U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley visits Anniston Army Depot and Redstone Arsenal. (Photo by Sgt. Jamill Ford, April 2017)
There is no base housing at Anniston Army Depot for military families (with the exception of the commander and his family). For information or assistance with housing in the local area, contact Army Community Service at 256-235-7445.
Army Community Services
Army Community Services provides soldiers and families with support. ACS services and programs include Army Family Team Building; career guidance; deployment and mobilization assistance; the Exceptional Family Member Program; financial readiness; a household goods lending closet; information and referral; survivor outreach; and volunteering opportunities.
For a full list of ACS programs at Anniston Army Depot, visit https://anniston.armymwr.com/programs/acs.
Family Readiness Groups
Family Readiness Groups are organized to provide mutual support for a unit’s family members. Groups serve as a family support system during deployment, but they operate during periods of normal operations, as well. Groups operate in close coordination with the affiliated unit and, if convenient, with ACS or the Reserve Component Family Program coordinator’s office. FRGs also serve as an important source of inspiration, training and support to empower Army families to increase and enhance their self-reliance.
For more information, visit https://anniston.armymwr.com/programs/acs.
CHILD CARE AND YOUTH PROGRAMS
For more information on Anniston Army Depot Child and Youth Services, go to https://anniston.armymwr.com/categories/cys-services.
Child Development Center
Child development centers, or CDCs, generally offer child care for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. Care is available Monday through Friday, with some locations offering options, such as extended hours, weekend care and respite care. Child development centers vary in size and larger installations may operate multiple facilities. Programs are certified by the Department of Defense and accredited by a national accrediting body, such as the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
Family Child Care
Children ages 6 weeks to 12 years may receive care in the private home of a certified family child care provider living in government-owned or leased housing. Family child care is typically available weekdays and with additional care provided during evenings, weekends and flexible hourly care for shift work. Regulations limit the number of children who receive care at any one time to no more than six children under age 8 and no more than two children under age 2. Family child care providers must be certified to operate by the installation. Individual providers may voluntarily seek national accreditation from the National Association of Family Child Care and are provided local support, training and materials to accomplish this goal.
School Age Care
School-age care programs provide care to children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Care is offered before and after school, during non-school days and summer vacations. School-age care programs may be located in Department of Defense youth centers, child development centers or in other suitable facilities. All programs are certified by the Department of Defense and accredited by a national accrediting body, such as the Council on Accreditation.
School Support Services
School Support Services provides Army school-aged youth with educational opportunities, resources and information necessary to achieve academic success. SSS is home to the school liaison office, where school liaison officers help deliver the best educational resources and information for your children.
The office specializes in education transitions and makes sure incoming and exiting families have information about local schools, graduation requirements, after-school services and programs, youth sponsorship programs and home schooling. The office also helps parents better understand the education process, school organization and interaction strategies.
For a full list of recreation programs at Army Anniston Depot, visit the depot’s Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation website at https://anniston.armymwr.com/us/anniston.
Desoto Pastime Center
The Desoto Pastime Entertainment Center, at 7 Frankford Ave. in Building 1530, is a small club where you can meet with friends after work to have a drink, sing karaoke, and play electronic, quick shot or traditional bingo. Lunch is served daily. For more information, call 256-235-7160 or visit https://anniston.armymwr.com/us/anniston/programs/desoto-pastime-center.
Physical Fitness Center
The physical fitness center, at 7 Frankford Ave. in Building 206, has everything you need for your workout. The center offers cardio equipment, free weights, boxing equipment, a basketball court, table tennis, and locker rooms with showers and a dry sauna. For more information, call 256-235-6385 or visit https://anniston.armymwr.com/us/anniston/programs/physical-fitness-center.
Skills Development Center
The Skills Development Center, at 7 Frankford Ave. in Building 74, is a hobby shop where patrons can utilize the skills they have or develop new ones. The center includes an air-conditioned woodworking shop, a matting and framing area, and a limited automotive skills area. Staff members can guide you in projects, and classes are conducted on a variety of topics. An annual safety orientation is required prior to use of the facility or equipment. There is also limited space available to store personal vehicles (cars, campers, trailers, boats, etc.). For more information, call 256-235-6768 or visit https://anniston.armymwr.com/us/anniston/programs/skills-development-center.
SHOPPING AND DINING
Anniston Army Depot does not have a commissary or exchange, but it does have a shoppette. For more information, call 256-237-9159.
Dining on the Depot
Need a quick bite to eat? Anniston Army Depot features the following eateries. For more information on menus and hours of operation, visit https://anniston.armymwr.com/us/anniston/categories/social-and-dining.
- Desoto Pastime Center, 7 Frankford Ave., Building 1530, 256-235-7160.
- Java Cafe, Building X, 7 Frankford Ave., Building 140, 256-240-3526.
- Nichols Dining, 7 Frankford Ave., Building 141, 256-235-7127.