Fort Belvoir, Virginia


Fort Belvoir
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Historic Fort Belvoir is a beautiful installation, with a unique and complex mission vital to the success of the goals and objectives of the nation's defense strategy. No other Army installation in the world compares to Fort Belvoir and its singular mission to provide both logistical and administrative support to over 100 tenant and satellite organizations.

Fort Belvoir's history is interwoven with the birth of our nation, as well as the founding of Fairfax County, Virginia. Like most land in colonial America, the 8,656-acre tract along the Potomac River that is now Fort Belvoir was part of a grant from a 17th-century English king. The land was handed down through the Culpepper family to Thomas, the sixth Lord Fairfax, who, in 1734 persuaded his cousin, Col. William Fairfax, to come to Virginia and oversee the family's holdings. Col. Fairfax built his home on 2,000 acres of what is now much of South Post and named the estate Belvoir, which means "beautiful to see."

In 1912, the land was transferred to the War Department. In 1915, engineer troops from Washington Barracks, now Fort McNair, established Camp Belvoir as a rifle range and training camp. The name was changed to Camp A.A. Humphreys in 1917 when a major camp was constructed during an unusually bitter winter to train engineer replacements for World War I. The post was renamed Fort Humphreys in 1922 to indicate its permanent status and became Fort Belvoir in 1935.

Location/Driving Directions

Location/Driving Directions to Fort Belvoir
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Fort Belvoir is located in Fairfax County in Northern Virginia approximately 20 miles South of Washington D.C.

If you are traveling by airplane, Reagan National Airport is located 12 miles from Fort Belvoir. One of the busiest airports in the country, Reagan National Airport has daily flights throughout the continental United States as well as overseas. Dulles International Airport is approximately 35 miles from Fort Belvoir.

An Amtrak station is located just six miles from Fort Belvoir's main gate.

Directions From The North

If you are driving to Fort Belvoir from the North (Washington D.C.), take Interstate 95 South. Exit the Fairfax County Parkway/Backlick Road (7100) exit 166A. Take the Fairfax County Parkway to its end at Richmond Highway (U.S. Route 1). Turn left onto Route 1. At the first light, on the right, is the entrance for Tulley gate on Fort Belvoir. This is the main entrance to the installation and is open Monday through Friday from 0500-1900. After hours on weekdays, and on weekends and holidays, personnel must use Pence Gate, which is the next entrance on the right, just North of Tulley Gate.

Directions From The South

If you are traveling from the South (Richmond), take I-95 North to U.S. Route 1/Richmond Highway, Exit 161 B which will be Fairfax County Parkway. Continue on the Parkway until it ends at Route 1. Turn left at the traffic light onto Route 1. At the next light, Tulley Gate entrance will be on your right. (For weekends, holidays, and after-hours see the information above.) All visitors in vehicles without Department of Defense decals must enter Fort Belvoir through Tulley Gate. Tulley is a 24-hour gate.

Population/Major Units Assigned

Population/Major Units Assigned at Fort Belvoir
U.S. Army

Population: 4,472 active duty, 10,072 reservists, and 6,732 civilians

Major Units Assigned

Fort Belvoir is home to 9 different Army commands, 16 different DA agencies, 8 U.S.Army Reserve and Army National Guard elements and 9 DoD agencies. Fort Belvoir houses a U.S. Navy construction battalion, a Marine Corps detachment, a U.S. Air Force unit and an agency of the Department of Treasury. Army Materiel Command (AMC), the headquarters for the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC), Defense Contract Audit Agency, Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), Defense National Stockpile Center and Defense Fuel Supply Center are also located on Fort Belvoir.

Main Phone Numbers

Members of the 1st Virginia Regiment, Sykes' Regulars, and Fort Belvoir, Va., Headquarters Battalion post the colors
U.S. Army / Julia LeDoux

Base Operator: 703-545-6700
Information Hotline: 703-805-3030
Army Community Services: 703-805-4590
Relocation Readiness Counselor: 703-805-5058/4590
Temporary Lodging: 703-704-8600
Child Care: 703-806-4347
Clinic: 703-805-0612
Housing: 703-454-9700
Military Pay: 703-805-2598/2501
Retirement Services: 703-805-2675
Taxi: 703-781-7040
Vehcile Registration: 703-806-4891
Youth Services: 703-805-4515

Temporary Lodging

Temporary Lodging at Fort Belvoir, VA.
Official Army Photo

Fort Belvoir Lodging is within 12 miles of the Washington, D.C. area. All rooms are nicely furnished and contain kitchenettes equipped with a microwave only, microwave and range top, or microwave and oven. All rooms have either a double or queen bed. The rooms range from a single room with shared bath, single room with private bath, suites, and one or two bedroom apartments. Rooms are equipped with toasters, can openers, dishes, pots, and pans (if appropriate), eating utensils, hair dryers, room safes, in-room coffee service, ironing boards, irons and jogging vests. Upon request, high chairs, cribs, and roll-a-way beds or handicap rooms can be provided. There is an exercise room, lounge, laundry facilities, conference room, and several picnic pavilions.

TDY personnel may make reservations 6 months in advance. The length of stay is based on official orders as long as space is available. No pets allowed.

PCS personnel may initially obtain a reservation 6 months in advance for up to 30 days. Pets (dogs, cats, fish and small birds) are permitted only in designated rooms with a 2 pet maximum. Cleaning fee and daily fees will be assessed.

DOD Civilians may stay if traveling on official PCS orders, however, reservations may only be booked five nights at a time for a maximum of 30 days (if space is available). No pets allowed.

