The Virginia Beach MSA has the largest concentration of military personnel outside of the Pentagon, with 89,604 active-duty military personnel here representing every branch in the Armed Forces. In addition, there are 52,240 civilian employees and about 279,000 people who are military-connected.

The numbers speak volumes: the total direct economic impact in the Fiscal Year 2020 (Oct. 1, 2019, through Sept. 30, 2020) was nearly $15.8 billion, and the annual payroll was $13 billion.

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Local Military Headquarters

Air ForceAir Combat Command
ArmyTraining and Doctrine Command
Coast GuardCommander, Atlantic Area Command Force Readiness Command
NATOAllied Command Transformation
Marine CorpsCommander, Marine Forces Command
NavyU.S. Fleet Forces Command Cyber Forces Command Exchange Services Command Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic


Nearly 14,000 personnel with diverse and disciplined skill sets exit the military each year in the Virginia Beach MSA. These exiting military personnel are a unique asset to our region​.

Military Installations​ in the Virginia Beach MSA​​

The Virginia Beach/Hampton Roads area is home to nine major military installations representing all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, including the world's largest naval base and the home of the Atlantic Fleet:

Naval Air Station Oceana​​ (East Coast Master Jet Base)

​First commissioned in 1943, Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach is the Navy’s East Coast Master Jet Base, home to 19 F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet squadrons. The base, including its Dam Neck Annex and NALF Fentress, employs 13,328 active-duty personnel, as well as 3,388 civilians. Oceana and Dam Neck are vital for training naval members in both the Atlantic and Pacific fleets. Source:

Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story​

Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story is the country’s premier installation for housing and training the nation’s Expeditionary Forces. Comprising the former Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek and the Army’s Fort Story, the combined base is the major East Coast operation for Overseas Contingency Operations and provides support and services to 18 home-ported ships and 155 shore-based resident commands. The base encompasses nearly 4,000 acres of land, with more than 7.5 miles of the beachfront training area and 61 piers. JEB Little Creek-Fort Story employs 16,598(14,170 active-duty personnel and 2,428 civilians)​ making it one of the largest military bases on the East Coast as well as one of Virginia’s largest employers.​ Source:

  • Naval Station Norfolk
  • Naval Air Station Oceana
  • Naval Air Station Oceana Dam Neck Annex
  • Naval Medical Center Portsmouth
  • Norfolk Naval Shipyard
  • Commander Navy Region Mid-Atlantic
  • Commander Naval Surface Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet
  • Joint Base Langley - Eustis
  • Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story
  • Langley Air Force Base
  • U.S. Coast Guard 5th Atlantic Fleet
  • U.S. Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown
  • U.S. Coast Guard Finance Center
  • U.S. Coast Guard Command, Control, and Communications Engineering Center
  • U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command