We provide corporate, government, and military relocation services for civilians and military service members moving to and from Northern Virginia and the assignments listed below. Each of the military installations listed below have nearby areas and neighborhoods listed for conducting home searches through our Listingbook MLS home search service. This process simplifies finding homes you like while notifying us of the homes you want to visit before arriving to your duty station. Contact us to help you make your next move easier.
To read about a specific military installation on this page, just click on the name of it below:
Fort Belvoir is on Richmond Highway (U. S. Route 1) in Fairfax County between Alexandria (north) and Lorton (south). Home search areas usually sought by those assigned to Fort Belvoir include: Alexandria, Annandale, Burke, Clifton, Fairfax, Fairfax Station, Kingstowne, Lorton, and West Springfield. The areas of Dumfries, Lake Ridge, Montclair, and Woodbridge in Prince William County are also popular areas. Stafford County and Fredericksburg are also considerations for those willing to commute. For all U. S. Army service members planning a PCS move, go to Army Housing Online User Services. This link provides hosing information on post and in local communities worldwide. A great website for Army service families preparing for PCS is the Army Wife Network. It has extensive information for base transitions.
The Fort Belvoir Community Hospital is in the background of this photograph of the main gate on Richmond Highway (U. S. Route 1). The hospital has 120 single patient rooms, 4 ambulatory clinical centers, an Intensive Care Unit, operating rooms, cancer care center, and a complete range (more than 50 patient services) of primary care, medical, and surgical specialists. This 1.3 million square foot hospital consists of 5 buildings with 44 clinics, a full range pharmacy, 430 examination rooms, 10 operating rooms (2 robotic surgical systems and 2 linear accelerator oncology systems), and a substance abuse program. Two parking decks offer 3,500 parking spaces for employees, patients, and visitors. Fort Belvoir serves as the headquarters for the Defense Logistics Agency, the Defense Acquisition University, the Defense Contract Audit Agency, the Defense Technical Information Center, the United States Army Intelligence and Security Command, the United States Army Military Intelligence Readiness Command, the Missile Defense Agency, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, National Reconnaissance Office (The National Reconnaissance Office operates the Aerospace Data Facility-East which has command and control of reconnaissance satellites involved in the collection of intelligence for the dissemination to other U.S. government agencies.), and the 29th Infantry Division (Light).
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TISCOM, the Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Information Technology (C4&IT) Service Center, the Coast Guard Investigative Service Computer Crimes and Technical Services Unit, and the Navigation Center are in Fairfax County (Hayfield) just north of Fort Belvoir. Previously, this high security facility was the Coast Guard Radio Station (1939), Coast Guard Station Alexandria (1976), and Coast Guard Information Systems Center (1988). It is next to Kingstowne master planned community making this a popular community for anyone assigned to TISCOM and the Navigation Center. The Fairfax County neighborhoods of Burke, Crosspointe, Franconia, Huntington, Laurel Hill, Lorton Station, Lorton Valley, Newington Forest, and West Springfield are all popular choices for home selections of corporate, government, and military transferees working at the Alexandria Coast Guard facility, Department of Defense, and Department of Homeland Security workers in Washington, D. C., and Crystal City. If you’re seeking new homes in a master planned community, the distinctive design of Tidewater Series homes of Potomac Shores (Dumfries) in Prince William County offers new homes and a short commute. These communities are also viable choices for assignments to the U. S. Coast Guard Recruiting Command, USCG Cyber Command, USCG Hearing Office, USCG Investigative Services, USCG Marine Safety Center, and Personnel Service Center in Arlington, and the USCG Air Station, USCG Counterintelligence Service, USCG Intelligence Coordination Center, U. S. Coast Guard National Pollution Funds Center, and the U. S. Coast Guard Headquarters (St. Elizabeth’s West Campus) in Washington, D. C. The U. S. Coast Guard Newsroom provides news and social media related to events by region throughout the world.
Coast Guard Ceremonial Honor Guard represents the Commandant of the Coast Guard, Military District of Washington, and United States Coast Guard during state ceremonies involving world leaders and foreign dignitaries. Ceremonial Honor Guard performances include funerals, parades, welcoming official visitors to the White House, and presenting colors at local events, joint service assignments, and Coast Guard ceremonies. The 73 member Coast Guard Ceremonial Honor Guard performs in more than 1,600 events annually. This includes the work of the U. S. Coast Guard Silent Drill Team.
