Children and Youth
Fort Carson is served by Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8. Four elementary schools and a middle school are located on post.
- Weikel Elementary School serves preschool through fifth grade. For more information, call 358-4320.
- Patriot Elementary School serves kindergarten through fifth grade. For more information, call 382-1460.
- Mountainside Elementary serves kindergarten through fifth grade. For more information, call 382-1430.
- Abrams Elementary serves kindergarten through fifth grade. For more information, call 382-1490.
- Fort Carson Middle School serves sixth through eighth grade. For more information, call 382-1610.
- High school students are transported via school bus to Fountain-Fort Carson High School in Fountain. For more information, call 382-1640.
Several school districts serve the communities surrounding Fort Carson:
- Colorado Springs School District 11 (north of post), 520-2000
- Cheyenne Mountain School District 12 (northwest of post), 475-6100
- Harrison School District 2 (north of post), 579-2000
- Widefield School District 3 (east of post), 391-3000
- Falcon School District 49 (northeast of post and Colorado Springs), 495-3601
- Academy School District 20 (north of post in northern Colorado Springs), 260-0604
- Manitou Springs School District 14 (west of post and Colorado Springs), 685-2024
There are also many private and charter schools in the area. For more information, contact the Fort Carson School Liaison Office, building 1518 Prussman Boulevard or call 526-1101.
CHILD AND YOUTH SERVICES (CYS), YOUTH EDUCATION SUPPORT SERVICES
Kindergarten through 12th grade and post-secondary school liaison services can assist Families with public, private or home school issues. Located in building 1518, Youth Education Support Services has information concerning Colorado Springs, El Paso County and Pueblo County schools; surrounding community schools; private schools; home-school information; and scholarship and post-secondary education information. For details, call 526-4255 or 526-1071.
CYS Youth Education Liaison Services offers youth sponsorship training and the Youth Sponsorship Council. The liaisons also provide home-school programming and support the Youth Action Council, permanent change of station and grade advancement transition assistance as well as post-secondary education preparation information. CYS Liaison Education and Outreach Services provides information on all schools serving Fort Carson including those off post. They also provide information on transitioning from one district to another; and between elementary and middle school, and middle and high school. For more information, call 526-2301.
CHILD AND YOUTH SERVICES
Fort Carson Child and Youth Services provides a variety of programs and services to children ages 6 weeks to 18 years. Programs and services are based upon the growth and development of children and meet national and Army standards. Regardless of the program, length of stay or age of child/youth, the service is based upon age-appropriate practices. Information and registration for any Child and Youth Services program is located at building 1518. Registration is free. Call 526-1100/1101 for information.
CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTERS
Registration for any Child and Youth Services program consists of full-day services for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years, and hourly care for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years. The part-day preschool program is for children ages 3-5. Morning and afternoon sessions are available Monday-Friday. Registration for all CYS programs is located in building 1518; call 526-1100/1101 for information.
The Child Development Centers located on the installation are as follows:
- The East Child Development Center, located in building 6058 on the corner of Nelson and Martinez, provides full-day services only. The center is open Monday-Friday from 5:45 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- The West Child Development Center, located at building 6060 on Coleman, provides full-day care services. The center is open Monday-Friday from 5:45 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Cheyenne Mountain Child Development Center is located in building 6203 on Harr Avenue just south of the main Fort Carson entrance at Gate 1. Cheyenne Mountain CDC provides full-day child care, before and after kindergarten care, as well as part-day preschool. It houses children ages 6 weeks-kindergarten and is open Monday-Friday from 5:45 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Monarch Child Development Center, building 2764 is located on Womack Street near Gate 20. It is a full-day child care center and serves children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. The center is open Monday-Friday from 5:45 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Ivy Child Development Center, building 1840, is located on the Resiliency campus near Prussman and Specker avenues. The Ivy CDC provides full-day, hourly, and part-day preschool services. The center is open Monday-Friday from 5:45 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Aspen Child Development Center, building 4356, is a 160-capacity center that houses both child care and school age programs. There are 80 child care spaces and 80 kindergarten spaces to better serve parents with children of both age groups. The center is open Monday-Friday from 5:45 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Timberline Multi-functional CDC is located on the corner of Ware and Ellis streets and will serve up to 26 children for hourly child care. The facility also houses SKIESUnlimited instructional class programs.
FAMILY CHILD CARE
Army certified Family Child Care homes are available on and off the installation. FCC providers offer age-appropriate activities in a home-like environment. The small group size allows children to develop close relationships with caregivers and other children.
The FCC program offers full-day, part-time, part-day and hourly care. Overnight, weekend, holiday hours and extended care (up to 14 days) are available for single and dual military parents. This care is also available for military and civilian working couples and for single civilian patrons. The care is for mission-related duty or with a documented civilian work schedule. The FCC office is located in building 5510, on the corner of Ellis Street and Harr Avenue. Registration for all CYS programs is located in building 1518; call 526-1101 for information.
The kindergarten program includes a before- and after-school day care service for kindergarten children. Transportation is provided from the center to on-post schools. Services are provided in Cheyenne Mountain CDC, building 6203, and Aspen CDC, building 4356. Both programs are open from 5:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. A summer day camp program is also operated to provide full-day care for kindergarteners during the summer months. Registration for all CYS programs is located in building 1518; call 526-1100/1101 for information.
SCHOOL AGE SERVICES
Before-and after-school programs for youths in first-fifth grades are provided at two facilities on Fort Carson, Patriot SAS is located in building 6204 on Harr Avenue just south of the main Fort Carson entrance at Gate 1 and Mesa SAS is located in building 4790 across the street from Abrams Elementary School. The Patriot and Mesa School Age Services programs are for school-age children in first-fifth grades and are open Monday-Friday from 5:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. Transportation is provided to and from on-post schools. Full-day services are available for days when there is no school. Boys and Girls Club programs and 4-H are incorporated into School Age Services programming. Full day camps are available during school breaks. Registration for all Child and Youth Services programs is located in building 1518; call 526-1100/1101 for information.
The Youth Center is located on the corner of Ware Street and Normandy Road in building 5950. The center offers a variety of programs and special events for middle- and high-school youths. Programming includes sports, fitness and health options; life skills; citizenship; leadership opportunities; arts; recreation; and leisure activities.
The Youth Center offers after-school programs for middle school youths and teens. The after-school program is free for registered youths. Registration for all CYS programs is located in building 1518; call 526-1100/1101 for information.
SPORTS & FITNESS
The child and youth sports and fitness program provides recreational and educational programs that are fun, safe and nurturing. Participants are given an opportunity to learn and experience the fundamentals of sports, fitness and a variety of team and individual activities. Motor skill development aids younger children, fitness opportunities abound for middle and high school students and a child/youth nutrition and health program serves the needs for all.
