Located 45 miles south of Washington D.C., Fort Belvoir is a U.S. Army installation that houses more than145 agencies and partners dedicated to protecting the security of the nation. For over 11 decades, Fort Belvoir has provided training, technological developments, research, and intelligence gathering. Fort Belvoir is a major partner to the Department of Defense (DoD) as a leader in innovation. It is also Fairfax County’s largest employer. This installation intertwines history and modernity to create a vibrant community full of leadership, intelligence, and readiness. Today, the almost 9,000-acre installation serves countless brave men, women, families, and veterans.
To enter the installation, visitors must enter through the Tulley gate and have a sponsor from within the base. All visitors above 16 must provide valid federal I.D., and the officers will conduct 100% background checks. Cars may be subject to random security searches and delays should be expected on busier days.
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Army Cyber Command
The 1st Information Operations (IO) Command unit, under the control of the Army Cyber Command (ARCYBER), aims to “integrate and conduct cyberspace, electronic warfare, and information operations, ensuring decision dominance and freedom of action for friendly forces in and through the cyber domain and the information environment while denying the same to our adversaries.” At Fort Belvoir, IO provides crucial support to cyberspace operations and information operations, which offer valuable information to the U.S. Navy, Airforce, and various DoD agencies.
Criminal investigation command
The Criminal Investigation Command is the DoD’s premier and Army’s primary investigative unit dedicated to investigating serious felonies and crimes against military law. This agency also investigates cases where the army is a potential party of interest. Additionally, CID gathers, analyzes, and distributes criminal intelligence to prevent future offenses, and they also provide forensic laboratory support. In sum, CID is a crucial unit of Fort Belvoir that maintains the safety and well-being of the community, the country, and the Army.
U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command
The Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) has operated and been headquartered in Fort Belvoir since 1989. INSCOM primarily focuses on administering intelligence, information, and security operations in support of the Army commanders, intelligence community, and security decision-makers. Furthermore, INSCOM provides linguistics support and advanced skill training for soldiers to effectively communicate and specialize in the Army. Their support has helped the U.S. Army improve its logistics and optimize intelligence for a smarter, more intuitive army.
U.S. Army Materiel Command
Materiels are any military supplies, weapons, and equipment in the supply chain that aids the efforts of the Army. Working hand in hand with USASAC, the U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC) distributes and delivers “logistics, sustainment and materiel readiness from the installation to the forward tactical edge to ensure globally dominant land force capabilities.” AMC also helps steady the global supply chain, manage the arsenal, and assure supply availability to ensure the Total Force is prepared at any given time. As technology progresses, AMC is constantly accepting and embedding each advancement to optimize their mission to retain the Army’s superiority.
U.S. Army Mission and Installation Contracting Command
The U.S. Army Mission and Installation Contracting Command (MICC-Fort Belvoir) aims to deliver personalized and important business solutions, contracting support, and training to the Fort Belvoir community and the Army. Thanks to their work, many small businesses have thrived and have led a path of success. Additionally, MICC-Fort Belvoir has specialists to aid operating forces, engineering jobs, repairs, etc. Truly, MICC helps Fort Belvoir stay in shape and remain a safe community.
U.S. Army REGIONAL Health Command- ATLANTIC
Since 2015, the U.S. Army Regional Health Command- Atlantic (RHC-A) has served the Fort Belvoir community, as well as the Atlantic region, in various health service needs. Their mission is to “Provide ready and sustained health services support and force health protection in support of the Total Force to enable readiness and to conserve the fighting strength while caring for our People and their Families.” As the largest health command in the Army, RHC-A takes care of all health centers right of the Mississippi River and is entrusted to provide the highest quality, patient-centered care for soldiers.
U.S. Army Security Assistance Command
The U.S. Army Security Assistance Command’s (USASAC) mission is to, “Remain the Dept. of Defense’s gold standard Security Assistance provider – expanding partner capacity, strategic readiness and trust.” They provide and develop many security assistance services and foreign sales to help strengthen global connections and alliances. As with many sales, USASAC is charged with the lifecycle of a purchase, which includes accepting requests, executing purchases, and closing deals. Their leadership in foreign affairs helps the Army remain at the global status it currently holds.
Major department of defense agencies
Defense Contract Audit Agency
Located on John J. Kingman Road, the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCCA) provides leading audit and financial advice to the DoD and other numerous agencies related to the acquisition and contract administration. Under the authority, direction, and control of the Under Secretary of Defense and the Chief Financial Officer, the DCCA can direct federal contract audits and other monetary advisory services. Their goal is to “determine whether contract costs are allowable, allocable, and reasonable.”
