Fort Carson, located near scenic Colorado Springs in El Paso County, Colorado, has been named the “Best Hometown in the Army – Home of America’s Best.”
The Army base, also referred to as “The Mountain Post” has been recognized as one of the world’s top locations for training Army personnel to succeed in ongoing battlefield conflicts.
Fort Carson, situated approximately 40 miles north of Pueblo, Colorado, encompasses 137,000 acres. Camp Carson was originally established in 1942, following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The city of Colorado Springs bought land to the south of Pueblo and donated it to the War Department. Fort Carson was named in honor of the infamous Army scout, General Christopher “Kit” Carson. Early history of the installation reveals that in the 1960s, mechanized units, equipped with trucks and tanks, were assigned to the fort.
In September 1983, Fort Carson purchased 235,000 acres for use as a training area, which was designated as a maneuver site. The area is currently used for force-on-force maneuvers and live fire training.
Fort Carson was eventually expanded to its current size of 137,000 acres. According to 2010 census statistics, the installation’s population within El Paso County was approximately 13,815, consisting of Army personnel and their families. According to the census, there were 2,664 housing units available, of which close to 85 percent were occupied by families with children under the age of 18.
Fort Carson is currently the home of approximately 13 specialized training units including the 4th Infantry Division, the 10th Special Forces Group, the 440th Civil Affairs Battalion, the 25th Aviation Regiment, the 43rd Sustainment Brigade and other specialized units. Fort Carson Army base also hosts units of the Army and Navy Reserves, as well as the Colorado National Guard. In 2003, the majority of Fort Carson military units were deployed to defend Operations Enabling Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
Fort Carson is regarded as one of the most popular Army bases in the United States, mainly due to its quality of life programs and support systems for military personnel and their families. Programs have been established to help reduce stress on families as Soldiers engage in operations during ongoing conflicts. Many of the programs were established after 2003, when the majority of Fort Carson units were deployed to defend and support conflicts in Iraq.
At Fort Carson, private housing is available for all ranks and their families. Residences range in size from two to four bedrooms. Units include most kitchen appliances, as well as laundry hook-ups. Families are responsible for electricity and gas heat in excess of an allowance established by the Department of Army Residence Responsibility.
Evans Army Community Hospital serves Fort Carson personnel and their families. The full-service hospital offers emergency and surgical units, as well as prenatal, maternal and family wellness clinics.
Dining rooms, fitness and recreation centers are also available to all personnel. Several schools in the area include elementary, middle and high schools. The Fountain-Fort Carson School District features monthly seminars focused on issues pertaining to military families. Recreational centers and outdoor sports activities are offered at reduced rates to Army personnel.
Fort Carson is one of the finest Army bases in the United States. Living in the heart of the beautiful and scenic Rocky Mountains is an added benefit to those dedicated Army Soldiers serving our country.