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Soldiers of the Old Guard perform training duties on Summerall Field, surrounded by JBM-HH barracks, residential housing and office spaces. The barracks are among priorities for evaluation in the collaborative ADP planning process.

Barracks represent readiness and how the military takes care of  its Soldiers. By addressing the future of JBM-HH barracks, the ADP will impact the quality of life for Soldiers on JBM-HH.

America’s Post looks forward

In 2020, the joint base leadership has been working on an area development plan.

     The goal of the area development plan is to ensure the wise use of government resources while planning the physical elements of Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall. The resulting output of the ADP will include a report for all of JBM-HH, a unified real property vision statement and phased plans for projects to be accomplished in next five, 15 and 20 years. Key questions in the planning process include, “What missions will be expanding?  What could be done to increase the healthy Army community?”


      Located in the heart of the National Capitol Region, JBM-HH has a unique mission. An Army led joint base centered in Fort Myer, Virginia, JBM-HH expands across Virginia and Washington, D.C. The installation has three main priorities as its mission — securing a joint community, sustaining infrastructure and supporting installation partners and special events.                                                                                                                            

       Sustaining infrastructure is key to preserving the legacy and maintaining the integrity of the installation. This mission is ensured by many components within the joint base, including key strategic planning players such as the plans, analysis and integration office and the Directorate of Public Works.

      “The area development plan is how we at JBM-HH long-term plan for the future of the installation and infrastructure,” said plans, analysis, and integration office program and management analyst Clara Griff.

       She explained that history of the joint base is a factor in the planning process.

“JBM-HH has aging infrastructure that is historic in nature, so we must plan to preserve the historic integrity as we plan for the future,” she said. “We need to enable readiness.”

Pat Johnson, plans, analysis and integration strategic program analyst has observed the process as early as 2016, during which the joint base conducted a three-day vision workshop from April. 5 to 7.

 Since the 2016 the vision workshop, the vision itself has evolved. The written vision plan statement is that, “JBM-HH will establish a safe, secure, sustainable, resilient, agile and compact community that is responsive and supportive to our mission partners in the NCR, while retaining its historic character and resources and preserving its infrastructure. JBM-HH will partner with surrounding communities, enhance quality of life and promote and manage integrated infrastructure.”

The aforementioned plan was determined by leadership installationwide.

      The area development is a continuation of the planning process started with the above JBM-HH Real Property Vision Plan. Working alongside a master planning contractor, the area development plan is to complete an updated plan by March 2021.

Johnson bolstered Griff’s comment on the importance of the area development plan.

“Not only does the plan preserve the historical nature of the buildings on the installation, but it serves to keep with the mission of the joint base, to preserve the Soldier’s legacy,” Johnson said. “When you think about the overall mission of JBM-HH, it is the ceremonial mission. This mission honors the lives of Soldiers and military Families that shape the military.”

    This year, a team of installationwide leadership came together through a comprehensive and collaborative planning process with topics including barracks master planning, housing planning and allocation of spacing for critical services including emergency services, DPW and the Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation.

      The quality of these services impact the quality of life for Soldiers, Johnson said.

 “The big thing is readiness and posturing JBM-HH to be ready and responsive to support the mission of not only the installation but the mission of the Joint Task Force National Capitol Region,” she said. “We are improving base support installation capability, resiliency and capacity. “

One example of improving the installation’s readiness is evaluating and renovating the barracks.

“Barracks represent readiness infrastructure,” said Johnson. “They represent how the military takes care of Soldiers. We have to make sure that we are inclusive. This is a joint base so the Marine barracks as well as the Army barracks are important. When we look at our priorities sustaining not only the legacy, but our operational readiness for base defense protection is important.”

Johnson emphasized that the process is continuous for the joint base.

“This is a continuation, not a start over,” she said. “What is significant about this is the depth of what we are going too. It will be tied to resources for years to come. The ADP will shape the way we develop budgets, we determine goals and priorities. This is the significance. What is important, from my perspective, is that what we do is strategy development, it is a living, breathing process. What are our goals, what is the situational posture? We do that continuously, putting priorities in place. The bigger picture with the ADP is looking at what we know where we are and where we will be in the future. You cannot plan for where you are now. You must plan for where you want to be.”

Editor’s note: This is the first of a series of articles from the joint base public affairs office on the topic of the JBM-HH Area Development Plan.


Emily Mihalik

JBM-HH Public Affairs Office