Defense Logistics Agency
As one of the most prominent and important agencies located on Fort Belvoir, the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) efficiently manages and regulates the global supply chain of raw materials, end users, and disposition for all the branches of the military, federal agencies, and allied nations. The DLA supplies roughly 86% of spare parts to the military and almost 100% of all fuel used at home and abroad for troops. Their role in the Army goes far beyond the already tedious task of supply chain management; they provide worldwide support to warfighters through document automation, production services, and military equipment reutilization.
Defense Technical Information Center
For more than 70 years under the direction of the Under Secretary of Defense, the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) has been able to, “aggregate and fuse science and technology data to rapidly, accurately and reliably deliver the knowledge needed to develop the next generation of technologies to support our Warfighters and help assure national security.” Additionally, the DTIC also is entrusted to preserve and distribute important research that has furthered military technology. This vital job allows researchers and engineers to quickly increase the development of the next great warfighting technology to conserve the technical superiority of the United States.
Defense Threat Reduction Agency
Headquartered and founded in Fort Belvoir in 1998, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) “enables the Department of Defense, the U.S. Government, and International Partners to counter and deter Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) and Emerging Threats.” This agency is also the DoD’s official Combat Support Agency charged with preparing for WMD and improvised threats. As technology innovates, the DTRA is constantly identifying, developing, and providing new solutions against WMD and regularly plans and practices for national and global crisis response.
Defense Acquisition University
The Defense Acquisition University is the DoD’s corporate university that trains military personnel, federal contractors, and civilian staff in logistics, acquisition, and an array of technology. The university offers both in-person courses as well as a multitude of online courses to help suit the needs of all warfighters. Additionally, the university provides other services such as consulting and learning modules equipped with leading technology to offer a world-class education.
Missile Defense Agency
Headquartered in Fort Belvoir, the Missile Defense Agency’s (MDA) mission is to “develop, test, and field an integrated, layered, ballistic missile defense system (BMDS) to defend the United States, its deployed forces, allies, and friends against all ranges of enemy ballistic missiles in all phases of flight.” As a partner of the U.S. DoD, the MDA works assiduously to increase international cooperation for deterrence and an innovative missile defense system. Through process development, the MDA is committed to providing cost-effective management and maximizing mission assurance. For the past few years, the MDA has also served to deter evolving threats and has worked hard to ensure a powerful BMDS is installed to protect the community.
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Located on Fort Belvoir North, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) gathers and distributes pivotal geospatial information (GEOINT) for the U.S. military with a focus on environmental factors and location. One of the primary missions of the NGA is to provide an advantage to policymakers, warfighters, intelligence professionals, and first responders by answering questions such as: where are the enemies? Where are the friendlies? How will terrain impact a mission? These critical actions have also helped protect the nation by countering terrorism, narcotics, and helping secure our borders. Truly, the NGA is an indispensable agency that prepares the Army for anything and everything, making it the backbone of all missions.
Fort Belvoir COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
The Fort Belvoir Community Hospital (FBCH) opened its doors on August 31, 2011 after the closing of the DeWitt Army Community Hospital and the Walker Reed Army Medical Center. Albeit only standing for a short time in comparison to other notable agencies, the FBCH has had one of the biggest impacts in the development of a safe and healthy Fort Belvoir. They are, “Committed to outstanding patient experience through safe, quality, compassionate care for all we serve.” Thanks to the state-of-the-art technology and working beside the Red Cross, FBCH has effectively carried out its mission and provided valuable care to our nation’s heroes, spouses, children, and other community members.
The U.S. Army Headquarters Battalion’s (HB) mission is to, “provide administrative, training and logistics support to an integrated Fort Belvoir and Military District of Washington Community.” With a philosophy of “training, discipline, and cohesion”, the HB supports global military operations and deployed soldiers by developing leaders, trust, and professionalism. They currently support roughly 3,300 assigned and attached soldiers and the Fort Belvoir Community of around 29,000 members. As the core of the Army’s value and training, the HB creates an Army of excellence prepared to react effectively to any mission at any given time
Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate
The Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESC) is the “Army’s sensor developer” and works to “enable the networked Warfighter by discovering, developing, and rapidly delivering innovative technologies that enable decisive lethality through information dominance in Multi-Domain Operations.” Thanks to their work, U.S. soldiers have been able to dominate the digital battlefield and use new technology that protects the United State’s superiority globally. Additionally, the NVESC conducts a lot of research and development with the mission to tactically equip our joint forces. As the main developer of new technology, the NVESC is a vital agency that helps modernize our Army and actively help our nation dominate cyberspace, electronic warfare, intelligence, and data analysis.
