Fort Myer located in Virginia is continuously being utilized as an Army facility from its initiation during the Civil War up to the present. Due to the Base Realignment and Closure initiative, fort Myer, Fort Leslie J. McNair and Marine Headquarters, Henderson Hall was merged. Today, Fort Myer provides support services to military facilities in greater Washington D.C. area that includes those in Virginia, Crystal City, District of Columbia and The Pentagon. Fort Myer is responsible in providing support services to all members of the armed forces and to their families in the national capital area.

Cost of Living: 53.06% higher than the U.S. Average

Automated Telephone Attendant number: (703) 545-6700

Base Population: 14,300

City/Area Population: 213,300

Child Development Centers: 1

        Cody Child Development Center

Address: 102 Custer Road, Bldg. 203 fort Myer, VA 22211

Telephone number: (703) 696-3305

Youth Programs: 1

        Youth Sports and Fitness Program

Address: 102 Custer Road, Bldg. 203 fort Myer, VA 22211

Telephone number: (703) 696-3305

Airman and Family Readiness Center:

        Intake Site Fort Myer

Address: 126 Forest Circle, Bldg. 230 Fort Myer, VA 22211

Telephone number: (703) 696-3510

Employment: 6.9% unemployment rate

Base Services: 3

        Army Community Services

Address: 201 Cluster Rd, Fort Myer, VA 22211

Telephone number: (703) 696-3510

        Army and Air Force Exchange Service

Address: 450 McNair Rd, fort Myer, VA 22211

Telephone number: (703) 522-4575

Fort Myer Officers Club

Address: 214 Jackson Ave, Fort, VA 22211

Telephone number: (703) 524-7000

Medical Services:

        Health Benefits Advisor

Address: 525 Carpenter Road, Fort Myer, VA 22211

Telephone number: (703) 696-3452

        Andrew Rader US Army Health Clinic

Address: 525 Carpenter Road, Fort Myer, VA 22211

Telephone number: (703) 696-7951

History

Fort Myer’s history can be traced way back to the period of American Civil War, when the area where the Fort was located and its adjacent area where its proportion is now the Arlington National Cemetery were acquired by Robert E. Lee. Being originally named after Maj. Gen. Amiel Weeks Whippie, the Fort was rechristened and named after Brig. Gen. Albert J. Myer to his honor and to serve as prevention for the confusion with the another post  of the same name that is located in Arizona. Fort Whipple, Virginia serves as an important Union Army post during the Civil War, due to its elevated location. In 1869, the first Signal School of Instruction was established in the initiative of Gen. Myer. In 1887, with the recommendation of Gen. Philip H. Sheridan, Fort Myer became the home of the 6th Field Artillery Regiment and 3rd Cavalry Regiment. “Society Circus” was started by General George S. Patton Jr. who was posted at four different times at Fort Myer.

The post has become the testing ground for the new military equipment and techniques that includes radio telecommunications, Jeep and simulation of trench warfare and military aircraft.  In 1899, the post commander’s house and was designated as the Quarters One in 1908. It has become the home of several Army chiefs of staff that includes Generals George C. Marshall, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Douglas MacArthur. In 2001, troops were deployed in a response of the Fort to the September 11th attacks. These troops are under the Operation Noble Eagle that also includes both active and National Guard Military Police Units that comes from around the nation. In 2005, the last remaining deployed Operation Noble Eagle responder was demobilized. Fort Myer is listed as a National Historic Landmark and National Historic District by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Units

Fort Myer is caters to the First and Fourth battalions of 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, it also services personnel working throughout the National Capital Region. Other Major units such as Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Army Headquarters, B, C, D Company, A Company Fort McNair and Military Police Company are located at the Fort.

Housing

The housing offered by Fort Myer is extremely limited. Soldiers that were assigned in this area are authorized to apply for housing, though, under the priority two and will be assigned to family quarters to the installation of their choice. Government housing is available to the other installations that are located in the greater Washington Area which makes it available regardless of the duty station or place of work.

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