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Newcomers Assistance - Relocation Readiness

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Welcome to Fort Carson, Colorado, the Best Hometown in the Army! Known as the Mountain Post, we are one of the top requested stateside locations. Whether it’s your 1st move or last of many, your ACS Relocation Team is here to help.  

Located on the Southside of Colorado Springs, Fort Carson is a new adventure, a great place to call home, and location where community makes all the difference. And not to mention, Colorado Springs was ranked # 1 Best Big City in "Best Places to Live" by Money magazine, #1 Outside Magazine's list of America's Best Cities and #2 on U.S. News list of most desirable cities.

The best way to get to know your new hometown is by attending our Mountain Post Welcome for Spouses & Families, also open to Soldiers. You can register below. Check out our PCS Guide.

View Our Relocation Readiness Program Flyer, CLICK HERE!

Register for Newcomers & Homebuyers
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Request a Welcome Packet

Click here to order. Packet will be mailed; include your name, address, contact number, arrival date, and any other information you may need. 

Bulk requests are available in person.  Pickup is at the ACS Center, Bldg. 1201. For assistance, call +1(719)526-0457.

 

 

Digital Welcome Packet

Fort Carson & Colorado

Weather, It Tends to Change

While amazing, our weather can be erratic. During winter and spring, winter storms can suddenly occur. In our local area, we can get snow anywhere from mid October to late May. And depending on what part of Colorado you are in, road conditions can vary drastically. Mountain passes can easily close due to snow and ice or mudslides. South Colorado Springs may be sunny while North Colorado Springs may have snow and ice. Preparation is the key. Keep an emergency kit in your car. Download the CDOT mobile app (iOS & Android) for up-to-date road conditions. Many of the major roadways have live feed video cameras. Checking the roads before you travel can make all the difference.  

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Climate, It's Not What You Think

Although Colorado is known for its ski resorts, the Colorado Springs area where Fort Carson is located has a mild year-round climate. In January, the coldest month, temperatures average a high of 43 degrees Fahrenheit and a low of 23 with a mean of 33 degrees. The area averages 37 inches of snow annually. August, the warmest month, has an average high of 84 degrees and a low of 61 degrees with a mean of 73 degrees.

Altitude, Adjusting to It

Colorado Springs elevation is 6,035 feet. Acclimation to our area varies for every individual. If you are not a fan of drinking water, it is highly recommended you become one. The air is drier and your body will dehydrate much faster. Because of the elevation, newcomers may experience slight fatigue at first. New personnel are allowed 30 days to adjust to the altitude and to reach Fort Carson fitness standards.

 

 

Hotel Reservations
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ADDRESS:

7222 Sheridan Ave, Fort Carson, CO 80913 

PHONE:

+1(719)526-4832

It is highly encouraged reservations are made in advance for Candlewood Suites, located in Bldg. 7301. Nonavailibity statements available upon request. Other local military hotel options include the Air Force Inn on Peterson Air Force Base (20 to 30 minute drive) and Rampart Lodge on United States Air Force Academy (30 to 40 minute drive).

 

 

Getting to Fort Carson

ADDRESS:

6012 Nelson Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80902

PHONE:

+1(719)526-2325 

 

Depending on how you are coming from Interstate 25, either take Exit 135 to South Acad­emy Blvd. to enter through the main gate or Exit 132B onto Magrath Ave. to enter through Gate 20. 

Denver International Airport (DIA) is about 90 miles North of Colorado Springs; visit their USO to get refreshed. Locally, fly into the Colorado Springs Airport, about 10 miles from Fort Carson. Greyhound access is located in the downtown area at 120 S. Weber St. in Colorado Springs, +1(719)635-1505.

Soldiers are authorized to use local transportation, such as ride shares or taxis, & will be reimbursed; receipts are not required for expenses under $75.

 

 

Signing In and In-processing

ADDRESS:

1456 Iron Fighter Dr, Fort Carson, CO 80913

PHONE:

+1(719)526-6961 or +(719)524-4475

 

Signing in is easy. All Soldiers, colonel & below, sign in at the Replacement Center CQ in Bldg. 1456 with a copy of DA Form 31 (leave) & orders. If reporting during duty hours, uniform is required; if after 1500 or on weekends, civilian clothes are authorized. Must be clean shaven IAW AR 670-1. 

