Installation Overview--Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Fort Eustis

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Overview

Students of E Company withstand the rain and chilly temperature outside Jacobs Theater on Fort Eustis. Photo courtesy U.S. Army; Photo Credit: Marey-Payge Tucker

Joint Base Langley-Eustis (JBLE) is located on the Virginia Peninsula on the southeastern coast of the state. Hampton Roads is the name of the metropolitan area as well as a body of water surrounding the region. Langley AFB is located in Hampton while Ft. Eustis is in Newport News; both are just a few miles off of Interstate 64. Although JBLE is a joint base, it is not contiguous.

The following information will be in regards to Fort Eustis.

Fort Eustis, is an 8,300-acre Army installation in southeastern Virginia, within the City of Newport News. Fort Eustis is one of 16 Training and Doctrine Command installations. It is the Spearhead of Logistics, home of the US Army Training and Doctrine Command.

Fort Eustis is the training ground for the majority of the Army's transportation specialties. It is an excellent area to train Service members in transportation, aviation maintenance, logistics and deployment doctrine with its diverse landscape and easy access to the James River.

Fort Eustis is virtually a city in itself - complete with a shopping mall, bank, credit union, post office, hospital, chapel, a USO and Red Cross, and many other facilities. The area around the post is used for a combination of rural, residential, commercial and industrial activities. The post is bounded by the James River to the west and south and the Warwick River to the east. These rivers are commonly used for recreational boating and fishing activities.

Official website for Joint Base Langley-Eustis

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Location/Driving Directions

Fort Eustis is located on the peninsula within the city of Newport News. Fort Eustis is 20 miles east of Williamsburg VA and 20 miles west of Hampton VA. on I-64.

Directions from Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport, Norfolk International Airport, and points East: Take Interstate 64 West to exit 250A, Fort Eustis Blvd (Route 105) proceed west about 1 mile and you will enter Fort Eustis.
Directions from I 95 and points West (Richmond): Take Interstate 64 East to exit 250A, Fort Eustis Blvd. (Route 105) proceed west about 1 mile and you will enter Fort Eustis.

If you are traveling south on Hwy 17, continue until you reach Ft Eustis Blvd. This will lead you directly into Ft Eustis.

If you are traveling to Langley via air, please make sure that you have someone to meet your flight or make rental car arrangements. There is no shuttle service to the base from either airport.

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Population/Major Units Assigned

Spc. Daniel Horner is evaluated on his ability to operate the Army's SINGAR tactical radio equipment at Fort Eustis. Official Army graphic

JBLE serves a large population made up of over 145,000 active duty, guard and reserve, family members, civilians, contractors, and retirees, including:

  • 8,000 active duty
  • 400 guard/reservists
  • 10,000 family members
  • 12,000 students

Fort Eustis is home of US Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), US Army TRADOC band, Joint Task Force – Civil Support, HQ, Installation Management Command Atlantic Region, 93rd Signal Brigade, Network Enterprise Technology Command, US Army Contracting Command North Region.

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Main Phone Numbers

The Fort Eustis Commissary. Official Army graphic

Base Operator Langley: 757-764-1110, or DSN 312-574-1110

Base Operator Ft Eustis: 757-878-1212 or DSN 312-826-1212

USAF Langley Hospital
Appointments
(866) 645-4584
(757) 225-7630
Patient Line
(757) 225-7630
Emergency Room
(757) 764-6800

McDonald Army Health Center-  (757) 878-7500

Naval Medical Center Portsmouth- (757) 953-5000

Tricare Regional Service Center- (866) 645-4584

Tricare Langley Service Center - (757) 225-5111

Suicide Crisis Hotline and Chat- (800) 273-TALK (8255)

Defense Centers of Excellence Outreach Center
(Psychological Health, PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury)  -(866) 966-1020

Fort Eustis Sexual Assault Hotline- (757) 268-8967

Langley Air Force Housing- (757) 764-5040

Fort Eustis Housing- (757) 369-8335

Russ Child Development Center- (757) 764-3585

Madison Child Development Center- (757) 878-4025

General Smalls Inn-  (757) 878-5807.