Character education is a key component of the sports, fitness and nutrition program that encourages fair play, responsibility, good sportsmanship and respect.
Registration for all CYS programs is located in building 1518; call 526-1100/1101 for information.
HIRED! is an apprenticeship and workforce preparation program designed to meet the career-exploration needs of teens ages 15-18. For more information, call 524-1472.
MOBILIZATION AND DEPLOYMENT SUPPORT
During mobilization and deployment, CYS provides free child care support for Families. Family readiness group leaders or rear detachments can provide a list of benefits available during the mobilization and deployment. To use any of the CYS programs, children must be registered with CYS. Information and registration for any CYS program is located at building 1518. Call 516-1100/1101 for information.
RESOURCE AND REFERRAL OFFICE
For overnight, weekend, full-day, part-day or drop-in child care in a home environment, Resource and Referral Office is available. The RRO makes referrals for full-time child care to licensed day-care homes at Fort Carson. Children ages 4 weeks to 2 years may use resource and referral services. For more information and registration, call 526-2680.
The Fort Carson Directorate of Emergency (DES) provides professional emergency services and installation access control to the Fort Carson military community in order to create a safe and secure environment for the Best Hometown in the Army.
For all police, fire and medical emergencies, immediately call 911. To report all non-emergent crimes or incidents, call 526-2333 or report to the Fort Carson Police Desk, located at building 2700, Christie Street.
Army Community Service (ACS)
Army Community Service invites active-duty military, their Families, retirees and Department of the Army civilians into a world of education, opportunity and discovery. ACS offers services that promote self-reliance, resiliency and stability during war and peace. Its programs and classes are designed to fit a diverse and mobile community.
The ACS Center, located on the corner of Specker Avenue and Flint Street in building 1526, is a fully accredited state-of-the-art facility that contains the following core programs: Army Volunteer Corps (AVC); Family Enrichment; Mobilization and Deployment; Employment Readiness; Financial Readiness; Army Emergency Relief; Mayoral; Community Information, Referral and Follow-up; Soldier and Family Readiness; Exceptional Family Member; and Relocation Readiness. This facility also has its own child care center which is available for use by ACS volunteers and participants attending ACS functions (limited child care with prior registration). Stop by and see all that ACS has to offer. For more information, call 526-4590.
For the latest information on current programs connect with ACS at: www.carson.army.mil/acs, Facebook – Fort Carson Army Community Service, Twitter – FortCarsonACS, and Instagram-Fort Carson ACS. Follow ACS on Twitter by texting “Follow FortCarsonACS” to 40404 to receive updates and information from Fort Carson ACS.
ACS ARMY VOLUNTEER CORPS (AVC)
The Fort Carson Army Volunteer Corps can connect community members with volunteer opportunities throughout the installation and community. Volunteering allows community members to meet new people in interesting and varied settings, and enables them to grow personally while gaining a sense of accomplishment. Army Community Service has a place for people to contribute to the community, learn new skills, meet others, make new friends and plan out their future career paths. Volunteer opportunities are varied and can meet diverse interests such as administrative, teaching classes, serving as community mayors, welcoming new Families and helping others find employment. For more information, call 526-1082 or 526-8303.
The Fort Carson Mayoral Program was established to enhance the quality of life for residents of the installation. Each village has an elected/appointed mayor and deputy mayor who act as community liaison, representing the village and residents. They promote self-sufficiency for military Families, showing the community “how to” rather than “to do for.” For more information, call 526-1082 or 526-8303.
ACS FAMILY ENRICHMENT PROGRAM (FEP)
FEP is comprised of Army Family Team Building, Army Family Action Plan, Company Commander & 1SG Spouse Seminar and Army 101.
Army Family Team Building is a series of training modules taught through the local ACS office that cover topics such as Army knowledge, personal growth skills and leadership skills. AFTB improves personal and Family preparedness which enhances overall Army readiness and helps all members of America’s Army adapt to a changing world. To sign up for classes, call 526-8747.
The Army Family Action Plan is a quality of life process that allows members of the total Army Family to identify and recommend solutions to issues that affect the quality of life of the Total Army family. An installation level conference is held at Fort Carson annually. Members of the Total Army Community become involved in the AFAP conference by serving as delegates, volunteer facilitators, recorders and administrative assistants. For more information, call 526-4590.
Army 101 is a four-hour class that provides civilian neighbors with an introduction to military term acronyms, chain of command, community resources, benefits and entitlements, expectations of military culture and an introduction to traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. It concludes with a windshield bus tour of the installation and an opportunity to have lunch in a military dining facility. For more information, call 526-4590.
The Company Commander and 1SG Spouse Seminar course provides spouses of company/troop/battery commanders and first sergeants with an opportunity to meet with their peers, share experiences, and receive current information from professional subject matter experts on multiple areas of interest. For more information, call 526-4590.
ACS MOBILIZATION AND DEPLOYMENT READINESS PROGRAM
The Army Community Service Mobilization and Deployment Readiness Program provides assistance to Soldiers (active duty, Reserve, National Guard) and their Families. The Family Readiness Program assists units and their Families in preparing for deployment. Operation READY predeployment briefings are scheduled through individual units. For more information or to schedule a briefing, call 526-0465/4590.
Family Readiness Group Leader and Rear Detachment Training are conducted on a regularly scheduled basis. Training ensures leadership is prepared for the challenges that may arise due to mobilization and deployments. For more information or to register for training, call 526-0460/4590.
ACS MILITARY AND FAMILY LIFE COUNSELORS (MFLC) PROGRAM
The Military and Family Life Counselors program provides confidential, licensed and experienced mental health professionals trained on military Family-specific topics regarding the deployment cycle, military culture and reintegration. The counselors assist with problem solving and life skills. For more information, call 338-7216 or 526-4590.
ACS EMPLOYMENT READINESS PROGRAM (ERP)
The Army Community Service Employment Readiness Program provides assistance and self-development workshops to military Families. ACS understands the mobile lifestyle of the military community, the effects and restrictions it has on Army spouses or dependents searching for employment and career advancements. This program is designed to assist the military Family in finding and securing employment. Information is available on civil service (appropriated fund employment); nonappropriated fund employment in recreation facilities, child care and other areas; government agencies including state, city and county; contract positions within Fort Carson and the community; and local companies in the surrounding communities.
Employment Readiness also offers a variety of self-development workshops, training, counseling, career assessments, seminars and job fairs. Information is also available on local colleges, universities, educational programs (MYCAA) and scholarships. For more information, call 526-0452 or 526-4590.