Getting to replacement is reimbursable. Soldiers arriving to the Colorado Springs Airport are to use local transportation (e.g., ride shares, taxis). Soldiers are reimbursed for local transportation costs on Day Zero once they meet with finance personnel. Receipts are not required for expenses under $75. Soldiers arriving to the Denver International Airport needing directions or assistance en route should call Replacement.

Lodging varies. Unaccompanied, SGT & below, are provided barracks (Bldg. 1367). All other, SSG & above, make their own lodging arrangements; scroll up & click on the Hotel Reservations dropdown.

Unaccompanied (SGT and below) - Lodging will be provided at barracks building 1367.
Accompanied Soldiers, SSG and above - Please make your own lodging arrangements.

In-processing is four days; includes finance (as part of reception) & scheduled SRP & CIF dates, as well as orientation to Family and Soldier resources on the Mountain Post.

Bring to in-processing all CIF to include 5 copies of all assignment orders and amendments;  5 copies of DA Form 31;  copies of profiles (P3 and above only);  medical record (if provided by losing command);  and dental record (if provided by losing command). Please attempt to bring all copies on your own. We can assist with making copies if needed, by exception.

For compassionate reassignment requests, report to MPD CAPS in the Mountain Post Soldier Center, Bldg. 1525, Rm 210.

Permissive TDY; if taking in conjunction with PCS leave & it is annotated on DA Form 31 & approved by an O5 or higher, sign in at Replacement. The CQ NCO will modify the DA form 31 to reflect the 10 days PTDY; no longer completed at housing. When PTDY is complete, return to Replacement to start in-processing. Save the DA Form 31, Finance will need it to complete travel requirements.

Leave extension requests should be directed to Replacement (check your orders).

DA Civilians reassigned to Fort Carson should contact the Civilian Personnel Assistance Center (CPAC), Bldg. 1118, prior to arrival for guidance, +1(719)526-8341

 

 

Places to Eat on Post
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    Boston Market

    Location:  Main PX

    Address:  6110 Martinez Street, Fort Carson, CO 80913

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    Charley's Cheesesteaks

    Location:  Main PX

    Address:  6110 Martinez St, Fort Carson, CO 80913

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    Domino's Pizza

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    Dunkin Donuts

    Location:  Choctaw Village (Location 1 of 2)

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    Dunkin Donuts

    Location:  B Street Express (Location 2 of 2)

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    Jimmy John's

    Location: Next to Firestone (1 of 2 on post)

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    Jimmy John's

    Location: Gate 20 Shopette

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    Qdoba

    Location: Triplex

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    Starbucks

    Location:  Main PX (1 of 2 on post)

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    Starbucks

    Location:  Evans Hospital (2 of 2 on post)

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    Strike Zone Snack Bar & Grill

    Location: Thunder Alley Bowling Center

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    Baskin Robins

    Location:  Choctaw Village

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    Burger King

    Location:  Main PX

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    Burger King

    Location:  Triplex

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    Burger King

    Location:  Gate 3 Shoppette

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    Hunt Brothers Pizza

    Location:  Wilderness Express Shoppette

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    Ivy Warrior Restaurant

    Location:  Evans Hospital

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    Ivy Warrior Restaurant

    Location:  La Rochelle (SFG Area) - Bldg. 7481

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    Ivy Warrior Restaurant

    Location:  James R. Wolf - Bldg. 1444

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    Ivy Warrior Restaurant

    Location:  Robert C. Stack - Bldg. 2330

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    Ivy Warrior Restaurant

    Location:  Warfighter - Bldg. 9439

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    Ivy Warrior Restaurant

    Location:  Warfighter - Bldg. 9439

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    Brisket Brothers (BBQ)

    Location:  Mini Mall

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    Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC)

    Location:  Triplex 

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    Mulligan's Grill

    Location:  Cheyenne Shadow's Golf Club

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    Pizza Hut

    Location:  Choctaw Village

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    Subway

    Location:  B Street Express

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    Subway

    Location:  Mini Mall

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    Subway

    Location:  Wilderness Express

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    Outpost Kiosk

    Location:  Bldg. 2061

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Housing On Fort Carson
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ADDRESS (Fort Carson Family Homes):