Program Executive Office, Enterprise Information System
The Program Executive Office, Enterprise Information Systems’ (PEO EIS) mission is to, “Rapidly deliver integrated, innovative and cost-effective systems and services for the total force, globally connecting the Army and providing a decisive information advantage to every Soldier.” PEO EIS divides itself into two strategic areas of operations: Business Mission Area (BMA) and Enterprise Information Environment Mission Area( EIEMA). The BMA operates and controls the Army’s finances and accounting while the EIEMA focuses on defense cyber, enterprise services, and various related programs. In short, the PEO EIS keeps the Army running and “manages the information technology network and day-to-day business systems.”
U.S. Army ACQUISITION SUPPORT CENTER
Located on Belvoir Road, the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center’s (USAASC) mission is to “Shape and develop the Army Acquisition community’s capabilities through superior support and the development of world-class professionals.”They offer priceless support to the Army Acquisition Workforce (AWC) by innovating and designing the impossible and providing soldiers with their needs. USAASC works under the control of the AWC and also provides them “with resource management, human resources, and force structure.” Their responsibilities have helped the AWC have a stable and necessary budget as well as providing a workforce ready to serve.
U.S. Army Legal Service Agency
Operating from Gunston road, the U.S. Army Legal Service Agency relocated to Fort Belvoir for its world-class facilities and legal opportunities. USALSA represents the army in various civil matters at court and other administrative councils, directs the Army Trial Judiciary, provides legal expertise, and works closely with other agencies to ensure the protection of military law. Equipped with a group of highly educated lawyers and attorneys, USALSA offers a team ready to proactively counsel the Army and Joint Forces in areas such as contracts, environmental, regulatory, and fiscal.
U.S. Army Force Management Support Agency
The Army Force Management Support Agency is the behind-the-scenes agency that organizes and maintains the Army’s documentation, data production, and dissemination systems. This essential mission has allowed for the Army to remain coordinated and able to procure information in seconds. Also, the AFMSA sets all standards and updates for the Army’s organizational requirements and force management data to ensure that systems remain effective. Interestingly, the AFMSA also analyzes the workload demand and workforce supply for the army, which helps the Army retain steady and strong units.
U.S. Army Nuclear and Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Agency
The U.S. Army Nuclear and Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Agency (USANCA) focuses on nuclear expertise and analyzing the most effective way to counter and deter weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Their hard work ensures that the U.S. Army has an increased lethality and survivability rate when in combat, and USANCA also deploys a Nuclear Employment Augmentation Team (NEAT) to lead and support the Army in nuclear scenarios. Without USANCA, vital protection and readiness would be lost, leaving the nation vulnerable.
As the largest commissary in the Mid-Atlantic, the Fort Belvoir commissary is a staple in the community. The commissary opens seven-days-a-week starting at 9 a.m. and offers a variety of foods including seafood, meats, international, baked goods, and a deli. This wonderful selection is exclusive to Fort Belvoir residents and is not open to the public.
The Fort Belvoir Golf Club is open to all authorized patrons and has two, 18-hole courses: the Woodlawn course and the Gunston Course. Besides the beautiful acres, the Golf Club also offers Niblick’s Clubhouse Grill and the Clubhouse Lounge.
the body shop
Offering an array of workout equipment and trainers, the Body Shop is another Fort Belvoir gym that helps train and maintain soldiers ready for service at all times.
the officers’ club
Sitting along the banks of the Potomac River, the Officers Club is a magnificent social club full of elegance and leisure. There are dining halls, ballrooms, and various social events to create memories to last a lifetime.
At the Fort Belvoir Bowling Center, there is loads of fun ready to be enjoyed by friends and family. The Vortex Grill serves delicious foods to accompany all games while one can also sit back and enjoy the jumbo screens for entertainment.
The MWR Library has served the Fort Belvoir community for decades that provides guests internet access, training, investment help, research assistance, and private rooms for studying.
At the Community Center, families and Fort Belvoir members can enjoy a plethora of activities to enjoy a nice afternoon. The Community Center offers pool tables, a lounge room, a music room, TVs, and a deli.
GRAVES FITNESS CENTER
Staying fit is a must for service members, and the Graves Fitness Center offers the top equipment for all. Additionally, the center has basketball and racquetball courts, saunas, and a rock climbing wall.