Inprocessing Procedures

Upon arrival at Ft. Buchanan, All Soldiers will report to the Welcome Center located at 152 Chrisman Road during duty hours to complete in-processing from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Thursday. Soldiers signing in from leave during duty hours should have their DA FM 31 (Request and Authority for Leave), and reassignment orders to include all amendments. After duty hours report to the Military desk sergeant Bldg. 212.

Important Documents

It is essential to hand carry the following documents: Birth, Marriage, Divorce Certificates, Medical/Dental/Shot Records, Education Transcripts/School Records, Travel Orders, POV/Household Goods Shipping Documents, Previous Year Tax Return, Wills/Real Estate Deeds/Titles, Checking/Savings Account Documents, Checkbooks, Spouse Employment Records/Resumes, etc.

Travel Planning

El Caney Lodge welcomes all active duty, retired military personnel, DoD personnel and their families.


Reservations may be done as early as 50 weeks in advance. Check in time is 4:00 p.m. and check out time is 11:00 a.m. Cancellations may be done 24hrs prior to the arrival date no later than 4:00 p.m. local time. For reservation please call 787-792-7977 or go on line at

Concurrent travel is required in order to prevent hardship, taking family member/s on a non command sponsored tour may experience concequences like, Non-elegibility to the DODEA School system on base, EDIS and Family Housing.

What to do if you Get Married Enroute

If you get married before you PCS, you must inform your commander and follow the procedures exactly as you are given them. The military will not pay for travel and housing of your spouse if you do not follow proper procedures.

Related Links

Defense Travel Management Office/Per Diem

Per Diem official website with information on allowances, travel regulations and lodging websites.

Automated Housing Referral Network

DoD program providing access to rental properties when you move.