A Bradley Fighting Vehicle waits for a 1947 Buick Roadmaster and other vintage and contemporary military, commercial and private vehicles and motorcycles to pass by before it joins the cruise. The vehicles were taking part in Detroit Arsenal’s first Cruisin’ at the D auto show and cruise. (Photo by Cathy Segal, September 2016)
Housing Services Office
Whether you plan on renting, buying or leasing a home, all military personnel (both family and bachelor) should report to the Housing Services Office prior to making any arrangements. The HSO can help you find suitable off-base housing accommodations in the Macomb, Oakland and Wayne County areas. Guidance and assistance will also be provided to help you make sound housing decisions and ensure that appropriate consideration is given to military clauses and customer needs. The HSO is in Building 232, rooms 1301 and 1303, and may be reached at 586-282-8178/9627.
Military Family Housing
On-base government housing is not available at Detroit Arsenal. Contact the Housing Services Office for off-base housing assistance at 586-282-8178/9627.
Single service member housing (barracks) is not available at Detroit Arsenal. It is recommended that all single service members report to the Housing Services Office before any permanent living arrangements are made. Contact the HSO at 586-282-8178/9627.
Army Community Service
Army Community Service offers many programs and services that are designed to equip service members, DOD civilians and families with the skills, knowledge and support they need to face the challenges of military life. Whether you change duty stations, deploy, manage the family during deployment or face a new situation, ACS has a program to help you and your family adjust.
ACS programs and services include Army Family Team Building; career guidance; deployment and mobilization assistance; the Exceptional Family Member Program; financial readiness and assistance; information and referral; relocation readiness; survivor outreach; violence prevention and education; and volunteering opportunities. For more information on ACS programs at Detroit Arsenal, visit https://detroit.armymwr.com/programs/acs.
Exceptional Family Member Program
The Exceptional Family Member Program is a mandatory enrollment program that works with other military and civilian agencies to provide comprehensive and coordinated community support, housing, educational, medical and personnel services to families with special needs. Soldiers on active duty enroll in the program when they have a family member with a physical, emotional, developmental or intellectual disorder requiring specialized services so their needs can be considered in the military personnel assignment process. For more information, visit https://detroit.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. The Army FRG website is a secure site only available to soldiers, Army civilians and their family members. The website provides family members with a valuable tool to access documents, view photos and videos, participate in forums and gain important information about the Army unit that their service member belongs to 24/7 from anywhere in the world. For more information, visit www.armyfrg.org.
CHILD CARE AND YOUTH PROGRAMS
For a full list of youth services at Detroit Arsenal, visit https://detroit.armymwr.com/categories/cys-services.
Child Development Center
Child Development Centers provide full-time and hourly care for children 6 weeks to 5 years of age. The CDC’s caring, knowledgeable professionals plan developmentally appropriate programs that are responsive to the unique needs, abilities and interests of your children. Fees are based on total family income. For more information on the arsenal’s center, visit https://detroit.armymwr.com/programs/childcare.
Family Child Care
The Family Child Care program is a child care option offered in homes both on and off post by authorized providers. Providers may offer weekend care, hourly care and extended care to meet your unique child care needs. All providers pass stringent background checks and inspections. Providers receive child care training and their homes are regularly monitored with announced and unannounced visits. The program also offers an opportunity for spouses to contribute to the family income while caring for their own children. For more information, visit https://detroit.armymwr.com/programs/childcare.
School Support Services
School Support Services provides Army school-aged youth with educational opportunities, resources and information necessary to achieve academic success. School Support Services is home to the School Liaison Office, where school liaison officers help deliver the best educational resources and information for your children. School liaison officers specialize in education transitions, and make sure incoming and exiting families have information about local schools, graduation requirements, after-school services and programs, youth sponsorship programs and home schooling. For more information, visit https://detroit.armymwr.com/programs/school-liaison-officer.
