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U.S. Army MDW Org Chart -2020

Joint Task Force – National Capital Region (JTF-NCR) and the U.S. Army Military District of Washington (USAMDW) is a dual-hatted command serving as Guardians of our Nation’s Capital. We are responsible for conducting homeland defense and civil support operations, command and control of DoD support to national special security events, conducting military funeral honors and ceremonial support throughout the nation, supporting airlift requirements for U.S. government officials, and facilitating national outreach on behalf of the U.S. Army.

The five subordinate commands of USAMDW include The Army Aviation Brigade, the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” the U.S. Army Transportation Agency and The U.S. Army Field Band. The USAMDW Commander has senior commander responsibilities for Fort Belvoir, Fort George G. Meade, Fort A.P. Hill, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, the Soldier Recovery Brigade, and the U.S. Army Medical Department Activity at Fort George G. Meade.

Day-to-day the command serves as part of a collaborative, regional team focused on homeland defense and safeguarding the National Capital Region.


• A joint command subordinate to U.S. Northern Command. Established in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks to address threats to the National Capital Region and provide Department of Defense support to civil authorities.
• Operates as a Joint Task Force to conduct Homeland Defense and Defense Support of Civil Authorities.
• Part of a collaborative, regional team focused on safeguarding the National Capital Region.
• Relevant, ready and proactive center of excellence as a joint, interagency and local team player.


• Direct Reporting Unit to the Headquarters, Department of the Army. Conducts and supports multiple, diverse Army and Joint missions.
• Five subordinate commands, plus Senior Commander responsibilities over four geographically dispersed installations and four additional agencies.
• Serves as Department of Defense and Department of the Army Executive Agent for official ceremonies in the National Capital Region.
• General Court Martial Convening Authority for over 400 Army agencies distributed around the globe.

The Army Aviation BrigadeFort Belvoir, VA

• The Army Aviation Brigade plans, coordinates, and executes aviation operations, to include regional and worldwide priority air transport for the Army’s senior leadership, selected DoD officials, and Combatant Commanders.
• Executes airfield operations at Davison Army Airfield, and provides Air Traffic Services support to the Pentagon helipad.
• As directed, employs rotary wing aviation and engineer technical rescue assets to support designated contingency operations.

3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard)Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, VA

• The Army’s oldest Infantry Regiment.
• U.S. Army official escort to the President and the nation’s premier Memorial Affairs and Ceremonial Unit.
• Provides Defense Support of Civil Authorities as an initial operating force to the Joint Force Headquarters – National Capital Region.
• Connects the Army to the American public through strategic engagement events.

The U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own"Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, VA

• The Army’s premier musical organization.
• Conducts Memorial Affairs in Arlington National Cemetery.
• Provides musical support to senior leadership and a wide spectrum of federal agencies and recruiting initiatives.
• Through musical excellence, connects the Army to the American public.

The U.S. Army Field BandFort George G. Meade, MD

• The Army’s premier touring musical organization.
• As Musical Ambassadors, connect the Army to the American people.
• Tours across the continental U.S. telling the Army Story.
• Mission of public outreach includes media appearances and performances at secondary schools and universities nationwide.

U.S. Army Transportation AgencyWashington, DC

• Unique and specially trained Army Master Drivers dedicated to providing premier, world-wide ground logistics support to White House officials.
• Provides vehicle support for presidential motorcades in the National Capital Region, stateside and overseas travel.
• Mission support includes 24/7 planning and execution with interagency mission partners.
• The only all Army unit under the direction of the White House Military Office; each member earns a Presidential Service Identification Badge.


• USAMDW Commanding General has Senior Commander responsibilities for the Soldier Recovery Brigade.
• Provides leadership, primary care, complex case management and comprehensive transition planning in support of wounded, ill or injured Soldiers.
• Contributes to the Army’s top priority of readiness by transitioning Soldiers back to the force or to the civilian sector as Soldiers for Life.

U.S. Army Medical Department ActivityFort George G. Meade, MD

• USAMDW Commanding General has Senior Commander responsibilities for the U.S. Army Medical Department Activity.
• An integrated, efficient and effective system providing care for military personnel and their Families throughout the Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania region.
• Providing primary care to nearly 41,000 beneficiaries, averaging 2.700 clinic visits daily.
• Multidisciplinary services providing: same-day surgery, behavioral health, preventative medicine, physical therapy, pharmacy and laboratory services.
• Ensuring the medical readiness of Soldiers, Airman, Sailors and Marines.

Joint Base Myer – Henderson HallVirginia

• The U.S. Army Military District of Washington Commanding General has Senior Commander responsibilities for Joint Base Myer – Henderson Hall.
• The only U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps joint base in the Department of Defense.
• JBM-HH includes Fort Myer, Fort McNair and Henderson Hall.
• Provides garrison services to over 150k service members, retirees and Families.
• Supports contingency operations in support of JFHQ-NCR/USAMDW in the National Capital Region.
• Home to the National Defense University and the Inter-American Defense College.
• Host to Department of Defense and Department of the Army special events and official ceremonies.

Fort A.P. HillVirginia

• USAMDW Commanding General has Senior Commander responsibilities for Fort A.P. Hill.
• All-purpose regional training center serving every component of the U.S. Armed Forces, Active and Reserve, and multiple government agencies.
• Encompasses 76,000 acres, including 27,000 acre live fire complex.
• Serves as a Base Support Installation and Federal Staging Base with FEMA Region II and supports contingency operations in the NCR.

Fort BelvoirVirginia

• USAMDW Commanding General has Senior Commander responsibilities for Fort Belvoir.
• Supports more than 216,000 service members, civilians, contractors, retirees and family members from across the joint force.
• $14.9B economic impact.
Largest employer in Fairfax County, Va.
• Hosts the largest elementary school within Fairfax County Public Schools and the Washington Metropolitan area.
• Provides cyber, intelligence and logistical support to 150 diverse organizations who provide worldwide support to the armed services.

Fort George G. MeadeMaryland

• USAMDW Commanding General has Senior Commander responsibilities for Fort George G. Meade.
• With more than 56k employees, Fort Meade is the Army’s 2nd largest installation in the continental United States by population and the largest employer in the state of Maryland.
• A federal campus with more than 115 partner organizations, including U.S. Cyber Command, National Security Agency, Defense Information Systems Agency, The Defense Security Services, and Defense Media Activity.
• Also home to six U.S. Army Intelligence Brigades, Marine Forces Cyber Command and Navy Fleet Cyber Command.
• Hosts seven Anne Arundel County Schools with more than 6,000 students.