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Virginia Air Force Bases (1)


  • Langley AFB Hampton

  • Langley Air Force Base is located in Hampton, Virginia. It was established on December 30 1916, under the Army Air Service and named in honor of Samuel Pierpont Langley, one of the United State’s aviation pioneers. Langley AFB is home to the 633rd Air Base Wing, the 1st Fighter Wing, and the 480th Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing, Virginia National Guard’s 192D Fighter Wing, headquarters of the Air Combat Command, as well as the Global Cyberspace Integration Center. The base is one of the oldest but continuously active United States air bases. With 2,900 hectares of land area, the base is home to 8,800 military and 2,800 civilian personnel.

Virginia Army Bases (6)


  • Fort A.P. Hill Bowling Green

  • Fort A.P. Hill is a 76,000 acre, year-round, all-purpose, military training center in Virginia, one of the largest military bases on the East Coast. All branches of the military train here and it has become known as “Where America’s Military Sharpens Its Combat Edge.” At the cost of only $1 rent, the Boy Scouts of America have hosted their National Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill on eight separate occasions. The Fort has been used as a staging area for troops deploying to Europe during the Korean War and for General Patton’s forces that invaded French Morocco.

  • Fort Belvoir Fairfax

  • Fort Belvoir is a US Army post located in Fairfax County, Virginia. It currently provides administrative support to over one hundred and twenty diverse tenants and satellite organizations within the facility. The base houses the headquarters for the Defense Logistics Agency, the Defense Acquisition University, the Defense Contract Audit Agency, the Defense Technical Information Center, the US Army Criminal Investigation Command, the United States Army Intelligence and Security Command, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. These agencies are all under the United States Department of Defense. Fort Belvoir is also hot base to a number of major commands such as the United States Materiel Command, nineteen agencies under the Department of the Army, eight elements under the US Army Reserve and the National Guard, and twenty-six Department of Defense agencies.

  • Fort Eustis Newport News

  • Fort Eustis is a military base in the city of Newport News, Virginia. It was established in March 7, 1918 as a build up region for the military in preparation for the deployment to World War I. It was named in honor of Brevit Brigadier General Abraham Eustis, the first commanding officer of nearby Fort Monroe. At present, Fort Eustis manages a satellite post, Fort Story, located in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Fort Eustis and Fort Story are home to the US Army Transportation Center, the US Army Transportation School, the Non Commissioned Officers Academy, the Army Aviation Logistics School, and the 7TH Sustainment Brigade. The primary mission of the base is to educate and train officers and enlisted men on the transportation modes utilized by the US Army, as well as aviation maintenance, logistics and deployment doctrine and research.

  • Fort Lee Prince George

  • Fort Lee is a US Army post located in the Petersburg and Tri-cities Area of Prince George County, Virginia. Originally named Camp Lee during its early years and serving as a mobilization camp and division training camp in 1917, it was named in honor of General Robert E. Lee, the most famous of all Civil War commanders of the Confederacy. It was redesignated as Fort Lee during the 1950s. Fort Lee is currently home to the headquarters of the US Army Combined Arms Support Command, the US Army Quartermaster Center and School, the Army Logistics University, the US Defense Commissary Agency, and the US Ordnance Center and Schools. Fort Lee is also home to the US Army Quartermaster Museum, the US Army Women’s Museum, and the Ordnance Museum which is expected to be opened in 2012.

  • Fort Monroe Hampton

  • Fort Monroe is a military installation located at Old Point Comfort, Hampton, Virginia. The geographical location of Fort Monroe, situated on the tip of the Virginia Peninsula, makes it a perfect position on which to guard the channel between Chesapeake Bay and the entrance to the harbor of Hampton Roads. Because of this, it is often called the Gibraltar of Chesapeake Bay. Fort Monroe’s construction began in 1819 and would expand to become the largest stone fort in the United States. Today, it is currently home to the Headquarters of the US Army Training and Doctrine Command. This command is in charge with supporting the operational fighting forces of the Army through developing doctrine and equipment requirements, designing and maintaining Army organization, and providing training for combat.

  • Fort Myer Arlington

  • Fort Myer is a US Army installation located in Arlington County, Virginia, right next to Arlington National Cemetery. It houses the US Army Military District of Washington, the 3rd US Infantry, the1101st Signal Brigade, the Headquarters of Fort Myer Activities, the Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the US Army Garrison, the US Army Criminal Investigation Command, and the 501st Military Police Company. The base was built and established as Fort Whipple after Brevet Major General Amiel Weeks Whipple of the American Civil War on 1863. It then adopted its present name in 1880 in honor of Brigadier General Albert J. Myer, who established the Signal School of Instruction for Army and Navy Officers. Fort Myers was added to the National Register of Historical Places on November 28, 1972.

