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Orville Wright flying at Fort Myer, September 17, 1908.
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Orville Wright flying at Fort Myer, September 17, 1908.

Fort Myer is a U.S. Army post adjacent to Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington County, Virginia, across the Potomac River from Washington, DC. It is a small post by US Army standards, and has no ranges or field training areas. Most of its private quarters are occupied by officers, among whom include many prominent generals assigned to the Department of Defense at the Pentagon. Some of the more notable of Ft. Myer's residents include the Air Force Chief of Staff, T. Michael Moseley, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Peter Pace, (USMC). Image File history File links Download high resolution version (3000x2139, 522 KB) By an unknown photographer, September 1908. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (3000x2139, 522 KB) By an unknown photographer, September 1908. ... The Army is the branch of the United States armed forces which has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ... Arlington Cemetery Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Virginia, is an American military cemetery established during the American Civil War on the grounds of Robert E. Lees home. ... Location in the state of Virginia Formed 9 July 1846 Seat Arlington Area  - Total  - Water 67. ... The Potomac River at Great Falls, MD from Olmstead Island, water relatively low The Potomac River flows into Chesapeake Bay, located along the mid-Atlantic coast of the United States (USA). ... Aerial photo (looking NW) of the Washington Monument and the White House in Washington, DC. Washington, D.C., officially the District of Columbia (also known as D.C.; Washington; the Nations Capital; the District; and, historically, the Federal City) is the capital city and administrative district of the United... The United States Department of Defense, abbreviated DoD or DOD and sometimes called the Defense Department, is a civilian Cabinet organization of the United States government. ... In geometry, a pentagon is any five-sided polygon. ... The Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force serves as the senior uniformed Air Force officer responsible for the organization, training and equipage of more than 700,000 active-duty, National Guard, Reserve and civilian forces serving in the United States and overseas. ... T. Michael Moseley is the current Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force. ... The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is by law the highest ranking military officer of the United States military, and the principal military advisor to the President of the United States. ... General Peter Pace General Peter Pace (born November 5, 1945 in Brooklyn, New York), is the current Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the first U.S. Marine appointed to this position. ... United States Marine Corps Emblem The United States Marine Corps (USMC) is the second smallest of the five branches of the United States armed forces, with 170,000 active and 40,000 reserve Marines as of 2002. ...


Fort Myer was originally established as Fort Whipple during the American Civil War in 1863. It was renamed for Brigadier General Albert J. Myer, who established the Signal School of Instruction for Army and Navy Officers there in 1869. Fort Myer was the location of several exhibition flights by Orville Wright in 1908 and 1909. The American Civil War (1861–1865) was fought in North America within the United States of America, between twenty-four mostly northern states of the Union and the Confederate States of America, a coalition of eleven southern states that declared their independence and claimed the right of secession from the... 1863 is a common year starting on Thursday. ... Albert James Myer Albert James Myer (September 20, 1828 – August 24, 1880) was a surgeon and U.S. Army officer. ... 1869 is a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... Orville Wright (August 19, 1871 - January 30, 1948), the younger of the Wright brothers, seen as one of the fathers of heavier-than-air flight. ... 1908 (MCMVIII) is a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1909 (MCMIX) was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ...


Ft. Myer is the home of The U. S. Army Band (Pershing's Own) and the 1st Battalion of the 3rd US Infantry Regiment, (The Old Guard) -- except for 'A' Company (Commander in Chief's Guard), which is stationed at Ft. McNair. United States Service Bands Each of the branches of the U.S. military, has a headquarters band organization, all but one of which are in the Washington, D.C. area. ... The 3d Infantry Regiment Distinctive Unit Insignia The 3d Infantry Regiment Coat of Arms The 3d Infantry Regiment (3d INF), is a unit of the United States Army. ...


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Fort Myer, Virginia (868 words)
The earliest military establishment in the vicinity of Fort Myer were the earthbound fortifications built in 1812 along the east bank of the Potomac, where the Pentagon now stands.
Overlooking Washington, D.C., and Georgetown to the north and the Virginia countryside to the south, Fort Whipple was considered one of the strongest fortifications built to defend the Union's capital.
Today, Fort Myer is under the jurisdiction of the commanding general, U.S. Army Military District of Washington, but has its own Army Garrison commander who provides housing, service and support to thousands of soldiers, sailors and airmen working in a wide variety of agencies throughout the nation's capital.
Fort Myer (1051 words)
The Fort Myer Military Community (FMMC) includes Fort Myer and Fort McNair (located in Washington D.C.) Fort Myer, Virginia is located in Arlington, VA, on U.S. Route 50 next to the Arlington National Cemetery, adjacent to and west of Washington D.C. The major command is the U.S. Army Military District of Washington (MDW).
Fort Myer has been the home of the Army Chief of Staff for nearly a century and today is home for thousands of soldiers, sailors, and airman working throughout the Military District of Washington and the nation's capital.
Fort Myer, Va., a Military District of Washington installation on a high bluff overlooking the nation's capital city, is home for some of the armed services' top-ranking officers.
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