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Fort Rucker is a US Army base located mostly in Dale County, Alabama. The base is the primary flight training base for Army Aviation and is home to the United States Army Aviation Museum. Portions of the base also lie in Coffee, Geneva, and Houston counties. It is treated by the United States Census as a census-designated place, and so specific demographic information is compiled on the base's residents. The Army is the branch of the United States armed forces which has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ... Dale County is a county of the State of Alabama. ... Aerial warfare is the use of aircraft and other flying machines for the purposes of warfare. ... Coffee County is a county of the State of Alabama. ... Geneva County is a county of the State of Alabama. ... Houston County is a county of the State of Alabama. ... ... A census-designated place (CDP) is an area identified by the United States Census Bureau for statistical reporting. ...


The main base has entrances from three bordering cities, Daleville, Ozark and Enterprise. For many years prior to 9/11 the main base (except airfields and other restricted areas) was an open base with unmanned gates allowing civilians to drive through the base between these cities. Daleville is a city located in Dale County, Alabama. ... Enterprise is a city located in Coffee County, Alabama. ... The September 11, 2001 attacks were a series of coordinated Islamist terrorist attacks carried out in the United States on Tuesday, September 11, 2001. ...

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Military facilities

The US Army Aviation Center is the dominant military facility at Fort Rucker. Training, doctrine, and testing are all key parts of the Center's mission to develop Army Aviation's capabilities. All Army Aviation training has been undertaken at Fort Rucker since 1973, as well as training of US Air Force helicopter pilots. The Center is home to the US Army Aviation Technical Training Center (ATTC), which conducts developmental aircraft testing for Army Aviation. At Cairns Army Airfield is housed the United States Army Operational Test and Evaluation Command's Test and Evaluation Coordination Office. Doctrine, from Latin doctrina, (compare doctor), means a body of teachings or instructions, taught principles or positions, as the body of teachings in a branch of knowledge or belief system. ...


Operational units on the base include the U.S. 1st Aviation Brigade handling Army Aviation training, and the USAF 23rd Flying Training Squadron for training of Air Force helicopter pilots. The 1st Aviation Brigade consists of 5 battalions using three different sites on the Fort. 1st Battallion, 14th Aviation Regiment operates from Hanchey Army Heliport and conducts graduate level training using the AH-64A, AH-64D, and OH-58D helicopters. 1st Battalion, 212th Aviation Regiment operates from Lowe Army Heliport and conducts combat and night operational training, as well as training for Latin American allied pilots under the United States Security Cooperation Program, using the OH-58, UH-1, and UH-60 helicopters. 1st Battalion, 223rd Aviation Regiment operates from Cairns Army Airfield and Knox Army Heliport and conducts flight training using the CH-47 helicopter and C-12 aircraft. Additional heliports include the Hunt Army Heliport and Shell Army Heliport. Shell had been discontinued as a flight training location in 1993, but new training plans call for operations there to be restarted, with training of primary and basic combat skills to be undertaken on the OH-58 helicopter there. A large number of stagefields are located in the areas surrounding the Fort which are used to support various base operations. A number of them may be unsed at any point in time. The Boeing IDS AH-64 Apache Helicopter is the US Armys principal attack helicopter, the successor to the AH-1 Cobra. ... OH-58 Kiowa OH-58D Kiowa Warrior The OH-58 Kiowa scout helicopter has the primary missions of reconnaissance, surveillance, and intelligence gathering. ... Overview The Bell UH-1 Iroquois, commonly known as the Huey, was a multipurpose military helicopter, famous for its use in the Vietnam war. ... The Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk is a medium-lift utility or assault helicopter used by over 20 nations. ... The CH-47 Chinook is a highly versatile, twin engine, twin rotor heavy-lift helicopter. ... The C-12F Huron provides logistics support between Navy air stations. ...


Support and other facilities at Fort Rucker include the Lyster U.S. Army Community Hospital, United States Army Aeronautical Research Lab, United States Army School of Aviation Medicine, and Army Aviation Center Museum.


History

Hanchey Army Heliport became the home of the Department of Rotary Wing Training of the Army Aviation School on 5 October 1959, marking the first time the Department was centralized. October 5 is the 278th day of the year (279th in Leap years). ... 1959 was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


While serving in the Army, former US Vice-President Al Gore was stationed at Fort Rucker prior to his five-month deployment in Vietnam. VP also stands for Verb phrase. ... Albert Arnold Gore Jr. ...