Virginia Coast Guard Bases (7)


  • Finance Cente Chesapeake

  • The United States Coast Guard Financial Center serves as the Coast Guard’s main funds management unit. Its main office is located in Chesapeake, Virginia. One of the main duties of the Finance Center is to distribute the funds provided for the Coast Guard by the United States government. For this purpose, the Finance Center continuously determines and evaluates the needs of the various units. The center works closely with each unit’s logistic and finance departments, as well as other pertinent agencies. Aside from funds distribution, the Finance Center also monitors the use of funds by the various departments of the Coast Guard and evaluates these for better financial management.

  • National Maritime Center Arlington

  • The National Maritime Center in Martinsburg, Western Virginia is the main office that oversees the licensing of qualified mariners for employment in seagoing vessels in the country. The NMC operates under the United States Coast Guard and is currently headed by Capt. Anthony S. Lloyd. One of the major tasks of the NMC is evaluate prospective mariners for the civilian maritime industry. For this, the NMC conducts regular exams to determine eligible mariners. The center also regularly review and revises its standards in order to be able to select the best qualified officers. Aside from this, the NMC also routinely evaluates schools offering maritime courses to ensure that they themselves are of the best qualities.

  • National Pollution Funds Center Arlington

  • The National Pollution Funds Center was created under the United States Coast Guard for the purpose of ensuring that companies transporting oil across American waters have the capability to handle any untoward incidents. The center currently holds office at Arlington, Virginia. As part of its main tasks, the NPFC assess the financial capability of incoming vessels in handling spills that might be caused by them. The center also maintains the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, which is used to finance oil spill cleanup operations that are conducted by the Coast Guard. The center also handles the payment made by companies that have caused spills, as well as the reimbursement of claims made by those affected by the spill.

  • Navigation Center Alexandria

  • The United States Coast Guard’s Navigation Center in Alexandria, Virginia is the agency’s main source of navigational information. The center also oversees the distribution of this information to the various seagoing vessels that travel across the country. The Navcen closely monitors maritime traffic and coordinate it as needed. In order to ensure that it has proper identification of all ships within the Coast Guard’s jurisdiction, the Navcen uses the automatic identification system (AIS), which immediately present the pertinent details about a particular ship. These are then sent out to other ships in the area for use. The center also provides GPS (global positioning system) and other navigation data for the ships plying US waters.

  • Sector Hampton Roads Portsmouth

  • The United States Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads is an onshore unit of the Coast Guard located at Portsmouth, Virginia. The sector belongs to the Coast Guard’s Fifth District, and is concerned with the state of Virginia. The sector is currently under the command of Capt. Mark Ogle. The main concern of Sector Hampton Roads is the enforcement of Coast Guard authority on the ports of Virginia. The sector also handles maritime incidents occurring in the area. For that, the sector has several specialized units under its control. In particular, it has a highly trained Response team that can be immediately deployed. Aside from its operational duty, the sector is also tasked with overseeing the welfare of the Coast Guard personnel in the area.

  • Telecom Systems Command Alexandria

  • The Telecom and Information System Command is the unit that handles the operation and maintenance of the United States Coast Guard’s telecommunication and information system infrastructure. The main headquarters of TISCOM is located in Alexandria, Virginia. The unit is currently under the direction of Mark T. Powell. The TISCOM is responsible for ensuring that the Coast Guard has uninterrupted telecommunication and information transfer capabilities at all time. This encompasses a wide range of technology, including voice and data systems, as well as coordinating personnel communications. TISCOM is also at the forefront of technology development, as it aims to improve its capabilities. TISCOM is also involved in preventing information technology related crimes.

  • Training Center Yorktown Yorktown

  • The United States Coast Guard Training Center in Yorktown is the main training center for Coast Guard personnel in the state of Virginia. The center is currently under the leadership of Captain William J. Milne. The center is located on Hamilton Road, in Yorktown, Virginia. The center offers a wide variety of training courses for both incoming and seasoned Coast Guard Personnel. These include such important functions , navigation and search and rescue procedures. There are also special courses like marine inspection and investigation. Aside from that, Yorktown also offers international training courses for interested personnel. Aside from training, the center houses several facilities for the use of Coast Guard servicemen.

