Surviving the massive 1990s base realignment and closure (BRAC) downsizing, Fort Belvoir gathered commands left homeless by the closing of nearby facilities.
Since then, the fort has modernized. For example, the old Dewitt Army Hospital was closed, and a state-of-the-art facility now services the community.
Fort Belvoir houses some top DoD commands. The Defense Logistics Agency, Defense Contract Audit Agency, Defense Technical Information Center, and Defense Threat Reduction Agency all part of one installation. In addition, this base is headquarters for two major Army commands — Army Cyber Command and Intelligence and Security Command — and houses nearly 90 other organizations, including many other Army commands.
Fort Belvoir is located in Northern Virginia, considered a suburb of Washington, D.C. Therefore, military families can expect visits from friends and relatives who want to capture a little slice of history. Visitors enjoy the monuments, Smithsonian Museum, government buildings — such as the White House and the Capitol — the National Zoo, Mt. Vernon and Arlington Cemetery.
Fort Belvoir borders the Potomac River, so families can expect impressive views while dining at the officers’ club or hitting the links on one of the two championship course at the Fort Belvoir Golf Club.
Just a few minutes outside of the base, Old Town Alexandria combines a step back in time with fun for all ages.
Fort Belvoir has only one school on base, Fort Belvoir Elementary School. Personnel who live in town, instead of on base, can feel comfortable with almost any local public school since schools in Northern Virginia are known for excellence. Nevertheless, those who prefer a private education will find that Northern Virginia values education and also has a large number of private schools.
Fort Belvoir is home to the Fort Belvoir Community Hospital. In addition to this resource, the hospital operates two clinics in neighboring communities, the Dumfries Health Center and the Fairfax Health Center, where registered patients can receive primary care. The Fort Belvoir Community Hospital also partners with Walter Reed in Bethesda, Maryland.
Although it has 15 housing “villages,” and one barracks, Fort Belvoir has limited housing compared to demand. Military members assigned to either Fort Belvoir or the National Capital Region (NCR) are eligible for housing and may join a waiting list; however, those personnel whose jobs have been designated “key and essential” have priority.
Since housing is limited, most military families choose to live in neighboring communities, such as Springfield, Woodbridge, Lorton, Fairfax and Alexandria.
Temporary housing is available to transitioning families with permanent change of station (PCS) orders, and reservations can be made up to six months in advance. Stays in temporary housing typically last for 14 days.