As the Department’s Chief Housing Officer, I reaffirm our commitment to ensuring that military tenants receive quality housing and fair treatment from the Military Housing Privatization Initiative projects that operate and maintain privatized housing.

The first time chaplain (Lt. Col) Thomas Faichney asked about becoming a military chaplain was in 1997, while living in Escondido, Calif. A recruiter then told the Canadian native he was ineligible because he wasn’t a U.S. citizen.

The Continental Congress established chaplains as an integral part of the Continental Army on July 29, 1775. Over the years, more than 25,000 chaplains have served in the U.S. Army as religious leaders. From military installations to deployed combat units, chaplains and chaplain assistants p…

At the southern edge of Belvoir’s George Washington Village, there is a paved trail that curves invitingly into the forest. As you enter the dense cover, a wooden sign on the bridge signals what awaits: “Welcome to the Fairy Forest.”

As we gear up for summer and the reopening of our communities, personnel at The Villages at Belvoir have been thinking about how to improve the resident experience.

“There’s no place like home” may be an appropriate sentiment for people who favor working from the comfort of home during the pandemic. However, it doesn’t ring true for those teleworkers who are feeling more pain than comfort because their home office leaves much to be desired.

The Virginia Department of Transportation, along with their partners in the transportation construction industry, announced an initiative to connect Virginians with available jobs through the Virginia Transportation Construction Job Board.

Maj. Jeremy Tillman felt relief when he heard the Graves Fitness Center was re-opening. A self-described creature of habit, Tillman typically worked out at Graves four times a week, before the facility shut down in mid-March because of the pandemic. Besides enjoying the routine, Tillman also…

The Virginia Department of Transportation, in partnership with the Department of Rail and Public Transportation, has launched the Virginia Commuter Survey, a statewide effort to gauge COVID-19 impacts to commuting around the commonwealth. Anyone who works or lives in Virginia is asked to par…

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As Northern Virginians venture out, families are eager to find outdoor activities that are still safe. Planners from Workhouse Arts Center, in Lorton, wondered what they could offer the community while behaviors were still restricted by distance and crowd size, and they decided to offer a re…

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Despite a focus on pandemic response, family housing remains a top priority for the Army, U.S. Army Installation Management Command and Residential Communities Initiative partner companies. All have been working together to improve housing while fighting COVID-19.

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As we approach a holiday weekend, it’s the perfect time to stay fit and admire the diverse terrain and wildlife on Belvoir. The installation has 14 miles of nature trails, winding through three refuges and one historic site, which houses the site of Lord Fairfax’s riverside home. With 12 mil…

It was an afternoon of bubbles, balloons, and a lot of smiles, Friday, as families drove through the JoAnne Blanks Child Development Center’s parking lot to mark their children’s advancing from pre-school to kindergarten, according to Amanda Muhammad, program director at the CDC.

The Army recently released the results of two housing surveys conducted at the end of last year, by an independent third party. The results for Army privatized housing increased slightly over the previous survey, conducted during spring 2019, in the overall and service satisfaction scores, w…

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I’m pleased to inform you that, in collaboration with the Fairfax County School Board, we have developed a general plan to reopen schools that will provide students 100 percent virtual, online learning or part-time, face-to-face instruction in our school buildings for the upcoming school yea…

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As families start to prepare for a summertime resumption of PCS activity, many incoming families are reaching out to Belvoir’s Housing Services Office, according to Housing Management Specialist Edmond Hackett, who said traffic slowed quite a bit after the Pentagon’s PCS stop-movement order …

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The rapid shutdown of Virginia in March, in response to the pandemic, hit all sectors of society, but school children were deprived of closure offered by typical end-of-school year activities. Fort Belvoir Upper School turned an annual ceremony into a more personal farewell, last week, as ea…

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Navy Lt. Cmdr. Stephanie Clapper knew early on what she wanted to do for a living. That’s why she mapped out her future as a dietitian, while she was a high school sophomore.

In his first time as a chef preparing meals for a group, Alton Greene wanted to make a big splash. Stationed in Hamburg, Germany, at the time, he indeed made an impression after he filled a 30-gallon fish tank with Jell-O and fish made out of fruit. But, it wasn’t the impression he hoped for.

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The Defense Department stop-move order continues through June, but, if it is lifted then, PCS season will begin in earnest. To make your PCS move as stress-free as possible, Service members and families should begin preparing, according to Carlton Freese, transportation officer at the Logist…

Raw pet food is becoming popular, despite the increased health risk to people and animals. Raw pet food is considered to be any animal meat, innards, eggs, or bone that has not been cooked using high heat, defined as 145 - 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Studies have shown they carry more bacteria, …

Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sustainment W. Jordan Gillis recently issued a memo to tenants of housing privatized under the Military Housing Privatization Initiative, providing an update on the status of the department’s efforts to implement the MHPI Tenant Bill of Rights.

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When Belvoir Fire and Emergency Services Battalion Chief Kevin Roberson looked into a call of unexploded ordnance on post, he was stunned by what he discovered. It was not an explosive, but something else that could just as easily lead to loss of life … an open manhole, with some books down …

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On Friday, Commissaries worldwide will join Fort Belvoir in providing daily employee screenings before they start their shifts. This includes baggers and affiliated contractors.

Fort Belvoir’s Religious Support Office provides live-stream and pre-recorded worship services during the COVID-19 outbreak to protect the health and safety of the community. Visit their Facebook page to view virtual sermons, Bible studies and links to religious education.

Spring is here. The days are getting longer and warmer. Spring’s arrival means it is that time of year again when we seriously clean our homes. While this is a rewarding activity, it can also be a risky one. Falls, cuts, chemical burns, and electrical shock are just some of the injuries whic…

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Soldiers and families locked into untenable lease agreements due to pandemic-related, stop-movement order can access legal support to reduce their financial obligation.

One of the most significant decisions to make at your new duty station is where to live. Service members and Families need to decide whether to live on post or find a community nearby that meets their needs, and Fort Belvoir’s Housing Services Office can help with that decision.

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As more Belvoir residents turn to online shopping during the COVID-19 public health emergency, both the Exchange and Commissary are adding new services and expanding existing curbside pickup services.

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Payday loans and cash advances have long since had the reputation for being a slippery slope … and, for good reason. With extremely high interest rates and hidden fees, these short-term, “instant” loans sound too good to be true, for a reason. Plus, since credit histories rarely play a role …