Adult Education Center -Air Force
Phone 757-764-2962/63
Phone (DSN) 312-574-2962/63

Army Community Service -(757) 878-3638

Base Lodging Office-  (757) 764-4667.

Langley School Liaison Officer - 757-225-1885, DSN: 312-575-1885

Ft. Eustis School Liaison Officer - 757-878-3514

Langley Airman and Family Readiness Cente- : 757-764-3990

Ft. Eustis Army Community Services- 757-878-3638

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Temporary Lodging

General Smalls Inn. Official Army graphic

The General Smalls Inn is located on post. Reservations are made for service members on TDY (Temporary Duty) or PCS (Permanent Change of Station) orders. Those not on orders will be put on a Space Available list. Reservations can be made 60 days in advance. For those service members that are PCS to Fort Eustis maximum stay is 30 nights. For those PCS leaving Fort Eustis maximum stay is 7 nights. The length of stay is based on availability. Any TLE (Temporary Lodging Expense Allowance) should be discussed with the Finance and Accounting Office.

Rates

The price range for the General Smalls Inn starts in the upper $30's thru the mid $50's. Billeting off post can range in price from $30 to $80 per night.

Directions

From Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport or from Norfolk International Airport take interstate 64 west to exit 250A Fort Eustis Blvd (route 105). Proceed on Ft Eustis Blvd (route 105) west and you will come to the Main Gate. From the Main Gate you will be on Washington Avenue, make your first left onto Madison Avenue, across the median. Proceed down Madison and the General Smalls Inn is on your left hand side. When you call the General Smalls Inn if there are no rooms available they can provide a listing of hotels that participate through a memorandum of agreement. Call the General Smalls Inn for more details.

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Housing

Family living in the Okinawa Village. Official Army graphic

The Balfour Beatty Community Office is located at 126 Madison Ave and can be reached at 757-369-8335/8340/8345 or visit the website. All personnel with dependents are eligible to apply for quarters on post. There are 953 dwelling units on post. The waiting time varies from one month to indefinite, depending on grade and number of bedroom requirements. All personnel who require housing off post must process through the Housing Office before making any arrangements to reside off post.

On-post housing is available to all grades; however, waiting times may vary depending on grade and type of house. If you are interested in living on-post, please contact the Fort Eustis Community Management Office. Fort Eustis housing photos and floor plans can be viewed online at Fort Eustis Homes.

Special Needs Family Members

For special needs families, GMH Housing will work closely with the EFMP Coordinator to evaluate the availability of vacant homes that meet the needs of the family and to coordinate any adaptations required for the selected home of assignment.

Single Service Member Housing

Barracks are available for single enlisted soldiers. The unit of assignment handles barracks room assignments.

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Schools

Jerry Donmon watches as Bobby the Clown makes a balloon animal during the 2nd Annual 11th Transportation Battalion Family Readiness Summer Splash celebration. Photo courtesy U.S. Army; photo by Cameron Pruitt

There are no DODDS schools on Langley or Fort Eustis. School age go to public school in the district where they live. There are two school systems serving Langley AFB. Main base housing residents attend Hampton City Schools, with 36 schools and approximately 23,000 students. For main base there are one elementary, one middle and one high school serving as primary feeder schools. The nearby off base privatized housing area residents attend York County Schools, with 19 schools and approximately 13,000 students. These residents are serviced by two elementary, two middle and two high schools, depending on where you live in the housing area.

Each child entering the Virginia school system must have a complete physical within the last year prior to enrollment. This requirement is mandated through Virginia Commonwealth law. You should try to get each school age child a physical prior to departure from your current base. Although physicals can be administered at the Langley hospital, appointments are on a space available basis only.

