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  • UH-60 Black Hawks prepare to take off after dropping off students of the U.S. Army Ranger School at their designated locations during a training exercise at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, Feb. 19.
  • Students of the U.S. Army Ranger School sit and wait for UH-60 Black Hawks to transport them to their next destination during an exercise Feb. 19.
  • Soldiers from the 1-58th Airfield Operations Battalion conduct air traffic control training during a field exercise, Jan. 28.
  • Students from the NCO Academy train in the Universal Mission Simulator.
  • Four UH-60 Black Hawks depart from Brunswick, Georgia, en route to Fort Rucker for modifications to support the Flat Iron MEDEVAC mission at Cairns AAF.
  • Firefighters from FLATIRON, 1-223rd Aviation Regt. conduct training at Cairns Army Airfield.

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Girls Night Out: Popular event returns to The Landing

Girls Night Out: Popular event returns to The Landing

A popular event is returning to The Landing for its ninth iteration, and Directorate of Family... Read

Celebrating health: Fort Rucker hosts health fair, safety stand down

Fort Rucker hosts health fair, safety stand down

Healthcare at Fort Rucker has come a long way since the first Army hospital on post opened its doors in 1942, and Lyster Army Health Clinic and Fort... Read

The real thing: Aviators train, support ground forces

The real thing: Aviators train, support ground forces

UH-60 Black Hawks swoop down kicking up dust and debris in all directions as Ranger candidates jump out to the ground to tackle their next mission in the... Read

Outpouring of support: Wiregrass voices support for Aviation, Fort Rucker

Wiregrass voices support for Aviation, Fort Rucker

The Army sent a team to Fort Rucker Feb. 23 to hear from the local communities on what the impact would be if the service implemented planned... Read

On Post »

AER kickoff

The Army Emergency Relief fundraising campaign kickoff event is scheduled for March 4 from 2-3 p.m. in the U.S. Army Aviation Museum. For more information, call 255-2341.

Power outage

The Fort Rucker Directorate of Public Works reports there will be a post-wide power outage March 8 from midnight to 6 a.m. – a total of five hours, given the Daylight Saving Time time change. The outage is required to allow Alabama Power to make required maintenance and repairs on the electrical distribution system. The outage will affect the entire cantonment area, including the main post, Lowe Field, Hatch Field, Hanchey Field, Knox Field, Ech Field, the Lake Tholocco area and family housing. In the event of inclement weather preventing the maintenance, the outage will be rescheduled for March 21 from midnight to 6 a.m.

For more information, call 255-3784.

Supply support activity inventory

The Fort Rucker Logistics Readiness Center Supply Support Activity in Bldg. 1212 will conduct a wall-to-wall inventory March 23-27. During this period, the SSA will only accept emergency requisitions. Normal operations will discontinue at 4:15 p.m. March 20. Officials expect to resume normal operations March 30. Customers will be notified by the accountable officer.

For more information, call 255-9504.

Tax center opens

The tax center is open and ready to help Soldiers, family members and retirees by appointment Mondays-Fridays from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. in Bldg. 5700, Rm. 371F. This year, the tax center also offers a drop-off tax service for single Soldiers. Single Soldiers can come in and drop off their 2014 income tax paperwork, and return in 48 hours to go over their complete return with a tax representative. Soldiers must return between the hours of 9-11 a.m., Mondays-Fridays, for their returns. Single Soldiers who wish to utilize the drop-off service must have a simple return with no more than two W-2 forms.

When visiting the tax center, people should remember to bring all tax forms, including all valid military ID cards; Social Security cards; all W-2s and wage and earning statements; 1099-R for pensions and retirements; 1098 for interest statements regarding tuitions, student loans, mortgages, etc.; a copy of the previous year’s return if available; power of attorney papers if available; 1099-G forms for gambling winnings, unemployment compensations, etc.; and 1099-MISC for payments received for non-employment compensation.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 255-2937 or 255-2938.

