U.S. Army Garrison Livorno Camp Darby

An Installation Overview of Camp Darby, Italy

U.S. Army Garrison Livorno is located on Camp Darby near Pisa, Italy, and it is probably best known as a recreation destination. The installation's beach, campground, and guesthouse attract U.S. and NATO soldiers, family members, and Army civilians from across Europe.

This military complex between Pisa and Livorno was formally dedicated on Nov. 15, 1952, and named Camp Darby in memory of Brig. Gen. William O. Darby, assistant division commander of the 10th Mountain Division, who was killed by enemy artillery on April 30, 1945, on the shores of Lake Garda, Italy. Though the military community is small, it has most of the facilities typical of a U.S. installation.

Camp Darby's primary mission is to logistically support combat deployments that include war reserve storage and maintenance, maintenance of weapons and vehicles, and rapid reaction to crises spanning the globe.

Camp Darby Location

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Camp Darby is about a 10-minute drive south of Pisa, Italy—home to the world-famous Leaning Tower—and a 45-minute train or car ride from the city of Florence.

It is situated approximately six miles from the Pisa International Airport, also known as the Galileo Galilei International Airport.

Your sponsor is responsible for getting you to your lodging—it is imperative that you keep your sponsor informed of your travel plans. If not met by a sponsor, the first sergeant or commander of your organization will be notified and will be responsible to see that you are accommodated.

If your sponsor does not meet you or you arrive after duty hours, you can call the desk sergeant at the Military Police Station at 050-54-7575. The desk sergeant will alert someone in your unit that you are waiting.

There is also a taxi service available from the Pisa Airport, and you will have to pay the driver initially out of your own pocket although the cost is a PCS (permanent change of station) reimbursable expense. When you arrive at the installation gate, the cab will not be allowed entrance and you will have to walk to your lodging.

Stay in contact with your sponsor, and if your sponsor is not responsive, contact the Relocation Program Manager.

Population/Major Units Assigned

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Camp Darby is home to U.S. Army Garrison Livorno, 31st Munitions Squadron, 3rd/405th Army Field Support Battalion, 839th Transportation Battalion, 497th Transportation Battalion, Livorno Unit Schools, AAFES (Army and Air Force Exchange Service), DECA (Defense Commissary Agency), and AFN (American Forces Network) Livorno.

Camp Darby's permanent population, counting the units and family members, was once more than 2,000 people, including about 350 military personnel divided equally between the Army and Air Force. However, that figure has fallen to just 100 airmen with the 731st Munitions Squadron.

Main Phone Numbers

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The Country code for Italy is 39. Here are some important phone numbers for Camp Darby:

  • APO 633-7035
  • Army Community Services 633-7084
  • Auto Skills Center 633-7009
  • Banks BNL 633-7978
  • Credit Union 633-7729
  • Bowling Alley 633-7458
  • Chapel 633-7257
  • Child Development Center 633-7459
  • Commissary 633-8180
  • Community Club 633-7855
  • Education Center 633-7073
  • Guest House 633-7580
  • Health Clinic 633-7357
  • Housing Office 633-8071
  • Outdoor Recreation 633-7775
  • PX 633-7392
  • SatoTravel (Civilian number) 050-581376
  • Sports and Fitness Center 633-7440
  • TRICARE Service (Civilian number) 050-54-7883
  • Center Unit School 633-7573
  • Youth Center 633-7629

Temporary Lodging

Single service members of ranks E-6 and below are to contact their unit/sponsors, who will check with the housing office at DSN 314-633-7303/7755 to verify availability of rooms in the barracks. The Army will not approve temporary lodging allowance (TLA) if there is space available in the barracks.

Single service members of ranks E-7 and above must contact their unit/sponsor to make a reservation at the guest house, as there is no SEBQ (senior enlisted bachelor quarters) in Camp Darby. Billeting for married service members is in the on-post guest house: Casa Toscana, Building 202, DSN 314-633-7448.

Casa Toscana has 22 guest rooms, including two VIP suites, one two-bedroom handicap-accessible apartment with full kitchen, four one-bedroom apartments with full kitchen, two two-bedroom apartments with full kitchen, four suites, and nine guest rooms. All guest rooms have private bathrooms.

Reservations for PCS travelers are accepted 60 days in advance and TDY (temporary duty yonder) reservations are accepted 30 days in advance. Reservations can be made by calling 011-39-050-547580/7448 or faxing to 011-39-050-7564.

Check-in time begins at 2 p.m., and check-out time is by 10 a.m. Late checkouts are subject to a late fee of $5 per hour for the first two hours and an additional room night fee after 12 p.m. No pets are allowed.

