Forts McPherson and Gillem, Georgia

Fort McPherson and Fort Gillem make up the U.S. Army Garrison located in Atlanta, Georgia. Atlanta, the capital of Georgia, is located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Fort McPherson is the home of the headquarters of the Installation Management Command, Southeast Region; U.S. Army Forces Command; U.S. Army Reserve Command; U.S. Army Central and other important activities. Fort McPherson's sub-installation is Fort Gillem, located in Forest Park. Fort Gillem is an essential industrial, logistical support base, housing numerous Army, DoD and other government agencies. The only crime lab in the U.S. Army is located at Fort Gillem. Fort McPherson and Fort Gillem share common services and morale support activities.

Fort McPherson was established in 1886 and became a permanent Army installation on May 4, 1889. The post was named "McPherson Barracks" in honor of Major General James Birdseye McPherson, who was killed on July 22, 1864, during the Battle of Atlanta. Fort Gillem was formerly known as the Atlanta Army Depot.

The mission of the U.S. Army Garrison at Forts McPherson and Gillem is to support and execute soldier readiness and well-being by providing efficient and effective installation management programs, a quality community, and value-added services to our active duty, reserve, national guard and joint service forces; civilian servants; retired military; and their family members.

Population/Major Units Assigned

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Fort McPherson is home to Forces Command Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, and U.S. Army Reserve Command. As the Army's largest major command, FORSCOM supervises the training of almost 800,000 Active, Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve soldiers to provide a strategic ground force capable of responding rapidly to crisis worldwide.

Fort Gillem is an essential industrial, logistical support base, housing numerous Army, DoD and other government agencies. Those agencies include First Army, the U.S. Army, and Air Force Exchange Distribution Region, the Military Entrance Processing Station and the U.S. Army Second Recruiting Brigade.

There are 3,510 Active Duty personnel, 2,359 Army Reserve, 5,038 Civilians, 29,430 Retirees, 36,843 Family Members assigned to Forts McPherson/Gillem. 4,500 to 5,000 local, state and international guests take tours of​m, or book events at Forts McPherson and Gillem each year as well.

Location/Driving Directions

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Forts McPherson and Gillem are located in Atlanta, Georgia. Atlanta, Georgia's state capital, is located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Equidistant from the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts, Atlanta has a mean elevation of 1,010 feet above sea level.

DIRECTIONS BY AUTO — Fort McPherson is located on the southwest side of Atlanta, just off of Langford Parkway (Ga. Hwy. 166) inside the Perimeter (I-285). Langford Parkway runs east and west between I-75/85 and I-285.

From the Northeast (Greenville, South Carolina)
South on I-85 passing through the city of Atlanta to GA-166 (Exit 243)
West on GA-166 to the N. Main Street & East Point exit.

From the East (Augusta, Georgia)
West on I-20 to I-285 (Exit 67)
Southwest on I-285 to I-75 North (Exit 58)
North on I-75 to GA-166 (Exit 243)
West on GA-166 to the N. Main Street & East Point exit.

From the South (Macon, Georgia)
North on I-75 to GA-166 (Exit 243)
West on GA-166 to the N. Main Street & East Point exit.

From the Southwest (Columbus, Georgia)\
North on I-85 to I-285 (Exit 68)
North on I-285 to GA-166 (Exit 5A)
East on GA-166 to the US-29/GA-139, Fort McPherson & East Point exit.

From the West (Birmingham, Alabama)
East on I-20 to I-285 (Exit 51A)
South on I-285 to GA-166 (Exit 5A)
East on GA-166 to the US-29/GA-139, Fort McPherson & East Point exit.

From the Northwest (Chattanooga, Tennessee)
South on I-75 passing by Marietta to I-285 (Exit 259)
South on I-285 to GA-166 (Exit 5A)
East on GA-166 to the US-29/GA-139, Fort McPherson & East Point exit.

Directions for entering Fort McPherson
If your vehicle does not have a current DoD registration decal, enter Fort McPherson and stop by the Military Police office (on your right) to obtain a visitor's pass.

Main Phone Numbers

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Main Phone Numbers

Commercial: DSN 404-464
Fort McPherson Operator Assistance: 464-3113
Fort Gillem Operator Assistance: 469-5000
Community Outreach: 464-0031, 464-2666 and 464-3073
Defense Military Pay Officer: 464-4503
Health Benefits Advisor & Managed Care 464-0292 and 464-0286
Transition Center 464-3621
Housing Referral 464-4150
Family Housing 464-1048
Billeting 464-0652
Lodging 464-2253 and 3833
Barracks 464-1837
School Liaison Officer 464-3192
CYS Admin 464-2962
Central Registration Officer 464-4428, 464-2759 and 464-4436
Child Devel Cntr Dir 464-3945 and 464-2759
Billeting Office 469-5431
Commissary 469-5361 and 469-5126

Temporary Lodging

Lodging at Fort McPherson

The Fort McPherson and Fort Gillem lodging facilities are provided for servicemembers, DoD civilian employees and the families of each. Reservations are confirmed for personnel traveling on temporary duty (TDY) or permanent change of station (PCS) status. All other travelers will receive lodging on a space-available basis. Persons traveling to Fort McPherson or Fort Gillem in TDY or PCS status must contact the Lodging Office before seeking off-post accommodations.

