Fort Story Army Base Guide


Fort Story is the Army's only training facility for logistics-over-the-shore operations to train troops on amphibious equipment and to practice the transfer of military cargo from ship to shore.

Fort Story offers the unique combination of features including dunes, beaches, sand, surf, deep-water anchorage, variable tide conditions, maritime forest and open land. These unique coastal natural resource features offer unique training opportunities to a variety of military units from all services.

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Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story (JEBLCFS) is made up of the former Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek and the Army’s Fort Story. In October 2009, it became the first joint base in Hampton Roads. JEBLCFS has one command with two separate properties. JEB Little Creek and JEB Fort Story are located a little over ten miles apart and tasked with training our nation’s Expeditionary Forces. The joint base sits on approximately 2,120 acres of land in the northwest corner of Virginia Beach, and portions of Norfolk, Virginia.

JEB Fort Story sits perched on an outcrop on the northeastern tip of Virginia Beach. This historically significant and militarily strategic post at Cape Henry guards the entrance to the Chesapeake Bay. This spot is actually where the original European settlers first landed in 1607 before continuing into the harbor and up the James River to Jamestown. At its inception in 1914 it was an integral part of the defense of the harbor. In the 1940s, its focus changed to caring for wounded soldiers returning from the European Theater. During its two years in operation, the hospital at Fort Story treated more than 13,000 patients. In 1946 the mission shifted once more to transportation, and Fort Story became a training ground for Logistics-Over-The-Shore (LOTS) and Army amphibious operations.

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