On March 5, 1962 the United States Coast Guard Ceremonial Honor Guard was created by order of President John F. Kennedy. The first honor guard had 33 members and was assigned to the USCG Yard in Baltimore, Maryland. In 1965, the USCG Ceremonial Honor Guard was transferred to Coast Guard Radio Station Washington in Alexandria (Fairfax County) in order to better facilitate the logistics of performing in the Washington Military District. The USCG Ceremonial Honor Guard remains stationed in Alexandria with the Telecommunications and Information Systems Command (TISCOM).
TISCOM is in the unincorporated area of Hayfield in Fairfax County at 7323 Telegraph Road Alexandria, Virginia. The Alexandria Coast Guard installation was once part of the Mount Vernon estate of President George Washington. In 1762 he planned, organized, and built the Hayfield Farm and mansion house. In 1939, approximately one-half of Hayfield Farm became the Coast Guard Washington Radio Station. In 1976, it was established as Coast Guard Station Alexandria. In 1988, with advancing communication technology the Alexandria facility was renamed the Coast Guard Information Systems Center, and finally TISCOM (1993).
Base housing serving Naval Support Activity South Potomac at Dahlgren consists of 203 homes in 5 housing communities. Click here for housing information and availability. The scientists, engineers, government contractors, and military service members working at NSWC (Dahlgren Division) usually search for homes in the single-family home subdivisions of Caledon Crossing, Chatham Village, Cleydael, Hopyard Farm, Mt. Moriah on the Potomac, Monmouth Village, Oyster Shell Landing, and Potomac Landing. We also encourage Dahlgren workers to consider the area surrounding Fredericksburg, Virginia which offers a short commute and greater job opportunities for working spouses.
Tenants of the Naval Surface Warfare Center (Dahlgren Division):
- Navy Air and Missile Defense Command
- Aegis Training and Readiness Center
- Naval Support Activity South Potomac
- Center for Surface Combat Systems
- Naval Surface Warfare Center
- 614th Air and Space Operations Center (Detachment One)
- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (Washington)
- 20th Space Control Squadron: Alternate Space Control Center
The Naval Surface Warfare Center (Dahlgren Division) and Naval Support Facility Dahlgren are in King George County, Virginia. The main entrance to this naval weapons research facility is on James Madison Parkway (U. S. Route 301) minutes from the Governor Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge crossing the Potomac River to Newburg, Maryland (Charles County).
Our corporate/government/military clients relocating to work in and around Marine Corps Base Quantico usually choose to live in either Prince William County or Stafford County. Popular choices in Prince William County are the subdivisions along Dumfries Road (Route 234), Minnieville Road, and Spriggs Road. These communities are single-family homes in Ashland, Courtlandt Manor, Ewells Mill Estates, Four Seasons at Historic Virginia (age restricted), Hunter Ridge Estates, Lake Terrapin, Manors at Winding Creek, Montclair, and Potomac Shores. There are single family home subdivisions along Fuller Heights Road next to the Main Post of Marine Corps Base Quantico which clients also consider purchasing. These are the subdivisions of The Reserve at Potomac Crest, Stonewall Manor, Thomasson Crossing, and The Villages at Potomac. These Prince William County subdivisions are in Dumfries (22026), Triangle (22172), and Woodbridge (22191).
Our relocation clients moving to Stafford County usually search for homes along Garrisonville Road (Route 610), Courthouse Road (Route 630), and Warrenton Road (Route 17). The subdivisions near Quantico (Aquia-Garrisonville) clients usually select include Apple Grove, Aquia Harbor, Augustine North, Austin Ridge, Colonial Forge, Embrey Mill, Hampton Oaks, Hills of Aquia, Hunter’s Pond, Liberty Knolls, Magnolia Woods, Park Ridge, Perry Farms, Seven Lakes, and St George’s Estates. Clients purchasing homes near Fredericksburg usually consider Celebrate Virginia North (active adult), Falls Run (active adult), and Stafford Lakes Village.
There are several other alternatives for home buyers moving into the communities surrounding Marine Corps Base Quantico and Quantico Corporate Center. Contact us and let us work at finding the right home, in the right neighborhood for your family.The dark fiber network available to the Quantico Corporate Center in Stafford County has attracted several major government contractors doing business with Marine Corps Systems Command. Our corporate relocation affiliates, and the SMARTMOVE Program, allow us to provide healthy incentives to our clients after closing. If you are relocating to Northern Virginia, contact us to discuss working with you on a corporate/government/military move. Our experience and service with relocation clients is matched by few agents.
