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Frequently Asked Question


Q. Where can I get my identification card (ID) renewed?
A. The Visitor Control Center handles all requests for ID card renewal and issue. To schedule an appointment call (804) 633-8797.

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Q. What services can Fort A.P. Hill provide to retirees?
A. Contact Directorate of Morale, Welfare and Recreation at (804) 633-8207, or ID Card facility at (804) 633-8797.

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Q. Can the general public enter Fort A.P. Hill and what things are open to them?
A. Fort A.P. Hill is open to individuals having business with the Department of the Army. Due to the military training taking place on post, members of the public could find themselves interfering with a military operation or exercise if they were to venture into certain areas of the post. Some recreational opportunities are available, though, to licensed permit holders and registered guests. These include hunting, fishing, and camping at the designated recreational campground. Training areas are strictly off-limits except for hunting and fishing, which is permitted only by special sign-in procedures. The game check station at (804) 633-8300 offers a taped message with additional information about hunting and fishing. The Community Recreation Division (CRD) manages the campground. The CRD number is (804) 633-8219. To arrange a group tour (15 or more) contact the Public Affairs Office, Fort A.P. Hill, Bowling Green, VA 22427-3114 or call (804) 633-8120.

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Q. Does Fort A.P. Hill conduct an Open House for the public?

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Q. Can the public search for relics on Fort A.P. Hill?
A. Army Regulation 420-47 prohibits scavenging on an installation/post. Any abandoned property found on the installation belongs to the United States (40 USC 310), and may not be taken by private persons. Additionally, the removal of archaeological resources on public lands is prohibited by Federal law. Violators will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

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Q. How does a company get on a bidders list for Fort A.P. Hill contracts?
Contact the Fort A.P. Hill Directorate of Contracting at 804-633-8331.

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Q. How can I get a speaker from Fort A.P. Hill for an upcoming event?
Fort A.P. Hill can provide speakers for selected programs. The post has a work force experienced in a wide range of backgrounds and professions. To request a speaker, contact the Public Affairs Office at (804) 633-8120.

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Q. Does Fort A.P. Hill have a Color Guard?
Fort A.P. Hill does not have a color guard. We recommend contacting a local Reserve or National Guard Unit to see if they might have a color guard available. For military funerals, Fort Lee serves the area around Fort A.P. Hill. The number to Fort Lee is 804-765-3000 -- ask for Survivor Assistance. 

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Q. How can a student obtain facts or other information about Fort A.P. Hill?
The Fort A.P. Hill web site contains historical and current information about the installation. If additional information is needed, contact the Public Affairs Office at (804) 633-8120 or write Public Affairs Office, Fort A.P. Hill, Bowling Green, VA 22427-3114.

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Q. Where can I find information about military equipment?
Military equipment fact sheets can be found at the Department of Defense web site. http://www.defenselink.mil/sites/f.html#facts

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Q. How can I get a tank for permanent static display for our American Legion or other service group?
Certain organizations can get excess combat vehicles for static display. The U.S.Army Tank Automotive Command coordinates this program. For further information call 1-800-325-2920 ext. 4-6943.

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Q. How can I get information about buying surplus Department of Defense property?
The Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service is the agency responsible for the disposition of surplus property or call, 1-800-GOVT-BUY (1-800-468-8289).

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Q. How can I get surplus property donated to my organization?
If a use can not be found for property within the Department of Defense or non-Department of Defense federal activities, items are donated to state or local governments through the General Service Administration's State Surplus Property Program. Through GSA, donations are made to eligible non-profit organizations. For Virginia, contact the Virginia State Agency for Surplus Property at 1910 Darbytown Rd, Richmond, VA 23231. Telephone: 804/236-3665.

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Q. Can anyone buy a tank? A machine gun? A gas mask?
No. Offensive and defensive military equipment is sold only as scrap, rendered useless for its intended purpose. This process is called demilitarization.

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Q. Can I buy a Jeep?
A. Yes -- but only through competitive bid. For driver safety reasons, the M151 series Jeep is not sold intact. A “How to Buy Government Property” booklet is available by dialing, 1-800-GOVT-BUY (1-800-468-8289). Be wary of jeeps sold in crates or to be delivered. Organizations that claim to sell jeeps this way have no connection with DRMS. Odds are you will lose your money.

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Q. How may a member of the general public obtain government publications?
The office of the Superintendent of Documents carries a free catalog of all its documents and their cost. To request a catalog or document, call (202) 512-1800 or write to: Superintendent of Documents, P.O. Box 371954, Pittsburgh, PA 15250-7954. The National Technical Information Service (NTIS) also carries government publications. To contact NTIS, you may call (703) 487-4600 or write to: 5285 Port Royal Road, Springfield, VA 22161.

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Q. Who should I contact to make arrangements for a military burial?
The Fort A.P. Hill Directorate of Human Resources (804) 633-8332 can provide information regarding military burials. 

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Q. How may I obtain a copy of my military personnel record?
To request a copy of your military record, write to http://www.archives.gov/st-louis/. National Personnel Records Center, Military Personnel Records, 9700 Page Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63132-5100. Or call (800) 318-5298. At minimum, please include the service member’s complete name, social security number and/or serial number, and the requester's return address.

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Q. How may I obtain a copy of my military medical record?
Medical records are maintained at one of 58 regional Veterans Affairs (VA) centers around the country or at the national Veterans Affairs Records Management Center in St. Louis. Call (800) 827-1000 for information on your regional VA Center. The national VA Records Management Office can be reached by calling (314) 263-2800.

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Q. How may I obtain historical information about the Army?
For historical information, such as the history of an Army unit or a retired general's military biography, please contact the http://www.army.mil/cmh-pg/  Center for Military History, Franklin Square, 1099 14th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.20005-3402.

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Q. How may I obtain historical operational information about a particular Army unit?
The http://www.nara.gov National Archives has historical operational information on Army units. For military information for 1941 and prior, contact the National Archives One at (202) 501-5390. For military information from 1942 and later, contact the National Archives Two at (301) 713-7250.

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Q. Where can I find information about U.S. Army patches and insignia? Where can I purchase patches/insignia?
Inquiries about patches/insignia can be made to U.S. Army Institute of Heraldry,9325 Gunston Road, Room S-112, Fort Belvoir 22060-5579 Telephone: 703-806-4970. Inquiries should include as much information as possible about the unit and parent units. There are several commercial businesses that advertise the sale of patches/insignia in a variety of magazines and newspapers.

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Q. How can I locate a former Army soldier?
The Privacy Act of 1974 prohibits releasing the last known address of former Army members without their written consent. However, the agency identified below will assist your search by forwarding your letter to the service member’s last known address. To pursue locating a former Army soldier:

1. Write a letter to the soldier. Place this letter in a sealed and stamped envelope, including your full name and return address.

2. Write a letter addressed to the National Personnel Records Center requesting their assistance with your search. Be sure to include the service member’s name, serial number and/or social security number, and date of birth if available.

3. Place your envelope addressed to the service member AND the letter to the http://www.archives.gov/st-louis/ National Personnel Records Center in ONE envelope. Address this envelope to: National Personnel Records Center, 9700 Page Boulevard, St. Louis, Missouri 63132-5200. Please note current addresses for discharged service members are not maintained at the records center -- this center only has the service member’s last officially recorded address. Letters to service members the record center cannot identify or who are known to be deceased will be returned to you.

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Q. What attractions/activities are close to Fort A.P. Hill?
Contact the Community Recreation Division at (804) 633-8219. Discount tickets for theme parks are also available for purchase for authorized patrons.

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Q. Where can I find information about Federal Employee Benefits?
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