ACS FINANCIAL READINESS PROGRAM (FRP)
The Army Community Service Financial Readiness Program provides free professional financial counseling. Services include:
- Budget counseling
- Debt management
- Credit counseling
- Financial planning and investment options
- Personal finance seminars and classes
- Screening and registration for federal, state, county and city assistance programs
- Assistance with consumer complaints and resolution of issues concerning local businesses
- Free CARFAX reports (used vehicle history)
- Home-buying and foreclosure information
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 526-4590. To register for a class, call 526-8747
ARMY EMERGENCY RELIEF (AER)
Army Emergency Relief provides emergency financial assistance to Soldiers (active and retired), and their Family members, when there is an established need. Assistance is available for food, rent, utilities, emergency travel, vehicle repair and funeral expenses. AER also gives undergraduate education scholarships, based primarily on financial need, to children of active-duty and retired Soldiers. AER cannot help pay for nonessential items; finance ordinary leave or vacation; pay fines or legal expenses; help liquidate or consolidate debt; assist with home purchases or improvements; help purchase, rent or lease vehicles; cover bad checks; or pay credit card debt. All requests are reviewed on a case by case basis.
Active-duty Soldiers are encouraged to go through their unit command financial noncommissioned officer (CFNCO). If you are unsure who your designated CFNCO is, call 526-0438/4590. If AER assistance is needed after hours, call the AER cell phone at 719-331-5278 or the American Red Cross at 877-272-7337.
ACS RELOCATION READINESS PROGRAM (RELO)
Not sure how to move? Need more information on where you are going? If so, the ACS Relocation Readiness Program is here to assist you. The program will provide the resources to make an informed relocation decision. Available services vary from outbound consultations (individual or Family) to relocation-related educational classes to welcome packets to sponsorship training to an alternate language program. To assist Families separated from their loved ones, ACSoffers a Waiting Families Program. For more information, call 526-1053
ACS COMMUNITY CONNECTION
The ACS Community Connection Center offers Soldiers and Families a centralized location to gather information and resources on the Fort Carson and Colorado Springs communities. Stop by and pick up a “Welcome to Fort Carson Packet” and learn what we have to offer. Services vary from newcomer orientation to the Loan Closet to multicultural support groups (German, Korean and Spanish). To make copies, send a fax or check out your Facebook page, the computer lab is available for use (CAC accessible with printers). The ACS Community Connection Center is located in building 1524 at 6391 Wetzel Ave. For more information, call 526-1070/8747.
ACS LOAN CLOSET
The ACS Loan Closet provides temporary household goods to Soldiers and Families arriving to or departing from Fort Carson. Items vary from pots and pans kits to infant and toddler car seats to folding tables and chairs to crock pots. The ACS Loan Closet is located at the ACS Community Connection Center in building 1524. For a list of goods or to see what is available, call 526-1070.
ACS MULTICULTURAL SUPPORT PROGRAM
The ACS Multicultural Support Program is designed to assist foreign-born Family members with services varying from English as a Second Language to immigration and naturalization. Prior registration and testing are required for ESL, 526-9348. For assistance with immigration and naturalization call 526-1070. Due to the high demand of this service, appointments are required. Active duty should be assisted by their S-1 personnel. Services include citizenship paperwork, permanent resident card paperwork, petitions for Family members to come to the United States and much more. Multicultural support groups (German, Korean and Spanish) meet on a regular basis. For information on participating in a group, call 526-1070.
ACS COMMUNITY INFORMATION & REFERRAL PROGRAM
The ACS Community Information and Referral Program provides information on available resources and services for Department of Defense identification card holders. This program links together local, state and federal resources. For more information, call 526-8747.
ACS SOLDIER AND FAMILY READINESS PROGRAM (SFRP)
The Army Community Service Soldier and Family Readiness Program promotes individual, couple and family wellness by offering a comprehensive program that includes awareness, education and support to prevent family violence. Classes are offered to commanders, troops, professionals, Families and the community. Prevention and support services include: the New Parent Support Program; child safety education; nurturing programs; single parent support, playgroup; infant massage; Cooperative Parenting and Divorce; Boot Camp for New Dads; Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program; marriage workshops; various life-skills seminars; and the Victim Advocacy Program. A victim advocate is a person who is there to help support victims in making decisions to promote safety. An advocate will walk with the victim through the various stages that may be involved in their case. The goal of advocacy is to support and empower victims to make their own decisions. The 24-hour victim advocate cell phone number is 710-243-7907. For more information, call 526-0461/4590.
ACS EXCEPTIONAL FAMILY MEMBER PROGRAM (EFMP)
The Exceptional Family Member Program is a program designed to assist military personnel agencies in making assignments for the Soldier, accompanied by Family members as often as possible. The EFMP works together with other military and civilian agencies to provide a comprehensive and coordinated multiagency approach for community support, housing, medical, educational and personnel services to Families with special needs. Enrollment into the EFMP works to ensure that needed services are available at the gaining installation before the military personnel office (Human Resources Command - HRC) assigns the Soldier to that new duty location.
An exceptional Family member is a Family member, regardless of age, with any physical, emotional, developmental or intellectual disorder that requires special treatment, therapy, education, training or counseling. The program applies to the following Soldiers: active Army; U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers in the USAR Active Guard Reserve Program (mobilized and deployed Soldiers are not eligible for enrollment in the EFMP); Army National Guard AGR personnel serving under authority of Title 10, United States Code and Title 32, United States Code.
EFMP enrollment allows assignment managers at Army personnel agencies the opportunity to consider the documented medical and special education needs of the EFM in the assignment process. When possible, the Soldier is assigned to an area where the medical and educational needs of his/her EFM can be met. This depends on a valid personnel requirement for the Soldier’s grade, specialty and eligibility for the tour as well as current assignment priorities. All Soldiers are eligible for worldwide assignments, regardless of EFMP status. It is important to understand that a Soldier can be “nominated” for a specific assignment at any time. This is why it is crucial to have the Family member EFMP enrollment up-to-date at all times.
The Fort Carson ACS EFMP office provides assistance with identification of exceptional family members; information and referral; linkage with disability-specific support groups and recreational activities; advocacy (assignment, housing, school, etc.); relocation (both incoming and outgoing); community support assistance, resources and systems navigation; appropriate placement of children with life threatening conditions, functional limitations or behavioral/psychological conditions into CYS programs; and respite care services for qualifying families.
For questions, concerns, referrals, etc., contact the ACS EFMP team at 526-4590.
