With its east coast location, Virginia is grounds to some of the most hisoric Army bases in the country.
Some of the bases saw the founding of the United States happen, while others began at other times, from the 1700s to the second world war.
Virginia is also unique because many of its Army bases are joint bases, meaning they are also used by other branches of the US military.
Below, you’ll find a brief rundown on all of the current and former army bases in the state of Virginia, along with links to their official websites in case you’d like to learn more:
Active Army Bases in Virginia
The following bases in Virginia are still being used by the US Army today:
Fort Belvoir Army Base
In Use: 1917- Present
Overall Mission: Fort Belvoir’s main mission is to “provide installation base support to enable mission readiness.”
- 29th Infantry Division
- 1st Information Operations Command
- Army Intelligence and Security Command
- Military Intelligence Readiness Command
- Defense Logistics Agency
- Defense Threat Reduction Agency
- Missile Defense Agency
- National Geo-Spatial Intelligence Agency
- Aerospace Data Facility East
- 12th Aviation Battalion
- 75h MP Detachment
- 212th Military Police Department
Official Site: https://home.army.mil/belvoir/
US Army Garrison Fort Lee
In Use: 1917-1924, 1941- Present
Overall Mission: Fort Lee is an Army base that is filled with rich history. Today, their main missions are in base operations and mission readiness.
- Combined Arms Support Command Center of Excellence
- Army Logistics University
- US Army Quartermaster School
- US Army Transportation School
- US Army Ordnance School
- Defense Commissary Agency
Official Site: https://home.army.mil/lee/index.php
Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall
In Use: 1791 as Fort McNair, 1863 as Fort Cass, 1941 as Henderson Hall- Present
Overall Mission: This joint branch base has a mission to secure its joint community, sustain installation of infrastructure, and support existing infrastructure partners.
- 3rd US Infantry Regiment
- US Coast Guard Ceremonial Honor Guard
- US Army Band
Official Site: https://home.army.mil/jbmhh/index.php
Maneuver Training Center Fort Pickett
In Use: 1942- Present
Overall Mission: Fort Pickett aims to train National Guard troops through use of their forward operation base, fire range, EST, training village, urban assault, and more.
- Army National Guard Maneuver Training Center
Official Site: https://vaguard.dodlive.mil/fortpickett_history/
Fort AP Hill Army Base
In Use: 1941- Present
Overall Mission: Fort AP Hill aims to provide “ready, prompt, and sustained land dominance across a full spectrum of conflict,” both as part of the US Army and as a part of a joint force when applicable.
- II Corps
- VII Corps
- 3rd Armored Calvary Regiment
- Engineer Officer Candidate School
- Regional Training Support Center
- Sustainable Range Program
Official Site: https://www.army.mil/aphill
Inactive Army Bases in Virginia
As mentioned above, some bases in Virginia are no longer being used for Army purposes. One of the Army bases below is now a national monument, while the other two are being used by different branches of the US military:
Fort Monroe Army Base
In Use: 1823- 2011
Overall Mission: Fort Monroe was built due to its excellent defense location, and later served as a Conferatre base, early artillery school, and lastly was home to the US Army Training and Doctrine Command before becoming a national monument in 2011.
- Artillery School of Practice/ Artillery School of the US Army
- Harbor Defenses of Chesapeake Bay
- Army Training Headquarters
- Fort Monroe National Monument
Official Site: N/A
Fort Story Army Base
In Use: 2005- Present (Navy Use)
Overall Mission: This former historic Army Base now serves as Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek – Fort Story, a training base that is mainly used by the US Navy.
- US Navy’s Atlantic Fleet
Joint Base Langley Eustis
In Use: 1918-1919 (Army), 2010- Present (Air Force)
Overall Mission: This base started as Fort Eustis, an army base, and is now an Air Force base that aims to pay tribute to its Army founding and history.
- 633rd Air Base Wing
- Medical Group
- Mission Support Group
Official Site: https://www.jble.af.mil