The minimum requirements for immunizations are:
4 DPT - first dose after first birthday, fourth dose after fourth birthday
3 OPV - first dose after first birthday, third dose after fourth birthday
2 MMR - first dose after first birthday, second dose after fourth birthday (Minimum of one month separation between these two doses)
1 Rubella after 365 days of life
1 Mumps after 365 days of life
Tuberculin Skin Test as directed by physician

Birth certificates from the state where the child was born are required. Certificates issued by a hospital or agencies other than the state government are not sufficient. For U.S. citizens with children born outside the United States, the Certification of Birth of U.S. Citizen's born abroad, issued by the State Department, is sufficient. All students enrolled in public school are required to have a social security number.

If interested in Home Schooling, contact the local school district for information.

The Hampton Roads area, which some consider the military capitol of the nation, includes various military installations representing all branches of service. As a result, some schools have a high concentration of military children.

The Peninsula has numerous private schools at every level of schooling. Many are religiously affiliated. There are waiting lists at many schools, particularly for first grade classes. Most schools require admissions tests. Tuition varies widely and increases with the grade level at most institutions. Preschoolers can pay as much as $2,000 for five-day week program. High school costs can range from $3,000-$5,000 a year. In addition to basic fees, students pay for books and transportation. Most private schools do not provide transportation. Not all private schools are accredited.

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Child Care

Fort Eustis Child Development Center. Official Army graphic

The Fort Eustis (Madison) Child Development Center is accredited by the National Association of Education for Young Children (NAEYC), and has various child care and after school programs for children age 6 weeks through Kindergarten. Our daily activities consist of age appropriate development and USDA approved meals specially prepared by our cooks.

The Madison Child Development Center is located at 926 Madison Ave, and the phone number is 757-878-3294 & 757-878-4000.

The Pershing Child Development Center is located at 1140 Pershing Ave, and the phone number is 757-878-4723 & 757-878-3072.

Full day care is available serving children ages 6 weeks to Kindergarten, this program is open from 0530-1800.

Strong Beginnings is a structured Kindergarten preparation learning program, operating from 0830-1130. Strong Beginnings focuses primarily on  early literacy and math. .

Part time care is available serving children ages 3-5, this program is a short day developmental enrichment program from 1000-1300.

First Step before/after Kindergarten is designed for First Step/Kindergarten children, including the summer before they begin the 1st grade. This is a before and after program, but children may attend on a full day basis at times of school closure and vacations.

Hourly care is available serving children ages 6 weeks through kindergarten, this program provides short term care on an as needed basis (20 hours or less a week). Hourly care services are provided through reservations which can be made up to two weeks in advance by calling 878-4723. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8:30am-4pm.

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Medical Care

McDonald Army Health Center. Official Army graphic

McDonald Army Health Center provides care to over 50,000 eligible beneficiaries to include active duty soldiers, their family members and retirees who reside in the Hampton roads area. The Health Center functions as a TRICARE Prime enrollment site for the Department of Defense medical program. Beneficiaries who choose may enroll into MAHC as their primary care site, receiving not only primary care but a variety of specialty care as well.

On site Lab, X-Ray and Pharmacy are available for patient convenience. All beneficiaries who enroll in TRICARE Prime are assigned a designated Primary Care Provider for continuity of care.

Medical care services are offered on a priority basis. First priority of care is active duty military. Second priority is to family members of active duty, with retired military and family members of retired military following tin the eligibility chain.

If care is unavailable on the installation you may be referred to Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Ft. Eustis' McDonald Army Health Center or to a civilian provider. Contact your PCM for a referral or visit www.hnfs.com to find a network provider.

Visit the 633d MDG's webpage for further information regarding services provided to include Pharmacy Services, Pharmacy Formulary, Referrals, MiCare Secure Messaging and how to schedule an appointment.

Dental Care

On- base dental care services are provided to active duty service members only. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (MetLife) administers the TRICARE Dental Program (TDP).

Beneficiaries include family members of active duty uniformed service personnel and members of the National Guard, Reserve and their family members. Visit their website to enroll and find a local, participating dentist.

Emergency Care

Langley Hospital's Emergency Department is open 24/7/365. Naval Medical Center Portsmouth and the Hampton VA Medical Center both operate Emergency Departments.
 

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