Installation Overview of Fort Sill in Oklahoma

Fort Sill is a U.S. Army post in southwest Oklahoma about 90 miles southwest of Oklahoma City that provides field artillery training to Marines and Army infantry through its Field Artillery School.

Fort Sill was staked out in January 1869 by Major General Philip H. Sheridan as he was leading a campaign into Indian Territory to stop tribes from raiding border settlements in Texas and Kansas. Troops from the 10th Cavalry, the elite African-American unit popularly known as "buffalo soldiers," built many of the stone structures still surrounding the Old Post Quadrangle.

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Location/Directions

A map of Ft. Sill

Fort Sill is in southwest Oklahoma, Comanche County, next to the city of Lawton and about 5 miles from Lawton Municipal Airport. There is a military representative at the Lawton Municipal Airport from 4:30 am until the last flight arrives, usually about 10:30 pm.

Upon arrival at the airport, you may want to stop by the military desk and request a Fort Sill guide booklet and map.

The only cab service allowed into Fort Sill is Peoples Cab Company. The average cost for the taxi from the Lawton Municipal Airport to Fort Sill is $7 for one person and $2.50 for each additional person.

The Lawton Transit Service bus system operates until 9:00 pm. The bus will stop at the bus station where you will transfer to the Orange Route, which runs through Fort Sill and will drop you at the Guest House (Altman Hall). The cost from the airport to Fort Sill is $1.50.

If you are driving, once you leave the airport you will come to a stop sign at 11th Street. Turn left and take that road through Scott Gate.

Fort Sill is a closed post. To gain access, you must show a valid photo ID. If you are driving into Fort Sill you must show proof of your current driver's license, state vehicle registration, and proof of insurance. You must register your vehicle on the post as soon as possible after you sign in.

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Population/Major Units Assigned

Basic training graduation ceremony
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The total population in Fort Sill is about 53,000, including 20,000 military and civilian personnel, 33,000 military family members and a robust retiree community.

Major Units/Schools

  • Basic Officer Leader Course II (BOLC II)
  • U.S. Army Field Artillery School
  • USMC Artillery Detachment
  • 31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade
  • Directorate of Training and Doctrine (DOTD)
  • Joint and Combined Integration Directorate
  • 75th Fires
  • 214th Fires

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Main Phone Numbers

Geronimo's Grave at Fort Sill
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Before calling to locate an individual, be sure to have their full name, rank, and unit of assignment. The more information you provide, the quicker a match can be made.

  • American Red Cross 580-442-2426/2-5306 or toll-free 1-877-272-7337
  • Army Community Services Mon-Fri 580-442-5018/6801
  • Operator Assistance (Commercial) 580-442-8111
  • Operator Assistance (DSN) 639-8111
  • Fort Sill Field Officer of the Day 580-442-4912
  • Fort Sill Field Officer of the Day (DSN) 639-4912

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Temporary Lodging

Opened door of hotel room in morning.
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Military personnel and family members on orders to Fort Sill may contact Fort Sill Lodging to secure room reservations at 580-442-5000, (DSN) 312-639-5000 or toll-free 1-877-902-3607.

Sill lodging is in Building 5676 on Ferguson Road. The billeting office provides service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Families arriving at Fort Sill on permanent change of station (PCS) orders must "pay as you go" as any other guest, then apply for the reimbursement during in-processing. The same applies if the family uses off-post temporary lodging.

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Housing

Single Soldier Apartments
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The Housing Management Division is at 4700 Mow-Way Road. For information on housing contact DPW Housing at 580-442-4949/2813.

Housing is assigned by eligibility date, pay grade and family size, Fort Sill welcomes advanced applications with the submission of a DD Form 1746, a copy of your orders assigning you to the area and a DA Form 31.

Personnel at Fort Sill occupy 1,415 family housing units. Housing areas are conveniently located in various areas all over the installation. The housing is comprised of single, duplex and four-plex dwelling units with yards. Each has adequate parking, and playgrounds within walking distance.

Enlisted Housing consists of units for grades E-1 through E-9. The sizes of these homes vary from 735 to over 2,800 square feet depending on family size and rank.

Officer Housing consists of units for warrant, company and field grades. The square footage for these homes varies anywhere from 1,100 to 3,300 depending on family size and rank.

