Welcome to JB Myer-Henderson Hall
The Washington Arsenal was established in 1791 as a defender of the city. Though it was largely destroyed in one of the attacks by the British during the American Revolution, it was rebuilt post-war and became a military post by the early 1900s and officially Fort McNair in 1948. At this time, the National War College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces set up residence here and eventually came together to be the present day National Defense University.
George Washington Parke Custis, Martha Washington's grandson, once owned the land on which Fort Myer was built, which occurred around the time of the Civil War. It was here, in 1908, that Orville Wright exhibited the first ever military test flight. Despite the first try being a success, the second attempt resulted in a crash that killed his passenger and left him only slightly injured. The ceremonial units of The Old Guard which remain active tenants here today were assigned to Fort Myer during the second World War.
Henderson Hall was born out of necessity in 1942; the U.S. Marine Corps needed a headquarters and they were finally able to move out of sharing offices with the Navy. All three bases joined forces due to the BRAC of 2005.
This area of northern Virginia usually experiences humid summers with high temperatures in the 90s and lows in the 70s. Winter months can range from 20 to 40 degrees F, with a few inches of snow, if any. Virginia tends to miss the big storms that hit states to the south or north, but occasional storms do take out power or cause a bit of destruction.
Washington D.C. is a very large city, population and area-wise, and the suburbs around the joint base are also very well-populated, but most people do choose to live outside the city itself. Communities within a 20 minute drive, with light traffic of course, include Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, McLean, and Springfield. Many other cities and towns exist further out in Virginia and Maryland as well, all with plenty of housing options for families ready to buy a home. Home prices are quite different depending on which city you are looking at, but for as many expensive communities there are an equal number of affordable ones too.
Featured Home for Rent $ 1,565 /mo.
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About DoD Housing Network
Welcome to DoD Housing Network. We provide the resources for you to make an educated housing decision upon your PCS arrival to JB Myer-Henderson Hall. Whether you decide to stay on post in JB Myer-Henderson Hall housing or use your basic allowance for housing (BAH) to rent or purchase a home in the community surrounding , our relocation tools will help you make the right choice.
Feel free to browse the homes for rent and homes for sale, as well as the local businesses that work with JB Myer-Henderson Hall inbound soldiers and their families. Our goal at DoD Housing Network is to help you better understand JB Myer-Henderson Hall and the surrounding communities, neighborhoods and activities. If you need temporary lodging upon your arrival to JB Myer-Henderson Hall please visit our lodging section with available hotels close to post. Please note DoD Housing Network is not a government sponsored website.