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Carlisle Barracks: In-Depth Welcome Center (2022 Edition)
Carlisle Barracks: In-Depth Welcome CenterCarlisle Barracks: In-Depth Welcome Center

Carlisle Barracks: In-Depth Welcome Center (2022 Edition)

Introduction

Welcome to Carlisle Barracks! Nestled in the beautiful Susquehanna Valley, Carlisle Barracks is one of our nation’s oldest military installations. Since 1757, Carlisle Barracks has witnessed pioneering concepts in military training and education, and innovative measures to prepare for a changing world.

Harrisburg-Carlisle Metro Area’s population is 581,943. Carlisle Barracks populates around 547 active military members, 1299 civilians, 51,357 military retirees and averaging around 1,313 family members.

PCSing may seem overwhelming but it doesn’t have to be. Continue reading for our in-depth guide on Carlisle Barracks to assist you in your transition and move to your new home.

Where Is Carlisle Barracks?

Where Is Carlisle Barracks?

Carlisle Barracks is adjacent to Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Located 18 miles west of Harrisburg, PA, and 27 miles north of Gettysburg. The Army installation is located almost two miles west of the Carlisle interchange of the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike and I-81. Follow the directions below on how to get on post.

Carlisle Barracks
22 Ashburn Dr.
Carlisle, PA 17013
Phone: 1 (717) 245-3700

Carlisle Barracks Map

Carlisle Barracks Directions

NOTE: Do not map your route directly to an on-base address – you risk that your mapping system will direct you to make an unauthorized entry, with resulting police intervention and possible citation.

DO: Use 870 Jim Thorpe Road, and then follow signage on post to your destination.

From Harrisburg International Airport or via PA Turnpike (I76)

  1. Upon exiting the airport follow the signs to PA-283 West and then the Pennsylvania Turnpike (Interstate 76) West.
  2. Exit the Turnpike at the Carlisle exit, Exit 226 (old exit number 16).
  3. Once through the tollbooth, stay to the right toward US 11 South and follow the signs to Carlisle Barracks.
  4. Turn left at Harmony Hall Road (second traffic light).
  5. Turn right at Claremont Road.
  6. Turn left at Jim Thorpe & Claremont roads to enter vehicle security point. ID card holders proceed directly to the gate guard. Unescorted visitors use the left lane to the Visitors Center.

From North or South on I81

  1. Take Exit 52 Middlesex/Carlisle and follow Highway 11 South into Carlisle.
  2. Left on Harmony Hall Road.
  3. Right on Claremont Road.
  4. Turn left at Jim Thorpe & Claremont roads to enter vehicle security point. ID card holders proceed directly to the gate guard. Unescorted visitors use the left lane to the Visitors Center.

From DC Area

  1. From I495 Beltway west, take I270 North toward Frederick, MD.
  2. Continue north on Hwy 15 at Frederick.
  3. Exit onto Hwy 74 (North = left) at Dillsburg , PA.
  4. Upon reaching Carlisle intersection with Hwy 641/Trindle Road/East High Street (Speedway Gas on right), turn left.
  5. Proceed one block to N. Spring Garden St.
  6. Turn right and proceed two blocks to East North Street.
  7. Turn right and proceed .5 miles to the entrance to Carlisle Barracks at Jim Thorpe & Claremont roads (right turn) to enter vehicle security point. ID card holders proceed directly to the gate guard. Unescorted visitors use the left lane to the Visitors Center.

Currently, there is no public transportation on this installation.

Carlisle Barracks Transportation Office

Transportation Office and Household Goods
46 Ashburn Dr.
Carlisle, PA 17013
Phone: 1 (717) 245-3533

Entering Carlisle Barracks and Base Amenities

Entering Carlisle Barracks and Base Amenities

Guards will conduct a 100% ID check at all gates. All visitors must have a valid military ID or proceed to the visitor control center for a pass. All visitors ages 18 years and older require an Installation Access Pass to enter Carlisle Barracks.

