To Our Newly Reporting Staff Members and Families
Welcome to the "First and Finest," Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Virginia. This is the Navy’s oldest continuously operating hospital. You are joining an organization some 4,300 strong dedicated to keeping the more than 420,000 active duty members, family members and retirees in Hampton Roads healthy. Also, you are reporting to the area at a great time. We recently moved into a brand new, state-of-the-art, 350,000 square foot hospital, the Charette Health Care Center allowing our health care providers to deliver care in the best possible environment.
The Hampton Roads area (including the cities of Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Hampton, and Newport News) boasts one of the largest military concentrations in the country---and not just the Navy. In addition to serving as homeport for nearly a fourth of our naval forces, Hampton Roads is home to the Army installations Fort Eustis, Fort Monroe, and Fort Story, as well as Langley Air Force Base. If you’re coming from overseas duty or a smaller stateside duty station, you’ll find Hampton Roads offers comprehensive military facilities and services for you and your families in addition to being one of the top recreation destinations in the country. This guide is designed to get you started during your first few weeks in the area---it should be a launching pad for your own exploration of this richly diverse community! You can also find a wealth of information on our website http://www-nmcp.med.navy.mil/index.asp .
Throughout the area there are over 400,000 people eligible for military health care. The region has seven of the country’s largest military installations. The region is homeport to 68 percent of the 194 ships assigned to the Atlantic Fleet.
The area offers a wide variety of activities and attractions. Each year thousands of people flock here to enjoy the miles of shoreline extending along the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Besides soaking up the sun, visitors can tour a variety of museums and historic homes.
Whatever your concerns, we’re here to make your transition into the area as smooth as possible. If you have not been assigned a sponsor, contact the Military Personnel Management Department as (757) 953-3560 or email NMCP-DASSSponsor@med.navy.mil for assistance. Also, the Command Master Chief is CMDCM Michael James and can be reached at NMCP-CMC@med.navy.mil. Again, Welcome Aboard and we all look forward to serving with you.