Fort Sill's standard room for single soldiers has at least 118 square feet per soldier with a walk-in closet and bathroom. Built-in furniture is utilized to the maximum extent possible.

06
Schools

NCO Corps in a ceremony in front of hundreds of other NCOs
U.S. Army / Kevin Young,

The Fort Sill/Lawton School Liaison may be contacted at 580-442-4831. The School Liaison provides information and assists parents matching the schools and solving issues sometimes encountered by the military families.

Children in kindergarten through sixth grade who live on post attend one of the two public grade schools: Geronimo Road Elementary or Sheridan Road Elementary. Both are part of the Lawton Public School system. If you arrive at Fort Sill and will be moving on a post within 90 days, you may enroll your children in one of these schools.

LPS offers numerous programs including gifted and talented, summer enrichment, extensive special education services, Oklahoma Parents as Teachers program for parents of children from birth to three years, pre-kindergarten classes, transitional first grade, in-school programs for pregnant girls, school-to-work, and limited English proficiency programs. The Lawton Public School System now has extended day-care facilities at 26 sites throughout the district.

Required documents needed for enrolling students are their shot records, certified birth certificate, child's Social Security number, documents from previous schools, if available, and Individual Education Plan (IEP) for students with special needs.

To enroll in kindergarten, children must be 5 years of age before September 2. The Lawton Public School System provides free bus transportation to elementary students living 1 mile or more from their assigned schools. LPS also provides free transportation to secondary students living 1 1/2 mile or more from school. There are also several Private Schools in the area.

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Child Care

Fort Sill School Age Services program
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Central Registration (CR), provides one-stop child care registry services for patrons and can handle all your childcare needs on Fort Sill. A waiting list is maintained for infant and toddler care. To add your name to this list, please call the CR office. You must have each child's immunization record when you register. For more information about registration, please call 580-442-3927 or (DSN) 312-639-3927,

A non-refundable, annual registration fee of $15 per child/$35 for a family of three or more is due at the time of registration.

Tincher Child Development Center offers full-day care for children 6 weeks to 6 years of age. The center offers trained staff, balanced meals, and age-appropriate developmental activities. The CDC can be reached at 580-442-2320 or (DSN) 312-639-2320.

Tincher Child Development Center offers the following programs: full day, part day, part day preschool, before/after kindergarten and hourly childcare. The center is open Monday through Friday, 5:30 am-5:30 pm and closed weekends and federal holidays.

Family Child Care provides care in a smaller group setting by a certified adult family member living in Fort Sill quarters. Some FCC providers offer extended hour care (for parents who must go TDY or to the field) or special needs care. Contact the FCC Office at 580-442-4831 for additional information.

School Age Services provides a Before and After School program during the school year and a Summer Day Camp for the 12 weeks of summer. SAS is conveniently located just off Fort Sill Boulevard on Gruber Road, north of the commissary parking lot. They can be reached at 580-442-6745 or (DSN) 312-639-5959.

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Medical Care

Reynolds Army Community Hospital
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Active duty service members and their family members (including Reservists on active duty) are authorized to use military medical treatment facilities (MTFs). Retirees and their families may also use these facilities if there is space available.

After reporting to the Welcome Center, you will be assigned to a clinic for routine care, based upon your unit of assignment. Patients should contact their assigned family practice clinic or troop medical clinic for routine care appointments and for referrals to specialty clinics. Appointment for specialty clinics is by written physician referral only.

The TRICARE Service Center in Reynolds Army Hospital provides information about the TRICARE program, conducts enrollment, and dis-enrollment, and makes referrals through Health Care Finders.

Fort Sill has three dental clinics for the active duty service member. Check with your unit to determine which one you should use. Prosthodontics, endodontics, periodontics, and oral surgery are available at one of the three modern dental clinics through referrals only for active duty soldiers.

The TRICARE Active Duty Family Member Dental Plan (FMDP) is a comprehensive dental plan available to spouses and children of active-duty members of the seven uniformed services. To be eligible for enrollment in FMDP, sponsors must intend to remain on active duty for 24 months. Sponsors may enroll their family members by filling out DD form 2494 or 2494-1 at their personnel office.