November 19, 2020 Updates

Town Hall Nov. 19 notes

Today is the Great American Smokeout

Today the Army Substance Abuse Program Observes its annual daylong event called “The Great American Smokeout.” The event, an initiative by the American Cancer Society, encourages smokers to go 24 hours without smoking a cigarette.

ASAP has shared some tips to accomplish this goal

1.     Stay connected, keep in touch with Family and friends.

2.     Pay attention to how your body feels. Recognize when you need a break and allow yourself the time for exercise, meditation, and rest.

Thanksgiving and Black Friday hours

Most services on the joint base, with the exception of the JBM-HH Dining Facility and Patton Hall Thanksgiving Food-to-go pick up, will be closed Thanksgiving Day. The JBM-HH Public Affairs will be posting the Black Friday hours for the joint base next week on the website and Facebook page.

Commissary updates

The Commissary will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, reopening for Black Friday from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Some holiday spices are in stock to include vanilla extract popular demand, while supplies last.

Some holiday displays are available and special orders for Turkeys are available upon request.

As a reminder, the commissary is carefully following social distancing guidance measures, allowing a limit of 65 people in the building at one time. For the safety of customers and employees, face coverings are required. 

Thanksgiving on the Joint Base

Patton Hall is offering “Thanksgiving to Go” this year.  Orders for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner may be placed in advance up through this Friday, Nov. 20, with pick-up on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, between noon and 4 p.m. 

Henderson Hall’s MCX will be taking orders for Thanksgiving hams and turkeys through Saturday, Nov. 21, for delivery Nov. 24 and 25.  Orders may be placed at the MCX.

The Dining Facility will be serving Thanksgiving Tuesday. This year’s meal will be served in a grab and go style to ensure community safety.

On Friday, Dec. 4, the USO of Metropolitan Washington will be hosting a “Harvest Market” to provide fresh produce and nonperishable goods free of charge to active duty military Families, veterans, and retirees.    The event will take place at the JBM-HH Community Center from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for active duty service members and their Families, and from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. for veterans, retirees and their Families.  The goods will be prepackaged and delivered via contactless drive-through or walk-up service lines at the community center.

You can find more information on all of these events on the joint base website and the joint base Facebook page.

Gym updates

 Forts Myer and McNair Fitness Centers are now open for all eligible patrons. To ensure the safety of patrons, the showers and lockers in these facilities are closed at this time.

The Fort Myer Fitness Center is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 5 to 7:30 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 4 to 6 p.m. The Fort McNair Fitness Center is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 5 to 10 a.m.

Occupancy at both gyms is limited to 50 patrons at any given time on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please be advised that Smith Gym, on the Henderson Hall side of the Joint Base, is open to active duty personnel only and there is a 100% ID card check in effect.  Face masks are required with only 50 patrons allowed inside the facility at a time – availability is on a first-come, first-served basis.  To ensure community safety, workouts may not exceed 1 hour and group workouts are prohibited. Locker rooms and showers remain closed. 

Wreaths across America 2020

The Secretary of The Army has directed Arlington National Cemetery to safely host Wreaths across America. We appreciate the families and visitors who take time to honor and remember those who are laid to rest at our nation’s most hallowed ground. Arlington National Cemetery will provide an update on the final schedule soon.

Honor the Fallen

 The U.S. Army Ceremonial Band’s primary mission is to support over 2,000 military funerals each year in Arlington National Cemetery, as well as perform at wreath laying ceremonies at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, monthly retirement parades, special reviews, and arrival and departure honors for foreign dignitaries at the White House and Pentagon.

Join the U.S. Army Band on Facebook Friday, Nov. 20 at 4 p.m. for a look behind the scenes of an Army Full Honor Funeral with The U.S. Army Ceremonial Band.

American Holiday Festival

A time honored US Army Band tradition continues virtually!

The band is working hard getting ready to premiere the 2020 socially distanced rendition of the American Holiday Festival. Planned broadcast dates are Nov. 27, Dec. 4, Dec. 11, and Dec. 18.


The 2020 Combined Federal Campaign continues. This is an opportunity to come together and donate to these charities that rely on our support to fulfil their missions and make our communities, nation, and world a better place. For more information, visit the CFC website.

CFC JBM-HH Details:

 Donate money or time at  JBM-HH teammates, please be sure to use the correct code for your donation, listed below.

Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall CFC six digit codes:

Military:  USA GARRISON FORT MYER (UIC:W0UCAA) (Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, VA) (CFC:3VK7RP)

Civilian:  USA GARRISON FORT MYER (UIC:W0UCAA) (Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, VA)(CFC:RJW68U)

Military:  FORT MYER-HENDERSON HALL (Army, Navy, Air Force) (CFC:RJRL3Y)



Open Season

The 2020 Federal Benefits Open Season for health insurance, dental and vision insurance, and flexible spending accounts for federal employees through Dec. 14. If you haven’t yet, make sure to check out the plans on OPM’s website, to ensure that you have the right health, dental, or vision insurance coverage for you and your Family.