Fort Monroe, Virginia


Fort Monroe's Casement Museum. Official Army graphic

Fort Monroe is found in the city of Hampton, Virginia, close to Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Yorktown, Newport News, and Williamsburg. Fort Monroe is on the tip of the Virginia Peninsula. Fort Monroe is the third oldest continuously operating military installation in the United States.

Fort Monroe's construction was completed in 1834 and it was named in honor of President James Monroe. Fort Monroe is recognized as the largest stone fort ever built in the United States. Nicknamed "Freedom's Fortress," this Union-held fortification provided a safe haven for hundreds of runaway slaves during the Civil War. It was here that the Army of the Potomac landed before beginning the march toward Richmond. Completely surrounded by a moat, the six-sided stone fort is the only one of its kind left in the United States that is still an active Army post, however Fort Monroe is one of several posts selected to be closed by September 2011. Many of its functions are being transferred to nearby Fort Eustis.

Today, Fort Monroe is home to the Army's Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC). TRADOC supports the Army's operational fighting forces through the development of doctrine and equipment requirements, in designing organization, and in training for combat. Since World War II the major headquarters that have been stationed here have all been responsible for training soldiers for war. Fort Monroe continues to have an important effect on the history of our nation and the Army.

Location/Driving Directions

Fort Monroe is located in the city of Hampton, close to Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Yorktown, Newport News, and Williamsburg. this are is known as one of the best family vacation areas in Virginia. .

Directions to Fort Monroe

From the West

Take I-64 (From the West, take exit 268, First Exit past tunnel, at ramp light take a left, go to the next spotlight (E. Mellen St.) Take a right. Follow Mellen St. over Mugler Bridge, at light in front of Fort Monroe, stay to the right hand side, onto McNair Dr. You will pass the Marina, pass the Chamberlin Hotel (road changes to Fenwick Rd.) TRADOC HQ is across from the Chamberlin Hotel.

From the East

From the East take exit 268, last exit before tunnel. At off ramp light take a left onto Mallory St, go to second light make a right onto E Mellen St. (Follow balance of directions below).

Follow Mellen St. over Mugler Bridge, at light in front of Fort Monroe, stay to the right hand side, onto McNair Dr. You will pass the Marina, pass the Chamberlin Hotel (road changes to Fenwick Rd.) TRADOC HQ is across from the Chamberlin Hotel.

Population/Major Units Assigned

DSOY competitors share their warrior spirit during a morning run. Official Army graphic

Currently at Fort Monroe, there is a daytime population of about 2,096, including 1,105 service members, 1,991 civilian and contract employees, and about 814 family members residing on post.

The major tenant unit is the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC). It is also home base for a significant number of commands and activities. These include Accessions Command; Cadet Command; Installation Management Command, Northeast Region; Army Capabilities Integration Center; Army Contracting Agency-Northeast Region; Army Audit Field Office; School of Cadet Command; Joint Task Force- Civil Support; Defense Contract Management Agency; and the Naval Surface Warfare Center Detachment Norfolk.

Main Phone Numbers

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Main Phone Numbers

Billoting (757)788-2128

Child, Youth Central Registration Office (757)788-2698 or DSN: 680-2698

Child Devopment Center (757)788-5960

Craven Army Health Clinic (757)788-8023/8024

TRICARE appointment center (866)645-4584

Dental clinic (757)314-8060

Family Child Care (757)788-2698 DSN: 680-2698/350

School Liaison Office (757)788-4673

Temporary Lodging

Cooper Hall Temporary Lodging facility. Official Army graphic

Fort Monroe Lodging Office is located in Armistead Hall (757) 788-2128. It's hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 4:45 pm.

There are fifteen transient units available in 3 facilities, each equipped with full kitchen, washer and dryer.

Incoming PCS personnel may stay seven (7) days, and outgoing PCS personnel may stay four (4) days. Families may remain after the allotted time limit on a space available basis. Call (757)788-2128 for more information.

The rates are $40 - $76 per family per night.

Reservations for temporary DVQ housing for 06 and above, call Protocol at 788-7287. You can make reservations 30 days in advance. PCSs to or from Fort Monroe have priority. All others are on a space-available basis.


Junior enlisted officer family housing. Official Army graphic

Located at Fort Monroe, Monroe Apartments are considered off-post housing, although it is located at the installation. The complex is privately owned but government controlled. The lease term is for 6 months and month-to-month afterwards. You must apply in person at the Housing Referral Services Office in building 28, phone: (757) 788-2129.

