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EYB: Fort Rucker, AL

One of the most challenging aspects of the military spouse life is preparing for an upcoming PCS or if you get the chance, potentially picking a new duty station. There is a lot of information out there, and it can be almost overwhelming.

We here at Mission:Milspouse want to take the some of the guesswork out of the need-to-knows about duty stations around the globe. Hence, our Post With the Most series. In this particular blog, we will be showcasing information related to Fort Rucker, Alabama.

Home of Army Aviation, Fort Rucker covers more than 63,100 acres of southeast Alabama countryside in an area known as the Wiregrass. It is the primary flight training installation for Army aviators, and there are both Army and Air Force pilots and crews at the location. The affectionate nickname “Mother Rucker” is apt as soldiers in the aviation branch will frequently return to Fort Rucker for schools and training, including pilot training and re-education.


Fort Rucker is home to the following units:

Surrounding Cities: 

  • Daleville (3 miles)
  • Enterprise (9 miles)
  • Ozark (10 miles)
  • Dothan (25 miles)

Closest MAJOR City: 

  • Montgomery (94 miles)

Names of Area Colleges: 

Weather: You can expect hot and humid summers with temperatures in the 90s and mild winters with temperatures in the upper-50s and lower-60s. Snowfall is extremely rare, but tornadoes are a frequent risk in spring, summer, and fall.

Time Zone: Central Time Zone


To access the installation website, click here

Map of the area 

Historical Facts/Landmarks: Originally known as Camp Rucker, the installation was developed to train three main infantry divisions, one of which deployed to the European Theater in October 1944. It didn’t become the home of Army Aviation until 1954, when the aviation school moved from Fort Sill, Oklahoma, to Camp Rucker. The following year, the installation became officially known as Fort Rucker. You can read the full history of the installation as well as the development of Army Aviation here. For more on the aviation side of history, visit the U.S. Army Aviation Museum.


On-post Housing is managed by Corvias Military Living.

Major realty/rental companies in the area:


School Liaison Officer

School Districts: 

On-Post Schools

Off-Post Schools: Click on the district lists above to view specific school in your district.



Health Care: 

Best place for beauty services: 

Shopping malls: 

“Shopping in Dothan! Dothan would be the place to go for anything you wanted, especially if you didn’t want to go to Walmart again. You can find most things there: Barnes & Noble, Target, Publix, Five Guys, and more. There’s a lot there.” – Emily G.






Fort Rucker:




Army Wife Network does not promote or endorse these groups; however, we know they can be helpful in learning about various duty stations, so they are provided for your convenience.

Installation Facebook page: USAACE and Fort Rucker

Military Spouse Groups: 

Buy/Sell/Trade Pages: 

Religious services: 




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