ACS SEXUAL HARASSMENT ASSAULT RESPONSE AND PREVENTION (SHARP)
The SHARP Program provides victim advocacy services, support, information, resources and referrals for adult victims of sexual assault. The SHARP Program also coordinates emergency medical care and counseling services as needed or requested. This program is not only available to victims of sexual assault but also to anyone within the military community interested in sexual assault prevention and education. The SHARP Coordinator Number is 526-5785. For more information, call 526-0445 or 526-4590.
ACS SURVIVOR OUTREACH SERVICES (SOS)
Losing a loved one is one of the most difficult things anyone can go through. The Army Community Service Survivor Outreach Services connects survivors with people who can help them move forward and find strength, to include a financial counselor and a support coordinator. Many times after losing a loved one, there are unresolved issues or questions that may surface months or years after the loss. SOS staff understands new issues and questions may surface long after the Casualty Assistance Officer has concluded his duty. SOS is located in the Fallen Heroes Family Center on Mekong Street, in building 6215. For more information, call 526-2069 or 526-4590.
ACS OUTREACH PROGRAM
The Army Community Service Outreach Program, located just inside the Community Connection Center in building 1524, identifies family support program requirements within the community. It coordinates and implements comprehensive outreach initiatives designed to facilitate the delivery of existing services and develop new services based on the results of annual needs assessments. Such initiatives may include: one-on-one home visits for isolated Families, exported outreach services to off-post housing locations, satellite centers and other locations and events. For more information, call 526-4590.
ACS SOLDIER AND FAMILY ASSISTANCE CENTER (SFAC)
The SFAC is a relaxed environment with dedicated staff providing individualized, integrated support services to wounded, ill or injured Warriors and their Families. The SFAC is located at 1481 Titus Blvd. in building 7492.
The SFAC provides assistance with financial counseling, employment, education, benefits counseling, community programs, and a Warrior Support Group for Spouses. For more information, call 719-526-5807.
THE WARRIOR FAMILY COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP (WFCP)
The mission of the ACS Warrior Family Community Partnership is to integrate existing systems of support and services to Fort Carson Soldiers and their Families to assure an optimal quality of life while fulfilling their mission to our nation. The WFCP concept also serves the Greater Front Range Community by providing a forum and facility space for individuals and groups wishing to support Soldiers and Families with services, gifts and volunteer activities. Opportunities for Soldiers and Families can be found online through the program’s Slick Deals for Soldiers and Families. The WFCP community council meets quarterly on Fort Carson with the purpose of getting an update on the program, providing feedback on the program and socializing with key civilian and military Fort Carson leadership. The WFCP is located in the Community Connection Center in building 1524 at 6391 Wetzel Avenue. For more information call 719-526-8747 or online at www.carson.army.mil/wfcp.
AMERICAN RED CROSS
The American Red Cross at Fort Carson has two offices. The main office is located on the first floor of Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation in building 1217, room 114, on the corner of Ellis Street and Specker Avenue. The telephone number is 526-2311. The volunteer office is located at Evans Army Community Hospital, building 7500, room 1033. The telephone number is 526-7144. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Services include: Emergency communication in the event of a critical accident, illness or death in a servicemember’s immediate family; the Red Cross should be notified at once. The Red Cross will verify the situation and relay emergency leave requests, if necessary, to the proper military authorities. It is up to commanding officers to decide whether or not to grant leave. For assistance, call the Services to Armed Forces Center at 877-272-7337. When an emergency arises that requires the presence of the servicemember or his or her Family, the Red Cross may provide access to an interest-free loan or grant for travel expenses. These funds are made available by the military aid societies. They may be authorized for other emergencies as well, and are disbursed on the basis of need. Referrals to specialized sources of help are also available to servicemembers and their Families. This service is provided on behalf of Army Emergency Relief after duty hours.
Volunteer services: Many volunteer opportunities are available including service at Evans Army Community Hospital, post dental clinics, main office or local chapter. Disaster assistance and CPR/first aid courses are provided by Pikes Peak Chapter. Call 632-3563. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
These Red Cross services and more are available to servicemembers and their Families 24/7. For more information about the Red Cross, call 526-2311 or reach the Pikes Peak Chapter at 632-3563. Visit the website at www.redcross.org or www.pparc.org.
SOLDIER FOR LIFE TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
The Soldier for Life Transition Assistnace Program (SFL-TAP) is located in building 6237, 1626 Elwell Street near Carson Middle School. SFL-TAP conducts pre-separation counseling sessions and coordinates all Veterans Opportunity to Work Act (VOW Act) mandated classes. Building on the VOW Act mandated courses, SFL-TAP also offers a full range of advanced transitional courses such as federal resume, advanced resume, interview techniques, and social networking. SFL-TAP career counselors work one-on-one with separating Soldiers and their Family members on job searches, resumes and career guidance. SFL-TAP provides networking opportunities with veteran-ready employers by hosting job fairs, community panels and employer outreach events. The SFL-TAP Center features a client computer lab with Internet access and a library of transition-related reference materials. The center is open Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and closed Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for staff training. For further information about SFL-TAP and upcoming events, go to www.carson.army.mil/dhr?DHR/MPD/ACAP.html. To register for SFL-TAP services or schedule appointments, call 719-526-1001/1002.
Directorate of Public Works (DPW)
The DPW is located in building 1219, 1626 Evans Street, between Specker Avenue and Wetzel Street near the intersection of Ellis Street. DPW programs operating out of a different location are listed by building number and street name.
Above Ground Storage Tanks (AST), 526-9411. The DPW Environmental Division AST Program staff manages all convaults that store used oil, diesel and gas on the installation. The program’s responsibilities include monthly inspections and tracking ullage records. Operators/users are responsible for all operations and maintenance activities on ASTs.
Air Program, 526-6601. The DPW Environmental Division Air Program aims to achieve flexible permitting conditions to sustain the military mission without compromising air quality for the region by assisting Soldiers and civilians in acquiring new products that do not negatively impact the local air quality, as well as constantly reassessing ways to reduce overall air emissions.
Arms Room Inspections, 526-3537. Contact the DPW Engineering Division to schedule an arms room inspection.
Army Family Housing (on post) Balfour Beatty Communities (BBC), LLC. Army Family housing on Fort Carson is owned and operated by BBC, which is located at 6800 Prussman Boulevard in the Joel Hefley Community Center. For information on applying for on-post housing, contact the BBC Management Office at 719-579-1606 or online at www.fortcarsonfamilyhomes.com.