Visitors can obtain an Installation Access Pass from the Visitor Center. In order to obtain a pass, all visitors will be vetted through the National Crime Information Center Interstate Identification Index (NCIC-III) and ALERTS for a criminal history check. At the Visitor Center, visitors need to present valid identification for the criminal history check. Typically a driver’s license or state identification is sufficient.

Check-In Procedures for Incoming Personnel

Your first stop will be the Visitors Center. Ensure you hand-carry your important documents such as marriage certificate, permanent change of station orders, household good inventories, birth certificates, travel voucher, school records, children’s shot records, and anything you do not want to be lost or destroyed.

If you arrive at the installation during non-duty hours and require assistance you must contact the Carlisle Barracks Police Station duty officer at 717-245-4342/4115, Building 400. The duty officer will provide you with the contact number for the unit commander or first sergeant so they can get billeting (E6 and below) or any other assistance needed. The soldier is responsible to report to MPSD the next duty day to begin installation in-processing.

Carlisle Barracks Visitor Center

All visitors ages 18 years and older require an Installation Access Pass to enter Carlisle Barracks. Visitors can obtain an Installation Access Pass from the Visitor Center.

Visitor Control Center (VCC)
870 Jim Thorpe Road
Carlisle, PA 17013
Phone: 1 (717) 245-3721
Hours:

  • Monday-Friday: 0700-1700
  • Saturday-Sunday: Closed

Carlisle Barracks DEERS Office

Customer Service, ID Cards, and DEERS
46 Ashburn Drive
Carlisle, PA 17013
Phone: 1 (775) 426-2808

Carlisle Barracks Gate Hours

The Carlisle Barracks has two gates. The Main Claremont Gate is open 24 hours, and located on Claremont Rd. The Ashburn Gate hours are 0630-2130, M-F, and is located on Ashburn Drive. The Visitor Control Center (VCC) is located on Jim Thorpe Rd near the Main Claremont Gate.

  • Main Claremont Gate: Open 24/7
  • Ashburn Gate: M-F: 0630 – 2130

Carlisle Barracks Commissary

Pick up groceries on base at the Carlisle Barracks Commissary. Always affordable and convenient.

Carlisle Barracks Commissary
851 Sumner Rd.
Carlisle, PA 17013
Phone: 1 (717) 243-4893

Carlisle Barracks Commissary Hours

  • Tuesday-Saturday: 0900 – 1800
  • Sunday: 1100 – 1600
  • Monday: CLOSED

Carlisle Barracks PX

AAFES PX
Sumner Rd.
Bldg 844
Carlisle, PA 17013
Phone: 1 (717) 243-4893

Carlisle Barracks PX Hours

  • Monday: 0900 – 1700
  • Tuesday-Friday: 0900 – 1800
  • Saturday: 0900 – 1700
  • Sunday: 1100 – 1700

Carlisle Barracks Barber Shop

Carlisle Barracks Barber Shop

Barber Shop
Located inside the PX
Bldg 122
Root Hall
Carlisle, PA 17013
Phone: 1 (717) 245-3277
Hours:

  • Monday-Thursday: 0900 – 1300
  • Friday-Sunday: CLOSED

Carlisle Barracks Post Office

Get your letters and packages delivered where they need to go properly and on time with the help of the Carlisle Barracks Post Office. Check the website for hours.

Carlisle Barracks Post Office
1 Carlisle Barracks
Carlisle, PA 17013
Phone: 1 (800) 275-8777

Carlisle Barracks Finance Office

The keys to financial success are knowing where your money is going, knowing how to spend, budget, save and invest. FFSC’s financial management staff are accredited financial counselors who are experienced trainers in personal financial management and will assist you with your financial educational needs.

Carlisle Barracks Finance Office
46 Ashburn Drive
Carlisle, PA 17013
Phone: 1 (717) 245-4032

The Carlisle Barracks legal office is available to provide legal assistance to all active-duty members and their dependents, as well as the retiree population in the Carlisle region. Call the number below to schedule an appointment.

