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Presidents Day gate closures

In observance of the Presidents Day holiday, Faulkner and Newton gates will be closed Monday, Feb. 17. They will resume normal operating hours Tuesday, Feb. 18.

AER Scholarships

Army Emergency Relief is now accepting scholarship applications for 2020-2021 AER scholarships. Spouses and dependent children of active duty, retired and Title 10 National Guard or Reserve Soldiers, and spouses and dependent children of deceased active duty or retired Soldiers may be eligible to apply for AER scholarships. Applications from dependent children will be accepted until April 1 at 11 p.m. CDT; spouses may apply throughout the year. Visit to learn more. For questions concerning the application process, call the Fort Rucker AER office at (334) 255-2341.

Retiree council meetings

The Fort Rucker Installation Retiree Council meets the first Thursday of each month in The Landing at 11:30 a.m. The meeting is an open forum and all retirees are invited to attend. Retirees are also encouraged to apply for one of the open positions on the council. For more information, call 255-9124.

Siren Test

The Installation Operations Center conducts a test of the emergency mass notification system the first Wednesday of each month at 11 a.m. At that time, people will hear the siren over the giant voice. No actions are required.

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. Donations are tax deductible. For more information, call 255-9595.

Welcome to Fort Rucker

Welcome to the home of Army Aviation! Fort Rucker, Ala., is an excellent place to live and work. Fort Rucker operates much like any hometown. After all, the post is virtually a small city. The Garrison Command oversees the services and support necessary for the daily operations of a city. Fort Rucker covers about 63,000 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.


Fort Rucker, named U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence in 2008, serves as the headquarters for U.S. Army Aviation. While the garrison command manages the daily operations of the Fort Rucker community, the Aviation Branch Headquarters develops, coordinates and deploys Aviation operations, training and doctrine. The U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence also hosts various Army tenant organizations.