Joint Base Langley-Eustis, which is known as JBLE, was created when Fort Eustis and Langley Air Force Base were combined on October 1, 2010.
The two components of this joint base are actually separated geographically by 17 miles, which can be traveled by interstate highway; it can take between 30 minutes and two hours to make this drive, depending on the conditions and traffic at the time.
Langley is the home of the 633d Air Base Wing. The 633d Air Base Wing serves both the United States Air Force and the United States Army; it is led by the Air Force and is a mission support wing. Langley is also home to the 1st Fighter Wing, which is composed of the 1st Maintenance Group and 1st Operations Group and is responsible for maintaining the F-22 Raptors on Joint Base Langley-Eustis. The F-22 Raptor Demo Team is also based at Joint Base Langley-Eustis; this team travels all over the world and performs various maneuvers that are used in air combat, and it also works to help recruit service members to the Air Force.
Fort Eustis is known for being a historical installation for the United States Army. It is used as a training ground in aviation maintenance, deployment doctrine, transportation and logistics.
The surrounding areas of Hampton and Newport News are both larger areas with populations upwards of 150,000 each. Hampton is known for having a higher cost of living than the average in America. The convenient location of Joint Base Langley-Eustis makes it easy for service members and their families to visit the beach and enjoy shopping, fine dining and other activities in the cities of Hampton and Newport News.
Neither Langley nor Fort Eustis have any schools for dependents on the installation. Students whose parents are stationed at Joint Base Langley-Eustis attend schools in the Hampton Roads School System.
Free bus transportation is provided for students who live a mile away from the school, and the Hampton Roads School District School Liason Office is conveniently located near Joint Base Langley-Eustis.
The base does provide child care programs for before school, after school and during summer vacation for children ages five to 12.
Different housing opportunities are available for those at Langley and Eustis. Fort Eustis provides ten different neighborhoods with over 950 homes for permanent housing. Those who are seeking housing on Langley can speak to someone from Family Housing for wait list information; the houses on Langley are in the process of being renovated, so the availability of homes is ever-changing but is constantly updated for those who are seeking permanent housing on base.
The Automated Housing Referral Network is sponsored by the Department of Defense and is designed to help military families find housing, but there is a shortage of affordable rentals in the area. Temporary lodging is available at The General Smalls Inn on Eustis and the Langley Inns on Langley; both options are affordable and offer limited pet-friendly units.