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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.
Fort Rucker became Army Aviation’s centerpiece when flight training was consolidated here in 1973. U.S. Air Force helicopter pilots have also trained here since 1971. Fort Rucker instructors teach U.S. and foreign aviators everything from initial rotary-wing courses to advanced courses in aviation safety.
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 area a fisherman’s paradise.
To carry out our mission, Fort Rucker supports a daytime population of about 13,885, including about 5,800 people in uniform, 7,600 civilian and contract



Family-centered activities are a
command priority at Fort Rucker.
employees and 3,300 military Family member residents.
Fort Rucker is about 80 miles south of Montgomery, the Alabama 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 Enterprise, Daleville and Ozark that have long, warm and strong ties to the post.
Installation Management Command
The Installation Management Agency, consisting of seven regions worldwide, was established in October 2002. Fort Rucker is aligned with the Southeast IMA Region headquartered in Atlanta.
To ensure the well-being of Soldiers, civilians and Family members, IMA’s mission is to provide equitable, efficient, and effective management of Army installations worldwide. This mission plan includes maintenance for various projects on post.
The creation of IMA is based on the concept by Department of the Army to separate the
base support and mission funding. The Fort Rucker Directorate of Resource Management and Resource Management Office separate the funding.
DRM manages the installation mission funding for training such as combat and equipment.
RMO manages the installation funding for base support; sustainment, resources, and modernization; and other accounts to support the mission, such as for buildings; ranges; utilities; force protection; Morale, Welfare, and Recreation; Civilian Personnel Advisory Center; and Adjutant General.
Garrison Command
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.
Local businesses and functions on post are similar, such as the police and fire departments, engineers, housing, contracting, and banks. Commercial stores would be the PX and commissary; community programs would include Morale, Welfare, and Recreation; CYS programs; Army Community Services; and the post library. Community recreation can compare, for example, with the Fort Rucker’s golf course, outdoor recreation; and beautiful Lake Tholocco.
Additional information concerning the community and Family activities can be located within this Guidebook.
A myriad of other activities also involve the Garrison Commander and the Garrison Sergeant Major. These activities include the installation beautification programs, school programs, special and monthly local and federal observances, union and civil grievances, reports of survey, and membership on a number of boards and councils.
In many instances, the Garrison Command is the installation’s immediate link with the surrounding communities, working with the mayors and Chambers of Commerce in the Wiregrass.
The command provides leadership and



Fort Rucker’s fire department is among
the best trained in the Army.
support to many worthwhile programs on the installation, such as the Combined Federal Campaign, Army Emergency Relief, and the Fort Rucker Volunteer program.
The Garrison Command is comprised of the following directorates: Public Works; Logistics; Plans, Training, Mobilization, and Security; Community and Family Affairs; Information Management; Contracting; 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.
Historic State
Alabama blends traditional Southern Hospitality, its new role as an industrial pacesetter, and a rich variety of scenic attractions for a prized travel package.
For leisure time activities, excellent fishing, boating, automobile racing, dog racing, camping, historical attractions, and the beaches of the Gulf of Mexico are no more than a two-hour drive.
Alabama’s leading industries are primary metal, pulp, paper, lumber, agriculture, textile, tourism, chemical, rubber, petroleum, and space projects. Agriculture products include cattle, hogs, poultry, cotton, peanuts, grains, pecans, potatoes, and peaches.



Large lakes, snow-white cotton fields and
huge forests still abound in Alabama.

