National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)

7500 GEOINT Drive, Springfield, Virginia 22150

ABOUT

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) is a combat support agency under the United States Department of Defense and a member of the United States Intelligence Community. The primary mission of NGA is collecting, analyzing, and distributing geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) in support of national security. NGA was known as the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA) until 2003. In addition to using GEOINT for U.S. military and intelligence efforts, the NGA provides assistance during natural and man-made disasters, and security planning for major events such as the Olympic Games.

NGA headquarters, also known as NGA Campus East, is located at Fort Belvoir in Springfield, Virginia. The agency also operates major facilities in the St. Louis, Missouri area, as well as support and liaison offices worldwide. The NGA headquarters, at 2.3 million square feet, is the third-largest government building in the Washington metropolitan area after The Pentagon and the Ronald Reagan Building.

NGA delivers world-class geospatial intelligence that provides a decisive advantage to policymakers, warfighters, intelligence professionals and first responders. Anyone who sails a U.S. ship, flies a U.S. aircraft, makes national policy decisions, fights wars, locates targets, responds to natural disasters, or even navigates with a cellphone relies on NGA. NGA enables all of these critical actions and shapes decisions that impact our world through the indispensable discipline of geospatial intelligence (GEOINT).

As the lead federal agency for GEOINT, the NGA manages a global consortium of more than 400 commercial and government relationships. The director of NGA serves as the functional manager for GEOINT, the head of the National System for Geospatial Intelligence (NSG) and the coordinator of the global Allied System for Geospatial Intelligence (ASG). In its multiple roles, NGA receives guidance and oversight from DOD, the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and Congress.

Currently, NGA employs approximately 14,500 government civilians, military members and contractors, with approximately two-thirds of the workforce located at the NGA Headquarters at NGA Campus East, on Fort Belvoir North Area in Springfield, Va., and approximately one-third of the workforce located at NGA’s two St. Louis facilities.

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ARRIVAL

All in-processing Soldiers must sign in at their unit of assignment prior to in-processing at the Welcome Center. Soldiers must have a copy of DA Form 31 (Leave), assignment orders, and/or amendments. Information pertaining to DD Form 93 and SGLI will be updated at this time. Soldiers must be in Duty uniform.

The Fort Belvoir Welcome Center is located at 5981, 13th Street, Building 1155 Fort Belvoir, VA 22060. Operating hours are 0730 to 1630 Monday through Friday; it is closed holidays and weekends.

All soldiers arriving at 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.

To make commuting easier, northern Virginia has several toll roads and many commuters use an EZ-Pass to cut down on costs and traffic time. You can learn more about how to obtain an EZ-Pass here.

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.

Resources

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:
 

Arlington Public Schools
Fairfax County Public Schools
Prince William County Public Schools
Alexandria City Public Schools

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.

 

Online course options: edX – Founded by Harvard University and MIT, offers high-quality courses from the world’s best universities and institutions to learners everywhere. Whether you are interested in computer science, languages, engineering, psychology, writing, electronics, biology, or marketing. Enroll today!

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.

 

Military Children and Teens Resource Guide

Fairfax County, Virginia

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

Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles

Fairfax County Voter Registration

Utilities in Fairfax County
Dominion Virginia Power (866) 366-4357
Washington Gas Light Company (703) 750-1000
Fairfax Water (703) 698-5613
Residential Wastewater Management (703) 323-1211

Cable/Internet/Phone providers in Fairfax County:
Comcast
Cox of Northern Virginia
Verizon

AT&T Comcast Cox of Northern Virginia DIRECTV Verizon

For a complete list of all of the utility and cable providers in Fairfax County, visit this page.

NGA Main (East) (571) 557-5400  

NGA Operating Status (East) (888) 333-4636  

Housing

Fort Belvoir offers housing for unaccompanied personnel at McRee Barracks. Currently all personnel authorized BAQ at the without dependent rate in the Pay Grade of E5 and below are required to live in the Barracks. Contact the barracks manager at (703) 806-0489 for more information about living at Fort Belvoir.

On-base housing is available at Fort Belvoir Army Base. There are two, three, four and five bedroom homes are available in fifteen village communities. Housing is available to military members of all ranks from all service branches assigned to Fort Belvoir and the National Capital Region. Call (703) 454-9700 for more information. For temporary lodging, contact the front desk at Knadle Hall at (703) 704-8600.

In addition, northern Virginia offers many different housing options, including townhomes, single-family homes, apartments and condominiums. Housing can be expensive, but there are many communities in the surrounding area, including Springfield, Alexandria, Arlington, Annandale, and Falls Church. In addition, Northern Virginia is also known for having long commute times due to the highly congested highways and roads.

Springfield Oaks
3.3 miles from Fort Belvoir

Springfield Oaks is a safe, quiet neighborhood in Springfield, VA. The area has good schools, beautiful parks, and is family-friendly.

Wessynton
3.3 miles from Fort Belvoir

Wessynton is a safe, quiet neighborhood in Alexandria, VA. The area has a commuity boat launch, family-friendly parks, restaurants and lots of shopping.

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Community

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.

Compared to other cities in Virginia and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Springfield, VA is 141, which is 31% higher than the Virginia average and 41% higher than that for the entire country. The index is comprised of the following criteria: cost of retail goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), the cost of public/private transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). Everyday goods and services, along with housing account for 63 percent of the total cost of living index. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. As seen above, the cost of retail goods and services in Springfield, VA are 9% higher than the average for Virginia and 9% higher than the rest of the country.

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 MemorialGeorge 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:

Visit Washington, D.C.

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