Virginia Marine Corps Bases (2)


  • Henderson Hall Arlington

  • Henderson Hall is a United States Marine Corps installation located in Arlington, Virginia, adjacent to Fort Myer and the Arlington National Cemetery. It was built in 1942 and named In honor of former commandant of the United States Marine Corps, Archibald Henderson. At present, Henderson Hall is managed by the installation itself and Fort Myer. It is currently home to the Headquarters Battalion, and the Headquarters of the United States Marine Corps. Henderson Hall is presently under the command of Colonel Roarke L. Anderson. Henderson Hall covers 22.3 acres and provides barracks and support for Marines stationed in its premises. Because of its inclusion in the Base Realignment and Closure 2005 Commission, Henderson Hall’s management functions was transferred to nearby Fort Myer, thereby establishing Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Virginia.

  • MCB Quantico Triangle

  • Marine Corps Base Quantico, encompassing 100 square miles, is a training base for the Marine Corps, located in Quantico, Virginia. It is often called the Crossroads of the Marine Corps. Important Institutions housed in the base include: the Marine Corps Officer Candidates School, the Marine Corps University, the Marine Corps Basic School, the Marine Corps Embassy Security Group, the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory of the Marine Corps Combat Development Command, the Marine Corps Recruiting Command, and the Marine Corps Research Center which is responsible for providing equipment research and development for use by the Marine Corps, especially in telecommunications. Other agencies and institutions housed in Marine Corps Base Quantico are the FBI Academy, the Drug Enforcement Administration’s principal training facility, and the National Museum of the Marine Corps.

Virginia Navy Bases (11)


  • Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek

  • Fort Story was being used by the military sincen 1914, but only became declared permanent on December 5th, 1961. Named after General John Patton Story, Fort Story is 1,451 acres of beach side land including: sandy beaches, swamps, and dunes. It is an ideal training environment for amphibious operations. Within the base there are some historical monuments like, the Memorial Cross that marks the landing of the Jamestown Settlers. There is also Old Cape Henry Light; the first lighthouse built by the Federal Government. On recommendation of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure, Fort Story was transferred to the Navy and renamed in 2009 to Joint Expeditionary Base East.

  • Medical Center Portsmouth Porstmouth

  • The Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia is the United States Navy’s main medical facility in the city. The NMCP provides medical services for both active duty and retired US Armed Forces servicemen residing in the area. The NMCP is currently operating under the auspices of Rear Admiral Alton Stocks of the United States Navy Medical Corps. Aside from general patient care, the center also offers several medical programs. One of these is the Diabetes Self Management Education program, which is open to both military and civilian patients. The centers also routinely acts as a liaison for soldiers who are admitted to civilian hospitals and their parent units. Furthermore, the center provides training for incoming naval medical personnel.

  • NAB Little Creek Norfolk

  • Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek is the primary base of operations for the United States Navy’s Amphibious Forces of the Atlantic Fleet. At 2,120 acres in land area, it is presently the largest base of its kind. The base is located in the northwest corner of Virginia Beach and has the primary mission of providing continuously improving support and services to operating forces numbering 15,000 and amphibious and shore commands with 27 stationed ships. The base’s operations and facilities are designed to be used for amphibious operations making it one of the few bases of its kind in operation today. Every year, 4,500 reservists and a large number of units from the Army, Navy, and the Marine Corps make use of the training facilities stationed in the base. The training is coordinated by the Naval and Marine Corps Reserve Readiness Center at Little Creek.

  • NAS Oceana Virginia Beach

  • Naval Air Station Oceana is a military base located in Virginia Beach, Virginia. One of its airfields is named Apollo Soucek Field, named in honor of Lieutenant Apollo Soucek who served as a Navy Test Pilot in the 1930s. It was built in 1943 and by the 1950s, it was expanded to Master Jet Base status. The primary mission of Naval Air Station Oceana is to train and deploy the strike fighter squadrons of the Atlantic Fleet. This includes fighter squadrons of F/A-18 Hornets and Super Hornets. The facility supports up to 219,000 flight training operations annually. The Naval Auxiliary Landing Field Fentress located in Chesapeake, Virginia and the Naval Station Norfolk Chambers Field in Norfolk, Virginia are under the command of Naval Air Station Oceana.

