Fort Leavenworth, Kansas is home to the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center (along with a group of major subordinate organizations) plus the United States Disciplinary Barracks. The fort is located close to Missouri and overlooks the Missouri River. The fort is strategically located roughly in the center of the United States. It is the oldest Army post west of the Mississippi River.
Find information about Fort Leavenworth, Kansas including the main commercial and DSN numbers for the base, information on basic services, base transportation, lodging for TDY and PSCing personnel, and inprocessing.
Fort Leavenworth, Kansas Mission & Units
The U.S Army Combined Arms Center provides several essential, core missions including functional training, leader education, collective training, doctrine, and training support. Fort Leavenworth is also hosts to a variety of subordinate organizations including the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Combined Arms Doctrine Directorate, the Combined Arms Center-Training, and the TRADOC Program Integration Office-Battle Command.
Important units and missions at Fort Leavenworth include:
- 308th Military Battalion
- 35th Infantry Division
- 500th MP Detachment
- 705th Military Police Battalion
- 902nd Military Intelligence Group
- Army National Guard, Battle Command Training Center
- Battle Command Training Program
- Combined Arms Center – Training (CAC-T)
- Headquarters Combined Arms Center
- Joint Center for International Security Force Assistance (JCISFA)
- National Simulation Center (NSC)
- Special Troops Battalion
- Tradoc Intelligence Support Activity
- United States Disciplinary Barracks
Fort Leavenworth, Kansas History
Fort Leavenworth was built in 1827; back then it was intended to protect the Santa Fe Trail; it was called Cantonment Leavenworth at the time and had humble beginnings with only 14 officers and a few hundred men. The fort provided support during the Mexican-American War; it would also play an important role in the Civil War as the home of Camp Lincoln, a training center for volunteers.
Leavenworth has a very important place in the evolution of civil rights in America; In 1866, Congress authorized the four black Army regiments; 24th Infantry, and 25th Infantry, 9th Cavalry and 10th Cavalry Regiments. These soldiers distinguished themselves during the war and would create a legacy recognized down the line as other similar advances occurred in Army Aviation (including the famous Tuskegee Airmen) during World War Two and far beyond.
The United States Disciplinary Barracks which has since evolved into a maximum-security military prison, was established at Fort Leavenworth in 1875.
In 1881, the School of Application for Cavalry and Infantry was created by General William Sherman; his vision would eventually become the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.
Many of these earliest developments have persisted over the decades, the modern-day versions helping to define the Fort Leavenworth mission and vision. Today the fort’s mission is still quite-training oriented but the fort is also served by Sherman Army Airfield with nearly six thousand meters of runway and a 24-hour operational schedule.
Fort Leavenworth, Kansas Contacts
Main Address And Phone Number
600 Thomas Ave.
Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027-2303
- DSN 312-552-2800
Important Contact Numbers
- Emergency – 911
- Hospital Main Number – (913) 684-6000
- Housing Office – (913) 684-3052
- Information and Referral Services – (913) 684-4357
- Legal Services and JAG – (913) 684-4944
- Temporary Lodging – (913) 684-4091
- VA Facilities – (913) 682-2000
- Welcome/Visitors Center – (913) 684-4091
- Post Operator – (913) 684-4021
- Suicide Prevention Hotline – (800) 273-8255
- Medical Appointments – (913) 684-6250
- Dental Clinic – (913) 684-6250
- Loan Closet – (913) 684-2800
- School Liaison Office – (913) 684-1655
- Post Staff Duty – (913) 684-0062
- Deployment and Mobilization – (913) 684-2800
- Child Development Center – (913) 684-5135
- Family Child Care – (913) 684-9351
- Army Community Service Family Advocacy Program – (913) 684-2822
- Family Center – (913) 684-2800
- New Parent Support Program – (913) 684-2800
- School Age Services – (913) 684-7518
- Victim Advocate Services – (913) 684-2800
- Barracks/Single Service Member Housing – (913) 684-4468
- Housing Office – (Temporary Lodging/Billeting – (913) 684-4091
- ID/CAC Processing – (913) 684-4452
- Household Goods/Transportation Office – (913) 684-5656
Fort Leavenworth, Kansas Surrounding Area
Fort Leavenworth makes attractions in both Missouri and Kansas easier to explore; closer-to-the-fort attractions include plenty of military-themed sights including the Buffalo Soldier Memorial Park and the Frontier Army Museum. There are also plenty of non-military things to do in the area including tours of local wineries and distilleries, Carroll Mansion, and Weston Bend State Park
But one of the most important things new arrivals should know about this area is that the local tornado season runs from April through October; peak tornado season runs for three months between April and June.
The midwest is famous for seasonal tornado warnings that turn out to be heavy winds and rain much of the time, but with just enough bona fide tornado activity to take the watches and warnings quite seriously.
Fort Leavenworth Inprocessing and Check-In
Check-in procedures at Fort Leavenworth for permanent party members will vary depending on where the troops are assigned;
- Those assigned to the Combined Arms Center sign-in and inprocess with Headquarters Command S-1 during duty hours.
