National Reconnaissance Office
The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) is a member of the United States Intelligence Community and an agency of the United States Department of Defense. NRO is considered, along with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), National Security Agency (NSA), Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), to be one of the “big five” U.S. intelligence agencies. The NRO is headquartered in Chantilly, Fairfax County, Virginia. The NRO was launched on September 6, 1961 and develops and operates unique, innovative overhead reconnaissance systems and conducts intelligence-related activities for U.S. national security.
The NRO also maintains ground stations at Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado; Fort Belvoir, Virginia; White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico; as well as a presence at the Joint Defense Facility Pine Gap, Australia, and the Royal Air Force Base Menwith Hill Station, United Kingdom. NRO spacecraft launch offices reside at Cape Canaveral AFB, Florida, and Vandenberg AFB, California.
A hybrid organization consisting of some 3000 personnel, the NRO is jointly staffed by members of the armed services, the Central Intelligence Agency, and DoD civilian personnel. The NRO is managed by a Director, a Principal Deputy Director, and a Deputy Director. The NRO is funded through the National Intelligence Program (NIP) and the Military Intelligence Program (MIP) consistent with the priorities and processes established by the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (USD).
In 2015, the NRO established its own civilian workforce—the NRO Cadre. This Congressionally-approved workforce stability initiative allowed NRO to create a stable, indigenous workforce by converting Air Force and Navy civilians to NRO Cadre civilians. This effort helps to ensure NRO has the “right people in the right places at the right time” and provides Cadre personnel with their own career paths, and advanced degree and professional development programs.
The NRO’s federal workforce consists primarily of Air Force, CIA, NGA, NSA, and Navy personnel. However, the majority of the workforce is made up of defense contractor personnel.
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. Of the lane miles in the region, 44 percent are rated “F” or worst for congestion. Northern Virginia residents spend an average of 46 hours a year stuck in traffic.
Several major highways run through Fairfax County, including the Capital Beltway (Interstate 495), Interstate 66, Interstate 95, and Interstate 395. The American Legion Bridge connects Fairfax to Montgomery County, Maryland. The George Washington Memorial Parkway, Dulles Toll Road, and Fairfax County Parkway are also major arteries. Other notable roads include Braddock Road, Old Keene Mill Road, Little River Turnpike, State Routes 7, 28, and 123, and US Routes 1, 29, and 50.
The Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) lies partly within Fairfax County and provides most air service to the county. The NRO is about 2 miles south of the airport, which is about a 10-minute drive by car depending upon traffic.
The area is also served by two other airports in the Washington area, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) and Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI).
Fairfax County has multiple public transportation services, including the Washington Metro’s Orange, Blue, Yellow, and Silver lines. The Silver line, which runs through the Tysons Corner and Reston areas of the county, opened in 2014 as the first new Washington Metro line since the Green Line opened in 1991.
In addition, the VRE (Virginia Railway Express) provides commuter rail service to Union Station in Washington, D.C., with stations in Fairfax County. The VRE’s Fairfax County stations are Lorton and Franconia/Springfield on the Fredericksburg line, and Burke Centre, Rolling Road, and Backlick Road on the Manassas line.
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/.
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
This prestigious high school is a Virginia Governor’s School due to the extraordinary number of National Merit Semi-finalists and Finalists, the high average SAT scores of its students, and the number of students who annually perform nationally recognized research in the sciences and in engineering.
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.
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
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.
NRO Information (703) 808-1171
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 McClean, Reston, Fairfax, Arlington, and Falls Church. In addition, Northern Virginia is also known for having long commute times due to the highly congested highways and roads.
Little Rocky Run in Clifton, VA
10.4 miles from the NRO
Little Rocky Run is a family-friendly neighborhood with many amenities located close by. The area has a community center with basketball courts, an indoor pool, and walking trails.
10.6 miles from the NRO
Located northeast of the NRO, Reston is a popular place to live with quick access to major roads, lots of shopping nearby, and good schools. Without traffic, it is about a 20-minute drive to the Office.
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In Chantilly, 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 87°F and is rarely below 14°F or above 95°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, Chantilly gets about 44 inches of rain and 20 inches of snow per year. Chantilly gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 117 days per year. In addition, the area experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity. In Chantilly, there are 94.6 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is about average compared to other places in Virginia.
Chantilly, Virginia is located in west Fairfax County and is located about 25 miles west of Washington, D.C., via Interstate 66 and U.S. Route 50. The city’s close proximity to the Washington metropolitan area makes it a popular commuter location with many local amenities, including shopping, dining and family-friendly attractions. The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly is a Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum that offers free admission. Two large hangars display thousands of aviation and space artifacts, including the Space Shuttle Discovery.
Located about 20 minutes east of Chantilly, Tysons Corner is the county’s largest office market and the nation’s largest suburban business district with 26,600,000 square feet of office space. Every weekday, Tysons Corner draws over 100,000 workers from around the region. It also draws 55,000 shoppers every weekday as it is home to neighboring super-regional malls Tysons Corner Center and Tysons Galleria.
Northern Virginia has many outdoor activities available, including hiking, bird watching, boating, camping and fishing. Great Falls is a beautiful park in McClean that is operated by the National Park Service. The Maryland side of Great Falls is part of the C&O Canal National Historical Park and is located in Potomac, MD.
Just a short drive from McClean, 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.
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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