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Fort Hamilton is a historical US Army garrison located in Brooklyn, New York. It is surrounded by multiple communities and one of the few US bases actually located in cities with such an importance. The mission is simple. It aims to deal with the National Guard and the reserve squads in New York. It is among the oldest bases in this area.
The history dates back to 1776, when a small group of American fighters opened fire on a British convoy willing to suppress the American forces starting a local revolution. It was not such a major fight, but the first active military role of this spot. The actual construction began in 1825. It took the natives over 6 years to build the place. After spending more than half a million USD – a huge amount of money at those times, the fort was ready to be used and see its first units coming. Throughout the Civil War, the fort allied with a close one – Fort Wadsworth – in defending the small gulf against the Confederate army.
Time passed by and since those times, the objectives and mission of Fort Hamilton didn’t change too much. The place was used as a training spot during all the important wars of the last century – World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. In the modern years, it represented a training base for the reserve units. At the same time, its location didn’t give it too much space for expansion and major improvements. Instead, it was stuck with protecting the metropolitan area of New York.
In the popular culture, the fort is mentioned throughout “Word of Honor”, one of Nelson DeMille’s novels.
Three major units inhabited the fort throughout its history. The 5-th Coast Artillery was established here in 1924. It stayed here for a few years, then the fort was used for temporary deployments. In 1861 and 1862, the fort was inhabited by the 12-th Infantry Regiment and the 21-st Infantry Regiment. Ever since then, its purpose and objectives were relatively small for a US base. Therefore, no major units were hosted here, but just locals.
The Balfour Beatty Communities, which is also responsible with the housing system for other forts, is the most appropriate office to call for accommodation. It deals with both on site and off site accommodation. It mostly deals with married soldiers willing to relocate here with their families. Those who get here alone must check out the sponsor automatically assigned by the community.
Since Fort Hamilton is located in a city, finding off site accommodation is just as easy. It is safe and reliable and sometimes the facilities are better, not to mention the normal life idea soldiers get while living in regular communities. The prices are higher though. While relocated on site, the troops benefit from multiple facilities and services.
Other than that, try to set up your housing opportunities before actually arriving in the area.
Centrally located in middle of the New York City Metropolitan area, Fort Hamilton is surrounded around the quaint historic communities of Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and Bensonhurst, just southwest of Brooklyn, New York.
The cornerstone of this coastal defense fort was set in 1825, and the first garrison flag was raised in 1831. While many of the original structures are gone, some having yielded to the construction of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge, still part of the old fort remains on the grounds of the United States Army Fort Hamilton Garrison. Colonels Row, the Fort Hamilton Community Club, Lee House and the Harbor Defense Museum are on the National Register of Historic Places. The historic museum is located in the caponier of the old fort and is virtually untouched. Today, Fort Hamilton is under the command of the Military District of Washington. Fort Hamilton is also the home of the New York City Recruiting Battalion, the Military Entrance Processing Station, the North Atlantic Division Headquarters of the US Army Corp of Engineers, the 1179th Deployment Support Brigade, 77th Regional Readiness Command, and New York Army National Guard Task Force Empire Shield. Fort Hamilton also supports many Reserve and National Guard units.
The US Army Garrison Fort Hamilton provides effective and efficient management of government resources to support mission readiness, improve infrastructure, preserve the environment, and enable the well-being and safety of service members, civilians, and family members. Fort Hamilton also serves as a power projection platform in the New York City Metropolitan area.
Because of its unique location, Fort Hamilton is a combined community comprised of active duty Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, Reserve Components, retired military, DoD appropriated and Non-appropriated fund employees, contractors, and family members. Additionally, a great number of off post military, reservists, veterans and a large population of retirees also draw support from Fort Hamilton.
There is no on post-military transportation. However, the installation is compact enough that individuals can leisurely walk across the post in 15 minutes or less. Additionally, there is one local car service (taxi) that is authorized to operate on post–Harbor View Car Service, 718-680-2500.
To request a sponsor prior to your arrival at Fort Hamilton, contact the POC that is listed on your orders. If this information is unclear, contact the Army Community Service (ACS) Relocation Program at 718-630-4754/4462, DSN 312-232-4754 for more information.
The Intercontinental Hotel Group Army Hotel (IHG) is open 24 hours, 7 days a week. IHG Hotel consist of the Holiday Inn Express, a newly contructed, hotel style facility, with 46 rooms. All units are equipped with a mini-fridges, and coffee makers. Suites are also are equipped with a kitchen, queen size beds and fold-out sleeper couchs. All rooms are pet friendly, which require a $75 non-refundable cleaning charge. Cribs are available free of charge upon request as well as roll out beds for a fee of $10.
For reservations, please contact the Holiday Inn Express at 718-439-2340 or book on and off post Army lodging on-line at IHG Army Hotels.
Incoming and outgoing soldiers and family members can visit the ACS Relocation Readiness Program, located on the 1st floor at 137C Poly Place. The Relocation Program offers the following services to assist transitioning families to Fort Hamilton: the ACS lending closet, a welcome packet, and relocation counseling. Additionally, ACS offers various programs assisting Soldiers and their families with relocation and military life issues. Contact ACS at 718-630-4754, DSN 312-232-4754 for more information.
All incoming military personnel assigned to Fort Hamilton should report to and in-process through their assigned unit. The Personnel Administrative Center (PAC) or the staff of the new unit of assignment will provide all newly assigned soldiers with other in-processing requirements. Department of the Army Civilians who need to in-process should report to the Civilian Personnel Office, located on the 2nd floor of Building 114, telephone 718-630-4031, DSN 312-232-4031.
Critical Installation Information
Installation Housing Information
Housing on Fort Hamilton is contracted through Balfour Beatty Communities, and can be contacted at 718-630-4697. Balfour Beatty Communities oversees a newly constructed housing area which includes six historic residences on Colonel’s Row, seventy modern townhouses (officers and senior NCOs), sixty older style high-rise apartments, and one hundred and fifty new three and four bedroom apartments. The housing area also includes five modern playground areas, a walking and fitness trail, and plenty of parking–a very scarce commodity in Brooklyn!
Adult Education Centers
Army Education Center
218 A (annex) Marshall Drive
Brooklyn, NY 11252
Phone 718-630-4715: Education Center / 718-630-4978: Education Services Officer / 718-630-4979: Testing (DANTES/Military)
Phone (DSN) 312-232-4715/4978/4979
Fax (DSN) 312-232-4977
123 General Lee Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11252
Barracks/Single Service Member Housing
Residential Communities Initiative (RCI)
137 C Poly Place
Brooklyn, NY 11252
Phone 718-630-4785: Housing Management Assistant / 646-300-4598: Cell Phone
Phone (DSN) 312-232-4785
Fax (DSN) 312-232-4262
Beneficiary Counseling Assistance Coordinators
Ainsworth Army Health Clinic/TRICARE Service Center
Ainsworth Army Health Clinic
114 White Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11252
Phone Info: 718-630-4129 OIC: 718-630-4602 / Ctrl Appts: 718-630-4129 EFMP Nurse Coord: 718-630-4417/4860 /