- After duty hours, unaccompanied soldiers, E5 and below, sign-in with duty personnel in Bldg. 48 located at the corner of McPherson and McClellan Avenues.
- Accompanied soldiers and those in ranks E6 or higher must report to IHG Holiday Inn Express for lodging information, and then report to the S-1 the next duty day.
- Those assigned to the United States Disciplinary Barracks should report to S-1 or SDNCO in Bldg 429 at the corner of McPherson and Bluntville Avenues.
- MEDDAC and DENTAC personnel are directed to report to the Medical Company orderly room during normal duty hours. After duty hours,report to the ADO on the 1st floor of the Munson Army Health Center.
Fort Leavenworth Services
Munson Army Health Center is a 25-bed facility that serves Fort Leavenworth; it does not provide emergency or urgent care services. Munson serves TRICARE Prime enrollees; those enrolled in TRICARE Standard or Extra are required to seek care off-post. Most appointments at Munson are made same-day; you call the center on the day services are needed.
Routine obstetrics care is available where required. Call the Appointments line for more information; 913-684-6250. Active duty military members can get dental care on-post, all others must seek dental services in the local community.
Fort Leavenworth is served by the Child Development Center, which offers certified care for children six weeks through five years old. Full-time day care, part-time, hourly, and part-time pre-school services are offered.
Parents should contact the CDC at 913-684-9351 to learn about any required waiting list, registration documentation, income-based fee services where applicable, etc. There is also an option to choose Family Child Care (FCC) which is operated out of private residences certified on-post for infants to children 12 years old. Learn more about FCC services by calling 913-684-9391.
All inbound troops are directed to use the Defense Personal Property System at Move.mil to track and manage household goods. Call the Inbound TMO section for assistance at (913) 684-5656/5654. This inbound TMO office can also advise about shipments of privately owned vehicles from another duty location where applicable.
Dependent And Retiree ID Card Renewal, Replacement, New Issue
The Fort Leavenworth ID Card/DEERS office handles all requests for dependent, retiree, and military member ID cards including Common Access Card appointments. Two forms of unexpired ID may be necessary to complete the process; appointments can be made two months ahead of time via the RAPIDS system.
Primary and secondary identification may be required and for dependents who wish to get new or renewed ID without the military member present, a power of attorney may be needed. Call ahead at (913) 684-2636 to learn what the requirements may be in such cases based on current Fort Leavenworth policy.
Using RAPIDS is encouraged, walk-in appointments are discouraged and may not be available due to mission requirements, appointment schedules, etc.
Fort Leavenworth Schools
Those assigned to Fort Leavenworth have a variety of options for schools; there are three elementary schools and one junior high school on post. These are administered by the Fort Leavenworth School District. Senior high school students will attend Leavenworth Public High school or other non-public education options in Leavenworth.
Those living on post have the option of sending their high-school age children via bus transportation to and from Leavenworth High School.
Lansing Unified School District is close to Fort Leavenworth, depending on where military families live, Lansing USD schools may be open for school-age dependents. For additional information, call the Fort Leavenworth School Liaison Office at 913-684-1655.
Fort Leavenworth Housing
The military housing on-post is privatized and operated by Frontier Heritage Communities. On-post, there are over 1,500 three and four bedroom multiplexes, duplexes and other multi-family units. Single family housing is scarce on-post.
Those PCSing or on TDY orders who need bachelor housing should contact 913) 684-4468 / 4469 to make arrangements. Unaccompanied housing on-post is required for permanent party soldiers E5 and below.
Fort Leavenworth PCS and TDY Lodging
IHG Army Hotels in Hoge Barracks provides temporary lodging services for the Fort Leavenworth community. Make reservations at 684-4091 or (877) 711-TEAM (8326). Note that temporary lodging is extremely limited during the summer; PCS and TDY reservations should be made as soon as travel dates or orders are available.
Space available lodging is available but subject to cancellation based on priority needs. Those traveling on orders who find there is no availability for temporary lodging will be given a certificate of non-availability so off-post lodging may be reimbursed on a travel voucher.
New arrivals to Fort Leavenworth may be eligible for up to 10 days of Temporary Lodging Entitlement (TLE), depending on specific circumstances.
Fort Leavenworth Transportation
There is no base transportation on Fort Leavenworth or shuttles from the airport to the installation. Commercial vehicles are available depending on demand, time of day, etc.
Fort Leavenworth Vehicle Registration And Driver’s License
New arrivals are required to register privately owned vehicles at the office of the Provost Marshall. Current registration, proof of insurance, and compliance with all state vehicle requirements including emissions testing (where applicable) is mandatory. All vehicles entering and leaving Fort Leavenworth are subject to 100% ID checks, search, etc.
Motorcyclists must complete an Army-approved motorcycle safety course prior to riding a motorcycle on post for any reason; approved motorcycle safety gear is also required; helmets, eye protection, gloves, long pants, long sleeves, over-the-ankle shoes, plus reflective vests or other reflectors.
Bicycle riders should be aware that no bicycles are permitted on post on Grant Avenue.