There are 70 guestrooms at Fort McPherson (8 in the Distinguished Visitors Quarters, 12 family apartments and 50 visiting officer and enlisted quarters), and 8 guest rooms at Fort Gillem (1 in the Distinguished Visitors Quarters and 7 in the visiting officer quarters). The visiting officer quarters at Fort Gillem include kitchenettes.

Each guest room is equipped with a private bath, comfortable furniture, a micro-refrigerator, a color TV with a remote and cable access and a radio/alarm clock.

Pets are not allowed in lodging facilities. The lodging staff can help travelers locate local boarding facilities.

The lodging office and reservation desk are located in Bldg. 22 at Fort McPherson. Hours of operation are from 6 a.m. until 11:30 p.m., seven days a week. The office is open from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. holidays, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day, when the office is closed. For pricing and more information, call 404-464-2253/3833 (DSN 367).


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At Historic, Fort McPherson, many of the living quarters are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The quarters are duplexes built in a townhouse style. At Fort Gillem and along Staff Row at Fort McPherson, there are covered garages while other quarters at Fort McPherson have areas for parking. All quarters are equipped with a stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, garbage disposal, mini blinds, central heat, and air. Quarters have hardwood floors, and there is one storage shed per building. The square footage of the average three-bedroom house is 1,850. Two-bedroom quarters are on one floor, although all quarters have basements.

At Fort McPherson, there are 34 sets of general and senior officer quarters and 45 sets of field and company grade officer quarters. Senior enlisted personnel (E9) are assigned to field and company grade quarters. There are 23 sets of enlisted personnel (E1 through E8) quarters with two to three bedrooms. The average waiting time for housing is one to four months for both Fort McPherson and Fort Gillem. There are 112 on-post quarters on Fort McPherson and Fort Gillem combined. Most incoming personnel will reside off post because of the limited number of available post quarters.

At Fort Gillem, there are 10 sets of quarters (CSM through O5). The wait time is one to four months and is subject to change.

For more information on family housing on Fort McPherson or Fort Gillem, call 404-464-1048.


Community Library
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Children in grades K-12 that reside at Fort McPherson or Gillem attend schools in the surrounding counties.The Atlanta Public School system provides bus transportation to schools in Fulton county.

To enroll your child in public school, contact the office of the school superintendent in the county or city school system where your child will attend.

Georgia schools require each child to have certification of screening for eye, ear, dental and immunization. However, these screenings are only a certification that no problems exist that would interfere with a child's ability to learn. Parents can request specific appointments for these screenings at the Lawrence Joel Health Clinic on Ft. McPherson at 404-464-2778.

Some students may be eligible to attend one of the Atlanta School System "Magnet" programs. Each school, different in career emphasis, offers students the opportunity to combine basic academics with specialized career courses such as the Math and Science program at Benjamin Mays High School and the Performing Arts program at North Atlanta High School. For additional information on Magnet schools call the garrison School Liaison Office, Bldg 65, at 404-464-3192 or DSN 312-367-3192.

Several private schools are available in the local communities. Contact the Board of Education within the county you reside in listings and phone numbers.

To homeschool, a declaration of intent must be submitted to the local school district within 30 days after establishing a homeschooling program and by Sept.1 annually thereafter. Forms may be obtained at the School Liaison Office. Home School Support Group Meetings are held on the first Friday of the month.

The School Liaison Services office is located at 1316 Troop Row, Building 60, and can be reached at 404-464-3192.

Child Care

Child care

The Fort McPherson Child Development Center (CDC), Building 514, is nationally accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs. Its primary goal is to provide educational learning experiences and varied opportunities that promote the child's physical, social and intellectual growth. Daily meals are served to include breakfast, lunch and a snack supplement, and are served according to USDA guidelines. For more information on the CDC, please visit the childcare center or call 404-464-3945/2759.

The CDC is open 6:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The center is closed on weekends and federal holidays.

All active duty, retired military, military reserve and national guard on active duty. DoD civilian employees at Fort McPherson, Fort Gillem or other areas under the command of the garrison are eligible for services at the CDC.

Children must have a current shot record and be at least six weeks old, but not older than 12 years of age.

The CDC center offers Full-day care, a Pre-school program, and Hourly care. For hourly care, reservations must be made in advance and can be made 2 weeks in advance.

Medical Care

Lawrence Joel Army Health Clinic

The Lawrence Joel U.S. Army Health and Dental Clinic, Building 125. On 7 January 1998, the 74,451 square foot facility was dedicated and named the Lawrence Joel Army Health and Dental Clinic in honor of Specialist Six Lawrence Joel, an Army Medic and a Medal of Honor recipient. The Lawrence Joel Army Health and Dental Clinic placed the medical and dental treatment facilities under one roof. The staff of this facility provides a wide range of healthcare services to a large patient population.

Lawrence Joel U.S. Army Health Clinic is a TRICARE Prime facility. This means that providing care for our Prime beneficiaries is our primary focus (active duty soldiers are automatically registered in TRICARE Prime).

Fort McPherson does not have a hospital. Active duty must use the Eisenhower Army Medical Center at Fort Gordon in Augusta, Georgia for hospital treatments.

The clinic has a full-time Patient Representative who can assist with the medical care system, explain policies, find other sources of help and otherwise provide assistance to patients.