SKIES Unlimited stands for “School of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration and Skills” with the word “Unlimited” for the unlimited possibilities that this program provides children and youth. SKIES Unlimited offers extracurricular instructional classes for children of all ages. SKIES Unlimited is in Building 205, Room 1F272 at 6501 E. 11 Mile Road. For more information, call 586-282-6170 or visit https://detroit.armymwr.com/programs/skies-unlimited-instructional-programs.
Study Strong provides 24/7 online tutoring for Army-affiliated students. After registering online, students are connected to a tutor in an online classroom. Online classrooms use controlled chat and an interactive white board. Students can send computer files, such as essays, to the tutor for review and assistance. Educational support is available for kindergarten through 12th grade and college prep. Preparations for career transitions, writing resumes and studying for exams are available for adults.
Tutors are certified teachers, college professors, professional tutors or graduate school students from across the country who have been hired by Tutor.com, the provider of the Live Homework Help program. Tutors with expertise in math (including algebra, geometry and calculus), science (including earth science, biology, chemistry and physics), social studies and English composition are available. Visit www.myarmyonesource.com/ChildYouthandSchoolServices/CYSServicesOnlineTutoring for more information.
Since there is no youth center at Detroit Arsenal, youth services programs are offered at Anchor Bay Middle School South and L’Anse Creuse Middle School, which is in the Selfridge area. Programs include a wide variety of instructional classes, teen programs, youth development activities, homework assistance, leisure and recreational events, youth sport leagues and outreach activities. Call 586-282-4499 or visit https://detroit.armymwr.com/programs/youth-services for more information.
Youth sports and fitness programs provide team sports, individual sports, and fitness and health programs. Coaches are trained and certified by the National Alliance for Youth Sports. Registration and annual sports physicals are required for participation. For more information, call 586-282-9730 or visit https://detroit.armymwr.com/programs/youth-sports.
Outdoor Recreation, in Building 230, has a variety of rental equipment for all the outdoor experiences nature has to offer. Available equipment includes party supplies (tables, chairs, grills and canopies), campers, canoes and inflatables. For more information, call 586-282-8055 or visit https://detroit.armymwr.com/programs/outdoor-recreation1.
The fitness center is at 6501 E. 11 Mile Road in Building 230. The center offers health and recreational programs like fitness assessments, massage therapy, sports, a lifting club, classes and more. For more information, call 586-282-5606 or visit https://detroit.armymwr.com/programs/fitness-center.
Nearby Selfridge Air National Guard Base has a par-72 golf course. The course features large, undulating greens, well-drained sand traps and challenging layouts. There is also a driving range, a putting green, a clubhouse and a restaurant. For more information, call 586-239-4653 or visit https://detroit.armymwr.com/programs/outdoor-recreation-1.
Leisure Travel Services
This full-service travel agency offers cruises, lodging, packages, tours, tickets and activities to military and civilian employees, contractors, retirees, veterans, families and friends. Visit Building 270, Room 1303 at 6501 E. 11 Mile Road, call 586-282-8800 or go to https://detroit.armymwr.com/programs/leisure-travel-services for more information.
SHOPPING AND DINING
Save your hard-earned dollars by shopping for groceries at the commissary. Detroit Arsenal does not have its own commissary, but nearby Selfridge Air National Guard Base’s commissary is at 701 George St. The commissary offers a bakery, party cakes, a deli, fresh sandwiches to go and plants. For more information, call 586-239-5570/4464 or go to www.commissaries.com.
Dining on the Arsenal
Hungry? Detroit Arsenal has two dining locations for your convenience. Cafe 200 and Cafe 229 feature a variety of breakfast and lunch items. Cafe 229 also features Starbucks beverages. Visit https://detroit.armymwr.com/categories/social-and-dining for more information.
Detroit Arsenal does not have its own exchange. Nearby Selfridge Air National Guard Base has an exchange in Building 700 on George Avenue. It offers a price-match program that guarantees the lowest prices in town. Services include a Military Clothing Store, a Class 6, Express retail facilities, a barbershop, alterations, dry cleaners, a diner, a coffee shop and more. Call 586-465-0960 or visit www.shopmyexchange.com for more information.