Fort Custer’s training facilities are used by the Michigan National Guard and other branches of the armed forces, primarily from Ohio, Illinois, and Indiana. Many Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) students from colleges in Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, and Indiana also train at this facility, as well as do the FBI, the Michigan State Police, various law enforcement agencies, and the Lansing Community College Truck Driver Training School.
Fort Custer is home to the 177th Regiment, Regional Training Institute, and the Regional Maintenance Training Site. In addition, the new Augusta Armory is located within Fort Custer’s boundaries. Fort Custer offers a state-of-the-art distance learning center, barracks and dining facilities for visiting units, and plenty of training areas. The small arms ranges are recently upgraded and the maneuver training areas offer a variety of terrain.
Camp Custer was built in 1917 for military training during World War I. Named after Civil War cavalry officer General George Armstrong Custer, more than 100,000 troops trained or demobilized there during the war. In the years following World War I, the camp was used to train the Officer Reserve Corps and the Civilian Conservation Corps.
On August 17, 1940, Camp Custer was designated Fort Custer and became a permanent military training base. During World War II, more than 300,000 troops trained there, including the famed 5th Infantry Division (also know as the “Red Diamond Division”) which left for combat in Normandy, France, June 1944. Fort Custer also served as a prisoner of war camp for 5,000 German soldiers until 1945.
Fort Custer became home to units of the Navy Reserve in 1949 and to a Marine Corps Reserve Tactical Bridge Company in 1952. Also during that time, approximately 17,000 troops were trained for the Korean War. Beginning in 1959, Fort Custer served for a decade as part of the North American Air Defense system.
In 1968, the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs assumed control of Fort Custer. Today, the facility is federally-owned and state-operated.
Fort Custer Education Center
The Fort Custer Education Center is a state of the art Training and Conference Center with on-site Billeting with 242 single billets, 5 Multipurpose Rooms, 4 classrooms and a 210 person auditorium that can be combined for a variety of training uses.
The Education Center is operated by the Michigan Army National Guard and the Regional Training Institute conducts Military Occupational Specialty, Non-Commissioned Officer Leadership Training and Officer Leadership Training Courses for Soldiers from all over the State, the Region and the Country.
We at the Ft Custer Education Center want to be your preferred training and conference center. We want to make your conference or training event planning as smooth as possible. We want you to focus on what matters–training. We will work with you to determine your training needs, provide you with quality training space and comfortable billets at a cost-effective rate to maximize your training dollars.
Our on-site dining facility seats 125 people and serves three meals daily to students and guests. Upon request, the dining facilty may cater your special events. For dining facility questions, contact 269-731-6199.
All charges will be applied to either Government Travel Card or personal credit upon completion of stay. For the purposes of this website, the charges that are applied are classified as OFFICIAL and NON-OFFICIAL. An official guest is representative of a servicemember on official government orders. A non-official guest includes all civilians and servicemembers not on government orders.
Billeting and classroom space is available on a first come, first serve basis. To request billeting or classroom space, download the Fort Custer Education Center Request Form and send it to:
Fort Custer Education Center Request Form
For questions or reservations, please contact us.
Front Desk – (269) 731-6126
Fort Custer Education Center NCOIC – (269) 731-6134
Fort Custer Education Center OIC – (269) 731-6199
|E-6 and below200 rooms availableSingle Twin Bed$25.00 per night||E-6 and below200 rooms availableSingle Twin Bed$35.00 per night|
|E-7 and above34 rooms availableQueen Bed$28.00 per night||E-7 and above34 rooms availableQueen Bed$38.00 per night|
|E-9 and above8 rooms availableQueen Bed Suites$35.00 per night||E-9 and above8 rooms availableQueen Bed Suites$45.00 per night|
|E-9; O5 and aboveVIP Cottage$25.00 per bed per day$75.00 entire cottage per day||E-9; O5 and aboveVIP Cottage$35.00 per bed per day$105.00 entire cottage per day|
We also have classrooms available for guests.
|8-person VIP Room||$5.00 per day||$10.00 per day|
|18-person large room||$9.00 per day||$18.00 per day|
|48-person conference room||$18.00 per day||$36.00 per day|
|96-person conference room||$36.00 per day||$72.00 per day|
|144-person conference room||$54.00 per day||$108.00 per day|
|192-person conference room||$72.00 per day||$144.00 per day|
|210-person conference room||$60.00 per day||$100.00 per day|
|12-person classroom||$7.50 per day||$15.00 per day|
|24-person classroom||$15.00 per day||$30.00 per day|
Rates are subject to change and may not be indicated as such on this page. Call (269) 731-6126 for current rates.
– Business Center with internet access
– Multi-purpose room, classroom, auditorium and conference rooms with teleconference capability
– Aid station
– Custer’s First Stand – All Ranks Club
– Outdoor 1/4 mile rubberized track
– Physical fitness center on post
– Chapel services on Sunday
– MWR equipment for check out at front desk
Students attending an ATRRS course through the Michigan Army National Guard Regional Training Institute will be housed in the Fort Custer Education Center
Students are required to pay for their lodging, so ensure that proper financial means are available to the soldier prior to arrival for the course.
Orders will read “Chargeable quarters directed.”
The Fort Custer Education Center will accept Visa, MasterCard, government travel card and cash.
For questions concerning individual course requirements, packing lists and/or school contacts, refer to ATRRS SH screen for school code 972 or 996
Groups & Meetings
The Fort Custer Education Center has been host to a wide range of groups and events. Medic training, new equipment fielding, headquarters operations training, planning conferences, leadership training and seminars are just a few examples of the possibilities at the FCEC.
Training space can be reserved months in advance depending on space available. As soon as you identify a need tor space, contact us so we can help you with the planning process.