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Newport News, Virginia
How long have you been here? (give years please, ex. 2003-present)
What is housing like? On-post? (waiting list, conditions, etc.) Off-post? Any areas to stay away from? Average price to rent or buy?
we were able to get into housing immediately. they have housing for enlisted and officers. the enlisted housing goes from 2-3 bedrooms and are built like townhouses. they’re kinda old. some of them have mold problems but mostly they’re pretty nice. over the last year, they’ve been building brand new housing. the square feet in the new homes is larger then the houses now. they also range from 3-4 bedrooms instead of the previous 2-3. eventually, they will be moving everyone out of the old housing into the new but of course, officers and higher enlisted get moved first. I have no opinion about off post housing because I don’t live off base. but, I do know that in newport news schools there are a lot of gangs which kinda worries me a bit.
Rate the PX & Commissary.
PX: on a scale from 1-10, I would give it a 6. they have a variety of things that, if I absolutely couldn’t leave base and I needed something (ie: diapers, milk, etc) I could go there and it would be available. their movie and music selection isn’t too great and the prices for movies are ridiculous. but most things aren’t too badly priced. there is also a small food court. luckily if you were to move to Fort Eustis, you are close enough to about 5 other bases that if necessary, have much larger PX’s or BX’s.
Commissary: on a scale from 1-10, I would say a 10. I love the commissary. their prices beat any of the grocery stores in the area. they’re usually open until 7 which is sometimes a little irritating but they do have good quality fresh food.
Activities on base? there are periodic concerts, marathons, an annual Fort Eustis day with rides and games, etc; they have bowling, go-carts, mini-golf, paint ball, full golf course, MWR with a full computer lab open to the military public, two inside gyms, indoor aquatic center with continuous swimming lessons, movie theater, The Fort Eustis Club(officers/NCO’s), The Lakeside Club (enlisted, host a DJ)
Active Spouses Club? yes. they meet once a month.
Things to do in area? newport news is in the historical triangle. you are within 30 min. of Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown and Jamestown-all of which are open year round and run tours. they offer anyone with a military id discounts. you are also with in 20 miles of Busch Gardens and Watercountry USA which offer discounts and ‘free days’ to military and their families. also, you are within 1 hour of Virginia Beach.
School System? Newport News School District
Any colleges in area? College of William and Mary, Christopher Newport University, ECPI College of Technology
Jobs? (on post and off) on post there is a waiting list for many jobs(ie: commissary, burger king, px) and off post there are fast food and some retail jobs available. unfortunately, many retailers don’t like giving jobs to military dependants because of the possibility of them leaving.
Favorite aspect of this base/surrounding city? my favorite aspect is that everything on base is about a 5-10 min. walk from all housing. local buses run on and off base all day to many nearby shopping areas including the mall, walmart and target, among others.