We are proud of the fact that the world’s largest naval base sits in our backyard. We are also proud of the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, and Marine presence in our region and welcome all military personnel and their families.
The total Department of Defense population, including active duty and civilian personnel, is approximately 150,000 in an area with a total population of 1.6 million. And, more than 40,000 civilians are employed in the industry. Each year, roughly 13,000 military personnel leave their respective branches of service and enter the private sector, offering businesses in the region an abundance of skilled, experienced, and highly disciplined workers. Major military units and headquarters include NATO’s Allied Command Transformation, U.S. Joint Forces Command, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, the U.S. Air Force’s Air Combat Command, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command, and the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command. The military currently has 64 ships homeported in the area and 36 aircraft squadrons. They also have a variety of Navy Special Forces and support units.
The Hampton Roads area is home to one of the world’s largest populations of military personnel, with approximately 83,000 active duty military personnel. Hampton Roads is home to the largest Naval base in the world and the only NATO command on U.S. soil. The Hampton Roads regional economy has become increasingly dependent upon defense spending over the past decade and Department of Defense (DOD) spending accounts for 45.6% of all regional economic activity.
Military Installations in Hampton Roads
In compliance with 2005 BRAC recommendations, (Base Realignment and Closure Commission), four bases were combined to develop two Joint Bases which became fully operational by calendar 2010.
Joint Base Langley–Eustis
Joint Base Langley–Eustis is a United States military facility located adjacent to Hampton and Newport News, Virginia. The base is an amalgamation of the United States Air Force’s Langley Air Force Base and the United States Army’s Fort Eustis which were merged on 1 October 2010. The base was established in accordance with congressional legislation implementing the recommendations of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission. The legislation ordered the consolidation of the two facilities which were nearby, but separate military installations, into a single Joint Base, one of 12 formed in the United States as a result of the law.Visit jble.af.mil
Fifth Coast Guard District
The Fifth Coast Guard District office is located in Portsmouth, Virginia. From these administrative offices, all Fifth District units are managed and supported. The boundaries of the Fifth Coast Guard District encompass the states of Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, and parts of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Carrying out the Fifth District’s many missions, including search and rescue, law enforcement, national security, environmental response and aids to navigation, are 5,338 active duty members and 810 reservists. Nearly 6,800 Coast Guard Auxiliarists in the district aid in the mission of research and development of safer boating practices and equipment, and coordination and enforcement of industrial and boating safety standards.Visit uscg.mil/d5
United States Marine Corps Forces Command
Marine Corps Forces Command (MARFORCOM) is headquartered aboard Naval Support Activity (NSA) Hampton Roads in Norfolk, Virginia. MARFORCOM sources Marine Corps forces for global deployment in support of combatant commander requirements and is composed of Marines, Sailors, Civilian Marines, and Civilian Contractors. MARFORCOM’s official mission statement: Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command (COMMARFORCOM), commands Active Component (AC) Service-retained operating forces; executes USMC force generation actions across the AC/RC Components in provisioning of joint capable Marine Corps forces, and directs deployment planning and execution of Service-retained operating forces in support of Combatant Commander (CCDR) and Service requirements; serves as Commanding General, Fleet Marine Forces Atlantic (CG FMFLANT) and commands embarked Marine Corps forces; coordinates Marine Corps- Navy integration of operational initiatives and advises Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFF) on support to Marine Corps forces assigned to U.S. Navy ships, bases, and installations; and conducts Service-directed operational tasks as required.Visit marforcom.marines.mil
Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story
In October 2009, the Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story was established, the first Joint Base in Hampton Roads. Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story is the country’s premier installation for housing and training the nation’s Expeditionary Forces. It is one command with two properties: Joint Expeditionary Base East (Fort Story) and West (Little Creek). The Joint Expeditionary Base is comprised of the former Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek and the Army Post, Fort Story. Fort Story witnessed the humble beginnings of our country at the 1607 first landing site. Little Creek began as a dynamic training ground for World War II amphibious forces. Together they comprise the crown jewel of America’s military bases.Visit cnic.navy.mil/JEBLCFS