6800 Prussman Avenue, Bldg. 6800, Fort Carson, CO 80913 

CONTACT:

+1(719)579-1606

ADDRESS (Housing Services Office):

1225 Evans Street, Bldg. 1225, Fort Carson, CO 80913

CONTACT (HSO):

+1(719)526-2323

 

Fort Carson Family Homes has single-family, duplex, & townhome floor plans from 2 to 5 bedrooms. For information on how to apply, click here. First month's rent & deposit assistance is available via Army Emergency Relief (AER) at +1(719)526-4590.

 

 

Housing Off Post

ADDRESS (Housing Services Office):

1225 Evans Street, Bldg. 1225, Fort Carson, CO 80913

Contact (HSO):

+1(719)526-2323

 

More than 70% of the military population lives in the local communities. Numerous housing options are available, to include Peterson Air Force BaseSchriever Air Force Base, and U.S. Air Force Academy.

It's important to note, the cost of homes in the local areas continue to increase. We encourage you to take the time to research. Sit down with a volunteer realtor from the Pikes Peak Association of Realtors (PPAR), available onsite at the Fort Carson Housing Services Office (HSO).

Our ACS Relocation Program offers a monthly Homebuyers Workshop on the 4th Wednesday of month. Attendance in-person or virtually. For details, scroll up & click on the Register for Newcomers & Homebuyers dropdown.  Understanding the VA homebuying process is important. 

Rentals can be found by visiting the DoD off post housing website, Homes.mil.

First month's rent & deposit assistance is available via Army Emergency Relief (AER), +1(719)526-4590

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Employment

Be proactive. For local job market information, visit ACS Employment Readiness or call +1(719)526-0452. Military Spouses who have an active occupational license in good standing are able to receive a temporary occupational license with a validity period of three years, at no cost as part of Create Occupational Credential Portablity Program (HB20-1326)

Don't forget to ask about Spouse State Re-Licensing & Certification Reimbursement. Ask about the ACS Volunteer Program, it's a great way to add to your resume and network while you are on the search.

 

Parents - Things to Know
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  • ACS Annex (Family Nurturing Center), Bldg. 7492

    ACS Annex (Family Nurturing Center), Bldg. 7492


Childcare:  It is highly encouraged that you contact CYS Parent Central Services for information on local daycare options, to include military-operated and military-subsidized child care options.  For details, visit Bldg. 5939 or call +(719)526-1101

Financial assistance for childcare costs after a PCS move are available via Army Emergency Relief (AER). Approval is based on financial need.

Child & Youth Services (CYS):  If you have kids, take advantage of available programs ranging from daycare to youth sports to online tutoring.

Headstart: Fort Carson has an onsite program and facility. For details, call +1(719)635-1536.

Schools (Kids):  Colorado has open enrollment.  Contact the School Liaison Office (SLO) for assistance with all the options available to parents.  Visit the Colorado Department of Education.

WIC OfficeThree locations available, with the closest office to Fort Carson on 97 Widefield Blvd, Widefield, CO 80911.  For an appointment, call +1(719)578-3199.

 

 

 

 

School Support Services

ADDRESS:

5939 Ellis St., Bldg. 5939, Fort Carson, CO 80913

PHONE: 

+1(719)526-1101

 

All questions and concerns should be referred to School Support Services.

Army Community Service
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    Say "Hello" to the Moms, Dads and Kiddos participating in our Nurturing Parenting Programs.

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    Participating at the War Dog Memorial Run!

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    Participating at the annual Fort Carson Color Fest.

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ADDRESS:

1517 Ellis Street, Bldg. 1201, Fort Carson, CO 80913

CONTACT:

+1(719)526-04590

Regardless of what stage of life you and your family are in, Army Community Service has services and programs to make your Army life more successful.  If you are new to the Fort Carson Colorado area, make sure to stop in and pick up a welcome packet, get maps and directions about the local area and meet our professional staff.  ACS offers monthly classes on parenting, finances, relationships, volunteerism, exceptional family members, and much, much more.

ACS offers many different classes on a variety of subjects, all designed to improve the quality of your life. Request an appointment.