Available assistance includes:

  • Will preparation
  • Powers of attorney
  • Notary services
  • Advice on leases
  • Contracts
  • Marriage dissolution
  • Other civil legal problems of a personal nature
  • Claims for personal property damages from PCSing

Carlisle Barracks Legal Services/JAG
22 Ashburn Drive
Post Judge Advocate Office
Carlisle, PA 17013
Phone: 1 (717) 245-4940
Hours:

  • Monday – Friday: 0800 – 1600

Carlisle Barracks Library

Carlisle Barracks Library

The USAHEC makes historical materials available for use to support the U.S. Army, educate an international audience, and honor Soldiers – past and present. The U.S. Army War College Library Root Hall Location, focuses on the contemporary curriculum of the War College. All of the libraries are free for active duty service members, veterans in transition, and immediate family.

US Army War College Library
122 Forbes Avenue
Carlisle, PA 17013
Phone: 1 (717) 245-3131

U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center
950 Soldiers Drive
Carlisle, PA 17013
Phone: 1 (717) 245-3972

Hotels Near Carlisle Barracks

Hotels Near Carlisle Barracks

1. Hampton Inn Carlisle

1164 Harrisburg Pike
Carlisle, PA 17013
Phone: 1 (717) 240-0200

2. Country Inn & Suites by Radisson

1529 Commerce Ave.
Carlisle, PA 17015
Phone: 1 (717) 706-6997

3. Comfort Suites Downtown Carlisle

10 S Hanover St.
Carlisle, PA 17013
Phone: 1 (717) 960-1000

Where To Live Near Carlisle Barracks?

Where To Live Near Carlisle Barracks?

If you’re considering living on base, check out the available on-base housing options for Carlisle Barracks. Otherwise, read on to find out more about living off base.

Cities Near Carlisle Barracks

There are several cities near Carlisle Barracks. Additionally, housing may also be found in the nearby towns of Carlisle, Harrisburg, Newville, Duncannon, Dillsburg, and Newport.

Best Places To Live Near Carlisle Barracks

Housing in Carlisle, PA

Military families, Sailors and other personnel looking to live off-base can find homes for sale and for rent in the host community of Carlisle, PA. Carlisle is a borough in and the county seat of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, Carlisle is the smaller principal city of the Harrisburg−Carlisle Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Cumberland, Dauphin, and Perry counties in South Central Pennsylvania. In 2010, Forbes rated Carlisle and Harrisburg the second-best place to raise a family.

Carlisle Barracks Schools

Carlisle Barracks Schools

There are no DoD schools at Carlisle Barracks. For families with kids, Carlisle Barracks is partnered with an excellent school district. The Carlisle Area School District (CASD) is the school district that serves the students living on post and in the surrounding areas. There are seven elementary schools (three serve the Post), two middle schools, and one high school in the CASD.

Check out our full guide to Carlisle Barracks schools for a more detailed rundown.

Carlisle Barracks Weather

Carlisle Barracks Weather

Carlisle Barracks gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 122 days per year. Precipitation is rain, snow, sleet, or hail that falls to the ground. In order for precipitation to be counted you have to get at least .01 inches on the ground to measure.

July is the hottest month for Carlisle with an average high temperature of 84.8°, which ranks it as warmer than most places in Pennsylvania. In Carlisle, there are 5 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year, and thus the best time to visit for friends and family, are September, June and August.

Things to Do Near Carlisle Barracks

Things To Do Near Carlisle Barracks

Carlisle Barracks has so much to offer in outdoor adventure. Within minutes of this installation you can experience challenging hiking trails, important historical sights, and fun local events like the Carlisle Auto Expo. Be sure to check out Visit Cumberland Valley for hot events in the surrounding Carlisle area.

Don’t forget, for more information on what is happening around the base check out our things to do and restaurant articles!

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Conclusion

Moving to a new area can be confusing so we hope this in-depth guide has given you a little peace-knowing what to expect on your new journey. Your unit sponsor and the on base resources listed above are a great place to start for any questions you may have. We hope this guide helped get you pointed in the right direction for a smooth transition. Check out MyBaseGuide.com for more information on Carlisle Barracks.

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