TRICARE Nurse Advice Line

Lyster Army Health Clinic uses the TRICARE Nurse Advice Line for all after-hours urgent care questions. Call 1-800-TRICARE (874-2273) to speak with a nurse 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Thrift shop

The Fort Rucker Thrift Shop is open Wednesdays - Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The thrift shop needs people’s unwanted items. People can drop off donations at any time in the shed behind the shop (former Armed Forces Bank building) located in front of the theater next door to the bowling alley. Donations are tax deductible. For more information, call 255-9595.

Spring forward

It’s that time of year again — people should set their clocks ahead one hour March 8 at 2 a.m. for Daylight Saving Time.

Extravaganza at thrift shop

The Fort Rucker Thrift Shop will host a home-based business extravaganza March 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event offers spouses a venue to showcase items at no charge to them. The thrift shop will be open, as well, and offer a 50-percent discount on white-ticketed items.

The thrift shop has awarded more than $150,000 in scholarships and more than $250,000 in grants over the years. The shop will roll out a few new programs soon: a teachers grant program, and Honoring Wiregrass Warriors/Heroes. Grants have been awarded to schools, Scouts, organization days, Operation Santa, holiday food programs, Wounded Warrior Project, and Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs.

ID Card Section

Effective February 9, 2015, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. will be set aside for appointments only. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. will be for walk-in customers only. Click here for more information.

AER scholarship applications

Army Emergency Relief is running its scholarship application period through May 1. AER supports both the Spouse Scholarship Program, as well as the Maj. Gen. James Ursano Scholarship Program for dependent children. In 2014, 47 children’s scholarships totaling $105,400 and 18 spouses’ scholarships totaling $25,250 were awarded in the Fort Rucker area. Scholarship specifics and applications are available on AER’s website at

For more information, call 255-2341.

Fire extinguisher servicing

The Fort Rucker Fire Department is unable to provide people portable fire extinguisher service, but it is still able to conduct annual inspections and tag replacements. For six-year maintenance, recharges and hydrostatic testing, there are local businesses that can assist people. For more information, call 255-3316.

Volunteers needed

Lyster Army Health Clinic is looking for volunteers to drive patients to and from the parking lot in its golf cart. The golf cart was donated in 2011 by the mayor of Dothan after a retiree noticed that patients often needed assistance when walking to and from the clinic parking lot. Those interested in volunteering can call Capt. Brian Turner at 255-7245.

Marriage 101

Marriage 101, a premarital seminar and training, will be held on the second and fourth Tuesdays and Wednesdays of each month from 1:30-4:30 p.m. at the Spiritual Life Center, Bldg. 8939. For more information, call 255-3447 or 255-3903.

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Commanding General, U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker

Major General
Michael D. Lundy

Commanding General, U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker

Maj. Gen. Mike Lundy was commissioned as an Aviation second lieutenant in 1987 from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, La. After completing the Aviation Officers Basic Course, Basic Rotary Wing Training and the OH-58D transition, he was assigned to Task Force 23, 3rd Infantry Division in Giebelstadt, Germany, where he served as a company executive officer and target acquisition and reconnaissance platoon leader. More

USAACE Mission

USAACE trains, educates and develops Army Aviation professionals and integrates indispensable Aviation capabilities across warfighting functions in support of commanders and Soldiers on the ground.

Why an Aviation Branch?

The Aviation Branch is relentlessly focused on and dedicated to honoring a sacred trust with commanders and Soldiers on the ground. USAACE delivers Army Aviation professionals and indispensible Aviation capabilities to support commanders and Soldiers on the ground.

Fort Rucker Gate Status

Main Cantonment Area Gates

  • Daleville Gate (24/7)
  • Enterprise Gate (24/7)
  • Ozark Gate (24/7)

Additional Cantonment Gates

  • Faulkner Gate
    4:30 am - 8:30 pm, M-F
    6:00 am - 2:00 pm, Sat. and Sun.
  • Newton Gate
    4:30 am - 4:30 pm, M-F

Exterior Airfield Gates

  • Cairns AAF Gate (24/7)
  • Shell AAF Gate (24/7)


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