Post with the Most – Fort Belvoir, VA

Post With the Most

Fort Belvoir, VA

Each month here at Army Wife Network, we do a segment that highlights an Army installation.  We do this so we can provide you with as much information about a post as possible.  We also call on you, our loyal AWN fans, to help us compile this information and give us a personal look at what life is like at each post.  Look for these spouse’s personal comments in red below.

This month we are taking a look at Fort Belvoir, VA.  Fort Belvoir is home to the United States INSCOM and ARCYBER and elements of ten other Army major commands; nineteen different agencies and direct reporting units of the Department of Army; eight elements of the U.S. Army Reserve and the Army National Guard; and twenty-six Department of Defense agencies.  Here is what you need to know about Fort Belvoir, VA!

GENERAL INFORMATION

Major Units/What Post is “known for” (i.e. basic training, AIT, MP Headquarters etc):

12th Aviation Battalion
249th Engineer Battalion
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
1st Signal Center /Army Global Operations and Security Center
1st IO Command
3rd Brigade, Eastern Region (ROTC), US Army Cadet Command
6th Brigade, US Army Reserve Forces School
9th Theater Support Command
169th Engineer Battalion, Echo Company
18th Weather Squadron, Operating Location A
29th Infantry Division (Light)
212th Military Detachment
55th Ordnance Company (EOD)
701st MP Group (CID)
902d Military Intelligence Group, Counterintelligence Office, National Capital Region
1110th USA Signal Battalion
Medical Defense Missile Agency
U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Laboratory

Name of Surrounding Cities:

Alexandria, VA
Fairfax, VA
Burke
Newington
Lorton
Lake Ridge
Woodbridge
Springfield
Arlington, VA
Dale City
Dumfries
Manassas
Silver Spring, MD

Closest MAJOR City:

 Washington, D.C. – Approx. 30 min.
Richmond, VA – Approx. 1 hour 40 min.

Names of Area Colleges:

Central Michigan University
Northern Virginia Community College
Old Dominion University
Park University
Troy University
University of Maryland, University College
Webster University
Howard University
Georgetown University
George Mason
American University
Virginia Tech
George Washington
U.S. Naval Academy

Weather:

 “Hot, humid summers, short spring and fall with severe weather and long, cold winters”                                                                               Jennifer DeLoia, Military Spouse

Hot humid summers, winter snow amounts vary from very little to a lot!”
Krista Rivera, Military Spouse

POST INFORMATION

Post Website:  http://www.belvoir.army.mil/default.asp
Map:
http://www.belvoir.army.mil/map/Ft_Belvoir_Map_2010_2011.pdf

Historical Facts/Landmarks on post:

You can find an extremely detailed history of Fort Belvoir on their website under: HOME< About Fort Belvoir < Historic Belvoir

Housing:

On-Post Housing:  http://belvoir.pinnaclefamilyhousing.com/

Housing Services Office: http://www.belvoir.army.mil/services/housing_services_office.asp

“On post housing there is usually a wait list but the houses are nice and big. Plenty of off post housing available as well, with apartments ranging from $1,500 a month and homes from $2,200 a month.”
Patty Pacheco, Military Spouse

Major realty/rental companies in the area:

Redfin
Long & Foster
Century 21
ReMax
Keller Williams Realty
Tom & Cindy

Adult Education: 

Barden Education Center:  http://www.belvoir.army.mil/dhr/aces.asp

Schools:

School Liaison Officer:  http://belvoirmwr.com/Facilities/CYS/SLO.php

Districts:

Fairfax County Public Schools – http://www.fcps.edu/index.shtml

Elementary Schools:

Fort Belvoir Elementary School (On-Post) – http://www.fcps.edu/FtBelvoirES/
Woodlawn Elementary School – http://www.fcps.edu/WoodlawnES/
Woodley Hills Elementary School – http://www.fcps.edu/WoodleyHillsES/
Washington Mills Elementary School – http://www.fcps.edu/WashingtonMillES/
Hybia Valley Elementary School – http://www.fcps.edu/HyblaValleyES/

Middle Schools:

Walt Whitman Middle School – http://www.fcps.edu/WhitmanMS/
Hayfield Secondary School – http://www.fcps.edu/HayfieldSS/

High Schools:

Mount Vernon High School – http://www.fcps.edu/MtVernonHS/
Quander Road High School – http://www.fcps.edu/QuanderRoadSchool/