Large lakes, snow-white cotton fields and huge forests still abound in Alabama. Miles of sandy beaches on the Gulf of Mexico mark Alabama’s southern border.
Temperatures are mild and snow and ice are rare. By early April, the noon-day temperature usually climbs into the low 70s. Gulf breezes and frequent rainfalls moderate the summer nights.
Birmingham, the state’s largest city, has steel mills, a Festival of Arts, antebellum Arlington, Jimmy Morgan Zoo, and the Vulcan, the world’s largest iron statue. Nowhere else in America are iron ore, coal, and limestone -- steel’s basic ingredients -- found so close together.
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Huntsville, northeast of Birmingham, is the home of many engineering industries.
Montgomery, the state capital and the home of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival complex, offers a full schedule of theater, concerts, and other events. Greenville, the Camellia City, and Selma, a city of antebellum homes, are nearby. Union Springs, in the quail-rich flatlands, is the site of the National Amateur Shooting Dog Championship.
Alabama is set in the heart of America’s peanut growing area. Dothan hosts the National Peanut Festival in October. The Boll Weevil Monument in Enterprise, built because the cotton pest ended one-crop agriculture, is the only known memorial to an insect. A large lake at Eufaula provides excellent water recreation. Squirrel, rabbits, raccoons, opossum, dove, and quail are hunted in the area.
Alabama’s history has been shaped by Indians, Spanish explorers, French settlers, British Soldiers, American pioneers, and many social and industrial changes.
Hernando de Soto, Spanish explorer, led an expedition westward through Alabama in l540. In l702, the French settled on Dauphin Island in Mobile Bay and built Fort Conde in l7ll on the present site of Mobile. By the Treaty of Paris in l763, France ceded to England what is now Alabama. The territory was given to the United States at the end of the Revolution, except for the Gulf Coast area which was won from Spain during the War of l8l2.
The territory of Alabama was formed in l8l7 and admitted to statehood in l8l9. Cahaba was chosen as capital, but the seat of government was moved to Tuscaloosa in l826 and to Montgomery in l846.
Alabama seceded from the Union in l86l, and Montgomery became the first capital of the Confederacy.
The population of the state is 4,273,000. Alabama covers an area of 50,750 square miles. The state flower is the Camellia; the tree, the Southern Pine; and the bird, the Yellowhammer.
Daleville
Daleville, the “Gateway City,” situated in southwest Dale County, is the main entrance to Fort Rucker.
The recreational facility, Culpepper Park, includes two softball fields, walking track, tennis courts, picnic pavilion, and playground.
Daleville’s unique blend of shopping centers and home-owned and operated shops present a warm, friendly welcome to all visitors. Modern housing developments are expanding and improving living conditions, with many homes available for sale or rent at reasonable prices.
The Daleville school system is fully accredited by the Association of Southern Schools and Colleges and provides an excellent program for area students in grades kindergarten through 12th. Among the many outstanding extracurricular activities are a complete sports program and the award-winning JROTC and band programs.
Daleville also has an extremely active Community Center. It offers multiple activities for all ages and includes a four-season sports program and swimming pool. Many civic and community groups meet here.



Daleville is the “Gateway City” to Fort Rucker.
The Daleville Public Library offers a wide selection of reading, video, and audio materials for recreational and research purposes for all age groups. It has internet access available to all patrons with remote access to the Virtual Library.
The Senior Citizens Center also houses a nutrition site that offers a diversified program to senior citizens, including daily meals, arts and crafts, games, meals on wheels for the homebound, group trips, and many other functions of interest. Daily transportation to the Center for the elderly and disabled is provided free, and vans are equipped with lifts for wheelchairs.
Daleville is proud of its outstanding churches, excellent public utilities, and the nicest people you would ever want to know.
Dothan



