Life on the Arsenal
When engineers here looked at the heavy M249 carried by soldiers, they decided to put it on a diet and rearrange some of the components, Kori Phillips said. She said when her team was finished, the M249, formerly known as the squad automatic weapon, went from 17.5 to 9.2 pounds. That is only about 2 pounds heavier than the M16A2 rifle. The M249 light machine gun also took on a longer name. It is now called the cased telescoped light machine gun, or CT LMG. Phillips is a project engineer with the Joint Service Small Arms Program. (Photo by David Vergun, May 2015)
Housing Services Office
Service members are required to report to the Housing Services Office at their existing and new duty stations before making arrangements to rent, lease or purchase off-post housing. To contact the Housing Services Office, call 973-724-2190. For more information on housing services at Picatinny Arsenal, visit www.housing.army.mil/#!pg=post&sp=welcome.
Military Family Housing
Military family housing at Picatinny Arsenal is provided by Balfour Beatty Communities. Picatinny Homes consist of five neighborhoods with three- to six-bedroom houses in both single-family and townhome styles. Homes in these neighborhoods feature garages, central air conditioning, washer and dryer hookups, fully equipped kitchens, porches and fenced in yards; amenities vary by neighborhood. Other community amenities include playgrounds, tot lots and community events.
Lawn care services, 24-hour maintenance services, and curbside trash and recycling pickup are provided. Utilities are included in your rent — though residents who consume more than the baseline utility consumption have to pay for overages, while residents who consume less than the baseline receive rebates.
Picatinny Homes allows pets with certain restrictions. In general, residents may have two pets, though certain dog breeds and exotic animals are not allowed. Pets must be registered with the Community Management Office by completing the pet addendum. If additional pets are acquired after move-in, residents must update the pet addendum within three days.
For more information about homes and amenities at Picatinny Arsenal, visit the Picatinny Homes website at www.picatinnyhomes.com.
Picatinny Arsenal does not have single soldier housing or barracks. The Housing Services Office can assist with local off-post referrals to obtain affordable, suitable housing and generate a list of different properties for individuals to tour according to lifestyle. Call 973-724-2190 or visit www.housing.army.mil/#!pg=post&sp=welcome for more information.
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; the Exceptional Family Member Program; financial readiness and assistance; relocation readiness; violence prevention and education; and more. For more information on ACS programs at Picatinny Arsenal, visit https://picatinny.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 information, visit https://picatinny.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 Picatinny Arsenal, visit https://picatinny.armymwr.com/categories/cys-services.
Child Development Center
The arsenal’s four 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 centers, visit https://picatinny.armymwr.com/programs/childcare.
School Age Center
Army School Age Centers provide care before and after school and during school closures. Children have access to computer labs and can receive help on daily homework assignments. Programs are nationally accredited and utilize standard curriculum through formal partnerships with nationally recognized organizations such as 4-H and Boys & Girls Club of America.
In addition to before- and after-school care, Picatinny’s School Age Center at 3156 Schrader Road operates a full-day kindergarten program and junior and senior summer camp programs. Call 973-724-5555 or visit https://picatinny.armymwr.com/programs/school-age-center for more information.
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.
School Support Services is on Blacksmith Road in Building 3228. For more information, call 973-724-4994 or visit https://picatinny.armymwr.com/programs/school-liaison-officer.
SKIESUnlimited stands for “School of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration and Skills” with the word “Unlimited” for the unlimited possibilities that this program provides children and youth. SKIESUnlimited offers extracurricular instructional classes for children of all ages. SKIESUnlimited is in Building 3228. For more information, call 973-724-4994 or visit https://picatinny.armymwr.com/programs/skies-unlimited.
Teen Center and Youth Services
The Teen Center and Youth Services, in Building 3228, provide activities for youth in grades 6-12. The Middle School Program is for grades 6-8. The Teen Program is for grades 9-12.
The youth program is open after school, during school closures and in the summer. Through formal partnerships with nationally recognized youth-serving organizations, such as 4-H and Boys & Girls Clubs of America, youth have access to programs, standardized curricula, special events, camps, scholarships and more. Computer labs, homework assistance and youth sponsorship programs are also available.
For more information on the center and its programs, call 973-724-7183 or visit https://picatinny.armymwr.com/programs/youth-services.
Youth sports and fitness programs provide team sports, individual sports, and fitness and health programs. Coaches are trained and certified by the National Alliance of Youth Sports. Registration and annual sports physicals are required for participation. For more information, call 973-724-7892 or visit https://picatinny.armymwr.com/programs/youth-sports.
Forge Fitness, in Building 3150, offers a cardio room, free weight room, power lifting room, aerobic room, full-size basketball court, racquetball court, therapeutic pool, karate room and pingpong room. Off-site Forge has a street hockey court, tennis courts and softball fields. Forge also provides a variety of activities, including aerobics classes, yoga, karate and intramural sports leagues. For more information, call 973-724-4629 or visit https://picatinny.armymwr.com/programs/forge-fitness.
The Picatinny Golf Club, Building 121, is an 18-hole championship-style golf course. For more information on memberships and fees, golf outings, tournaments and events, call 973-724-4653 or go to www.picatinnygolfclub.com.
Leisure Travel Services
Leisure Travel Services, on Ramsey Avenue in Building 34, offers a wide array of recreation services. Get discount tickets for area and national attractions and assistance with planning your next vacation. Call 973-724-4186 or visit https://picatinny.armymwr.com/programs/leisure-travel-services for more information.
Outdoor Recreation offers equipment rentals, a storage lot, reservations for the Lake Denmark picnic area and a variety of clubs, including a Rod and Gun Association, a paintball club, a scuba club, snow sports and more. For more information, call 973-724-4484 or visit https://picatinny.armymwr.com/categories/outdoor-recreation.
The arsenal’s recreational facility locations offer excellent fishing, hiking, magnificent scenic mountainside vistas and activities. Currently Picatinny has 12 locations for recreational lodging, including cabins, a historic guest house and apartments. For more information, call 973-724-8855 or visit https://picatinny.armymwr.com/programs/recreational-lodging.
Frog Falls Water Park, Building 3227, boasts more than 520,000 gallons of water adventures. The facility includes two high-velocity slides, six 25-yard lap lanes, a zero-depth entry leisure pool, a lazy river and a child activity pool. For more information, call 973-724-7275 or visit https://picatinny.armymwr.com/programs/frog-falls-water-park.
SHOPPING AND DINING
Save your hard-earned dollars by shopping for groceries at the commissary in Building 3323. For more information, call 973-724-5510 or go to www.commissaries.com.
Dining on the Arsenal
Need a bite to eat? Picatinny Arsenal features the following eateries. For more information on menus and hours of operation, visit https://picatinny.armymwr.com/categories/social-and-dining.
- Choices Marketplace, Building 34N, 973-724-5788.
- Gunpowder Grill, Building 1176, 973-724-2405.
- Sam Adams Pub, Building 121, 973-724-4630.
- Bucky’s, Building 337, 973-724-9621.
Picatinny’s Retail Store, on Belt Road in Building 3324, is one of the three outlying branches of West Point and Fort Hamilton Exchange. The store offers a limited assortment of electronics, food, house wares, tobacco products, toys, and a large selection of wines and spirits. Call 973-989-2411 or visit www.shopmyexchange.com for more information.