Activity at Quantico began in 1916 with the establishment of Quantico Shipyards which built freighters and oil tankers on Hospital Point which is now Marine Corps Systems Command (shown here). On May 14, 1917 Marine Barracks Quantico was established by order of Marine Corps Major General George Barnett, 12th Commandant of the Marine Corps (1916-1920). It began with 91 enlisted men and 4 officers. During 1920, the Quantico Marine Corps Base became Marine Corps Schools Quantico. In 1934, Quantico was developing Amphibious Warfare Doctrine and equipment which later trained more than 15,000 Marines in amphibious warfare techniques used in the Pacific during WWII. In 1942, more than 50,000 acres (west of Interstate 95) were purchased by the Federal Government for range and maneuver training necessary to prepare Marines for combat during WWII. During 1968, the Marine Corps Base at Quantico became known as Marine Corps Development and Education Command (MCDEC). The mission at Quantico had changed to military education and weapons development. In 1987, Quantico became the Marine Corps Combat Development Command (MCCDC).
Marines seeking command sponsorship must contact the Installation Personnel Administration Center (IPAC). This is the central office for Marines reporting to MCB Quantico. IPAC is at the Headquarters and Service Battalion Building 2006 Hawkins Avenue (703) 432-1243. There are no geographical bachelor housing accommodations. Marines seeking to live on base should contact the housing office at (703) 784-2711 to register for permanent housing. There is usually a long waiting list for base housing at MCB Quantico. The majority of the 1,137 base homes are reserved for the 1,227 students cycling through schools at MCB Quantico. Housing priority belongs to students attending Expeditionary Warfare School, foreign service members, followed by Command and Staff College. Lincoln Military Housing manages MCB Quantico housing. Marines with permanent station orders to MCB Quantico must find temporary housing before your move. Contact us to begin the home search process when you plan to use your 10 day home search for civilian housing. Temporary housing for military service members, Department of Defense civilians, FBI & DEA at Quantico, and sponsored family and friends is available at the Crossroads Inn and several hotels in Stafford County near the rear gate of the main post. Reservations can be made 6 months in advance for PCS families. Click Marine Corps Community Service (Quantico) for information related to relocation, schools, and family programs at MCB Quantico.
Since 2000, we have worked relocating Marine Corps families transitioning to the Crossroads of the Marine Corps. We have provided relocation services for FBI agents assigned to the academy and laboratory, and represented military service members and Department of Defense civilians working at the Russell-Knox Building. We also work with relocation companies supporting the arrival of government contractors at the Quantico Corporate Center. Listed below are the tenants and activities of Marine Corps Base Quantico:
- The American Red Cross
- The Center for Advanced Operational Culture Learning
- Communications School
- Defense Commissary Agency
- Marine Corps Enlisted Professional Military Education (PME)
- Expeditionary Warfare School
- Human Resources and Organizational Management
- Joint Non Lethal Weapons Directorate
- MCAF Quantico
- College of Distance Education and Training Command and Staff College
- Marine Corps Information Operations Center
- Recruiting Command
- Marine Corps Combat Development Command
- Marine Corps Systems Command
- Marine Corps War College
- Marine Helicopter Squadron One
- Marine Security Guard
- Marine Corps and Reserve Affairs
- MCAF Meteorology and Oceanographic Division
- Officer Candidate School
- The Basic School Weapons Training Battalion
- Marine Corps University
- Training and Education Command (TECOM)
- Wounded Warrior Regiment
- Defense Intelligence Agency
- DEA Academy
- FBI Academy
- FBI Hostage Rescue Team
- FBI Laboratory
- Marine Raider Museum
- Naval Criminal Investigative Service Headquarters
- U. S. Army Criminal Investigation Command
- Air Force Office of Special Investigations Headquarters
Military service members and civilians assigned to Fort Myer usually live in Fairfax County in the areas of Burke, Lorton, and West Springfield. But many assigned to JBMHH utilize slug lines. This method of commuting allows the workforce at JBMHH to live in Prince William County (Lake Ridge, Montclair, and Woodbridge), and Stafford County (Aquia and Garrisonville) in neighborhoods near Interstate 95. This decision mostly involves having more buying power in jurisdictions with longer commutes and lower cost housing.
The Continental Color Guard (Honor Guard Company, 4th Battalion, 3rd U. S. Infantry Regiment) is part of the Old Guard at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall (JBMHH). This is the foremost color guard of America. Other specialty platoons of the Old Guard include the Caisson Platoon, Fife and Drum Corps, Presidential Salute Battery, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, and the United States Army Drill Team. The Old Guard is the oldest active-duty infantry unit in the United States Army. Serving since 1784, the Old Guard is the official ceremonial unit of the United States Army, serves as escort to the President, and provides security for Washington, D.C., during national emergencies and civil disturbances.
