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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 may be more expensive 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, PR. ALL valid installation access credentials, VHIC and MWR cardholders, as well as Retirees and their dependents are permitted on base. Disable Veterans may bring one (1) authorized person to assist them to shop at either the Commissary or the Exchange. Appropriated paperwork and clearance will be vetted at the Visitor Control Center (VCC).
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 open to all authorized personnel with valid installation access credentials.
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 Visitor Control Center (VCC) hours are 7:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday thru Friday. If you have any questions concerning access to Fort Buchanan, please contact the VCC at (787) 707-3995. Access to the VCC is limited to five (5) patrons at a time inside the facility.
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.
Puerto Rico was part of the Spanish Empire from the time of Christopher Columbus until the Spanish-American War. United States forces landed in Guánica on July 25, 1898. Upon the signing of the Treaty of Paris on December 10, 1898, Spain ceded Puerto Rico to the United States, and the island became an unincorporated United States territory.
On July 1, 1899, "The Puerto Rico Regiment of Infantry, United States Army" was created. 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. It served as a target range and maneuver area for the U.S. Army and National Guard troops from 1923 to 1939. 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.
Fort Buchanan has passed under the control of the United States Navy, the Third U.S. Army, the United States Army Forces Command (FORSCOM), and the United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM). In 2002, Fort Buchanan became part of the Southeast Regional Office of the Installation Management (IMA), an din 2003, it became an IMA Reserve installation. In 2006, it became a garrison under United States Army Installation Management Command, Southeast Region (IMCOM-SE).
On October 1, 2008, the Commanding General of the 81st Regional Readiness Command became Fort Buchanan's Senior Mission Commander under the United States Army Reserve Command (USARC). Currently, Fort Buchanan falls under the United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) area of operations, under the direct control of the Installation Management Command, Atlantic Region (IMCOM-Atlanctic).
United States Army Garrison Fort Buchanan consists of 746.16 acres between the municipalities of Bayamón and Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. Fort Buchanan serves a population of approximately 130,000 including military personnel, their dependents, retirees, veterans, and the civilian workforce. Fort Buchanan is host to a number of tenant activities, most of them branches from the United States Armed Forces Reserve Component, such as headquarters for the 1st Mission Support Command of the United States Army Reserve, the United States Navy Reserve Navy Operations Support Center Puerto Rico (NOSC Puerto Rico), and the United States Marine Corps Reserve. The Puerto Rico National Guard is also present on Fort Buchanan.
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. The installation is 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.