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United States Army
225 Davis Street
Fort Buchanan Puerto Rico 00934
The cost of living in Puerto Rico is lower than in the U.S., but it is not cheap. A large portion of salary covers housing in Puerto Rico. Apartments are common and cheaper than single Family homes. Prices for housing are more expensive in the city in comparison to the lower costs in the surrounding suburbs. Smaller cities outside of San Juan are cheaper than living within the capital.
Monthly Rent (FEB 2021)
Utility costs can average between $200-$500.00 USD.
Although most things in Puerto Rico are cheaper than in the U.S., sales taxes are higher, at 11.5%. The sales tax on prepared food is 7%.
The Fort Buchanan Automated Directory Attendance Service phone number is 787-707-4636 or DSN 312-740-4636.
Defense Service Network (DSN) Dialing Instructions
The DSN is the provider of long-distance communications service for the Department of Defense (DoD). Every installation has a special DSN number and the numbers vary by world-wide location. In order to place a call using DSN, the caller must be using a military phone on an installation. Cell phones cannot dial DSN numbers. When dialing a DSN number from a United States installation to another United States installation, it is unnecessary to dial the DSN 312 area code. When dialing a DSN number to/from overseas locations, the DSN area code must be included. The operator can be reached at commercial 719-567-1110. Please note that long distance charges may be incurred.
Borinqueneer's Gate: (Main Gate on PR28)- Service members who arrive at the Luis Muniz Marin International Airport in Carolina will need to take a taxi or Uber to Fort Buchanan, AL. ALL valid installation access credentials, MWR and VHIC cards will be accepted at the Borinqueneer's Gate from 6:00am to 9:00pm daily to access the installation. VHIC and MWR cardholders, as well as Retirees and their dependents are permitted on base ONLY Wednesdays to Sundays and restricted from accessing the base on Mondays and Tuesdays.
SPC Vega Gate is open Monday to Saturday from 6:00am to 6:00pm and is closed Sundays and Federal holidays. Access to this gate is ONLY for Service members , Common Access Card (CAC) cardholders, selected personnel from the Puerto Rico National Guard (NG) supporting COVID-19 operations, and Fort Buchanan housing residents with yellow identification cards. Uniform wear is not required.
Visitors may go to the Visitor Control Center (VCC) at the Borinqueneer's Gate to receive a background check and access to the post. Currently
The mission of Fort Buchanan is to provide Caribbean-wide support to the Department of Defense, support SOCSOUTH restationing, serve as a Power Support, Power Projection Platform by planning, preparing and executing mobilization, receive and integrate U.S. Army South, provide Base Operations support, and develop and execute contingency plans.
Fort Buchanan, the only active Army installation on Puerto Rico and in the Greater Antilles, was named after BG James A. Buchanan, the first commander of the Puerto Rican Regiment/1st U.S. Volunteers that was formed by Theodore Roosevelt during the Spanish-American War. After defending the Canal Zone during WWI, the regiment was officially designated the 65th Infantry Regiment in 1920. A tract of 300 acres on the south shore of San Juan Bay was obtained in 1923, and designated as Camp Buchanan. In 1940, Camp Buchanan was renamed Fort Buchanan and, during WWII, became a general depot and induction center/training area for the Antilles command, while expanding to its current 1500 acres. For more information, visit the Fort Buchanan homepage.
Fort Buchanan serves and supports Active Duty, Reserve, and National Guard Soldiers, Air Force and U.S. Navy Reserve personnel, DoD civilians, veterans, retirees, and military Family members. The installation also supports some 32 federal agencies stationed in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Ft. Buchanan serves and supports Active Duty, Reserve, and National Guard Soldiers, Air Force and U.S. Navy Reserve personnel, DoD civilians, veterans, retirees, and military Family members. The installation also supports some 32 federal agencies stationed in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Fort Buchanan is located by Guaynabo City, Puerto Rico. We are near the capital of San Juan. Puerto Rico boasts fabulous ocean views, tropical weather, and lush green mountains. The island is approximately 100 miles by 35 miles and similar in size to Connecticut. For a variety of reasons, Puerto Rico is a high cost of living area. The Fort Buchanan Automated Directory Attendance Service phone number is 787-707-4636 or DSN 312-740-4636.
Location: Puerto Rico is located 1,000 miles southeast of Miami - approximately 2- hour by plane. Approximately 4 hours by plane from Boston and 3 hours from New York.
Note: Since Spanish is the national language of Puerto RIco, knowing the following translations of traffic signs will help you get around:
When you arrive to Luis Munoz Marin International Airport you can use the taxi services located right outside the arrival section of the terminal. The cost of the trip is reimbursable (if on orders). Obtain a receipt from the taxi driver if the fare is in excess of $25.00. If you need help at the airport contact the Military Personnel Office at Fort Buchanan at 787-707-3938 during duty hours or the Military Police desk sergeant, 787-707-3337, after duty hours.
Traveling with Pets: Pets may be picked up at the traveling airline cargo area.
How to get to Fort Buchanan from the airport:
Base transportation is not available on Fort Buchanan.