Geography

Location of Fort Rucker, Alabama

Fort Rucker is located at 31°20'37" North, 85°42'29" West (31.343654, -85.707995)1. Adapted from Wikipedias AL county maps by Seth Ilys. ... Shortcut: {{GR|#}} {{Cite:GR|#}} The following is a list of sources used in the creation of Wikipedia articles on various geographic topics and locations, such as cities, counties, states, and countries. ...


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the base has a total area of 28.2 km² (10.9 mi²). 28.2 km² (10.9 mi²) of it is land and 0.1 km² (0.04 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.18% water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... This article is about the unit of measure. ...


Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there are 6,052 people, 1,399 households, and 1,347 families residing on base. The population density is 215.0/km² (556.8/mi²). There are 1,544 housing units at an average density of 54.8/km² (142.0/mi²). The racial makeup of the base is 68.52% White, 18.13% Black or African American, 0.94% Native American, 2.05% Asian, 0.74% Pacific Islander, 5.27% from other races, and 4.35% from two or more races. 11.68% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race. A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... Shortcut: {{GR|#}} {{Cite:GR|#}} The following is a list of sources used in the creation of Wikipedia articles on various geographic topics and locations, such as cities, counties, states, and countries. ... 2000 is a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There are 1,399 households out of which 79.9% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 85.4% are married couples living together, 8.2% have a female householder with no husband present, and 3.7% are non-families. 3.1% of all households are made up of individuals and 0.1% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 3.47 and the average family size is 3.51. Marriage is a relationship and bond, most commonly between a man and a woman, that plays a key role in the definition of many families. ...


The base population is spread out with 35.3% under the age of 18, 15.9% from 18 to 24, 46.2% from 25 to 44, 2.4% from 45 to 64, and 0.1% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 24 years. For every 100 females there are 131.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 145.1 males.


The median income for a base household is $34,603, and the median income for a family is $33,664. Males have a median income of $29,321 versus $18,750 for females. The per capita income is $14,495. 7.1% of the population and 6.1% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 9.3% of those under the age of 18 and 16.7% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the number of people. ... The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


External links

  • Ft. Rucker official website (http://www-rucker.army.mil/)
  • Army Aviation Museum (http://www.armyavnmuseum.org/)
  • Maps and aerial photos (http://kvaleberg.com/extensions/mapsources/index.php?params=31.343654_N_-85.707995_E_type:city_region:US)
    • Street map from MapQuest  (http://mapquest.com/maps/map.adp?latlongtype=decimal&latitude=31.343654&longitude=-85.707995&zoom=6) or Google Maps (http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=31.343654,-85.707995&spn=0.11,0.18)
    • Topographic map from TopoZone  (http://topozone.com/map.asp?lat=31.343654&lon=-85.707995&s=200&size=m&layer=DRG100&datum=nad83)
    • Aerial image or topographic map from TerraServer-USA (http://terraserver-usa.com/image.aspx?s=14&lon=-85.707995&lat=31.343654&w=2)
    • Satellite image from Google Maps (http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=31.343654,-85.707995&spn=0.11,0.18&t=k)


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U.S. Army Aviation Warfighting Center and Fort Rucker (535 words)
Fort Rucker became Army Aviation’s centerpiece when flight training was consolidated here in 1973.
Fort Rucker instructors teach U.S. and foreign aviators everything from initial rotary-wing courses to advanced courses in aviation safety.
Drivers traveling on Fort Rucker must pull vehicles over or use a hands-free device when talking on cell phones.
Fort Rucker, AL • Welcome Statement (340 words)
Fort Rucker covers about 63,100 acres of southeast Alabama countryside in an area known as the Wiregrass, named for a wild grass peculiar to the region.
Fort Rucker is surrounded by the communities of Daleville, Enterprise, and Ozark, which have strong ties to the post.
Fort Rucker is comprised of the Garrison Command, U.S. Army Aviation Center and School, U.S. Army Safety Center, U.S. Army Warrant Officer Career Center, U.S. Army Aviation Technical Test Center, U.S. Army Air Traffic Services Command, U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory, U.S. Army Aeromedical Center, and numerous other resident organizations primarily focused on Army Aviation.
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