Hamilton Spotlight

Christmas and New Year Week Holiday Hours


The 7th Avenue Gate will be closed December 25 and January 1

On December 5, the President issued an Executive order excusing Federal employees from duty on Friday, December 26, with pay and without a charge to leave, except those who, in the judgment of the head of the agency, cannot be excused for reasons of national security, defense or other essential public need.

The following locations will be closed December 25, 26 and January 1 and/or otherwise stated.


PAO - December 24

ID card - January 2

PAIO – December 25 – January 2

RMO – reduced staff from December 24 – January 2

MUSEUM – December 31, January 2

DPW –working at a reduced staff






Visitors Control Center

Sports and Fitness Holiday Hours

December 24 – 5:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

December 25 - closed

December 26 – 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

December 31- 5:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

January 1 - closed

January 2 - 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Fort Hamilton Community Club Holiday Hours

December 19 – last lunch, will reopen on January 16

December 20 – last dinner served for 2014

December 26 – closed

January 4 – reopen for brunch (closed now)

Bowling Center Holiday Hours

December 24 – 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

December 25 – closed

January 1 – closed


January 2


January 2

CYS & School Services


December 21, 22, 23 - 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

December 24 – 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

December 25, 26 – closed

December 27 – 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Exchange (All locations closed December 25 and January 1)

Main Exchange

December 24 - 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

December 26 - 10:00 a.m. – 4 p.m.

December 31 – 10:00 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Burger King

December 24 - 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

December 26 - 10:00a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

December 31 - 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


December 24 - 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

December 26 – closed

December 31 – 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Shoppette Express

December 24 - 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

December 26 - 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

December 31 - 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.



Ainsworth Army Health Clinic to close

The Army announced today Ainsworth Army Health Clinic will close its doors effective March 31, 2015. The clinic, which opened in 1976, was originally opened to provide primary care for Soldiers, Family Members, Retirees, and other beneficiaries. Through the years, the mission of the Ainsworth Clinic has changed and it is no longer needed to support the local military population. This discontinuance results in a decrease of one military and two civilian authorizations at Fort Hamilton.

Since 2004, the Ainsworth Clinic has not served as a primary care enrollment site. Active Duty Service Members and their Families are served by TRICARE Prime Remote. The clinic has primarily provided occupational health services to the employees on Fort Hamilton and pharmacy services to local beneficiaries. In an era of reduced resources, stationing analysis deems continuance of clinic operations to be inefficient and cost prohibitive.

A Memorandum of Agreement between Keller Army Community Hospital and the Department of Veterans Affairs’ New York Harbor Healthcare System (Brooklyn Campus) will provide occupational health services for the Fort Hamilton employees. The Brooklyn Veterans Affairs is located across the street from Fort Hamilton. A signed Memorandum of Agreement is anticipated in the fall 2014. The Ainsworth Clinic will continue to provide pharmacy services to beneficiaries and occupational health services to Fort Hamilton employees until March 31, 2015. Although the clinic is closing, convenient pharmacy services are available to beneficiaries through the TRICARE Home Delivery Program. TRICARE Home Delivery offers free generic medications, refills, multiple checkpoints that enhance safety and accuracy, delivery to the address of choice with no cost for standard shipping and access to a pharmacist 24/7.

Weather advisory
The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a flood warning for urban areas and small streams in Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens Nassau and Suffolk counties until 4 p.m.

At 1:56 p.m., National Weather Service Doppler radar continued to indicate moderate rainfall across the area with locally heavier rain. There has already been between one and two inches of rain in some locations.

Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of water in urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses as well as other poor drainage areas and low lying spots.

A flood warning means that flooding is imminent or has been reported. Stream rises will be slow and flash flooding is not expected. However, all interested parties should take necessary precautions immediately.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

Do not drive your vehicle into areas where the water covers the roadway. The water depth may be too great to allow your car to cross safely. Move to higher ground.

A flood warning means flooding is occurring or is imminent. Most flood related deaths occur in automobiles. Do not attempt to cross water covered bridges, dips or low water crossings. Never try to cross a flowing stream, even a small one on foot to escape rising water move up to higher ground.

Fort Hamilton hosts children's Christmas party

Fort Hamilton held its annual children's Christmas party after its annual tree lighting ceremony December 5th. Dozens of children were anxious to see Santa Claus as he arrived on a matching red and white fire truck. The Saucedo was selected by their peers to help Santa light the tree. Then hundreds of kids lined up for a chance to sit on his knee at the Christmas party at the sports and fitness center.

More photos...

Travel with caution due to protests

The grand jury in the city's borough of Staten Island decided against criminal charges for New York police officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Eric Garner, according to NY1 television, the Daily News and other local media. Given the nature of the decision, there is potential for protests in our local area; however, there has been no indication of what protests would be held upon news of the grand jury ruling.

There are no indications of any threat to the installation, nor our Soldiers, Family members or workforce. Potential exists for chance encounters with disturbances when traveling. All personnel are requested to use common sense and caution should disturbances be encountered when departing the installation this evening and when going about your normal routines in the near future. Spontaneous or planned demonstrations may occur in response to this decision. 

Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful may turn confrontational.  Avoid areas of demonstrations and exercise caution if within the vicinity of any demonstration. Personal awareness is the best means of protection. Please stay current with media coverage of local events, be aware of your surroundings, and practice personal security measures at all times such as avoiding crowds, being aware of your surroundings, and keeping your vehicle doors locked and windows up.

Should personnel become aware of issues or suspicious incidents, report them to the Fort Hamilton DES at (718) 630-4456 / 4357.  If off post, report them to your local law enforcement office. If an emergency, dial 911. Be Safe.

Ask the commander

Do you have a question or issue you'd like to address with the commander? Feel free to ask by clicking the link below. A response will be given at the commander's earliest convenience. Ask the commander...

Business Insider magazine spotlights Fort Hamilton

New York City's only army base is nestled between the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and the neighborhood of Bay Ridge in Brooklyn.

Aside from people dressed in fatigues and the occasional military vehicle, visitors may not immediately realize that they're even in Fort Hamilton, which can feel more like a suburban neighborhood than an army installation. Read more...

Gold star banners, pins defined

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Are you and your family considering your options for living on base or out in town?  Base housing provides many benefits for Service Members, from camaraderie with fellow military families to convenience and amenities not typically found in civilian housing. Read more...

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If you are a victim of, or need to report, a sexual assault, you may call the following phone numbers:

24/7 Garrison Sexual Assault Hotline: 347-452-4302

24/7 DoD Hotline: 877-995-5247


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