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United States Army
Picatinny Arsenal, NJ 07806
Morris County's cost of living is 117.9% higher than the U.S. average.
Picatinny Arsenal is located in a very high cost of living area. Housing off-base is very expensive.
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.
There is no other comprehensive armaments facility like it in the country. Picatinny Arsenal is a one-of-a-kind facility that provides virtually all of the lethal mechanisms used in Army weapon systems and other military services. The Arsenal's mission is to support Army transformation goals. In an effort to streamline the acquisition process and deliver the armaments that soldiers need efficiently and economically, Picatinny Arsenal has established increasingly close partnerships with universities and industry partners, involving them in collaborative efforts early in the research and development process.
On September 6, 1880, the War Department issued Special Order No. 189 which established the Dover Powder Depot. Four days later, the post was renamed the Picatinny Powder Depot. The Army's first powder factory was constructed here in 1907. Later that year, because of its expanding activities, the post became Picatinny Arsenal. When World War II started, Picatinny Arsenal was the only plant in the United States capable of making ammunition larger than that for small arms. Today, Picatinny Arsenal serves as the headquarters for the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center and employs highly skilled technicians, scientists, and engineers engaged in the full range of armament research and development.
Where did Picatinny get its name? Some of the earliest residents where the Lenni-Lenape Indians who named their hunting grounds "Picatinny". Initially spelled "Piccatinny", the word has been translated as the "peak with broken rocks and cliffs", or "water by the hill". Records indicate the name is a combination of Lenape and Pequot Indian Languages. "Pikka" in Pequot literally means "rock rent asunder", while "tinny" in Lenape represents landmark or hill. For more information, go to the Picatinny Arsenal homepage.
Morris County: 490,620 (2020)
The greater Picatinny Community includes current Picatinny employees, retired and former employees, active, reserve, retired military, and partnered communities in Morris County.
Picatinny Arsenal is located in Morris County in Northwest New Jersey. It is approximately 35 miles west of New York City. Situated on a 6,500-acre military installation, Picatinny Arsenal plays a unique role in the United States' ability to wage war. Morris County is ranked among the top 5 highest cost of living counties in the country.
Newark International Airport
Newark has long been on the forefront of aviation history. Opening in 1928, it is the nation’s oldest airfield and home to the nation’s first commercial airline terminal. In fact, in 1935, Amelia Earhart led the dedication of this landmark terminal building. (Only London’s Croydon Aerodrome predates the Newark terminal.) Located partly in Newark and partly in Elizabeth, Newark is located only 14 miles from Manhattan, serving a critical role for the New York-New Jersey metropolitan area. Newark Liberty continues to build on its heritage of innovation with leadership roles in congestion mitigation and the campaign for Next Gen technology.
General Contact Information
USO assistance is not available at Newark International Airport.
Airport Shuttle Service
Royal Coachman, Air Brook, Annmarie's and Minuteman offer service to and from Picatinny Arsenal. Drivers accept Visa, Master Card and American Express. Mention Picatinny Arsenal for Discount rates.
Contact Royal Coachman at 267-310-5466 or 973-400-3204 for more information or visit their website.
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There are plenty of hotels within 5 miles of Picatinny Arsenal for your convenience. Just mention Picatinny Arsenal for government rates.
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Picatinny Arsenal is situated on a 6,500-acre military installation located in the northwest corner of New Jersey. Geographically, our location is between the Pocono Mountains, 40 minutes to the west, and the Jersey Shore, an hour to the east, and is ideal for a variety of leisure activities, including summer and winter sports. Nearby New York City offers famous museums, the Broadway theater district, the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and home of the Metropolitan and New York City Operas and the New York City Ballet. Atlantic City, within driving distance from Picatinny, provides a wide spectrum of entertainment activities.
On-Post transportation runs for official purposes only from 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.