About Myer-Henderson Hall, VA
Fort Myer is a post commanded by the U.S. Army. It is located in Arlington, Virginia, near the historic Arlington National Cemetery--site of the historic Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The base began as Fort Whipple, a military post built and used during the U.S. Civil War; it was renamed Fort Myer in 1887. Today, the base is a part of the Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall group along with Henderson Hall and Fort McNair.
The facility has been the site many historic firsts: the first military aviation flight, the first radio transmissions of the National Aviation Academy, and the inception of The National Weather Service.
Fort Myer's function is to support homeland defense and other operations as needed. After the 9/11 attacks, troops were stationed at the base to be at the ready for deployment. The facility employs approximately 9,800 active duty personnel, 3,500 family members and 1,000 civilians.