The Hampton Roads area of Virginia encompasses seven cities and includes a broad geographic area. When moving to the area, in addition to personal preferences, consider where you choose to reside as it relates to the location of your command. Hampton Roads is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the Chesapeake Bay, as well as other major rivers and waterways. It is virtually impossible to get from city to city without passing over/through bridges and tunnels. The tunnels, especially, can be onerous to navigate. High volume can result in miles of traffic back ups adding significant time to your commute. Some tunnels have tolls attached, which can significantly add to your commuting costs.
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Please consult with your installation housing office, barracks manager, or rental/property manager, as applicable, regarding their pet policy.
There are significant wait lists for the "on base" Child Development Centers. There are 9 CDCs in the area, located near or near each base. Most are Navy, and there centers on Fort Eustis and Langley. Visit https://www.childcareaware.org/ for resources, eligible programs and assistance.
DSN Dialing Instructions
DSN is the Defense Switched Network, which is, among other things, the DOD worldwide telephone system. DSN telephone numbers can only be dialed from one DSN telephone number to another telephone on the Defense Switched Network. Civilian phone systems can not send or receive calls to or from a DSN phone. Every installation has a special DSN number and the numbers vary by world-wide location. When dialing a DSN number from a United States installation to another United States installation, it is unnecessary to dial the DSN 312 area code. When dialing a DSN number to/from overseas locations, the DSN area code must be included.
Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS) is a comprehensive set of programs that support and enhance the operational readiness, warfighting capabilities, and life quality of Marines, their families, retirees, and civilians across the Marine Corps. MCCS is valued by leadership as being a user-friendly and a responsive single portal providing constant and unwavering support to Marines and their families throughout their entire service or affiliation with the United States Marine Corps.
MCCS Hampton Roads (MCCSHR) delivers goods and provides support services to about 3,000 Marines stationed in the Hampton Roads region ~ to include supporting those enrolled in the EFMP and stationed in Fort Lee VA. Specifically MCCSHR programs include: Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP), Marine Corps Family Team Building (MCFTB), Semper Fit, Single Marine Program (SMP) and a *new robust Outdoor Recreational Equipment Rental offering with 21ft campers, camping equipment, coolers, canopies, mountain bikes, bounce houses and even lawn equipment. Retail services include a Marine Corps Exchange and barber shop. In 2023, a planned Firestone Automotive provider and new Food establishment will be added!
Mission Statement: MCCS Hampton Roads is a portfolio of programs that support and enhance operational readiness, warfighting capabilities, and life quality of Marines and their families.
Camp Elmore has the distinct honor of being the first Marine Corps camp named posthumously for an enlisted Marine.
PFC George W. Elmore, USMCR, was a 20-year-old Browning Automatic Rifleman with George Co., 3/5. Wounded, he exposed himself to lay down a withering fire until his wounded comrades could be evacuated. His attack was effective, but he lost his life in battle.
Camp Elmore once embraced a 15-acre tract in what was known as the naval base's "south annex." During more than a 50 years of use by the government, the area has been a Seabee training site, prisoner of war camp and Army barracks area.
Today, Camp Elmore is home to HQSVCBN, FLEET MARINE FORCES, ATLANTIC, MARINE FORCES COMMAND, MARINE FORCES NORTHERN COMMAND. Marine Corps Community Services Hampton Roads (MCCSHR), at Camp Elmore, is responsible for serving not only those stationed at Camp Elmore, but all Marine Corps commands in the Hampton Roads area. For more information, please visit https://hamptonroads.usmc-mccs.org or find us on Facebook: mccshamptonroads.
While Marine Corps Community Service Hampton Roads serves as the hub for Marines in the area, about 90% of the Marines stationed throughout Hampton Roads are within 40+ miles radius in the Norfolk. As a regional program, the MCCSHR team regularly travels up and down the 64 corridor supporting all commands, Marines/Sailors and their families.
Camp Elmore is located in Norfolk, Virginia. Situated in the far southeastern corner of the state and comprised of seven cities - Norfolk, Suffolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Newport News and Hampton - the Hampton Roads area has a combined population of nearly 1.7 million people.
Predominately a "Navy town," Norfolk is home to the largest Naval installation in the world; Hampton Roads is truly a joint forces dream. With local Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard bases and installations, it's a military melting pot. Approximately 3,000 Marines report to local Marine commands, calling Hampton Roads home. Local Marine commands in the area include FLEET MARINE FORCE, ATLANTIC, MARINE FORCES COMMAND, MARINE FORCES NORTHERN COMMAND, EWTGLANT, MARDET NSOM, MATSD, MCIS, MARDET Dam Neck, and reserve units including, MACS-24 and Co A(-)4th AA Bn.
With a rich history dating back more than 400 years, Norfolk is within an hour’s drive of Yorktown, Jamestown and Williamsburg, an area known as the Historic Triangle. Norfolk offers a wide array of cultural and entertainment options including the Norfolk Admirals hockey team and the Norfolk Tides baseball team as well as museums, zoos, concert arenas and historic sites and battlefields. Virginia Beach is a popular vacation destination and popular spots include Chesapeake Bay and the oceanfront. The city of Chesapeake & Suffolk boasts the small hometown appeal with quaint bedroom communities perfect for raising families! This area will not disappoint and never should a weekend go by with nothing to do!
Most service members and employees rely on personally owned vehicles to get on/off and around the bases. There are a number of taxi companies, local buses, UBER and LYFT services as well as a light rail system called "The Tide." For complete information on buses in the Hampton Roads area, please visit the Hampton Roads Transit website:https://gohrt.com/.