Located in Fairfax County, Virginia and 20 miles south of Washington, D.C., Fort Belvoir is a unique Army installation. Fort Belvoir serves as a strategic sustaining base and is home to the headquarters for the Defense Logistics Agency, Defense Technical Information Service, Defense National Stockpile Center, and many others.
Find information about Fort Belvoir including the main commercial and DSN numbers for the base, information on basic services, base transportation, lodging for TDY and PCSing personnel, and inprocessing.
Mission & Units
Fort Belvoir has a global mission, “to provide worldwide logistical and administrative support to all the armed services.” There are Army, Navy, Air Force, and Department of the Treasury missions all co-located here, along with offices/activities/operations of the the following who have all called Belvoir home:
- Defense Logistics Agency
- Defense Technical Information Service
- Defense Contract Audit Agency
- Defense National Stockpile Center
- Defense Fuel Supply Center
Missions and units at Fort Belvoir include:
- 12th Aviation Battalion
- 249th Engineer Battalion (Prime Power)
- Army Management Staff College
- Criminal Investigation Command
- Defense Logistics Agency
- DeWitt Health Care System
- Headquarters Battalion Fort Belvoir
- Intelligence and Security Command
- Joint Personal Property Shipping Office, Washington Area
- MDW Engineer Company
- Military Police Company
The Fort Belvoir story begins in 1915 when the Army used the site as a training site for engineers. World War One prompted the earliest round of construction projects there, and the first installation to get up and running was named Camp A. A. Humphreys circa 1918.
By the end of World War One, some 55,000 soldiers trained at Camp Humphreys. When America got involved in World War Two, some three thousand additional acres were added to the base to facilitate the opening of an Engineer Replacement Training Center, and there was an addition there that would change the way troops got trained across the services from that time forward. Fort Belvoir is responsible for the innovation of a troop obstacle course designed to teach soldiers how to handle themselves in combat under simulated conditions.
Fort Belvoir benefitted from the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission–thanks to decisions made by BRAC, there were a significant number of transfers to the installation including the consolidation of National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) facilities, which all relocated to Belvoir under a single facility.
Fort Belvoir employs more than 22,000 military and Department of Defense civilians and the Fort is host to roughly 100 tenant organizations. The Fort is also host to a variety of agencies with operations there including the Army Reserve, the Army National Guard, the Department of Defense, the U.S. Air Force, and the Marine Corps.
Main Base Address And Phone Numbers
9800 Belvoir Road
Fort Belvoir, VA 22060-5561
Important Fort Belvoir Contact Numbers
- Army Community Service Family Advocacy Program (703) 805-2693
- Army Community Service New Parent Support Program (703) 805-4547
- Barracks Manager (703) 806-0489
- Base Operator (703) 545-6700
- Beneficiary Counseling Assistance Coordinators (703) 805-8371
- Family Child Care (703) 805-9116
- Civilian Personnel Advisory Center (703) 704-3009
- Civilian Personnel Office (703) 704-3009
- DeWitt Army Community Hospital (703) 805-0510
- EFMP Family Support (703) 805-1835
- Emergency 911
- Fort Belvoir Child, Youth and School Services CDC (703) 806-6540
- Fort Belvoir Child, Youth and School Services CDC (703) 806-4347
- Hospital Main (703) 805-0510
- Housing Office (703) 454-9700
- ID Cards (703) 805-5578
- Information and Referral Services (703) 805-3413
- Legal Services and JAG (703) 805-2856
- Personnel Support Office (703) 805-3341
- School Age Services (703) 805-9100
- Welcome/Visitors Center (703) 806-4892
- Youth Services Center (703) 805-4515
- Army Emergency Relief (AER) (703) 805-3130
- Red Cross (703) 805-2057
- Army Community Service Financial Readiness (703) 805-2606
- Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (703) 805-1832
- Staff Judge Advocate (703) 805-2856
Fort Pickett and Virginia Beach are roughly three hours south of the installation (a bit of a longer drive to get to Virginia Beach) but chances are the first place you’ll begin exploring is the Washington D.C. area with no shortage of attractions including the Capitol Mall, Washington Monument, the Smithsonian and the usual D.C. metro area dining and nightlife.
But there are other attractions–you can take guided historic tours of the D.C area but not all those tours are straight out of the history books–there are paranormal tours and even a moonlight tour of D.C. monuments by electric cart.
History buffs will want to visit the Petersburg National Battlefield, Pocahontas State Park, and Point Of Rocks Park. Also highly prized as a destination? The Library of Congress and the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Inprocessing and Check-In
All new arrivals to Fort Belvoir are directed to check in with their gaining unit before trying to in-process at the post Welcome Center. You must hand carry your leave paperwork, PCS orders, amendments, and other relevant documentation. All check-ins and in-processing must be accomplished in uniform.
