Fort Pickett Army Base
Virginia Army National Guard
Building 472 Military Rd, Blackstone, VA 23824
Fort Pickett is a Virginia Army National Guard installation, located near the town of Blackstone, Virginia, approximately 40 miles southwest of Richmond. Fort Pickett is home of the Army National Guard Maneuver Training Center, serving soldiers from regional National Guard, active military units from other installations, and soldiers from all branches of military. Fort Pickett’s mission is providing realistic and challenging training, maintaining physical security and force protection of the facility in support of soldier readiness and deployment missions. Fort Pickett strives to support their customers through innovation and partnership while fostering balance. Fort Pickett spans across 42,000 acres of Maneuver areas and contains many state of the art facilities, including a Live Fire Range, a Forward Operation Base, Urban Assault, Training Villages, EST 2000, and several other training facilities.
Today, both Virginia National Guard and Air Guard units occupy the installation and employ hundreds of permanent active duty soldiers, state civilian employees and contractors. The Army National Guard Maneuver Training Center (MTC) Fort Pickett, under the command and control of Virginia Army National Guard Headquarters provides directorate support in logistics; planning, training and security; public works; and personnel, morale, welfare, recreation and community activities.
There are Active Duty, Reserve, Guard, military families, DoD personnel, civilians, and retirees assigned to Fort Pickett.
The closest airport is Richmond International Airport located, 62.8 miles from base.
Directions from Richmond International Airport:
Head east on Richard E Byrd Terminal Dr, then keep left to stay on Richard E Byrd Terminal Dr
Slight right onto S Airport Dr, then turn left toward S Airport Dr
Turn left onto S Airport Dr, then keep right at the fork, follow signs for VA-895 W/Interstate 95 and merge onto VA-895 W
Merge onto VA-895 W
Use the 2nd from the right lane to continue on VA-150 N
Take the exit onto I-95 S toward Petersburg
Use the right 2 lanes to take exit 51 for I-85 S/US-460 W toward Durham/Atlanta and continue onto I-85 S/US-460 W
Take exit 61 for US-460 W toward Blackstone/Lynchburg
Turn right onto US-460 W (signs for Blackstone)
Turn left onto US-460 BUS W
Turn left onto Military Rd
TRICARE Information and News
For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.
Check the US News Health directory online at https://health.usnews.com/doctors/search to find the best doctor for your family.
The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website https://findadentist.ada.org/.
FOR THE CHILDREN
To be enrolled in a Virginia school, a child must be at least 5 years old by September 30th. Check with the school for other requirements.
If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.
FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER
Current servicemembers can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition.
Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program.
Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.
If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.
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When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.
Child Care Aware:
Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit.
There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.
Virginia Department of Social Services (804) 726-7000
People helping people triumph over poverty, abuse and neglect to shape strong futures for themselves, their families and communities.
Virginia Department of Health (804) 633-5465
The Mission of the Virginia Department of Health is to protect the health and promote the well-being of all people in Virginia. The agency’s vision statement is “Become the healthiest state in the nation.”
Nottoway County Adopt-A-Pet (434) 645-8696
Virginia State Police (804) 674-2000
Base Operator (315) 772-6556
Chaplain (315) 772-5591
Civilian Personnel Office (315) 772-1049
Dental Headquarters (315) 772-4440
EFMP Family Support (315) 772-5476
Family Advocacy Program (315) 772-6929
Family Child Care (315) 772-2250
Housing Services Office (315) 772-9397
ID/CAC Card Processing (315) 772-5149
Information and Referral (315) 772-6799
In-Processing (315) 772-0423
Legal Services and JAG (315) 772-5261
Medical Appointments (315) 772-4655
NAF Human Resources Officer (315) 772-5393
Suicide Prevention Hotline (315) 772-9018
On-base housing at Fort Pickett is not available. For Billeting, call (434) 292-2443.
0.5 miles from Base
Blackstone is a small town in Virginia with many housing options.
36 miles from Base
Petersburg is a medium-sized city in Virginia with many housing options.
In Blackstone, the summers are hot and muggy, the winters are very cold, and it is wet and partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 29°F to 89°F and is rarely below 16°F or above 97°F.
The hot season lasts for 3.5 months, from May 30 to September 15, with an average daily high temperature above 81°F. The hottest day of the year is July 21, with an average high of 89°F and low of 69°F. The cold season lasts for 3.1 months, from November 30 to March 1, with an average daily high temperature below 57°F. The coldest day of the year is January 29, with an average low of 29°F and high of 49°F.
The wetter season lasts 4.3 months, from April 21 to August 31, with a greater than 31% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 42% on July 16. The drier season lasts 7.7 months, from August 31 to April 21. The smallest chance of a wet day is 20% on November 11.
The overall cost of living in Blackstone, VA is 19% lower than the Virginia average and 13% lower than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Blackstone, Virginia, the city’s goods and services are 1% higher than the Virginia average and 1% higher than the U.S. average.
Blackstone is a small town in rural Nottoway County, Virginia. The area has many historical sites dating back to revolutionary times, including Schwartz Tavern and Robert Thomas Carriage Museum. Main Street is a historic district filled with wonderful restaurants and quaint shops.
For outdoor fun, visit the Adventure Park at Sandy River Retreat in nearby Farmville, VA. Richmond, Virginia is about an hours drive north and offers all the amenities expected of a big city, including museums, restaurants, shopping areas, parks, and cultural events.