Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story is a joint base formed as a result of the Base Realignment and Closure initiative of 2005. The consolidation that formed the joint base was the combination of Fort Story and Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek. Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story is under the direction of the United States Navy. The base offers a unique training ground due to its dunes, beaches and underwater anchorage that provides for both Army amphibious operations and the Joint Logistics-Over-the-Shore events. The base was originally established as Fort Story in 1914 when the Harbor Defense Command established a hospital and training facility at the present location. Major units stationed at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story included the NATO Communication Logistical Activity and the Navy Undersea Warfare Center.
Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story is located near Virginia Beach, Virginia. The weather near the base tends to be mid-30's in the coldest month of January and mid-70's to high-80's in August. Rainfall is moderate year round with the highest record rainfall recorded at 8 inches in the month of September. Cities near Virginia Beach, Virginia include Chesapeake, Norfolk and Portsmouth as well as Hampton and Newport News. Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story has several historic sites on base including the Old Cape Henry Light which was the first authorized lighthouse used by the Federal Government. The Battle of the Virginia Capes Monument commemorates the sea battle that took place on September 5, 1781 which prevented the British from reaching Yorktown in the American Revolutionary War, and the Cape Henry Memorial Cross which marks the location where the Jamestown Settlers landed in 1607.