  • Norfolk Naval Shipyard Portsmouth

  • Norfolk Naval Shipyard is a US Navy-operated shipyard located in Portsmouth, Virginia. The shipyard is in charge with building, remodeling, maintaining, upgrading, overhauling, and repairing all types of ships from tug ships to aircraft carriers to submarines of the US Navy. Having been built in the 1767, it is the Navy’s oldest as well as its largest industrial facility. The shipyard was originally British property named Gosport Shipyard and operated to support naval ships under the British Crown. During the American Revolution, the American government confiscated the shipyard. It was only during the American Civil War that the shipyard adopted its present name after its fall to the confederate forces. At present, the shipyard’s 6,750 civilian and military personnel work on 15% of the Navy’s active fleet at any given day.

  • NS Norfolk Norfolk

  • Naval Station Norfolk, encompassing 4,631 acres, is the world’s largest Naval Station. This can be attributed to its length of four miles of waterfront space, a pier measuring seven miles. Because of its huge size, it can accommodate 75 ships and 134 aircraft with its 14 piers and 11 aircraft hangars. This helps it house the largest concentration of US Naval Forces in the whole world. It is located in Norfolk, Virginia, and supports the naval forces of the United States Fleet Forces Command. This Fleet the primary US Navy Fleet assigned to operate in the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, and the Indian Ocean. The Naval Station is home port to aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers, large amphibious vessels, submarines, and a huge number of supply and logistics ships. Because of the sea traffic in the port, the Port Services is in charge with controlling the 3,100 ships’ movements yearly.

  • NSA Norfolk N/A

  • The Naval Support Activity facility in Norfolk, Virginia is the main support unit for the Atlantic Fleet of the United States Navy. The NSA is located in the Naval Station Norfolk base just outside the city. The unit is headed by Capt. Charles P. Melcher. The main task of NSA Norfolk is to provide support duties for the operation of the Atlantic Fleet and the entire naval station. One of their major work is the maintenance of the facilities that the fleet uses. The NSA also takes care of the housing units for all the personnel stationed at the base, including civilian employees. Finally, the NSA also handles the overall welfare of the people in the base by providing medical and recreational facilities.

  • NSA Northwest Annex Chesapeake

  • The Naval Support Activity Northwest Annex is located in Chesapeake, Virginia, near the border with North Carolina. The NSA acts as a support unit for the the Naval forces station at Chesapeake. One of the major task of NSA Northwest annex is to provide support to worldwide US navy operations world wide. The NSA also oversees the activity of the NATO forces that are station at the bvase. Other than that, NSA Northwest Annex also does maintenance work on the operations and housing facilities used by navy personnel in the area. Aside from its military related tasks Northwest Annex also coordinates with the local communities for environmental purposes, one of these the preservation of the farms and wetlands in the area.

  • NSWC Dahlgren Dahlgren

  • Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division of the Naval Surface War Center is located in Northern Neck, Virginia. It was established as the US Naval Proving Ground on October 16, 1918, and was used as a test site for naval gunnery. The base is named in honor of Rear Admiral John A. Dahlgren of the Union Forces in the American Civil War. He is also recognized as the father of American Naval Ordnance. At present, the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division is host to three major commands which include the Naval Space Command, the AEGIS Training and Readiness Center, and the Joint Warfare Analysis Center. The center is composed of two organizations: the NSWC Dahlgren Lab, and the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dam Neck.

  • NWS Yorktown Yorktown

  • Naval Weapons Station Yorktown is the US Atlantic Fleet’s primary weapons and ammunition storage and loading covering parts of York County, James City County, and Newport News in Virginia. Cheatham Annex, formerly part of the Fleet Industrial Supply Center, Norfolk, was combined with Naval Weapons Station Yorktown on October 1, 1988. This was in line with the Mid-Atlantic installation Consolidation of the US Navy. At present, the station is home to 25 tenant commands. Some major commands include the Atlantic Ordnance Command, the Naval Ophthalmic Support and Training Activity, the Marine Corps Second Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team, the Fleet Industrial Supply Center Detachment, Navy Expeditionary Medical Support Command, Navy Cargo Handling and Port Group, Riverine Squadron Three, Maritime Civil Affairs Squadron Two, and nineteen Storefronts.

  • SCSC Wallops Island Wallops Island

  • The Surface Combat Systems in Wallops Island, Accomack County, Virginia is a United States Navy facility used for the development and testing of equipment to be used by the Navy. The center is located near the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Wallops Flight Center, which SCSC also regularly utilizes. Cmdr. John J. Keegan is the current commanding officer of SCSC. The current SCSC team is composed of around 300 personnel. These include both civilian and military personnel. There are also several contractors station in the center, assisting the engineering team in various projects. Outside the base, there are several public schools where children of military and civilian personnel attend. There is also a community health center that provides the medical needs of the residents.