Fort A.P. Hill

Fort A.P. Hill is an active duty installation of the United States Army. It is located near Bowling Green, Virginia. The military base is often recognized as the place  “Where America’s Military Sharpens Its Combat Edge”.  It is an all-purpose, year-round, military training center where military units can engage in training ranging from small unit operations to major maneuvers.  with combined arms and  live-fire exercises.


Located approximately 90 minutes south of the National Capital Region. With 76,000 acres of land, including a modern 28,000 acre, and it is one of the largest East Coast military installations.

14136 Burke Road Fort A.P. Hill,, Bowling Green, VA 22427

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Fort A.P. Hill Creed

I am a member of the Fort A.P. Hill Team and a Professional.
I am a leader who puts the mission and dedication to the Warrior first.
I live the Army Values, the Fort A.P. Hill Guiding Principles, and the Warrior Ethos.
I set the example for others to follow.
My actions are legal, moral and ethical. I will not tolerate those who do not act the same.
I am constantly improving in my readiness and abilities, always striving for excellence.
I am essential to our nation’s defense because it depends on me to provide, “The Best Training and Support – Anywhere.”

Mission, Vision & Guiding Principles Mission

Fort A. P. Hill, a Regional Training Center, provides realistic joint and combined arms training support to America’s Defense Forces.

Vision for the 21st Century

The Best Training and Support — Anywhere!

Guiding Principles

  • Warrior Success: Steadfast commitment to the Warrior.
  • Innovation: We encourage new ideas, the willingness to try them and accept prudent risk to make things better.
  • Stewardship:  Every member of the team is responsible for the decisions they make, the actions they take, and the resources entrusted to them.
  • Teamwork:  A focused effort based on cooperation to accomplish the mission.
  • Professionalism:  A learning team that is trained, dedicated, dependable and ethical. We value the timely sharing of open, honest and candid information.
  • Safety: Ensuring safety and well-being are constant in everything we do.


In the spring of 1940,the War Plans Division of the Army General Staff developed a plan to raise a national army of four million men to conduct simultaneous operations in the Pacific and Europe theaters. In July 1940, a movement began to locate an area of approximately 60,000 acres, independent of any post, and lying somewhere between the Potomac River and the upper Chesapeake Bay.

No one seems to know who first suggested Caroline County as a site for heavy weapons and maneuver training facilities. What is known is that Lt. Col. Oliver Marston, an artillery officer stationed in Richmond and acting as an agent of the Third Corps Area commander, made a detailed investigation of the Bowling Green area in September 1940. He enthusiastically recommended that the War Department procure the Caroline site.

Fort A.P. Hill was established as an Army training facility on June 11, 1941, pursuant to War Department General Order No. 5. In its 1st year, the installation was used as a maneuver area for the II Army Corps and for three activated National Guard divisions from Mid-Atlantic states. In the autumn of 1942, Fort A.P. Hill was the staging area for the headquarters and corps troops of Major General Patton’s Task Force A, which invaded French Morocco in North Africa. During the early years of World War II, the post continued to be a training site for corps and division-sized units. Commencing in 1944, field training for Officer Candidate School and enlisted replacements from nearby Forts Lee, Eustis, and Belvoir was conducted.

During the Korean War, Fort A.P. Hill was a major staging area for units deploying to Europe, including the VII Corps Headquarters and the Third Armored Cavalry Regiment.The fort was the major center for Engineer Officer Candidate School training (students from Fort Belvoir) during the Vietnam War.

Fort A.P. Hill today is a training and maneuver center focused on providing realistic joint and combined arms training. All branches of the Armed Forces train on Fort A.P. Hill and the installation has also hosted training from foreign allies. Whether it’s providing support for a mobilization or helping units train for deployment, Fort A.P. Hill’s state-of-the-art training facilities and ranges, and professional support staff, continue to ensure America’s Armed Forces have the edge needed to win in the 21st Century operational environment.

About the Installation

It is used year-round for military training of both active and reserve troops of the Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Force, as well as other government agencies. These include the Departments of State and Interior; U.S. Customs Service; and federal, state and local security and law enforcement agencies.

The installation has also hosted the Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree in 1981, 1985, 1989, 1993, 1997, 2001 and 2005. Approximately 42,000 Boy Scouts and Scout leaders are expected for the next jamboree in 2010..

Fort Named for Distinguished Confederate Commander

The installation was named in honor of Lt. Gen. Ambrose Powell Hill, a Virginia native who distinguished himself as a Confederate commander during the Civil War. Rising from colonel to major general in three months, General Hill took command of one of Lee’s three corps in 1863. Two years later, as Grant’s forces laid siege to Petersburg, Va., General Hill was mortally wounded as he rode his stallion, Champ, to the front. He had not yet reached his 40th birthday.

One week later, Lee surrendered to Grant at Appomattox. A fortnight later, John Wilkes Booth was killed at the Garrett farmhouse, which was situated just beyond the present boundaries of the fort.

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