Asbestos, Lead and Toxics Program, 526-1725. The DPW Environmental Division manages the Asbestos, Lead and Toxics Program. There are asbestos-containing building materials throughout most of the older buildings on Fort Carson and Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site. Additionally, some facilities may have lead-based paint, naturally-occurring radon and polychlorinated biphenyls. The DPW protects the environment while ensuring that there are no exposures to Soldiers, dependents or civilians.
Balfour Beatty Communities (BBC) LLC/Army Family Housing (on post). Army Family housing on Fort Carson is owned and operated by BBC located at 6800 Prussman Boulevard in the Joel Hefley Community Center. For information on applying for on-post housing, contact the BBC Management Office at 719-579-1606 or online at www.fortcarsonfamilyhomes.com.
Central Vehicle Wash Facility (CVWF), located at the south end of the cantonment area off of Magrath Avenue, 526-3820 or 719-896-6237. Units are required to use the CVWF to wash vehicles rather than motor pool wash racks unless the CVWF is not operational or closed. Fort Carson saves an estimated 60 to 70 million gallons of water a year through the use of the CVWF through the filtration and reuse of water in the system. Only minor additions of water are needed to make up for evaporation. The use of tactical equipment maintenance facility wash racks is for maintenance cleaning only and requires hoses with a positive shutoff nozzle. Operating hours for the CVWF are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., year round. Contact the CVWF in order to set up a time to wash vehicles, by calling 526-3820 or 719-896-6237. (Note: If a unit wash rack is leaking, call in a service order to 526-5345 for repair.)
Certificates of Nonavailability (CNA), building 1225, Evans Street, 526-9413. The DPW Housing Division is responsible for and manages requests for CNAs for Fort Carson. Soldiers can contact the Unaccompanied Housing (UH) Office to obtain UH and CNA information.
Cultural Resources Program, 526-4484 or 503-6136. The DPW Environmental Division Cultural Resources Program ensures compliance with historic preservation laws, mandates and regulations, while simultaneously facilitating the garrison support missions.
Dig permits – See Utilities section.
Energy Conservation/Net Zero Energy and Water Programs, 526-4320. The DPW Operations and Maintenance Division manages the Energy Conservation Program, including energy conservation initiatives, the Commanding General’s Net Zero Energy, Water and Waste Policy. The program is also the lead for Fort Carson’s Net Zero energy and water goals.
Environmental Compliance Assessment Team (ECAT), 524-3534. The DPW Environmental Division ECAT mission is to provide support to units, Garrison directorates and tenants as they relate to environmental compliance and management. The ECAT conducts assessments of all facilities in concert with unit Environmental Protection Officers (EPOs) in order to protect the installation from unnecessary fines and environmental violations by assessing facilities on an annual, biannual, quarterly and monthly basis.
Environmental Management System (EMS), 526-8893. The DPW Environmental Division is the lead for the Fort Carson EMS. The EMS provides a framework for Fort Carson to operate in a manner that acts in accordance with local, state and federal laws as they apply to environmental compliance. Each unit and activity on Fort Carson is a participating member of the EMS.
Environmental Protection Officer (EPO) Certification Training, 526-8893. The DPW Environmental Division provides training on environmental awareness to comply with environmental regulations to individuals assigned to areas where programs are inspected for compliance with environmental standards.
Facility Assignments and Transfers (by appointment only), 526-1745. The DPW Master Planning Division has a step-by-step process in place for the assignment of facility space on Fort Carson, in accordance with Fort Carson Regulation 420-14.
Facility Management Program, 526-4320. The DPW Operations and Maintenance Division trains Soldiers and civilians on facility management and supports unit self-help projects with materials. Facility Management Class training is coordinated through Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security - Individual Military Training (Troop Schools, 526-5436).
First Sergeants Barracks Program 2020 (FSBP 2020) – See Single Soldier Housing Office.
Forestry Program (Urban), 526-1692. The installation arborist maintains the urban forest (cantonment area) and provides information to the DPW operations and maintenance contractor to assist the contractor in focusing on sustainability concepts of urban forest management for the benefit the Fort Carson Community.
Forestry Program (Down Range), 526-1667. The Forestry Program manages to sustain healthy and resilient forest structures by using natural processes guided by an ecosystem based management approach. The proper use of natural processes enable a more resilient forest resource to guard against catastrophic wildland fire, insect and disease issues and to provide quality training lands for our current and future Army missions. The Forestry Program also provides low-cost firewood to the local community (call for availability).
Hazardous Waste Storage Facility, off of Butts Road, 526-0980. The DPW Environmental Division manages a Hazardous Waste Storage Facility, which handles hazardous waste for units and activities on Fort Carson. Call for an appointment if a large quantity is expected for turn in.
Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Facility (El Paso County), 3255 Akers Drive, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80922, 520-7878. Fort Carson residents can dispose of a variety of household hazardous waste at the El Paso County Household Hazardous Waste Facility. For information about which household hazardous waste products the county accepts and disposal dates and times, visit http://adm.elpasoco.com/Environmental%20Division/Household%20Hazardous%20Waste/Pages/default.aspx.
Housing Services Office (HSO), building 1225, Evans Street, 526-2323, 526-2322 or 526-5219. The DPW Housing Division HSO provides Soldiers and Families the following services: one-on-one support in locating adequate, affordable and available housing; rentals and for sale listings; complaint mediation; and welcome packets that supply basic information about local communities, local Base Allowance for Housing (BAH) rates, school information, maps and other housing-related information.
Installation Restoration Program, 526-8001. The DPW Environmental Division Installation Restoration Program has an ongoing commitment to the cleanup and restoration of past and present contaminated sites on Fort Carson and Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site. Such sites include impacts from formerly leaking underground storage tanks, various releases of contaminants and non-active landfills that all require remediation. Prior to conducting any digging activity, submit a dig permit. (See Utilities section.)
Invasive Species, 526-1329. The DPW Environmental Division is responsible for the inventory, control and monitoring of invasive species (including noxious weeds) at Fort Carson and the Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site. For issues with common weeds such as dandelions, see the Weeds section.
Keys and Locks, building 1225, Evans Street, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 526-5345. The DPW Operations and Maintenance Division oversees the operations and maintenance contract, which handles all requests for key replacements and issues relating to locks for unit and civilian real property facilities.
Mapping, Floor Plan Services and GPS, 526-9906, 524-1085 or 526-0641. The DPW Engineering Division Installation Geospatial Information Systems (IGIS) Office provides installation mapping, utility mapping, facility floor plans and surveying services. These services include standard or custom Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping, Computer Aided Design (CAD) support or Global Positioning Systems (GPS). Customers are asked to allow three business days for the completion of a mapping or floor plan request. For more information, call 526-9906, 524-1085 or 526-0641, visit building 1219, room 165 or email requests to: email@example.com.