Healthcare at Fort Belvoir is provided by Dewitt Army Community Hospital. The 46 bed hospital serves approximately 90,000 eligible military beneficiaries in Northern Virginia. Information on clinics is available by phone at 703-805-0510 and the Information Desk line is 703-805-0510.
If you are new to the area, keep in mind that emergency services must be obtained by dialing 9-1-1. You can get more information on services available on-post and off by calling 571-231-3224
There are two Child Development Centers on post. Fort Belvoir has two child development centers (CDC) and School Ages Services Center on post. Both offer full day care, part day options, and hourly care may be available depending on demand, mission requirements, etc. There are also care options available for those wishing to use Family Child Care (FCC) which is offered on post via private homes that are certified and regulated. Waiting lists and other considerations may apply; call 703-805-9116 to learn more about waiting lists, signup, and requirements for care.
All service members PCSing to the area are directed to track and manage their household goods shipments via the Defense Personal Property System at Move.mil. You can also get local assistance by calling the Joint Personal Property Shipping Office at 703-806-4900
Dependent And Retiree ID Card Renewal, Replacement, New Issue
The Fort Belvoir ID Card Facility handles all ID card services on post. Make appointments or get more information by calling 703-805-5578. Two unexpired forms of ID are required for most services, and at least one of your approved photo IDs may be required to be REAL ID Act compliant. Those who need ID card services and do not have their sponsor present are required to have a relevant Power of Attorney or acceptable substitute (call the ID Card office to learn what is currently accepted).
High demand means appointments at this facility are taken quickly–do not wait until the last minute to begin replacing a soon-to-be expired card. CAC services are provided for those working on post and those appointments must be in uniform.
Parents who choose to live on base will send their children to Fort Belvoir Elementary School-located on post, and other area choices include Walt Whitman Middle School or Mount Vernon High School. Those living in Woodlawn Village Community with elementary school-age children will send them to Woodlawn Elementary.
Those residing off-post usually send their school-age children to schools in either Fairfax County or Prince William County. It is strongly encouraged for all PCSing troops with school age children to contact the Fort Belvoir School Liaison Office for information on transfer requirements, registration deadlines, and immunization guidelines. Call them at 703-805-1350 or 703-805-3436.
On-post housing is coordinated via the Housing Services Office (HSO), which is part of the Residential Communities Liaison Office. For on-post housing waiting lists and other information call 703-805-3019 as soon as you have orders to get information on the most current housing policies.
You should check in with the HSO prior to entering into any legally binding agreement for off-post housing and it is important to remember that while the fort is located in Fairfax County, many choose to reside in surrounding areas including the following counties:
- Prince William
- Prince George’s
Unaccompanied or “geographic bachelors” authorized BAQ (at the without dependents rate) E5 and below are required to live in the McRee Barracks; new arrivals required to live in the barracks are directed to report to the Unaccompanied Personnel Housing office located in building 2105A by 9:00 a.m. on the next duty day after arrival. Call (703) 806-5386 for more information.
PCS and TDY Lodging
Fort Belvoir Lodging provides temporary accommodations for those PCSing or coming to the post on TDY orders. Reservations for these travelers are accepted 24 hours a day up to six months in advance of your arrival. This lodging option is also offered to DoD Civilians who may TFL when traveling on TDY orders, or if their PCS move is to Fort Belvoir from an overseas location or PCSing to an overseas base from the fort.
There are limited pet-friendly facilities so book in advance and be sure to mention the number and size of your pets. Call (703) 704-8600 or 1-800-295-9750 to make reservations or to learn more about pet policies and other issues.
Due to intense traffic issues, especially surrounding the major airports named below, it is strongly encouraged that PCSing troops contact their sponsor as soon as they know they are getting orders to the area.
The closest airports to Fort Belvoir include:
- Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
- Washington Dulles International Airport
- Baltimore-Washington International
- Thurgood Marshall Airport
Rush hour traffic is a serious issue in and around many of the major airports in the area. It’s best to contact your sponsor to make arrangements for travel from the airport or to be directed to the most effective means to arrive at the fort. The usual ride-sharing options and commercial taxis/shuttles are available but heavy traffic complications may make these trips more time consuming and, depending on the mode of transportation used, more expensive.
Vehicle Registration And Driver’s License
Base decals and other identifiers have been discontinued at Fort Belvoir. You must present valid, unexpired military ID (or civilian/dependent equivalents) at the gate to access the post. All drivers are subject to search, 100% ID checks and other measures as mission needs dictate.
Active-duty military members stationed in Virginia and their families may drive in the state with any valid driver’s license issued by your home state or country.
Those stationed in Virginia may purchase a vehicle with the ability to title and register that vehicle in the servicemember’s home state or choose to title and register the vehicle in Virginia. All drivers must carry minimum insurance coverage and carry proof of insurance in the vehicle at all times.