Redstone Arsenal

Updated: March 5, 2024
Redstone Arsenal
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    Redstone Arsenal (RSA) is a U.S. Army base near Huntsville, Alabama. Founded during World War II as a chemical facility, RSA has since transformed into a hub for the Army’s missile program. The base hosts many operations, including the Tactical UAV Project Office, Redstone Test Center, Missile Defense Agency, and the Missile and Space Intelligence Center. Additionally, RSA is home to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.

    In the 2020s, Redstone Arsenal became one of the key locations behind the development of the Directed Energy Maneuver-Short Range Air Defense, or DE M-SHORAD, which aims to use lasers to disable or destroy missiles and drones.

    Base Operator:

    3443 Aerobee Road
    Redstone Arsenal, AL 35898

    What kind of base is Redstone Arsenal?

    Redstone is more than just an Army base. It supports various departments, including Defense, Justice, and NASA. Currently, it houses the U.S. Army Materiel Command, U.S. Army Aviation, and Missile Life Cycle Management Command, among others. It’s also the top choice for the U.S. Space Command headquarters.


    Redstone Arsenal Housing

    The military base at Redstone Arsenal offers a variety of housing options for both on-base and off-base residents. On-base housing is managed by a private partnership with IHG Candlewood Suites, providing temporary lodging and billeting services. The surrounding areas of Huntsville and Madison County, Alabama, offer a wide range of housing options for the over 50,000 civilian and contract employees and 700 active-duty soldiers residing in the area or off-base housing. The management of these housing options is handled by the Redstone Arsenal Army Community Service, ensuring a comfortable and secure living environment for all residents.

    How to Apply For Housing

    Redstone Arsenal offers privatized government housing with 362 units, comprising ten for general officers and 352 for officers and enlisted personnel. These one- and two-story buildings vary from single to multiplexed units.

    All military personnel assigned to RAS with their families have housing eligibility. However, those with orders to RSA receive housing priority. Retirees, Department of Defense civilians, contractors, and other military families may access housing if available.

    Before making housing decisions, call the Housing Service Office (HSO) at 256-876-6666.

    PCS and TDY Lodging

    On post temporary lodging can be found at IHG Candlewood Suites located at 3440 Aerobee Road. To make a reservation, call 256-924-7707.


    What is the BAH for Redstone Arsenal?

    The Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) at Redstone Arsenal varies depending on rank, years of service and dependency status. Visit the Alabama state BAH page or see the chart below for more information.



    Military Housing Area: AL003

    Grade With Dependents Without Dependents
    E01 $1,668 $1,269
    E02 $1,668 $1,269
    E03 $1,668 $1,269
    E04 $1,668 $1,269
    E05 $1,800 $1,437
    E06 $2,238 $1,680
    E07 $2,262 $1,698
    E08 $2,271 $1,890
    E09 $2,292 $2,019
    W01 $2,259 $1,695
    W02 $2,268 $1,887
    W03 $2,280 $2,034
    W04 $2,310 $2,238
    W05 $2,385 $2,244
    O01E $2,265 $1,797
    O02E $2,274 $1,989
    O03E $2,319 $2,232
    O01 $1,857 $1,533
    O02 $2,235 $1,755
    O03 $2,277 $2,076
    O04 $2,406 $2,241
    O05 $2,520 $2,247
    O06 $2,538 $2,250
    O07 $2,556 $2,265

    For more information, look at BAH rates by state or calculate your exact BAH rate.

    Redstone Arsenal Surrounding Area

    Redstone Arsenal sits near Huntsville, adjacent to the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge. Huntsville offers cultural attractions like the U.S. Space & Rocket Center and the Huntsville Museum of Art.


    On-post, Fox Army Health Center offers comprehensive primary care for soldiers, family members, and approved RAS community beneficiaries. Call 256-955-8888 for more information.

    Note: Fox doesn’t offer emergency services. For emergencies, there are two major hospitals in Huntsville.


    There are three Child Development Centers on-post. They offer services for infants, toddler and preschool aged children to school year care for students.


    There are no school on post. However there are several school districts nearby for families to choose for their children. They include Huntsville City Schools and the Madison County School System. For more information, reach out to the Redstone School Liaison Officer at 256-842-9642.

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