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Fort McNair


Now joint base with Fort Myer and Henderson Hall.


Fort Lesley J. McNair, along with Fort Myer in Virginia, serves as the “showcase” for the Army in the National Capital Region. Third only to West Point and Carlisle Barracks in length of service, Fort McNair has been in service for more than 200 years. The fort started in 1791 as a major site for defending the nation’s new capital. Approximately 90 percent of the buildings on the fort’s 100 
acres were built or rebuilt by 1908, including the nation’s first federal penitentiary and a Civil War- era hospital for treating the war’s wounded.


Maj. Walter Reed, for whom the Walter Reed Medical Center is named, worked and died here. His research work at the fort contributed to the discovery of the cause of malaria.


Fort McNair has been the headquarters of the U.S. Army Military District of Washington since 1966 and home of the National Defense University since 1977. Other units on post are the 67th Explosive Ordinance Detachment and a platoon of the MDW Military Police Company. Fort McNair is the home of several general and flag officers, and by tradition, the Army’s number two officer, the Vice Chief of Staff.



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