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Installation Overview


One of the Army's youngest installations, Fort Carson, the Mountain Post, is a proud Army post located southwest of Colorado Springs, Colorado, between Interstate 25 and Highway 115 in El Paso county. This post is recognized as one of the world's premier locations to lead, train, and maintain while preparing soldiers to win on the battlefield. The southern Colorado Springs and Fountain areas are considered affordable to live in when compared to the national average cost of living. This geographical area provides some of the most beautiful scenery and outdoor recreational opportunities in America! The base operator's phone number is 719-526-5811 or DSN 312-691-5811.


The history of Fort Carson began with Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Less than one month later on January 6, 1942, it was announced that Colorado Springs had been selected as the site for an army camp. On February 22, 1942, Colorado Springs newspapers reported that the installation would be named Camp Carson in honor of Brigadier General Christopher "Kit" Carson, the famous frontiersman. The original military reservation consisted of 60,048 acres of land; 5,533 donated by the City of Colorado Springs, 29,676 purchased from private owners, 262 acquired from the Department of Interior, and 24,577 leased from the State of Colorado. For more information, go to the Fort Carson Homepage.


The Division’s mission is “To train, deploy and sustain brigade units of action; on order, conduct decisive full-spectrum combat operations in order to accomplish Combatant Commander Objectives.

Population Served

Fort Carson is home to the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Brigade Combat Teams of the 4th Infantry Division. The 43rd Area Support Group supports the major units on post. In 2003, over 13,000 of its troops deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Base Transportation

Currently, there is no shuttle bus operating on Fort Carson. The Colorado Springs Transit System does operate on post.


To request a sponsor prior to your arrival at Fort Carson, e-mail your request. The G-1 will receive and respond to your request. All incoming military personnel, LTC and below, must report to the U.S. Army Replacement Detachment and Fort Carson Welcome and Farewell Center. The Center, located in Bldg. 1218 on the corner of Wetzel Avenue and Ellis Street, is open 24 hours a day. It is not necessary to report in uniform. You will receive an in-processing appointment after signing in.

Incoming Department of Army Civilians should report to the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center (CPAC) located in Bldg. 1550 at 7:30 a.m., on the first day of their employment at Fort Carson.

For more information you can go to our web site or call us at 719-526-4590 or toll free at 1-866-804-8763.

Temporary Quarters

If you are a Staff Sergeant or below, unaccompanied by your family, you will receive temporary billeting at the Replacement Detachment. The Colorado Inn, the post's temporary lodging facility, is operated on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations may be made up to 60 days in advance. TDY personnel and PCS families will be housed on a priority basis. The Colorado Inn has also contracted with several local, name-brand hotels to provide rooms for overflow personnel. These hotel contracts provide for lower than normal rates for military personnel and families.

Relocation Assistance

The Army Community Service (ACS) Community Connectionsis located in Building 1524 off of Specker Avenue. This satellite facility offers the following relocation services and activities to assist Families transitioning to the Mountain Post: the ACS Loan Closet; the Toy and Book Program for Families staying in temporary lodging; a monthly Newcomers Orientation; a computer lab with printers; a fax machine; Welcome Packets, including maps and information on post and community programs/services; community networking opportunities; a monthly Homebuyer's Workshop; MultiCultural Support Groups; Immigration Services and a host of other important activities and services. Make The Family Connection one of your first stops and let us get you connected...we have a free gift for incoming Families and a play area for children. The Community Connections is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m; Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.. For more information or directions, call (719) 526-1070 or (719) 526-4590.

Critical Installation Information

You may not talk on hand-held cell phones while you are driving on the installation.

Associated Links

Military OneSource
Provides access to 24/7 counseling, information and referral for service families.

Defense Travel Management Office /Per Diem
Per Diem official website with information on allowances, travel regulations and lodging websites.

DS Logon (formerly DEERS)
TRICARE beneficiaries can electronically link to their medical records, pay and human resource systems and other websites.

Defense Finance and Accounting Service
The authoritative source for pay issues.

DoD Schools
Provides complete information on all Department of Defense Schools run by DoDEA.

Military K-12 Partnership
Provides comprehensive information for all students.

DoD Commissaries
The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment.

Stars and Stripes
Current editions for European, Mid East and Pacific newspapers.

The CIA World Factbook
Provides information on locations overseas.

OSD Reserve Affairs
Provides benefits and services designed to enhance and maintain the quality of life for noncommissioned and petty officers.

Army OneSource
Comprehensive information on all Army Community Services and QOL support.

Army Home Page
Information and resources for Army soldiers and families worldwide.

United States Army Recruiting Command Soldier and Family Assistance Programs
Public web site for all Army recruiting command needs.

U.S. Army Cadet Command -- Official QOL Web Site
Provides information and links to all Army Cadet Command quality of life issues.

Army Installation Management Command
Link is helpful in order to gain information about local and Army-wide initiatives.

Army Reserves
Information on the Army Reserve as a career.

Military ID Card/CAC -- Locator
Find all military ID card and CAC facilities worldwide.

Department of Defense-sponsored website for kids impacted by the deployment of parents and caregivers.

USA4 Military Families
Seeks to engage and educate state policymakers, not-for-profit associations, concerned business interests, and other state leaders about the needs of military members and their families.

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