Youth Services:  http://belvoirmwr.com/Facilities/CYS/

Army Community Service (ACS) – http://belvoirmwr.com/Facilities/ACS/

PX:  http://www.shopmyexchange.com/ExchangeLocations/FtBelvoirStore.htm

Commissary: http://www.commissaries.com/stores/html/store.cfm?dodaac=HQCNFF

On-Post Library:

The Van Noy Library – http://belvoirmwr.com/Facilities/Library/

MWR Website:  http://belvoirmwr.com/

Hospital: 

Fort Belvoir Community Hospital – http://www.fbch.capmed.mil/SitePages/Home.aspx

Spouses Clubs:

Belvoir Officers’ Spouses’ Club – http://www.belvoirosc.org/

There seems to be an enlisted spouses’ club, but we were unable to locate any additional information on them.

Chaplain & Religious Services/Organizations: http://www.belvoir.army.mil/services/chapels.asp

There are two Chapels:

Woodlawn Chapel
Belvoir Chapel

Religious Programs:

Curious Catholics
AWANA
MCCW
PWOC
Underground
Knights of Columbus
BMOF

OFF-POST INFORMATION

Restaurants:

On The Border
Kimchi House
Famous Daves
Smokey Bones
Mike’s American Grill

Best place to get your hair/nails done:

Glam Day Spa
Bella Donna Spa
PR Partners in Alexandria – Great place for hair

Shopping/malls:

Fair Oaks Mall
Tyson’s Corner
Potomac Mills
Pentagon City
Crystal City Mall
Leesburg Outlets
Arundel Mills

Hidden Gems:

National Harbor
The Occoquan
Old Town Alexandria

“There are several antique shops in the area. There are also several battlefields that you can go to visit. Shenandoah National Park is only about an hour away.”

Krista Rivera, Military Spouse

Must Do:

Visit Washington D.C.
Visit all the Museums
Tour the monuments
Visit Mount Vernon – Home of George Washington
Many Festivals

“You’re surrounded by numerous historical sites – go and visit! DC is only 30 minutes away and there are lots of museums and the Smithsonian’s are amazing. Visit the Capitol and the White House. Jamestown is a couple hours away as is James Madison’s and Thomas Jefferson’s homes. Baltimore is an hour away.”
Patty Pacheco, Military Spouse

IMPORTANT FORT WAINWRIGHT LINKS

Fort Belvoir FaceBook Page – https://www.facebook.com/fortbelvoir?ref=ts

THOUGHTS FROM SPOUSES:

“Avoid traffic.  I hardly go anywhere anymore b/c I can’t deal with the crippling traffic.”
Jennifer DeLoia, Military Spouse

“There is so much to do in the area and a lot of those things are free. If you love history this is a great place to be.”
Krista Rivera, Military Spouse

THANK YOU

Army Wife Network would like to thank the following spouses for their help in creating this Post With the Most segment:

Jennifer DeLoia                               Krista Rivera                         Patty Pacheco

If you have something to add about Fort Belvoir, please feel free to add your comments below!

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About Janet McIntosh

Janet has a passion for service and supporting military families. A military spouse herself, Janet knows a life in the military is full of ups and downs, but she also knows that there can be many rewards. She is eager to share her immense knowledge and experience with other military spouses. Janet has been affiliated with the military for seventeen years, having served as an active duty Soldier in the United States Army for two and a half years before leaving active duty to serve another six years in the Army Reserves / National Guard. Janet is very active in her military community. She has volunteered with several Family Readiness Groups (FRG) and installation spouse clubs. Janet has also volunteered as an ACS Army Family Team Building instructor and an Army Family Action Plan Facilitator. Janet also currently works for Blue Star Families as their Books on Bases Program Manager. Originally from Miami, FL, Janet continues to work as an advocate and voice for military families. She is married to SSG McIntosh, and has two beautiful children, Aiden & Alina. Janet holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Western Governors University.

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  1. Post With The Most-Fort Belvoir | www.armywifenetwork.com - September 30, 2012

    […] Should your family get orders here, you most certainly want to do your homework. Fort Belvoir does have on-post housing, but like most installations there can be a lengthy wait list, which causes many families to seek off-post housing. With the diversity of the area it would be wise to connect with others who have been there or are there to find out what neighborhoods are the most affordable and boast the best schools for your children. We would strongly encourage you to check out our Army Wife Network website edition of The Post With The Most for Fort Belvoir for all the needed and important information such as local realtors/housing info, Fort Belvoir websites and any information that is not covered in this blog portion of Post With The Most. That link to our website edition can be found by clicking here. […]

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