Space Available/Unofficial Travel: Call 30 days prior to arrival. If space is available, you may book up to five nights at a time. No pets allowed.

Room rates range from $30 to $82.


On-Base family housing (Harryford Village) at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.
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Single Soldiers E-5 and below are required to live in the barracks. Exceptions to this policy are initiated through a soldier's chain of command. MCREE BARRACKS is Fort Belvoir's Unaccompanied Personnel Housing Facility. It consists of 6 buildings with 404 rooms and seven laundry / day rooms. Located on the North Post, it is convenient to the Dining Facility, PX and Concessions, Woods Theater, Fitness Centers, Swimming Pools and the Post Chapel.

Two, three, four and five bedroom homes are available to serve military families living on-post. Eleven village communities - new construction, traditional housing, and historic homes - are conveniently located on Fort Belvoir. Five neighborhood offices provide full-service property management and are open on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Maintenance services include 24-hour availability, interior repairs, preventative maintenance, and landscaping for each home. Residents no longer have to cut their grass, plant flowers, or rake leaves!

The first new neighborhood, Herryford Village, was completed in early 2005 for pay grades E1-E5. Vernondale Village, occupied with pay grades E6-E8 has also been completed. Lewis Village, occupied with an open rank structure, has been finished. Cedar Grove has completed the final phases of construction for pay grades 04/05-W4/W5.


Schools in Fort Belvoir
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Children residing on Fort Belvoir will attend the Fort Belvoir Elementary School located on post, Walt Whitman Middle School or Mount Vernon High School. The Fort Belvoir Elementary School is part of the Fairfax County Public Schools System. Bus transportation is provided for Middle School and High School students.

Most children living off post will attend schools in either Fairfax County or Prince William County. Fairfax County Public School System is the largest district in Virginia and the 12th largest in the nation, with 235 schools and approximately 166,275 students. The Prince William County Public School System is the third largest school district in Virginia with 75 schools and 63,109 students.

Documents Needed to Enroll

1) Proof of residency (i.e. contract, lease agreement, or resident manager's letter.)

2) Proof of birth/citizenship.

3) Social security number

4) Certificate of recent (within 12 months) physical examination (form MCH213D) for children in kindergarten through sixth grade, and kindergarten through twelfth grade for foreign students.

5) Documentation of previous educational programs completed.

Homeschooling families must follow Virginia State Requirements for homeschooling.

Child Care

Belvoir has four facilities including two Child Development Centers, School Age Services and Youth Services. Fort Belvoir offers 25-30 Family Child care homes. The Fort Belvoir Child and Youth Services, (CYS), offers full, part-day and hourly services.

Family Child Care (FCC) providers offer child care for school age children in homelike atmospheres. Opportunities for siblings to be together and flexible hours are benefits of FCC. Some providers offer evening, night, and extended care for parents with nontraditional work hours.

Two child development centers are located on Fort Belvoir. Both North Post and South Post CDCs are open Mon-Fri, from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Fees for full and part day programs are determined by the DoD fee policy and are based on family income.

The North Post CDC is in Building 1745, Phone: 703-806-6540. Full day care for children 6 weeks through 5 years, and a Part-day Preschool Program and kindergarten is provided.Part-day preschool operates 3 or 5 days a week 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There is no Part-day Preschool on school out days.

The South Post CDC is in Building 1028, Phone: 703-806-4347. Full day care for children 6 weeks to 5 years and an hourly program are provided for parents needing child care on an intermittent basis. Hours for hourly care are Mon-Fri 8a.m. to 4p.m., except Wednesdays hours are 9a.m. to 4p.m.

School Age Services (SAS): The School Age Services site is located in Bldg. 950. The program offers a developmental before-and-after-school child care program for students in K -6th grades with working parents. Fairfax County Public Schools provide transportation to and from Fort Belvoir Elementary School. This program provides activities which supplement the Fairfax County Public School curriculum.

Medical Care

Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, shown here in an aerial photo taken April 12, 2012, is a state-of-the-art medical facility which opened in August 2011.
Fort Belvoir Community Hospital

Fort Belvoir Community Hospital is a joint service integrated health care system providing world-class healthcare to the nation’s service members and their families.

The $1.03 billion, 1.3 million-square-foot facility replaced DeWitt Army Community Hospital located on Fort Belvoir and integrated various aspects of the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C., officially in August 2011 in accordance with 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Law.

The state-of-the-art, 120-bed facility is one of the first military treatment facilities to use evidence-based design principles to increase patient outcomes, decrease recovery times and to maximize provider and patient safety. Nature and its healing effects also play a large role in the hospital’s design and is a heavy theme throughout the facility’s five pavilions – Meadows, Sunrise, Oaks, Eagle, and River.

Fort Belvoir’s new hospital has a seven-story main structure, flanked on each side by two outpatient clinic areas providing both primary and specialty care. In total, it consists of five total buildings, 3500 parking spaces, 44 clinics, expanded pharmacy services, 430 exam rooms, 10 operating rooms, two DaVinci surgical systems, two linear accelerator cancer/oncology systems, and one of the military’s only dedicated substance abuse programs.

The expanded outpatient specialty care brings the care closer to home and reduces the need for patients to drive 30+ miles to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Fort Belvoir Community Hospital inpatient services have expanded threefold in volume over DeWitt Army Community Hospital and encompass a full spectrum of medical specialties, once more placing advanced care closer to beneficiaries in Northern Virginia (National Capital Region).