Dothan murals depict the history of the city.
Located just 20 miles southeast of Fort Rucker, Dothan, with its population of more than 56,000, is the largest city in the Wiregrass. It serves a trade area of some half million people from Alabama, Georgia, and Florida.
Dothan’s retail market, one of the healthiest in the state, boasts the Wiregrass Commons Mall and the new “Shops on the Circle.” In addition, there are a wide variety of locally owned stores, boutiques, and many convenient plazas.
Each season brings its own special events. Springtime arrives in a blaze of color with blooming azaleas, dogwoods, tulips, and daffodils. The Azalea Dogwood Trail, usually in mid-March, is a favorite of locals and visitors alike. For over half a century Dothan has hosted the Future Masters Golf Tournament each July.
Such old Southern-style of gardening and beauty can be seen at the Dothan Area Botanical Gardens just off Highway 431 near Landmark Park. Personnel at the gardens are committed to the conservation of natural resources, as well as education and research. Its programs include environmental seminars, speakers programs, and gardening programs, tours, and meetings throughout the year.
A tranquil, paved nature trail meanders through a beautiful garden of roses, herbs, daylilies, camellias, and native azaleas. The pond, Victorian gazebo, butterfly garden, green house, and a demonstration garden add to the gardens vibrant rhythm of nature and natural beauty. Operating hours are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Admission is free. Call 793-3224 for more information.
By early November, when the peanut crop is harvested, Dothan celebrates with the National Peanut Festival. This weeklong celebration is packed with popular recording stars, carnival attractions, traditional folklore events, and a spectacular parade.
Dothan has many recreational opportunities for all ages and the facilities are outstanding. Area recreation departments oversee 20 parks, six public swimming pools, seasonal water park, 40 public tennis courts, a new 16-court fast-dry tennis facility boasting a Championship court build to professional standards, four recreational centers, a five diamond (^top of section)
softball complex and numerous organized team sports including soccer. Nearby lakes, rivers, and streams provide some of the finest fresh water fishing in the world. Hunting abounds as well.
Dothan is also on of the stops on Alabama’s famed Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, featuring 36 holes of world-class golf at Highland Oaks, the site of the 2000 BUY.COM and the 1999 NIKE TOUR Championships seen, internationally, on the Golf Channel.
Don’t forget Landmark Park, the state’s agricultural museum, with its 60 acres of shady nature trails and the boardwalk, picnic sites, historic restorations, special events, educational opportunities for adults and children, a planetarium, and an interpretive center.
A love of elegance, culture, art, and recreation are alive and well in Dothan. The Opera House, a historic downtown landmark built in 1903, represents the elegance of turn-of-the-century southern life. It opens its doors for professional and community theatre productions, including the Southeast Alabama Community Theatre performances, spectacular concerts, symphonies, ballet performances, and many other cultural events each year.
MUSICSOUTH, formerly the Southeast Alabama Symphony Association, Understudy Dinner Theater, Southeast Alabama Dancing Arts Council, and the Houston County Arts Alliance, all contribute to cultural life in Dothan.
Also, a myriad of art thrives in Dothan at the Wiregrass Museum of Art. Located across the street from the Dothan Civic Center in a renovated Bldg. that is on the National Register of Historic Bldg.s, the museum has a collection of paintings, sculptures, decorative arts, works on paper, and African cultural objects. The museum’s seven galleries include an interactive gallery, a hands-on exhibit for children, called Artventures, and a gift gallery for shopping.
The museum sponsors art displays for different interest groups. For example, the “Art of Soldiering” displays military works of art that attract Fort Rucker Soldiers. Admission to the Wiregrass Museum of Art is free.
Complimenting its collection of art, the museum’s elegant Conference Center, with its meeting rooms and multimedia equipment, is perfect for receptions, business meetings, and seminars.
All this, combined with quality education, medical services, sophisticated and technologically advanced medical treatment and services, commercial air service, over 140 places of worship representing more than 25 denominations, and friendly, gracious people attract many to Dothan to live and visit.
Enterprise
Enterprise, a growth community, is not just a town; it is a team working together to improve the community spiritually, culturally, socially, and economically.
It is a progressive city whose birth actually took place in l88l when Mr. J. Henry Carmichael built the first residence. He is recognized as the founder of Enterprise, which was officially incorporated in l896 with a population of 250. In l898, the railroad came to Enterprise, bringing with it much growth and progress. In l90l, the Atlantic Coast Line acquired the railroad and currently it is operated by CSX Transportation. After the turn of the century, the first hospital was built.
Primarily an agricultural town, Enterprise was especially hard hit with the arrival of the unwelcome boll weevil. Shortly after l9l0, this destructive insect invaded the cotton fields. In an effort to offset the resultant devastating effect brought on by this infestation, systematic reduction of cotton acreage and diversification of crops were initiated statewide.
Because of the tremendous economic success Coffee County farmers had with their peanut crops, they decided to build a monument to the boll weevil that had been responsible for the change from cotton. On December ll, l9l9, the monument was unveiled and still stands in downtown Enterprise, the only city in the world with a monument glorifying a pest.
Another one-of-a-kind monument, which commemorates and is dedicated to Army aviators, was erected by a local garden club in l972. Enterprise today is a progressive city with a population of more than 22,000. It is continuously gaining new and outstanding leadership in facets of community life, thus offering challenges and opportunities to its residents. The citizens of Enterprise are dedicated to “Quality of Life.”
Enterprise City School System is comprised of six elementary schools, three junior high schools, and one high school with a total enrollment of about 5,300 students. Students have consistently scored higher than state and national averages on tests such as the Stanford Achievement Test and the American College Test.
The system is currently rated as one of the top school systems in Alabama with about $2.5 to 3 million worth of scholarships awarded annually to graduating seniors.
Enterprise Ozark Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the Associate Degree. EOCC has established and maintained a superior academic reputation with more than 2,000 students enrolled in credit courses and an (^top of section)



Enterprise is the only city in the world
with a monument glorifying a pest.

additional 3,000 adults registered in various continuing education programs. Many military service members and their Families take advantage of the Service Members’ Opportunities College Associate Degree network that allows students to transfer credits throughout the nation.
Enterprise has an outstanding public library, an active art alliance, country club, golf course, and 80 acres of developed parks for use by people of all ages. “Don” Donaldson Park has modern facilities that feature six lighted tennis courts, two softball fields, and a baseball field.
The Enterprise Recreational Complex is complete with a lake, walking trails, playground, and a Family picnic area.
Several shopping centers and a large variety of locally-owned businesses make one-stop shopping a reality in Enterprise.
Community members have access to modern health care services at Medical Center Enterprise. The 135-bed hospital provides the latest technology in Labor and Delivery, ENT, Orthopedic, Urology, Internal Medicine and Diagnostic services and outpatient surgery center.
Religious worship is an integral part of the Enterprise community. The many faiths represented are more than just religious centers; they are active in all facets of the community.
Enterprise, adjacent to the west gate of Fort Rucker, is a city of a new generation of Southerners, where gracious living blends easily with a modern way of life.
Geneva
Located on the Choctawhatchee and Pea Rivers about 35 miles south of Fort Rucker on Highway 85 is the city of Geneva.
Geneva, with its exciting recreational opportunities, historic landmarks, and relaxing Family experiences, is full of exciting recreational opportunities, historic landmarks, and relaxing Family experiences.