The Sea Pines Campground and Lodge, located on post, also offers lodging to visitors. They have rooms, cabins, and camping sites and recreation vehicle spots. You can make reservations by calling DSN 314-633-7225.

Housing

Staff Sgt. Robert Gamboa, 31st Civil Engineer Squadron unaccompanied housing manager, Camp Darby
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All military personnel must report to the housing office upon arrival in Livorno. It is located on the ground floor of Building 413 on Kessler Avenue at Camp Darby, across the hall from the installation transportation office (ITO).

There are 80 sets of government-leased housing units. To be placed on the waiting list, the sponsor must have signed out of the last duty station. To be eligible for an offer for quarters, the sponsor must report for duty, have signed in to his other unit, and be physically present to sign for quarters when offered. Quarters are assigned based on two factors: grade/rank and family composition.

If there are medical conditions that require special considerations, the sponsor must have documentation of the condition available at the time of sign-in. An Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) specialist from the Army Health Clinic at USAG Livorno will examine the medical documents and make a recommendation through EFMP, as well as the medical and military chain of command.

There are a limited number of one-bedroom apartments available for housing SEBQ requirements. There are no BOQ (bachelor officer quarters) facilities. Bachelor senior enlisted and officer personnel should plan on residing in economy housing. All other senior enlisted personnel will be offered available SEBQ and are required to reside in the government facilities if available.

Single soldiers E-6 and below—and single Airmen E-4 and below—are required to reside in barracks if space is available. Assignment to barracks rooms is by the unit command for the Air Force at Building 401 or the USAG Livorno housing office for the Army in Buildings 409 and 412. Barracks and dormitory rooms are furnished, with laundry facilities located within the building.

There are 222 registered off-post housing units ranging from one- to six-bedroom apartments and houses. Availability can be scarce, particularly in certain seasons of the year.

Utilities are extra, and security deposits range from one to three months of basic rent. You will get approval to reside in off-post housing with overseas housing allowance (OHA) on a case-by-case basis only. Arriving personnel should contact the housing office for further information.

Child Care

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The Camp Darby Child Development Center (CDC) cares for children six weeks old to kindergarten with a variety of childcare programs. The National Association for the Education of Young Children has accredited the center, which has a maximum capacity of 113 children.

Requirements for registering children include a health assessment or physical within 30 days, an updated copy of shot records, and completion of registration forms.

Programs offered at the Camp Darby CDC include: full- and part-day care, before- and after-school care, and hourly care (reservations are required for an hourly rate).

The School Age Services (SAS) program is the National Afterschool Association (NAA) accredited and is a member of 4-H and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America (BGCA).

Camp Darby's School Age Program is located in the elementary school at Building 201. This program offers a planned curriculum for ages six-12. The curriculum incorporates activities that enhance knowledge in science, reading, and art.

Schools

Livorno Elementary Talent Show
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Livorno Elementary and Middle School, which covers kindergarten through eighth grade, is located on the base. A child is not considered registered unless all necessary documentation is presented. The school determines staffing based on the numbers of students registered. Contact them at DSN: 633-7573 or 0039-050-54-7573 for information on documents required for registration.

If your family has just arrived in the Livorno area and you are staying in temporary lodging, your students will be issued a temporary bus pass to the nearest bus stop. When you are looking for a permanent residence, call the school transportation office to make sure the house you selected is within the commuting area or in walking distance of an authorized school bus stop. School bus transportation cannot be furnished to children of families residing outside the commuting area boundaries.

Due to the closure of Livorno High School, students in grades nine-12 have the following educational options: A local Italian school, home schooling or virtual high school, or the International School of Florence (ISF).

You can contact the school liaison officer at DSN 633-8084 or at 011-39-050-54-8084.

Medical Care

Livorno Health Clinic
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The Livorno Health Clinic operates by appointments, and its hours are from 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, unless otherwise indicated. A valid identification card must be presented to receive any care except emergency care. To make an appointment, call the front desk at DSN 314-633-7357/7358.

All requests for emergency services should be made directly to the MP desk at DSN 314-633-7575. From off post, dial 54-7575 if you live within the Pisa area or dial 050-54-7575 from areas of Italy outside of the Pisa calling area. For on-post emergencies, dial 114. Emergency services are provided through the local host nation community.

All questions about the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) should be directed to the Vicenza EFMP Office at DSN 314-633-7084.

Active duty soldiers are the first priority for medical services and are entitled to receive complete and unqualified treatment. Family members are the second priority and are entitled to medical services, contingent upon the availability of space, facilities, and the capabilities of the medical staff. When services are unavailable, beneficiaries will be referred to TRICARE. Retired members, their family members, and family members of deceased retired members are provided services when facilities and staffing permit. Call the health benefits advisor for more information.