Education

ADDRESS: 

1675 Long Street, Bldg. 1117, Fort Carson, CO 80913

PHONE:  

+1(719)526-2124.

 

Numerous opportunities are available for higher learning.  Onsite campuses include Colorado State University - Pueblo;  Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University;  Pikes Peak Community College;  and University of Colorado - Colorado Spring

Local community campuses include:

 

 

Health Care
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ADDRESS: 

1650 Cochrane Circle, Fort Carson, CO 80913

PHONE:

+1(719)526-7000

 

Fort Carson MEDDAC is the Army Medicine command that operates Evans Army Community Hospital (EACH) and manages its 2,300 military and civilian personnel. Newly arrived Soldiers & Family Members will be assigned a provider & clinic. Questions can be referred to the patient advocates. Remember, if you have a Qualifying Life Event (QLE) in TRICARE, such as marriage or birth of a child, it opens a 90-day period for you to make eligible enrollment changes. Appointments can be scheduled online or by calling +1(719)526-2273.

Fitness, Recreation & Leisure

 

Fitness

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Fort Carson Trails: Come out and experience our trails throughout the installation.

 

Campgrounds and Facilities (Joint Services)

If you and your family are looking for adventure in the great outdoors of Colorado, then the Morale, Welfare and Recreation joint services campgrounds and facilities are available.

Buckley Air Force Base FamCamp

  • Located in Aurora
  • Tel: +1(720)847-6853
  • Accomodations:  38 RV spaces with tent areas
  • Amenities:  Laundry, Showers, Picinic Area, Golf, Gas, Commissary, Exchange, Fitness Center, Shoppete, Snack Bar, Class VI, Car Wash, Dump / Sewer, Water, Electric

Farish Recreation Area (USAFA)

  • Located in Woodland Park
  • Tel: +1(719)687-9098
  • Accommodations: 15 tent sites (primitive), four log camper cabins, six duplex units,  lodge with four rooms
  • Amenities: Hiking, mountain biking, fishing, cross-country skiing, sledding, ice skating, ice fishing, snowshoeing

Peregrine Pines FamCamp

  • Located in Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • Tel: +1(719)333-4980
  • Accommodations: 105 gravel sites, eight tent sites
  • Amenities: Playground, picnic area, hiking, commissary, exchange, package store

 

Hunter Education Course - Information on local courses and events. Search Fort Carson Conservation Law Enforcement Program.

Things to Consider Before & When You Arrive

ACS Center:  We're working remotely; virtual services available.  If you plan on buying a home, sign up for our Homebuyer's Workshop.

Banana Belt:  If you hear someone refer to this term, it is the area around Barkeley Avenue and McGrath Avenue.  If you look at the streets on a map, they form a banana.

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo:  Welcome to the highest zoo in America.  It sits at an elevation of 6,800 feet above sea level and has more than half a million visitors every year.    

Community:  Did you know, our local community has the 2nd largest DoD retiree population in the nation. We want you to know, you are coming to community who is ready to welcome you and help to make this your new home.

DEERS & ID Card:  Walk in basis only.

DMVThe office located in the Mountain Post Soldier Center, Bldg. 1525 is currently closed, visit the El Paso County DMV online.  For details, call +1(719)520-6240.

Drink Water:  Colorado Springs elevation is 6,035 feet.  Acclimation to our area varies for every individual.  If you are not a fan of drinking water, it is highly recommended you become one.  The air is drier and your body will dehydrate much more quickly.

Emergency En Route: Be prepared, save the American Red Cross number to your contacts, +1(877)272-7337.

Exceptional Family Member's: Visit the ACS Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) page for details on local services or call +1(719)526-0400. To contact EFMP at the hospital, call +1(719)526-7605.

Soldier & Family Readiness Group (FRG) Get up-to-date SFRG contact information.

  • Food Handlers Training - Nutrition Care Division, Evans Army Community Hospital, Bldg 7500, Room 1945.  For details, call +1(719)524-0730.

Flying to Fort Carson:  You have 2 options; fly directly to Colorado Springs or fly into the Denver International Airport (DIA), which is about 90 miles from Colorado Springs.  

