We are proud of the fact that the world’s largest naval base sits in our backyard. We are also proud of the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, and Marine presence in our region and welcome all military personnel and their families.
The total Department of Defense population, including active duty and civilian personnel approximately 150,000 in an area with a total population of 1.6 million. And, more than 40,000 civilians are employed in the industry. Each year, roughly 13,000 military personnel leave their respective branches of service and enter the private sector, offering businesses in the region an abundance of skilled, experienced, and highly disciplined workers. Major military units and headquarters include NATO’s Allied Command Transformation, U.S. Joint Forces Command, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, the U.S. Air Force’s Air Combat Command, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command, and the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command. The military currently has 64 ships homeported in the area and 36 aircraft squadrons. They also have a variety of Navy Special Forces and support units.The Hampton Roads area is home to one of the world’s largest populations of military personnel, with approximately 83,000 active duty military personnel. Hampton Roads is home to the largest Naval base in the world and the only NATO command on U.S. soil. The Hampton Roads regional economy has become increasingly dependent upon defense spending over the past decade and Department of Defense (DOD) spending accounts for 45.6% of all regional economic activity.
Military Installations in Hampton Roads
- Joint Base Langley-Eustis
- Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story
- Coast Guard
- U.S. Marine Corps
- Naval Air Station Oceana (Dam Neck/Va Beach)
- Naval Medical Center Portsmouth
- Naval Station Norfolk
In compliance with 2005 BRAC recommendations, (Base Realignment and Closure Commission), four bases were combined to develop two Joint Bases which became fully operational by calendar 2010.
Joint Base Langley–Eustis is a United States military facility located adjacent to Hampton and Newport News, Virginia. The base is an amalgamation of the United States Air Force's Langley Air Force Base and the United States Army's Fort Eustis which were merged on 1 October 2010. The base was established in accordance with congressional legislation implementing the recommendations of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission. The legislation ordered the consolidation of the two facilities which were nearby, but separate military installations, into a single Joint Base, one of 12 formed in the United States as a result of the law.
The Fifth Coast Guard District office is located in Portsmouth, Virginia. From these administrative offices, all Fifth District units are managed and supported. The boundaries of the Fifth Coast Guard District encompass the states of Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, and parts of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Carrying out the Fifth District’s many missions, including search and rescue, law enforcement, national security, environmental response and aids to navigation, are 5,338 active duty members and 810 reservists. Nearly 6,800 Coast Guard Auxiliarists in the district aid in the mission of research and development of safer boating practices and equipment, and coordination and enforcement of industrial and boating safety standards.
Marine Corps Forces Command (MARFORCOM) is headquartered aboard Naval Support Activity (NSA) Hampton Roads in Norfolk, Virginia. MARFORCOM sources Marine Corps forces for global deployment in support of combatant commander requirements and is composed of Marines, Sailors, Civilian Marines, and Civilian Contractors. MARFORCOM’s official mission statement: Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command (COMMARFORCOM), commands Active Component (AC) Service-retained operating forces; executes USMC force generation actions across the AC/RC Components in provisioning of joint capable Marine Corps forces, and directs deployment planning and execution of Service-retained operating forces in support of Combatant Commander (CCDR) and Service requirements; serves as Commanding General, Fleet Marine Forces Atlantic (CG FMFLANT) and commands embarked Marine Corps forces; coordinates Marine Corps- Navy integration of operational initiatives and advises Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFF) on support to Marine Corps forces assigned to U.S. Navy ships, bases, and installations; and conducts Service-directed operationaltasks as required.
Virginia Beach is the most sophisticated, operationally productive and critical air station in the U.S. Navy. Currently home to 11 F/A-18 Hornet squadrons and seven of the 10 Super Hornet squadrons, the air station encompasses 6,000 acres with seven miles of runways. The NAS Oceana base employs 10,683 active-duty, civilian personnel and reservists.
Dam Neck Annex employs over 5,600 active-duty personnel and civilian personnel. Located on 1,100 acres of wetlands, marshes, coastal beaches, and sand dunes, Dam Neck preserves a delicate ecological balance through active environmental preservation and recycling programs.
The Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth is the oldest continuously running hospital in the Navy. 4,300 Officers, Sailors and Civilians work in locations from Yorktown to Chesapeake to deliver health care to the 420,000 Active Duty members, family members and retirees living in Hampton Roads. These men and women carry on a tradition of caring and service to their country dating back to revolutionary times.
The Naval Station in Norfolk occupies about 4,300 acres of Hampton Roads real estate in a peninsula known as Sewells Point. It is the world’s largest Naval Station; in fact, based on supported military population, it is the largest military station in the world. The Base is home to approximately 64 ships and 187 aircraft, and employs 46,000 active-duty military and 21,000 civilian personnel. When the 64 ships and 133 aircraft home ported here are not at sea, they are alongside one of the 13 piers or inside one of the 16 aircraft hangars for repair, refit, training and to provide the ship’s or squadron’s crew an opportunity to be with their families. Naval Station Norfolk is homeport to aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers, large amphibious ships, submarines, and a variety of supply and logistics ships.
In October 2009, the Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story was established, the first Joint Base in Hampton Roads. Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story is the country’s premier installation for housing and training the nation’s Expeditionary Forces. It is one command with two properties: Joint Expeditionary Base East (Fort Story) and West (Little Creek). The Joint Expeditionary Base is comprised of the former Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek and the Army Post, Fort Story. Fort Story witnessed the humble beginnings of our country at the 1607 first landing site. Little Creek began as a dynamic training ground for World War II amphibious forces. Together they comprise the crown jewel of America’s military bases.
- Christopher Newport University Veterans Affairs
- G.I. Bill
- Norfolk State Veterans Affairs
- Old Dominion University Distance Learning
- Regent University - Military
- Tidewater Community College Services for Military Personnel
- Troy University's Troy for Troops
- Virginia Wesleyan Veterans Affairs
- Military Friendly Employers
- Operation Hire Our Heroes
- Opportunity Inc. Military Transition
- Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses
- Small Business Development Center of Hampton Roads
- Veteran Energy Jobs