If there's one thing that quickly becomes obvious in Hampton Roads, it's the pervasive presence of the military.

Our waterways are frequently filled with Navy war ships and Coast Guard cutters. Air Force jet fighters rumble overhead. Soldiers and Marines call the region home when they aren't heading to or from war zones.

And military families man the home fronts, their American flags flying high.

There's no shortage supply of troop support in Hampton Roads. When the nation is at war, Hampton Roads feels it.

Area installations



Fort Eustis, Newport News. Established in 1918, Fort Eustis is named for Brevet Brig. Gen. Abraham Eustis, a Virginia native and veteran of the War of 1812. The base is headquarters for the Army Transportation Center and School, the 7th Sustainment Brigade, the 8th Transportation Brigade and the Army Transportation Museum. Soldiers stationed there continue to deploy to Iraq to unload supply ships at Kuwait ports and truck the goods into Iraq.

The James River Reserve Fleet, nicknamed the "Ghost Fleet," is mothballed next to the post and is managed by the U.S. Maritime Administration. About 4,500 military and 2,950 civilians work there. The combined payroll is $767 million.

Navy Supervisor of Shipbuilding (Conversion and Repair), Newport News . This Navy office oversees the shipyard's work on Navy ships and submarines being built or overhauled. The office has 56 military and 349 civilian workers. An average of 2,900 sailors are temporarily based at the yard at any time while work on their ships is done. Civilian payroll for 2006 was estimated at $26 million.