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), 526-4666. The NEPA requires all federal agencies to assess environmental impacts of proposed activities. The DPW Environmental Division manages NEPA actions for Fort Carson and Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site. To assist with determining documentation requirements and coordination necessary to go forward with the activity, contact the NEPA Program Manager.
Pest Management, 526-5141. Structural pest control at Fort Carson is performed under contract. Services will be provided as a reimbursable cost to the customer. Occupants may request pest control service by placing a call to 526-5141. If there is an urgent pest issue, call 719-491-8603.
Pollution Prevention, 526-4340. The DPW Environmental Division Pollution Prevention (P2) Program can provide assistance with parts washers, P2 project suggestions, environmental training and program assistance.
Recycling Program, 719-491-0218 or 526-1695. The DPW Operations and Maintenance Division maintains an active Recycle Program to help with the installation’s goal to achieve Net Zero waste.
Fort Carson maintains a full-service recycle drop-off location at the southeast corner of the Exchange on Sheridan Avenue. The Exchange recycle location is open Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. An attendant is available to provide recycling assistance.
The Exchange site accepts cardboard, mixed paper (white paper, newspaper, magazines, shredded paper, junk mail, etc.), aluminum, tin, plastic, glass, non-accountable/expendable metals and ink and laser printer cartridges. Customers can also bring the following nontraditional items for recycling:
- Electronics, including computers, cell phones, DVDs, TVs and other devices. There is a limit of one CRT TV or one flat screen TV accepted per family. (Only personal, non-government, electronics will be accepted.)
- Porcelain (remove hardware and rubber gaskets)
- Mattresses (not box springs)
There are also two primary recycle collection points for cardboard, mixed paper (white paper, newspaper, magazines, shredded paper, junk mail, etc.) aluminum, tin and plastic at the following locations:
- Wolf Dining Facility parking lot (location also accepts glass)
- Specker Avenue and Long Street parking east of the Education Center
Note that these recycle locations cannot be used to dispose of household trash. (The Exchange drop-off location does accept limited furniture and household hazardous waste.)
The Fort Carson Recycle Program also accepts unit scrap metal and wood products, including pallets, packing and crating and clean construction lumber. Painted, varnished or treated lumber, rail ties, stumps, tree trimmings or furniture of any type cannot be recycled; however, units can contact the DPW Recycle and Refuse manager at 719-491-0218 for assistance with disposing of these items as trash.
Fort Carson conducts single stream recycling operations to barracks and motorpools to increase recycling user friendliness. Single stream recycling refers to commingling recyclables in one collection container for separation later. Once the totes are full, Soldiers empty the contents into large single stream dumpsters positioned outside of unit barracks and motorpool buildings for ease of collection by the Recycle Program staff. To request single stream totes or an outside dumpster, call 719-491-0218.
Civilian administrative facilities have source separate recycling in place, which refers to separating recyclable materials by commodity type, such as plastic, metal, paper, glass and cardboard for collection by the Recycle Program staff. Containers in civilian organizations are serviced by recycle staff on a recurring basis. To request a recycle station for a building, or for individual office recycle collection bins, call 719-491-0218.
For questions concerning recycling at Fort Carson, call 719-491-0218.
Recycling in Family Housing: On-post housing residents receive 96-gallon, single-stream recycling totes as well as a waste disposal bin for home use. Residents can call BBC at 579-1606, ext. 211, for waste disposal assistance.
Refuse Services, 719-491-0218 or 526-1695. The DPW Operations and Maintenance Division require every effort to be made to divert recyclable materials from the waste stream to achieve Net Zero waste goals. For refuse service or container requests, call 719-491-0218.
Self-Help Program – See Facility Management Program section.
Service Contracts, The DPW Operations and Maintenance Division provides a multitude of services by contract, including custodial services, refuse collection, porta johns, etc. The points of contact for Fort Carson and Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site can be found below:
Portable latrines 524-0191
Pest management 526-5141
Elevator repairs 526-5345
PCMS propane 526-9271
PCMS refuse 526-1695
The operations and maintenance contract, contracting officer representative can be reached by calling, 524-0191.
Service Orders, building 1225, Evans Street, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 526-5345. The DPW Operations and Maintenance Division’s primary responsibility is the maintenance and repair of permanent, fixed structures, called real property, such as buildings, roads, sidewalks, streetlights, grounding points and utility distribution systems. Service orders are processed for the routine maintenance or repair of real property through the DPW operations and maintenance contractor.
Signs, building 1225, Evans Street, 896-0797 or 524-2924. The DPW Operations and Maintenance Division operations and maintenance contractor handles all installation facility signage requests (for example, building identification and building numbers), including parking signs and regulatory traffic signs. All signs not provided by DPW are the responsibility of the customer. For more information, or to request a sign, call 526-5345.
Single Soldier Housing Office (SSHO), building 1225, room 161, Evans Street, 526-9707. The DPW Housing Division manages the SSHO. Unit leaders continue to lead Soldiers who live in the barracks. Unit leaders continue to be responsible for good order and discipline. The SSHO augments unit leaders by managing the barracks. Single Soldiers and unit leaders should contact the SSHO with questions associated with the barracks.
Spill Control, 526-0973. The DPW Environmental Division Spill Coordinator is responsible for coordinating management of all spills that occur on post to ensure environmental compliance. As the first spill responder, the Fort Carson Fire Department relies on the expertise of the Environmental Division compliance team. The Environmental Division augments the Fort Carson Fire Department efforts. The team helps in mitigation and advising units and activities on cleanup procedures and reporting requirements for spills.
Snow Removal, 526-9271. The DPW Operations and Maintenance Division, operations and maintenance contractor manages snow removal efforts. Snow removal and deicing operations are based on command guidance and available resources.
Stormwater Management Program, 526-1697. The DPW Environmental Division is responsible for ensuring compliance with stormwater permit requirements. Analysis conducted by the program also assists in determining flood hazards to personnel and buildings on Fort Carson, and is a quantitative reference for required permitting and regulation compliance in the management of Fort Carson’s surface water resources.
Traffic Engineering, 526-9267. The DPW Engineering Division manages on-post traffic project planning, traffic signal operations and traffic sign management. It also serves as a liaison between Fort Carson and various civilian transportation agencies for off-post traffic projects and issues affecting the installation.
Trash – See Refuse Services section.
Underground Storage Tanks (UST), 526-9411. The DPW Environmental Division UST Program manages all underground storage tanks, which supply Fort Carson with fuel from the AAFES service stations on post. This process includes, but is not limited to, the paying of fees, compliance management, inspection and training on all aspects of UST management.