The civilian and military workforce at the Washington Navy Yard rely heavily on van pools which operate from all Interstate 95 commuter lots between Fairfax County and Fredericksburg. Commuter Express and Patriotic Advantures both have extensive service to Washington Navy Yard. Much like Alexandria, Crystal City, Pentagon City, and the Pentagon; the federal office buildings and Washington Navy Yard in Washington, D. C. are also frequent destinations in slug lines. The Washington Navy Yard has a Metrorail Station giving commuters access to all areas of Northern Virginia.
The Washington Navy Yard was established on October 2, 1799 as a shipbuilding facility on the Anacostia River. In 1812, the U.S.S. Constitution was refitted at the Washington Navy Yard to ready for combat, and the U.S.S. Monitor ironclad was repaired here after retiring from the Battle of Hampton Roads (March 8-9 1862) with the C.S.S. Virginia (Merrimack). In 1886, the Washington Navy Yard was dedicated as the production center of all naval ordinance. The armament for U. S. Navy ships of the Great White Fleet, and the 14″ naval railway guns used in France during World War I were produced at the Washington Naval Yard. During World War II it was the largest naval ordinance plant in the world which lead to its renaming of United States Naval Gun Factoryfrom 1945-1964. The Washington Navy Yard now serves as the headquarters for the Washington Naval District. The National Museum of the United States Navy is also at Washington Navy Yard.
The following are tenant commands at the Washington Navy Yard Washington, D.C. (Southeast): Commander, Navy Installations Command, Field Support Activity, Office of the Naval Inspectors General, Office of the Judge Advocate General, Military Sealift Command, Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, NAVFAC Headquarters and Component Commands, NAVFAC Specialty Centers, Naval Sea Systems Command, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command-National Capital Region, and the Naval History and Heritage Command
If you receive orders for relocation to the Pentagon, all communities in Northern Virginia have commuting options by Virginia Railway Express, slug lines, van pools, regional bus services, and Metrobus and Metrorail. This is possible with a Metrorail station at the Pentagon. Loudoun County is a viable option for home searches by delivering commuters to the Pentagon through Loudoun County Transit, and the Metrorail Silver Line from Dulles Airport next to the communities of Ashburn and Brambleton. Other bus transit services to the Pentagon are the Fairfax Connector, Arlington Transit (ART Bus), Alexandria DASH Bus, Martz Commuter Bus, Quick’s Commuter Bus, and OmniRide (Prince William County).
Use our contact forms on our buyer and seller pages, text us, e-mail us, or call us. Our knowledge and experience with relocation transactions, and working knowledge of Northern Virginia, is why we should your choice among real estate professionals. We look forward to working with you.
Construction of the Pentagon began on September 11, 1941 under the direction of Colonel Leslie Groves, the director of the Manhattan Project. Under his leadership, the Pentagon was built in 16 months costing $83 million. Here are some quick facts related to the Pentagon:
- The Pentagon was built on Washington Hoover Field, the first airport to service Washington, D.C. This land was known as Hell’s Bottom and was part of the estate belonging to Confederate General Robert E. Lee. During the Civil War freed slaves gathered here and built Freedman’s Village.
- Site preparation before construction of the Pentagon required trucking 5.5 million cubic yards of dirt before construction to stabilize the soil composition. There were also 689,000 tons of sand and gravel dredged from the Potomac River next to the Pentagon in order to produce enough concrete (435,000 cubic yards) to supply the 24 hour production schedule.
- There are 41,492 concrete piles set for supporting the foundations of the Pentagon.
- There are 67 acres of parking lots accommodating 8,700 vehicles and 23,000 workers (military and civilian).
- There were 3,000 workers building the Pentagon continuously in three shifts covering 24 hours everyday between groundbreaking on September 11, 1941 until dedication on January 15, 1943 (16 months). The Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson was among the first Department of War staff members to move into the Pentagon on April 30, 1942 from the Munitions Building
- The Pentagon was designed to consolidate a 40,000 person workforce from 17 buildings occupied by War Department during WWII. The parking lot needed to be large enough for 10,000 vehicles.
- The initial budget for the Pentagon was $35 million. The final cost was $83 million ($1.1 billion today).
- The Pentagon remains one of the world’s largest office buildings. It has 6.24 million gross square feet of space with 3,700,000 square feet used for office space. It’s floor space is 3 times greater than the Empire State Building.
- There are 17.5 miles of corridors on 5 floors (A through E rings) above grade and 2 below ground levels. It only takes 7 minutes to walk between any 2 points in the building.
- Army Colonel Leslie Groves was the construction coordinator for the Pentagon. While completing this task he was assigned to direct the Manhattan Project.