Firearms on Fort Carson:  All weapons brought on post must be registered with FC Form 66-E.  It takes 2 to 3 weeks and can be started before you arrive.

Getting Around Without a Car:  Four free on post shuttle buses run daily. Call 524-RIDE or +1(719)524-7433.

Golfers:  Great news, because of our altitude, a golf ball flies on an average 10% farther in Colorado than other states.  Tee-up at the Cheyenne Shadows Gold Course.

Home Based Businesses (HBBs):  If you have an in home business, you will require approval from the Garrison Commander or senior commander. Click here for details on the process and to fill out an application.

Per Diem RatesUp-to-date details for Fort Carson.

Pets: Boarding kennels are unavailable on Fort Carson. For help, contact the Fort Carson Veterinary Center, +1(719)526-3803.  The Better Business Burea is a great resource in locating a kennel. If you live on Fort Carson and your pet gets loose, you can contact Tumbleweed Country Kennels, 12599 Jordan Road, Fountain, CO 80817.  Photos are taken of collected animals on Fort Carson and posted online.  Owners have 5 days to recover their pet before it is abandoned and placed for adoption.  For details, call +1(719)382-1126.

Household Goods:  Visit Move.mil. For assistance, call +1(719)554-9298 or email jppso-nc.movementsupport@us.af.mil. Fort Carson does not have a Loan Closet.

Hunting:  The post Conservation Law Enforcement Program offers a Colorado Hunters’ Education Course.   

Incline:  It's just 2,744 steps up the Manitou Incline.  Gaining 2000 feet in elevation from start to finish, it's a bit under 1 mile in length.  Take the challenge when it reopens.  

Leisure, Tour and Travel:  Get help with upcoming family vacations, getaway cruises, or tickets to local/state/national/international attractions. They'll help you put together a perfect trip. For details, call +1(719)526-5366.

Lost and Found:  If you lose a valuable, the Fort Carson Police/Provost Marshal Division is available. To check if your item may have been found, call +1(719)526-0616.

Military & Family Life Counselors (MFLC):  Available to Service Members and their Families to provide non-medical short term, situational problem-solving counseling.  Services can be provided on or off the installation and can be for individuals, couples, families and groups.  

Military Installations

Mountains are to the West:  If you get lost in Colorado Springs, remember that, it's a helpful trick to finding your way around.

MWR:  Visit our main page.  Download our DFMWR Program Directory.

Post Guide and Telephone Directory

Shopping Locations

Shooting Complex:  Visit the Cheyenne Mountain Shooting Complex located outside of Gate 20.  We also have a Trap/Skeet range.  For details, call +1(719)896-6196.

Ski Resorts:  USA Today named Winter Park as the number one spot.  Copper Mountain took fifth place and Telluride tenth place.  So whether you are an avid skier or new to bunny slopes, stop by the Outdoor Recreation Complex to get information.

Sponsorship: Whether your a Soldier or Family Member, a sponsor can help with getting to know the local area.  For details, call +1(719)526-0457.

Staff Duty Numbers:  24/7 Unit Staff Duty phone numbers.

Taxes:  The post tax center, Bldg. 1358, opens on Tuesday, 16 February to assist with tax preparation.  To schedule an appointment, call +1(719)526-4227 or +1(719)526-6837.

Training Programs:  Take advantage of the many opportunities. 

Weather Conditions:  Download the CDOT mobile app.  You'll find that many of the major roadways have live feed video cameras.   Depending on when you are traveling, Colorado Road Conditions can vary drastically.  Check the roads before you travel.  

Welcome Packet: Request a packet. Include your name, address, contact number, arrival date, and any other information you may need. Packets available in-person at the ACS Center, Bldg. 1201.

 

 

Single Soldiers
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ADDRESS:

6371 Specker Avenue, Bldg. 1532, Fort Carson, CO 80913

PHONE: 

+1(719)524-2677

 

For information on the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS) program on Fort Carson, click here.

 

 

Fostering and Adoption
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We recieve many inquiries on adoption and foster care in Colorado. 

Foster Care

Local Agencies to assist with the process

 

 

Sponsorship Toolkit

Sponsorship Toolkit

Total Army Sponsorship Program (TASP) Army Regulation 600-8-8

 

 

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