Unit Sponsorship Program, building 1225 off of Evans Street, 526-4246 (POC Housing Division NCOIC). The DPW Housing Division manages the Garrison Commander's Unit Sponsorship Program. Under the program, various installation units — battalions and brigades — sponsor a particular on-post housing village and partner with the village mayor and a BBC leasing agent.
Utilities (utility locates, dig permits, electric, power outages, sewer-related issues, gas and water use/hydrants), 526-9243. The DPW Operations and Maintenance Division’s operations and maintenance contractor provides permits supporting all utility outages, utility locates and traffic diversions. The dig permit office is located in building 8010 and can be reached by calling 302-0157. The dig permit office is “one stop shopping” for obtaining dig permits and can also assist with utility outage requests. Prior to submitting a dig permit, a Work Request (DA Form 4283) must be completed and approved through the DPW Business Operations and Integration Division Work Management Branch. (See Work Request Section.) Permits for construction water can be obtained in building 1219, room 209.
Water Quality Program, 526-1730. The DPW Environmental Division manages the Water Quality Program for the installation. Fort Carson receives its drinking water from Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU). CSU maintains an extensive testing program that assures full compliance with the requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act. In addition, the DPW operations and maintenance contractor performs routine supplementary testing for chlorine levels, coliform contamination and chlorination byproducts on the drinking water distribution system with the goal of providing water that is safe to drink for all Fort Carson consumers. On an annual schedule, testing for lead and copper is conducted on water samples collected from schools, child development centers and family housing.
Weeds, 526-5345. Weed control at Fort Carson is performed under contract by the DPW operations and maintenance contractor, T&H Services, and through the use of the Self-help Weed Control Program. Contracted weed control is generally limited to the managed turf areas and red rock and xeriscape ornamental areas. Most other areas are not covered and are controlled through the use of Fort Carson’s Self-help Weed Control Program. For information on this program, call the DPW operations and maintenance contractor weed supervisor at 432-8077.
Weeds (Invasive Species) – See Invasive Species section.
Wetlands Program, 526-1685. The DPW Environmental Division manages both jurisdictional and non-jurisdictional wetlands at Fort Carson and Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site. Wetlands management protects wetland values in accordance with numerous federal regulations. Wetlands are directly associated with “Waters of the United States” jurisdictions and may require permits to conduct activities in these areas.
Wildland Fire Program, 526-1696. The DPW Environmental Division promotes a healthy forest community through an integrated management approach to wildfire suppression and prescribed fire on Fort Carson and Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site. The program focuses on protecting and improving training lands, by using a natural fire regime. The Wildland Fire Program also provides education and outreach to adjoining communities and landowners.
Wildlife Program, 526-8006 or 524-3975 for Fort Carson and 503-6529 for Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site (PCMS). The DPW Environmental Division Wildlife Program at Fort Carson and PCMS works to maximize access to Army land, air and water resources for military training while ensuring that the biological diversity of natural resources entrusted to the Army are sustained for training, education, recreation and other compatible uses. This sustainability is achieved by way of inventory and monitoring, scientific research and adaptive management. The Wildlife Program also manages and seeks to improve wildlife recreational opportunities, including hunting and fishing, for Soldiers, their families and the general public.
Work Requests (Facilities Engineering Work Requests, DA Form 4283), 526-2900. Work Requests are processed through the DPW Business Operations and Integration Division Work Management Branch. Work Orders are typically for maintenance and repair projects over the limits of a service order or for any new construction requirements.
The Office of the Staff Judge Advocate provides two primary services for Soldiers and their Families. The first is the Army Legal Assistance Program and the second is the Army Claims Program. The Office of the Staff Judge Advocate is located in building 6222 on Mekong Street. For information, call 526-5572.
The Fort Carson Legal Assistance Office is available to all Soldiers, Family members and retirees. Services include preparation of wills, powers of attorney, name changes and step-child adoptions. The office also offers counseling and provides advice for individuals dealing with landlord/tenant, family law, consumer issues and military administrative matters. The office is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments are scheduled by calling on the last duty day of the week at 9 a.m. which is normally a Friday. Walk-in appointments are available starting at 9 a.m. Monday and Thursday. The Legal Assistance Office offers a divorce/separation video briefing and a general question and answer period at 9:30 a.m. Monday and Wednesday and 2 p.m. Thursday. Attorneys can provide general information about the divorce process but cannot provide in-court representation in divorce proceedings. However, a referral list of private attorneys is available. Attorneys are not available on Fridays. However, notaries and powers of attorney can be performed on a walk-in basis Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 526-5572/5573.
The Fort Carson Staff Judge Advocate Claims Office provides assistance to anyone wishing to file a UCMJ Article 139 claim. UCMJ Article 139 provides an administrative mechanism for paying restitution to a victim of property loss or damage from the wrongdoer’s military pay. The Claims Office may also provide limited assistance with filing Personnel Claims Act (PCA) claims, which are now handled by the Army Center for Personnel Claims Support at Fort Knox, Kentucky. PCA claims include household goods moving damage claims, POV storage/shipment claims, and other incident to service losses. The Claims Office is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to noon, and from 1 to 4 p.m. The Claims Office is closed on federal and training holidays. For more information, call 526-1355.
Army Continuing Education System
A full range of educational opportunities is available for Soldiers and adult Family members. Five on-post colleges (Colorado State University-Pueblo; Embry Riddle Aeronautical University; Pikes Peak Community College; Troy University; and University of Colorado, Colorado Springs) offer a wide variety of courses and degree programs on post. Basic Skills Education Program; testing, both Army Personnel Testing and DANTES; learning resource center/computer lab; education counseling; transition counseling and two-day class focusing on education; and In-State Certification for Colorado-state supported academic institutions are also available at the Education Center, building 1117, at the corner of Specker Avenue and Ellis Street. For more information, call 719-526-2124.
ID Cards and DEERS
Note: Sponsor has to be present for all DEERS transactions unless a valid power of attorney (POA) is presented.
The Fort Carson Identification Card Section is located in building 1039 off Wallace Street. For new marriages, the marriage certificate along with a valid state or federal photo ID and Social Security card are required for new spouses. Child enrollments require original or certified copy of birth certificate or live birth record along with child’s Social Security card, if one has been issued. Military and civilian employees are issued their common access card at the same location. Operating hours are Monday-Wednesday and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The office is closed for all federal holidays and is open on training holidays, but with limited staffing.
All military Family members of active-duty, retired or deceased Soldiers must be enrolled in the Defense Eligibility Enrollment Reporting System prior to receiving nonemergency medical care. For more information, call 526-3704.
