Joint Base Myer–Henderson Hall

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This article is about an active military post. For an historic Army post in Virginia, see Fort Myer.
Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall
Arlington County, Virginia
HonorGuardTab1Bn3InfRegtTab.jpg United States Army Military District of Washington Insignia.svg
Shoulder sleeve insignia of units stationed at Fort Myer
Type Military Base
Site information
Controlled by United States Army
Site history
Built 1861 (First as Fort Cass,[citation needed] and June 1863 as Fort Whipple)
In use 1861 – present
Garrison information
Colonel Fern O. Sumpter[1]
Garrison 3rd US Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard)
United States Army Band (Pershing's Own)

Joint Base Myer–Henderson Hall is a Joint Base of the United States military that is located around Arlington, Virginia which is made up of Fort Myer(Arl), Fort McNair(SW DC), and Henderson Hall. It is the local residue of the Base Realignment and Closure, 2005 process. It is commanded by the United States Army but has resident commands of Army, Navy, & Marines. Most conspicuous is the Arlington National Cemetery Honor Guard.

The two eponymous bases are co-located along the west boundary of the cemetery, and Fort McNair is across the Potomac River, in Washington, DC, on the Anacostia River.


Fort Myer is headquarters to service personnel working throughout the National Capital Region. The post provides housing, support, and services to thousands of active-duty, reserve, and retired military, members of the U.S. Coast Guard, and their families stationed in the United States Army Military District of Washington. The JBMHH’s mission is to operate the Army’s community[clarification needed] and support Homeland Security in the nation’s capital.

Stationed here are: The First and Fourth battalions of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, (The Old Guard) — and since August 2011, 'A' Company (Commander in Chief's Guard), which was stationed at Fort McNair, D.C; The U.S. Army Band “Pershing's Own”; the grave site of Black Jack, the riderless horse in the state funerals of General of the Army Douglas MacArthur and U.S. Presidents John F. Kennedy, Herbert Hoover, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Lyndon B. Johnson, is located on Summerall Field, 200 feet (61 m) northeast of the parade ground's flagpole.[2]

Due to its proximity to Arlington National Cemetery, this is also the base of operations for most Services' Honor Guards and burial teams. A large percentage of burials in Arlington National Cemetery originate from Old Post Chapel, one of the two chapels on Fort Myer.[citation needed] Visitors are also given access to the caissons, stables and the Old Guard Museum.

The military's largest child development center, named the Cody Child Development Center (CDC), is located here.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall". Retrieved 2014-01-11. 
  2. ^ Judy Colbert (14 October 2008). Virginia Off the Beaten Path: A Guide to Unique Places. Globe Pequot. p. 3. ISBN 978-0-7627-4881-5. Retrieved 15 April 2012. 

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