwest side of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Fort Carson, also known as “The Mountain Post”, is considered to be “The Best Hometown in the Army - Home of America’s Best”. Other major installations in the area include the United States Air Force Academy, Peterson Air Force Base, Schriever Air Force Base , and NORAD , as well as Buckley Air Force Base in the Denver area. The official homepage for Fort Carson is

Cost of Living: Affordable compared to the U.S. average. For information on Basic Allowance Housing rates for the area, click here.

Base Operator: 719-526-5811 or DSN 312-691-5811; automated

Population: 26,282 Active Duty; 98,409 Retirees, Family Members, and Civilian Employees; approximately 70% of the population lives off of Fort Carson

Area Population: 446,439 Colorado Springs area (2014 est.); 27,781 Fountain area (2014 est.)

Child Care: A variety of services are available through the Fort Carson Child, Youth, and School Services (CYSS) program for children ages 6 weeks to 18 years. For more information, call 719-526-1100.

Schools: There are four elementary schools and one middle school on the installation. Schools fall within the Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8. For information on other schools and school district information, visit the Colorado Department of Education.

Youth Services: A wide variety of activities are available to include the Fort Carson Youth Center which includes a full size gym, game room, computer lab and snack bar. For more information, visit the Fort Carson Child, Youth, and School Services or call 719-526-2680.

Army Community Service: ACS 719-526-4590

Housing: On-Post: Privatized housing run by Balfour Beatty Communities, Current Housing Inventory 3,060 units, 70% are enlisted, 308 new units to be built. The waiting list for on post family housing generally runs from 6 to 18 months. It is based on number of bedrooms requirement and availability of homes, 579-1606 ext 250.

Housing Off-Post: The Housing Services Office (HSO) provides guidance and assistance to all incoming and departing personnel with all off-post housing needs 719-526-2323/2322/5219.

Single Soldier Housing Office (SSH): Soldiers should contact the installation Single Soldier Housing Office (SSH), 719-526-0570 or 719-524-0851 to obtain information regarding barracks space.

Employment: Employment is available in a wide variety of fields. Unemployment rate is 8.6%. Median household income is $60,131. For specific information, contact the ACS Employment Readiness Program at 719-526-0452.

Post Services:

  • MWR
  • Commissary: Newly built facility, 719-503-8300
  • Exchange: 1 large exchange, 1 mini mall and 5 shoppettes, 719-576-4000
  • Banking: Armed Forces Bank, N.A. and Security Service Federal Credit Union
  • Places to eat: Main PX (Charley’s, Anthony’s Pizza, Burger King, Taco John’s, Subway, Starbucks); Triplex with Arby’s, Burger King, and Manchu Wok; KFC; Pizza Hut; Green Beans Coffee; Jimmy John’s; Mini Mall (Subway, Wing Zone, Korea Express); Bowling Alley (Strike Zone Grill); Golf Course (Mulligan’s Grill); Borrelio Brothers Pizza; Colorado Brewery; as well as numerous dining facilities throughout the installation
  • Shooting Complex: Cheyenne Mountain Shooting Complex, newly built outside of Gate 20
  • Golfing: Cheyenne Shadows Golf Course
  • Bowling: Thunder Alley Bowling Center
  • Gyms: Iron Horse (Newly built state of the art complex with an indoor rock wall, indoor pool, outdoor basketball court, 3 indoor basketball courts, and an elevated indoor track), Garcia, McKibben, and Waller
  • Vet Services: Fort Carson Veterinary Treatment Facility
  • Dog Parks: 2 enclosed parks in the Iron Horse Park area
  • Shuttle Bus: Free shuttle buses throughout the installation

Medical Services: Military personnel and their dependents are served by hospitals located at either Fort Carson (Evans Army Community Hospital) or the U.S. Air Force Academy. For more information on Evans, call 719-526-7000.

Special Installation Messages:

Defense Service Network (DSN) Dialing Instructions

The DSN is the provider of long-distance communications service for the Department of Defense (DoD). Every installation has a special DSN number and the numbers vary by world-wide location. In order to place a call using DSN, the caller must be using a military phone on an installation. Cell phones cannot dial DSN numbers. When dialing a DSN number from a United States installation to another United States installation, it is unnecessary to dial the DSN 312 area code. When dialing a DSN number to/from overseas locations, the DSN area code must be included. The operator can be reached at commercial (719) 567-1110. Please note that long distance charges may be incurred.

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