The Fort Carson ID Card Section offers customers the ability to make appointments for services through a web-based system. Walk-in service is always available, but an appointment may be desirable for those who have time constraints and want service provided as quickly as possible. The appointment system may be used to schedule issuance and renewal of ID cards as well as DEERS updates. To use the appointment system, visit https://rapids-appointments.dmdc.osd.mil.
4th Infantry Division Museum
The 4th Infantry Division Museum/Fort Carson Office of Historical Programs is located in building 6013, just outside Gate 1, next door to the Visitor Control Center. Hours of operation are Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with last visitors being admitted at 4:45 p.m. The museum is closed Sundays and federal holidays. Tours are available upon request. Call 719-524-0915 for more information.
Fort Carson offers diversified worship services and religious activities including workshops, religious education for all ages and special ministries. Programs are designed to meet the special needs of Soldiers and the military Family. Services on post include Roman Catholic Masses, Protestant services (Traditional, Contemporary, and Gospel/Holiness), Eastern Orthodox Divine Liturgy and Wiccan gatherings. There is also a Native American Sweat Lodge, using traditional Lakota spiritual ceremonies. An LDS Scripture Study (LDS Institute) is also offered.
Chaplain activities are coordinated through the Religious Support Office, located in building 1118, Garrison Headquarters. For more information, call 526-5279.
Soldiers’ Memorial Chapel 5 p.m.
Soldiers’ Memorial Chapel 9 a.m.
Evans Army Community Hospital 11 a.m.
Healer Chapel 9 a.m.
Soldiers’ Memorial Chapel 11 a.m.
Contemporary Worship (Chapel NeXt)
Veterans Chapel 10 a.m.
Prussman Chapel 11 a.m.
Provider Chapel 10 a.m. first and third Sunday
AFA Jewish Chapel, 719-333-4515
Contact the Colorado Springs Islamic Society, 719-632-3364
Colorado Warriors Sweat Lodge
Meets bi-monthly at Turkey Creek Ranch, 719-285-5240
Soldiers’ Memorial Chapel 526-5229
Prussman Chapel 526-0483
Provider Chapel 526-2359
Veterans Chapel 526-8889
Healer Chapel 526-7386
The Fort Carson Police Office operates a proactive program to discourage crime and maintain a high quality of life on post. Crimes, traffic accidents and disturbances should be reported by calling 526-2333. For emergencies, call 911.
The Fort Carson Main Exchange located in building 6110 Martinez Street will cash personal checks up to $300 per day and temporary checks of $100 per day. Government checks, money orders and cashier’s checks in amounts up to $500 are also cashed. The Fort Carson Main Exchange accepts Military Star, credit cards and debit cards. For more information on check cashing at the Exchange, call 576-4141.
The office of the post newspaper, The Mountaineer, is located in room 320, building 1218. The newspaper is published weekly on Friday. The Mountaineer is delivered around post, to Fort Carson housing areas and various locations off post. Mail subscriptions are available through the publisher at 719-634-5905. The Mountaineer staff seeks stories about Fort Carson Soldiers, civilians, units and Family members. For more information, call 526-4144.
Limited free classified ads are run in The Mountaineer for active-duty and retired Soldiers, Family members and civilian employees of Fort Carson selling their own personal property (no businesses). The Mountaineer staff cannot answer questions on advertising as that is the responsibility of the publisher. For more information on advertising only, both classified and business ads, call the Colorado Springs Military Newspaper Group at 719-634-5905.
An online version of The Mountaineer can be viewed at www.fortcarsonmountaineer.com.
Shopping on Fort Carson
The Fort Carson Main Exchange is located in building 6110 on Martinez Street. It provides customers a variety of services under one roof. It includes the PX 576-4141, Barber Shop 540-9273, Beauty Shop 576-6451, GNC 538-0073, Flower Shop 579-8772, Optometry Shop 368-2446, Things Remembered 576-9478, Military Memorabilia 579-0791, GameStop 226-8092, U.S. Patriot 357-4112, Cell Phone Accessories 527-3997, Specialty Shop 576-1541, and Quality Auto 357-4144. The Food Court, 576-5661, offers Taco John’s, Subway, Charley’s Steakery, Burger King, Anthony’s Pizza, and Starbucks. The hours are Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, call the PX at 576-4141.
The Fort Carson Thrift Shop, located near the corner of Ellis Street and Specker Avenue in building 1045, sells used merchandise in good condition to Soldiers, Department of the Army civilians and their families. Sales are open to the public. The shop is open 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and the first Saturday of the month. For information or to volunteer, call 526-5966.
The Mini Mall is located in building 1510 on Chiles Avenue. Facilities located in the Mini Mall include the Furniture Store 576-6313, Military Clothing Store 576-2586, Class Six 576-6531, 24 hour Laundromat, UPS Store 527-6800, Alteration Shop 576-4304, Laundry/Dry Cleaners 576-0054, Military Memorabilia 527-0835, Korea Express, Domino’s and Subway 576-3255. The administrative offices are also located inside the Mini Mall; Human Resources 576-6543, Services & Vending 576-2672, General Managers Office 576-6174.
Firestone is located at building 1515 on the corner of Chiles and Prussman, 576-6570.
The Exchange operates six Express stores on Fort Carson: Gate 20 Express 576-3163, B Street Express 576-2108, Gate 3 Express 527-4911, Wilderness Express 226-0278, Ivy Troop Express 576-0281.
Military Clothing Sales Store
The Military Clothing Sales Store, 576-2586, is located in the Mini Mall, building 1510, on Wetzel Avenue. The store is open Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday closed.
The Class Six, 576-6531, is located in the Mini Mall, building 1510. The hours are Monday-Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday-Saturday from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m., Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Other Food Facilities
Pizza Hut, building 5940, 538-0100; Dunkin Donuts and Baskin Robbins, building 5940, 785-4823; KFC, building 1532, 579-8237; Green Beans Coffee, building 1827, 576-0130; Dainty’s Kitchen, building 2355, 576-8532; Jimmy John’s is located inside the Gate 20 Express, building 3600, 576-0554; there is another Jimmy John’s in building 1515; there is a Burger King located inside Gate 3 Express, building 510, 527-4945; there is a Subway and Hunt Brothers’ Pizza located inside the Wilderness Express, building 9478, 226-0281; Triple Food, 226-1269, is located in building 1534 and offers Burger King, Qdoba and Arby’s.
Fort Carson’s Commissary is located in building 1800 and can be reached at 719-503-8300, option 3. This benefit provides 30-percent savings to patrons. It is open seven days a week. Hours of operation are Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Early bird shopping is available Monday-Friday from 7 to 9 a.m. No early bird on the weekend.