In accordance with the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission report, Langley Air Force Base and Fort Eustis merged their administrative functions, becoming Joint Base Langley-Eustis on Jan. 29, 2010. The Hampton Roads metropolitan region — including Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Newport News, Virginia — is home to JBLE. Unlike other joint bases that share common boundaries, Langley Air Force Base in Hampton and Fort Eustis in Newport News are separated by 17 miles. The joint base is home to nearly 15,000 military personnel, 6,000 civilian personnel and 33,700 dependents.
Joint basing promotes a more cohesive operational partnership between the Air Force and Army while preserving mission capabilities and unique service identities. The 633rd Air Base Wing at Langley, inactive since 1994, assumed host unit duties from the 1st Fighter Wing, which had served in that capacity since 1975. But the 1st Fighter Wing continues operations and maintenance at the base to ensure global air superiority. All functions from base defense and medical care to food service and supplies are the responsibility of the Air Force. Other major units at Langley include the 192nd Fighter Wing; the 363rd Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing; and the 480th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing. For a full list of Air Force units at JBLE, visit www.jble.af.mil/Units/Air-Force.
Fort Eustis was established in 1918 and has served a number of purposes including an Army training facility for artillery and artillery observation, a prison and a work camp. Beginning in the World War II era, the primary mission of Fort Eustis has been Army transportation training, research and development, engineering and operations, including aviation and marine shipping activities. Major units at Fort Eustis include the 7th Transportation Brigade (Expeditionary), 128th Aviation Brigade, 597th Transportation Brigade, 733rd Mission Support Group, Enterprise Multimedia Center, Joint Deployment Training Center, Joint Task Force Civil Support, Mission and Installation Contracting Command, and U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command. For a full list of Army units at JBLE, visit www.jble.af.mil/Units/Army.