The U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence trains military, civilian, and international personnel in aviation and leadership skills, integrates Army aviation warfighting doctrine and requirements determination across the DOTMLPF, manages available resources, and sustains our commitment to the well-being of our Soldiers, civilians, retirees, and Families.
Fort Rucker is an excellent place to live and work. Fort Rucker covers about 63,100 acres of southeast Alabama countryside in an area known as the Wiregrass, named for a wild grass peculiar to the region. Much of the main post is in Dale County, with the remaining Government-owned and leased acreage in Coffee, Geneva, and Houston Counties. Most of the countryside is rolling and wooded.
An abundance of lakes and streams and proximity to the Gulf of Mexico make this a fisherman's paradise. Fort Rucker is about 80 miles south-southeast of Montgomery, the state capital. It is just 20 miles northwest of the city of Dothan, home of the National Peanut Festival. Fort Rucker is surrounded by the communities of Daleville, Enterprise, and Ozark, which have strong ties to the post.
Fort Rucker operates much like any hometown. After all, the post is virtually a small city. The Garrison Command functions much like a city manager's office by overseeing the services and support necessary for the daily operations of a city.
The Garrison Command is comprised of the following directorates: Public Works; Logistics; Plans, Training, Mobilization, and Security; Public Safety and Provost Marshal; Resource Management; and Plans, Analysis and Integration.
These organizations fall under the Garrison: Aviation Center Chaplain, Civilian Personnel Advisory Center, Equal Employment Opportunity Office, Public Affairs Office, and the Military Personnel Division and Adjutant General.
The Garrison Command also includes the Army Career and Alumni program, the Internal Review and Audit Compliance Office, and the Army Substance Abuse program.
Fort Rucker and Army Aviation trace their origins back to earlier eras, as both were products of World War II. During World War II, America conducted a manpower mobilization unprecedented in its history in terms of total numbers. The United States put into uniform over 16 million men and approximately 333,000 women. This mobilization called for the creation of new training camps and military bases, including Camp Rucker, named in honor of Colonel Edmund W. Rucker, a Civil War Confederate Officer, who was given the honorary title of "General." With the consolidation of all Army Aviation flight training at Fort Rucker in 1973, the post became the Mecca for Army aviators. Air Force helicopter pilots have also trained here since 1971, as have students from more than 60 foreign countries.