Downtown Geneva reflects small town atmosphere.
This southern Alabama community boasts its annual Festival on the Rivers, an event nationally recognized as one of the top 20 events in the Southeast. This two-day “down home” festival features food, arts and crafts, fishing contest, road races, canoe races, worm fiddling contest, tug-of-war, car shows, beauty contest, talent contest, gospel singing, nationally-known entertainment and a parade downtown. An added popular feature in 2004 was helicopter rides, sponsored by the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation that gave participants an aerial view of Geneva.
During the annual Fort Rucker – Wiregrass Appreciation Week, Geneva honors its Fort Rucker liaison unit, the 1st Battalion, 13th Aviation Regiment, and puts on a fish fry. Geneva’s showing off its great talent for cooking southern fried catfish is an event that is now recognized as “The Great American Fish Fry.”
Ozark
One will find in Ozark, a gentler climate and culture. A community where “neighbor” means more than someone living next door. Ozark is a Family sort of place, a community safe and secure where residents care and share with other Families. Ozark is away from the rush, yet in pace with the times.
The moment you arrive, you’ll notice life is different here. Beautiful antebellum homes built when “cotton was king” still grace streets lined with majestic oaks draped with Spanish moss. You’ll experience the quaint atmosphere of “small town” Main Street when Ozark ushers in the Claybank Jamboree. Named for the log-hewed Claybank Church built in 1852, the Jamboree offers a chance to browse for bargains among exquisite antiques, vintage furniture, homemade quilts, and other special keepsakes from days gone by. The arts and crafts sale is held the first weekend in October.
A well-staffed recreational department maintains parks, ball fields, picnic areas, playgrounds, and tennis courts. An 18-hole golf course provides a challenge to golfers.
The sportsman knows no off-season. The 92-acre Dale County Lake and the many other lakes, rivers, and creeks around the area provide the fisherman with bass, bluegill, and catfish. For the hunter, deer, wild turkey, quail, and dove abound in the underbrush, woods, and fields surrounding Ozark.
For those who enjoy other kinds of entertainment, the Ozark Civic Center can accommodate up to 4,100 people, hosting a year-round lineup of national stars. The Flowers Center for Performing Arts can seat 500 people for community, school, and civic events. The library has a large circulation and year-round programs.



Ozark offers relaxed family living.



Ozark’s past is depicted by its
many atebellum homes.

The Ozark City School system has a student population of about 3,400, maintaining two elementary, two middle, one vocational and one high school with athletics and band programs. Citizens of the community have access to continued education through Wallace College and Enterprise Ozark Community College campus. The Vivian B. Adams School for exceptional children, located in Ozark, operates year-round and provides education of the trainable mentally handicapped and the severely and profoundly mentally handicapped.
The major agricultural industry remains to be the peanut with poultry a second fast-growing business. Ozark comprises many businesses and industries—retail, manufacturing, and restaurants rank high in the business composition.
The finest quality health care is available at Dale Medical Center, an 89-bed acute care facility with a staff of more than 300 personnel that oversees a full range of care specialists.
Religious worship runs deep within the fabric, which is reflected in the many denominations represented in the area. The churches are at the forefront of the community, promoting youth and Family activities.
History, recreation, festivities, education, entertainment, beauty, climate, security, and fun can be found in Ozark, a Family sort of place, out of the rush, yet in pace with the times.
During the annual Fort Rucker Wiregrass Appreciation Week, Ozark honors its Fort Rucker liaison unit. The 1st Battalion, 14th Aviation Regiment.
Local Media
The following media serve the cities that surround Fort Rucker:
The Dothan Eagle, a morning daily, is the largest newspaper published in the area. For more information, call the Circulation Department, 800-811-3141 or 792-3141, 0600-1700, weekdays.
The Daleville Sun-Courier and Southeast Sun newspapers are published each Wednesday in Enterprise. For more information, call the Circulation Dept,
393-2969, 0800-1700, weekdays.
The Southern Star is published each Wednesday in Ozark. For more information, call the Circulation Department, 774-2715, 0600-1700, weekdays
Three television stations service the Wiregrass. They are WTVY-CBS, Channel 5, Dothan; WDHN-ABC, Channel 8, Dothan, and WSFA-NBC, Channel 12, Montgomery. The cable companies have different channel numbers for these stations.
 
      
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