Military Intelligence Corps Army
The United States Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) is a direct reporting unit that conducts intelligence, security, and information operations for U.S. Army commanders and national decision makers. INSCOM is headquartered at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.
INSCOM is an organization within both the United States Army and the National Security Agency, the United States’s unified signals intelligence organization. Within the NSA, INSCOM and its counterparts in the U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force and Marine Corps Intelligence, are known as Central Security Service.
There are over 51,000 Active Duty, Reserve, Guard, military families, DoD personnel, civilians, and retirees assigned to Fort Belvoir.
All soldiers arriving to Fort Belvoir will report to their assigned units before in-processing. The Fort Belvoir Human Resource Directorate (HRD), located in Building 213, provides both in and out processing. A checklist must be obtained in order to begin either process.
Prior to in-processing with HRD, Soldiers must stop at the Tricare Support Service Center in DeWitt Army Community Hospital. Soldiers must enroll themselves and their family members (if applicable) into Tricare/Health Net Federal Services before going to HRD.
For newly arrived personnel, a Newcomers’ Briefing is held on the first Monday of each month at Sosa Community Center, Bldg 200, at 9:00 a.m. If the first Monday is a holiday, the briefing will be held on the following Monday. All military personnel, civilians, and their family members are encouraged to attend.
The closest airport is Reagan National Airport located about 15 miles from Fort Belvoir, which is a 45-minute drive depending upon traffic. Dulles International Airport is approximately 35 miles from Fort Belvoir. Also, an Amtrak station is conveniently located just six miles from Fort Belvoir’s main gate.
Northern Virginia, including Fairfax County, is the third worst congested traffic area in the nation, in terms of percentage of congested roadways and time spent in traffic. Northern Virginia residents spend an average of 46 hours a year stuck in traffic.
Fairfax County contracts its bus service called the Fairfax Connector to Transdev. The county also is served by WMATA’s Metrobus service.
Nearby Washington DC offers several different public transportation options, including bus and train service. To learn more about the Metrobus and Metrorail systems, visit this page.
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
Virginia’s compulsory attendance law states that all children who are five years old on or before September 30 of the school year must be enrolled in school. This could include public school, private school, a public or private preschool program, a private tutor, or home instruction.
In 2010, the majority of states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit http://www.corestandards.org/.
The following public school districts serve the areas surrounding Fort Belvoir, both in Virginia and Maryland.
If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.
FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER
Current service members 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.
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 Health (800) 222-1222.
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.”
Fairfax County Public Library (703) 324-3100
Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office (703) 246-3227
Humane Society of Fairfax County (703) 385-7387
Utilities in Fairfax County:
Cable/Internet/Phone providers in Fairfax County:
Cox of Northern Virginia
For a complete list of all of the utility and cable providers in Fairfax County, visit this page.
Fort Belvoir Base Operator (703) 545-6700
Intelligence and Security Command (703) 706-1207
Fort Belvoir Barracks Manager (703) 806-0489
Fort Belvoir Chaplain (703) 806-3006
Fort Belvoir Commissary (703) 806-6674
Fort Belvoir Exchange (703) 806-5416
Fort Belvoir Finance Office (703) 805-3940
Fort Belvoir Hospital Main (703) 805-0510
Fort Belvoir Housing Office (703) 454-9700
Fort Belvoir ID Cards (703) 805-5578
Fort Belvoir Library (703) 805-4244
Fort Belvoir Legal/JAG (703) 805-2856
Fort Belvoir Military Clothing Sales (703) 805-2574
Fort Belvoir School Liaison Office (703) 805-2606
Fort Belvoir Temporary Lodging/ Knadle Hall (703) 704-8600
Fort Belvoir Veterinarian (703) 805-4336
Fort Belvoir Welcome and Visitor’s Center (703) 806-4892
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At Fort Belvoir, the summers are warm and humid, the winters are very cold, and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 27°F to 89°F and is rarely below 14°F or above 96°F. The best times of year to visit northern Virginia for warm-weather activities are for the entire month of June and from early August to late September.
The wetter season lasts 4.4 months, from April 10 to August 21, with a greater than 30% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 40% on June 17. The drier season lasts 7.6 months, from August 21 to April 10. The smallest chance of a wet day is 20%on October 20.
On average, the area gets about 44 inches of rain and 20 inches of snow per year. Fort Belvoir gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 117 days per year. In addition, the area experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity. At Fort Belvoir, there are 94.6 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is about average compared to other places in Virginia.
Fort Belvoir is an Army installation located in northern Virginia, approximately 23 miles southwest of Washington D.C. Developed on the site of the former Belvoir plantation, seat of the prominent Fairfax Family, Fort Belvoir is a census-designated place in Fairfax County, Virginia. Fairfax County is the most populous county in the state of Virginia. It makes up most of the Virginia portion of the Washington Metro Area along with Arlington County and the 3 independent cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, and Falls Church.
Just a short drive from Fort Belvoir, the nation’s capital offers a large variety of places to visit, including museums, historic landmarks, art galleries and memorials. In addition, most of the museums and monuments are free to the public and are popular destinations each year, drawing in millions of visitors. Places to visit include the Lincoln Memorial, George Washington’s Mount Vernon, the newly built Museum of the Bible, the National Harbor, and the Smithsonian Museums.
Explore all that the nation’s capital has to offer by walking through the free Smithsonian museums, paddle on the Potomac and Anacostia rivers, or listen to history tours on a double-decker tour bus. Washington D.C. has a vibrant restaurant and shopping scene, as well as world-class cultural events for all ages to enjoy. Walk along the charming streets of Georgetown or take a day trip to beautiful Chesapeake Beach. In the spring, Washington D.C. hosts the 3 week long annual Cherry Blossom Festival that celebrates the blooming of over 3000 cherry trees.
While there’s no admission charge to enter the 19 museums and galleries of the Smithsonian Institution, they’re merely a fraction of the many free things to do in the area. For example, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo is free to the public and is a popular family-friendly attraction located in northwest Washington, D.C. And, be sure to stop by the Washington National Cathedral, which prominently and majestically stands at the crossroads of Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues in the northwest quadrant of Washington. Tours are available at a minimal cost, and are well-worth your time!
For more information about things to do in the area and for a more complete list of attractions and sites to see, you can visit this helpful website:
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