Monroe Apartments, also known as Wherry Housing consists of 5 one-bedroom units, 90 two-bedroom units, and 110 three-bedroom units. Two-bedroom units are available in the townhouse floor plan only. Three-bedroom units are available in both garden plan (one floor) and townhouse (two floor) plan.

Active duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces (Army, Navy, and Air Force) stationed within one hour commute distance to Fort Monroe are eligible to live at Monroe Apartments. All service members retain their Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH). Army personnel with families with duty at Fort Monroe have priority for assignment to Monroe Apartments. They are offered an apartment 30 days from the date it is anticipated to be vacated. They are permitted two offers. If they decline both offers, their name is removed from the waiting list for 90 days before they can reapply. Members of other services are offered an apartment only when there are vacancies and there are no Fort Monroe assigned personnel on the waiting list. Bonafide Army bachelors (Officers, SFC, and above) stationed at Fort Monroe are also eligible for Monroe Apartments.


Sgt. Maj. Khadijah Sellers of the U.S. Army TRADOC G-1/4 office at Fort Monroe, Va., shares the Dr. Seuss "Foot Book" with kindergarten students at John Tyler Elementary School. Official Army graphic

There are no schools on Fort Monroe. Children residing on this installation attend Hampton City Public Schools. Students receive transportation from post to most schools. For on post residents there are two elementary, one middle, and one high school serving as primary schools. There are many opportunities to expand educational opportunities by applying to a Magnet school to further challenge the talents of your children.

There are many additional educational options available in the Fort Monroe area. For those living off-post there are opportunities for military families to attend schools in Poquoson, Newport News, York County, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach cities, and Williamsburg / James City County and Isle of Wight County schools. There is also an extensive listing of private schools in the area from which you may choose. Contact the Fort Monroe-School Liaison Officer at (757) 788-4673 for any questions you may have.

Virginia State law requires students to attend school if they have reached their fifth birthday by September 30 and have not passed their 18th birthday. A parent or guardian must be present with proof of address when registering a new student, and must provide a certified birth certificate and the child's Social Security number for enrollment.

Child Care

A toddler plays on the equipment outside the Child Development Center at Fort Monroe. Photo courtesy U.S. Army; Photo Credit: Patricia Radcliffe

To register for child and youth programs at Fort Monroe you should register at the Central Registration Office, telephone: (757)788-2698 or DSN: 680-2698, 350 Fenwick Road Building 246, Fort Monroe. All children must be registered prior to using any CYS program. When registering your child, you will need to provide a copy of their current immunization record, emergency release designees, and proof of your total family income (TFI) in the form of a recent LES and/or other pay documentation. Children (4 weeks through 18 years of age) of active duty personnel, military (active) reserve members, DoD civilians, DoD contractors, and military retirees are eligible for services.

The Child Development Center telephone is 757.788.5960 DSN: 680.5960. They are located at 350 Fenwick Road, Building 245. They offer: Full Day Care, Before and After Kindergarten Care, Part Day Preschool for Four Year Olds, Hourly Care, and Kindergarten Camp. A sliding scale based on the total family income is used to determine fees. Full day charges range from $196 to $494 per month. Hourly care fees are $3.50 per hour. A second child discount is given for all programs.

Family Child Care can be reached at (757)788-2698 DSN: 680.2698,350 Fenwick Road, Building 246. FCC is in-home care provided by an adult family member occupying government quarters offering the advantage of flexibility over center-based care, including the ability to offer extended care, and long-term care during deployments or field duty.

School Age Services provides Before and After School childcare for youth grades 1st through 5th. Hampton City Schools provide transportation for schools that serve Fort Monroe. SAS provides transportation for Asbury, Booker, Barron, Phillips, Gloria Dei and St Mary's elementary schools for an additional $25.00 per month.

Medical Care

Craven Army Health Clinic. Official Army graphic

Craven Army Health Clinic on Fort Monroe is a very small clinic, but has all General Medical Services, Health Care and Dental Care. Craven Army Health Clinic offers sick call by appointment daily. Active Duty Service Members should contact the Hampton Roads Appointment Center at 1-866-645-4584 between 0600-0800 daily, to ensure appointment availability.

The clinic does not have emergency room capability. Patients requiring emergency care are transported to the appropriate medical facility.

The clinic cares for an enrolled population of TRICARE PRIME patients, to include active duty, their families, and retirees.

The Dental Clinic handles dental care for all active duty service members. You may contact the clinic at 757-314-8060 to schedule an appointment.