About Fort McNair, DC
Fort McNair (commonly referred to as Fort Lesley J. McNair) is a United States Army fort located in Washington D.C. One of the oldest military bases in the country, Fort McNair was built in 1791 and has seen continuous usage for more than 200 years.
Originally built as an arsenal site that could be used to defend the capital, Fort McNair currently serves as the home of the United States Army Military District of Washington as well as the National Defense University. The university specializes in national security training. Fort McNair is also the official residence for the U.S. Army's vice chief of staff.
The fort is named after World War II Lieutenant General Lesley J. McNair, who was killed in France during the execution of Operation Cobra in 1944. Currently, the fort is under the command of Major General Jeffrey S. Buchanan, the Commanding General of the Military District of Washington.