LOCATION - One of the Army's youngest installations, Fort Carson, the Mountain Post, is a proud Army post located southwest of Colorado Springs, between Interstate 25 and Highway 115. 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. We are a caring installation that emphasizes quality of life programs. This proud team fosters personal and professional growth by providing a command climate that attracts, develops, and retains quality people. This is a community in which the Total Army Family, in cooperation with surrounding communities, contributes to accomplishing our most important mission: caring for soldiers, civilians, retirees, and families while we train to be ready to mobilize, deploy, and fight. When you arrive at Fort Carson, expect to train and play hard. This geographical area provides some of the most beautiful scenery and outdoor recreational opportunities in America!
HISTORY - The history of Fort Carson began with Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941; the United States declared war on the axis powers. Washington D.C. officials in charge of selecting new sites for military installations went into immediate action. 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.
MISSION - To operate an efficient and effective Installation...a power projection platform...dedicated to the training, mobilization, deployment and sustainment of the Enhanced Separate Brigades of the 7th Infantry Division and the combat-ready forces assigned to the Mountain Post ... while providing a caring environment for all in a climate of cooperation and partnership with civilian and military neighbors.
POPULATION SERVED - Fort Carson is headquarters for the 7th Infantry Division whose mission it is to train National Guard personnel from Arkansas, Oregon, and Oklahoma. The post is also home to the following tenant units: 10th Special Forces Group, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team (4th Infantry Division)and 2nd Brigade Combat Team from Korea. 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. The following population is also served: DoD personnel, families, civilians and joint services.
SPONSORSHIP - To request a sponsor prior to your arrival at Fort Carson, simply e-mail your request to the sponsorship link in Contacts/Links. The G-1 will receive and respond to your request.
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 should 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 due to the number of rooms that we generally utilize in the Colorado Springs area.
RELOCATION ASSISTANCE - The ACS Family Welcome Center located at 6070 Barkeley Avenue, Building 1354. The Family Connection offers the following relocation services and activities to assist transitioning families to the Mountain Post: the ACS Loan Closet; the Toy and Book Exchange for families staying in temporary lodging; weekly Carson Cares Spouse Orientation; two internet stations dedicated for use by transitioning families; Welcome Packets, including maps and information on post and community programs/services; community networking opportunities; SHARE Colorado registration; a monthly Homebuyer's Workshop; Cultural Support Groups; 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 spouses and a play area for children. The Family Connection is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call us for directions or for more information at 719-526-1070. "Connecting Your Family With Ours."
CRITICAL INSTALLATION INFORMATION - It is prohibited to talk on hand-held cell phones if you are driving on the installation.