Explore Hampton Roads

The armed forces have played a pivotal role in Hampton Roads, a nautical term meaning protected anchorage or safe harbor, since the English set foot here in 1607. The soldiers who accompanied the first settlers are the predecessors of the thousands of men and women who have donned uniforms to protect the United States.

The region is proud to house bases associated with each branch of the military, including: Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Fort Monroe, Coast Guard Station Portsmouth and numerous Navy bases – including Naval Station Norfolk, Naval Air Station Oceana, Joint Expeditionary Base (JEB) Little Creek-Fort Story.

With so much presence in the area, the Navy is the heart of the region. With more than 95,000 uniformed men and women currently stationed here, the Navy has had undeniable impact on the region’s history, economy and culture. More than 300,000 residents are part of the Navy family, plus an overwhelming number of retired or separated Sailors who choose to remain here. With a list ofNavy resources, childcare options, community information, and a recently added section on local public school programs, this special section is intended to help make the transition to Hampton Roads a little easier and a little more enjoyable while getting to know the Navy and civilian communities.