- The War Department moved into the Harry S. Truman Building (21st & C Streets) at Foggy Bottom in 1941. But it was still using the Main Navy and Munitions Buildings (c. 1918) on the National Mall (Potomac Park). These buildings were constructed to meet office needs brought on by WWI. After moving from downtown Washington, D. C. the War Department building became headquarters for the Department of State, and the buildings on the National Mall were razed in 1970 and the land was reclaimed and turned into Constitution Gardens. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial was built near the site of the Munitions Building.
- The Pentagon occupies 583 acres. It has 19 escalators, 131 stairways, 284 restrooms, and 691 water fountains.
- The design plans of the Pentagon prohibited the structure from rising above 77 feet. This was necessary to maintain sight lines between Washington, D. C. and Arlington National Cemetery, and the limits on wartime steel restricted how much was available to the building industry.
- The Pentagon was designed with segregation laws in mind. This explains the construction of a basement cafeteria and many bathrooms in all office areas. In 1941 President Roosevelt issued Executive Order 8802 prohibiting segregation among federal employees. When President Roosevelt visited the Pentagon prior to its completion, he reminded Colonel Groves of this new federal policy and ordered him to have all “Whites Only” signs removed from the building.
- The Pentagon was designed for conversion to either a hospital, university, headquarters for the Veterans Administration, and other federal service facilities upon the conclusion of WWII. But the immediate threat of the Cold War obviously required the War Department to continue operations from Arlington, Virginia.
- The Phoenix Project repaired the damage caused by hijacked American Airlines flight 77. Reconstructing the 400,000 square feet of damage began on November 19, 2001 after removal of the damaged impact area (west side) of Wedge 1. There were 3,000 workers (1,000 working together at the peak of construction) working everyday regardless of conditions to finish the project within a year of the attack. This deadline was not part of a contractual agreement. The construction crews announced the intent to send a message to our enemies. Their work also allowed the project to finish under budget and ahead of schedule. Project costs were $501 million.
- The National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial honors the 184 victims (125 in the Pentagon, and 59 on American Airlines Flight 77) killed at the Pentagon. The memorial recognizes each victim with a cantilevered bench covering a lighted pool of water. It was dedicated on September 11, 2008.
- The transportation options, visitor services, food services, retail, banking, and government services, at the Pentagon are listed by the Department of Defense Washington Headquarters Services.
- Department of Defense News (DODLive)
- Headquarters of the Department of Defense: Department of Defense Pentagon Tours
Military Permanent Change of Station (PCS) Links
We found several useful articles on Military.com for military relocation, permanent change of station (PCS), and moving. The links below are the most useful for military service members receiving orders requiring PCS.
- PCS Orders: What to Do and Who to Contact
- 5 Things To Do When You Get PCS Orders
- Deductible PCS Taxes
- Planning Your PCS Move Early Can Save You Money
- Financial Tips for PCS
- Military Spouses Guide to Getting a Job
- Weigh Your HHG Options Before you PCS
- Figuring Your PCS Travel Expenses
- PCS Checklist for Your Move
- Types of Moves and Basic Entitlements
- PCS Moves and Household Goods
- The Personally Procured Move (PPM): An Overview
- Living on Base (Pros and Cons)
- Financial Guide for PCS Moves
- Help with Military Move Expenses
- 5 Home Buying Costs to Consider Before PCS
- 5 Things to do When You Get PCS Orders
- PCS Checklists for Your Move
- MSRRA Factors Before a PCS
- Working with Real Estate Agents: Common Myths
- The Cost of Breaking Your Lease
- Determining Your Reimbursable Real Estate Expenses
- PCS: Reimbursable Relocation Income Tax
- 2014 Basic Allowance for Housing Rates
- PCS House Hunting Tips
Another website military service members should visit to help prepare for moving to another duty station is Military One Source. It covers many topics about military life. The most important issues of military PCS are listed below.
- Command Sponsorship
- Electronic Sponsorship Application and Training
- Housing Allowance for Service Members
- Know Your Installation’s Relocation Support Offices
- Quick Tips for a Smooth Move
- Relocation Assistance Services
- The Defense Personal Property System: Making Your Move Easier
- The Last Move: Tips for Making Your Final Move the Best
- Understanding Personally Procured Moves
- Your Relocation Assistance Program and Services
- Moving Allowances for Department of Defense Employees
- Planning your Relocation Budget
- The Department of Veterans Affairs Home Loan Program
- The Service Members Civil Relief Act
- How to Make Your Next Move a Success
These are useful PCS links for active duty, national guard, and reserve service members and families.
- Military Installations
- Education Directory for Children with Special Needs
- Plan My Deployment
- Plan My Move
- Defense Travel Management Office
- Department of Defense
- Military News in D. C., Maryland, and Virginia