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  • U.S. Army School of Aviation Medicine JECC students explain their treatment strategy of a simulated patient before loading the patient onto a mock aircraft at the school.
  • 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.

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UAS shifts focus to building capability

UAS shifts focus to building capability

When Army Aviation first assumed proponency for the Army’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems, the systems were viewed as a disposable materiel solution. Read

SHARP: Riding to educate, raise awareness

SHARP: Riding to educate, raise awareness

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Fort Rucker is committed to the fight to combat sexual assault and harassment. Read

Women’s History Month session inspires attendees

Women’s History Month session inspires attendees

A small group of Soldiers and civilians gathered at The Commons March 20 expecting an informative lunch and learn session honoring... Read

Fit Fest: Health fair promotes readiness, safety

Fit Fest: Health fair promotes readiness, safety

A good time was had by Soldiers, families and civilians during Fort Rucker and Lyster’s Health Fair and Safety Stand Down event held March 13 at Yano Hall. Read

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Army Aviation Ball

The U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker will host the Army Aviation Ball April 11 from 6-11:30 p.m. in The Landing Ballroom to celebrate Army Aviation’s 32nd birthday. This year’s theme is Honor our History … Continue the Legacy. Costs for tickets are $25 for E-6 and GS-8 and below; $30 for E-7, W-1/2, O-1/2 and GS-9/10; $35 for E-8, W-3, O-3 and GS-11/12; and $40 for E-9, W-4/5, O-4 and above, and GS-13-15.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact your unit point of contact.

Spring cleanup

Fort Rucker’s annual spring cleanup is scheduled for March 31-April 3. All garrison, mission and tenant units are required to participate. Spring cleanup will be conducted as follows:

March 31 – Clean-up of interior offices and work areas;

April 1 – Clean-up of exterior areas and police call areas;

April 2 – 9 a.m. to noon, continue clean-up of interior and exterior areas, and 1-4 p.m under the supervision of the brigade or owner of the barracks, Soldiers residing in the barracks will be released to conduct clean-up of common areas of responsibility (mission dependent); and

April 3 – Inspection of the post conducted by the garrison command sergeant major, the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence command sergeant major and the Fort Rucker Directorate of Public Works NCO in charge.

For more information, call 255-0020

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.

Easter Sunrise Service

The Fort Rucker Chapel Community will host its post-wide Easter Sunrise Service April 5 from 6:30-7:30 a.m. on the landing strip behind Wings Chapel (Bldg. 6036 on Andrews Avenue). Chaplain (Col.) John L. Kallerson, U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker garrison chaplain, will deliver the Easter message. The service will involve people of the Fort Rucker and neighboring civilian communities. All are invited to attend.

For more information, call 255-2989 or 255-2012.

Change of command

The 1st Battalion, 58th Aviation Regiment (Airfield Operations Battalion) will host its change of command ceremony April 15 at 9 a.m. in the U.S. Army Aviation Museum. Lt. Col. James M. Ashburn will assume command from Lt. Col. Daniel Y. Morris.

Retirement ceremony

The post quarterly retirement ceremony will take place April 24 at 2 p.m. in the U.S. Army Aviation Museum. All are invited to attend and honor the post’s latest retirees and thank them for their service.


The Blue and Green running trails on Beaver Lake will be closed temporarily for repairs until May 16. People will not be able to complete the circle on the green and blue course while repairs are being made. For more information, call 255-9567.

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.

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.

Commissary: Frozen Food Month

Savings on frozen food items highlighted by specially decorated frozen food departments in the commissary means its Frozen Food Month, according to the Defense Commissary Agency. “Our customers love Frozen Food Month” in March, said Tracie Russ, DECA’s sales director. “They have good reasons to stock up on frozen foods and other items because of the great prices and exciting promotions going on throughout their commissary.”

The annual NCAA basketball tournament is also bouncing around commissaries during March in the form of super savings and giveaways. It’s all made possible by DECA’s industry partners – vendors, suppliers and brokers – offering discounts beyond everyday savings. For the full story, click here.

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.

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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

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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.

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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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