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Welcome to Forts McPherson and Gillem.


Welcome to Atlanta, the shining star of the Southeast and an exciting place to call home.  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.


Fort McPherson was established in 1886 and became a permanent Army installation on May 4, 1889.  On December 30, 1867, 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.  For the past 50+ years, Fort Gillem has worked side by side with the surrounding Clayton County community.  The relationship began in 1941 when the Atlanta General Depot moved its Candler Warehouse to what is now Fort Gillem.


The mission of the U.S. Army Garrison at Fort McPherson, Fort Gillem and Lake Allatoona 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, reserve, national guard and joint service forces; retired military; civilians and family members.


Forts McPherson and Gillem serve and support a number of "internal" audiences:  Active Duty and Reserve Component soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines, Department of Defense civilians, military retirees and family members.


Soldiers desiring a sponsor to assist them prior to and upon arrival need to contact the gaining unit.


There are 70 guest rooms at Fort McPherson (eight in the Distinguished Visitors Quarters, 12 family apartments and 50 visiting officers and enlisted quarters), and eight guest rooms at Fort Gillem (one in the Distinguished Visitors Quarters and seven in the visiting officers quarters).  Pets are not allowed in lodging facilities.  The lodging staff can help travelers locate local boarding facilities. 


A Newcomers' Orientation for arriving personnel and their families is held quarterly, in the ACS Training Room, building 62, on Fort McPherson.  Our Lending Closet provides essential items while awaiting the arrival of their household goods.  For further information contact the Relocation Readiness Program, 404-464-4182.


Forts McPherson and Gillem prohibit the use of cell phones unless using a hands free device while operating a motor vehicle.

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